pho·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ fə-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce photography (audio) \

Definition of photography

: the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (such as film or an optical sensor)

Examples of photography in a Sentence

He studied both film and still photography. Landscape photography is her hobby.

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When Aimee Custis and Kian McKellar broke up after four years of dating, the couple divvied up their books, photography equipment and cookware. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Love Is Fleeting, But Netflix Passwords Are Forever," 27 Mar. 2019 The upcoming sequel, based on Jenny Han’s book series, will be directed by Michael Fimognari, who worked as the director of photography on the first film, THR reports. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Announces "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Sequel Director, Supporting Cast," 23 Mar. 2019 The Swedish actress seems preternaturally at ease and visibly in control, often calling the shots—politely—to the stunt coordinators and photography crew from midair. Harper's BAZAAR, "Alicia Vikander Leaps to New Heights—in Life and Fashion," 13 Mar. 2019 Always wanted to hike or paint or learn photography? Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How to Deal With Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation," 11 Jan. 2019 This summer is the 50th anniversary of photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles, and the futuristic 10-story Gehry Tower, clad in stainless steel panels inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, is due in 2020. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Herds have lost hundreds of thousands of individuals, as measured by aerial photography of herds and counts in areas where caribou give birth. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Arctic has lost 2.6 million reindeer over the past 20 years," 11 Dec. 2018 Defense attorneys frequently argue that publishing their client's image before trial could improperly sway witnesses, Snyder said, and state court judges in California have broad discretion over whether photography is allowed in their courtrooms. Christopher Weber, Fox News, "Judge reverses order barring court photos of murder suspect," 27 Sep. 2018 He and pal Jason Dolley — who played Jason Stickler and Newt Livingston, respectively — do photography together, with Jake shooting and Jason modeling. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "This "Lizzie McGuire" Family Reunion Will Make You Miss the 00s," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of photography

: the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera


pho·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ fə-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce photography (audio) \

Kids Definition of photography

: the making of pictures by means of a camera that directs the image of an object onto a surface that is sensitive to light

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