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.
Recent Examples on the Web His portrait photography includes celebrities Taylor Swift, Lizzo and The Weeknd. Gia Yetikyel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Photograph of Former President Donald J. Trump Is Newly Acquired by the National Portrait Gallery," 26 Apr. 2021 The newspaper has won New England Newspaper and Press Association awards for its photography, sports, and politics coverage., "In New Bedford, career journalists looking to shine a new light," 10 Apr. 2021 Stars like Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith and artists like Common, Questlove and Black Thoughts drove him to tell stories with his photography. Eric Johnson, Forbes, "Meet The Entrepreneur Who Is Bridging The Racial Divide In Soccer," 9 Apr. 2021 The words are spoken by his grandson, 32-year-old Justin Milhouse, who also makes art through his photography., "For Detroiter Donald Robinson art has always meant 'an opportunity to soar'," 29 Mar. 2021 Additionally, the content creator recently stepped down as a board member of his photography app, Dispo, after one of its top investors pulled its support. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "YouTube star David Dobrik apologizes to woman who accused Durte Dom of rape," 23 Mar. 2021 His photography isn’t what readers typically anticipate when flipping through the pages of a newspaper or glossy magazine. Time, "A Photographer's Unflinching Gaze on The War on Terror's Consequences," 22 Mar. 2021 And the first year is creating all the content, doing all of your writing, your testing, your photography. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Listen: The Hidden Labor Behind Recipes," 15 Mar. 2021 His only intention was to express himself through his photography and capture the beauty of Great American Ball Park. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Veteran photographer facing felonies apologizes, opens up about PTSD," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of photography

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photography was in 1839

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30 Apr 2021

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“Photography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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