photography

noun
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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His hobbies include swimming and urban photography. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Man stabbed to death in Vallejo," 4 July 2019 Two big names: Canon vs. Nikon In the world of DSLR cameras, and photography as a whole, the two big names are Canon and Nikon. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Here's your guide to finding a DSLR camera that's right for you," 2 July 2019 Instead, the main factors that determined whether a person could correctly perceive each image as a fake were their level of experience with the internet and digital photography. Mona Kasra, The Conversation, "Identifying a fake picture online is harder than you might think," 24 June 2019 This area features 7,155 acres of bottomland forest along the Sipsey River available for canoeing, birding, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, picnicking and wildlife photography. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Lake Eufaula turns out huge catches in Alabama Bass Trail Event," 19 June 2019 The acting, the directing and the photography are extraordinary. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, "Frameline 2019: Here’s what to see at SF’s LGBTQ film fest," 18 June 2019 Capistrán documented each with photography or video, on view at the COLA show. Makeda Easter, latimes.com, "How guerrilla art on the streets of South L.A. confronts scars from the 1992 riots," 18 June 2019 Favorite Activities: Dancing, painting, and photography. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Meet the cast of Big Brother season 21," 17 June 2019 Practice light painting and night photography on Haast Beach, at the heart of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area. National Geographic, "New Zealand High School Expedition," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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photography

noun

English Language Learners Definition of photography

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

photography

noun
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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