When you take a picture with a camera, the result is a photograph, a picture of your subject created by a special medium’s exposure to light. The first photographs were created on metal plates coated with a special chemical.

Although photography as we know it did not emerge until the 19th century, the word photograph evolved from the ancient Greek words phot-, "light," and graph-, "writing," which were combined to create the word for taking pictures — "light writing." Nowadays we take our photographs with electronic cameras, recording, transferring, and storing the pictures digitally. Times change, and while many people still enjoy using film cameras, they are becoming increasingly rare, and certain types of films are no longer produced.

Definitions of photograph

n a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

exposure, photo, pic, picture
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a photograph of a muscular man in minimal attire
black and white, monochrome
a black-and-white photograph or slide
photographic print of plans or technical drawings etc.
a photograph of an attractive woman in minimal attire
a photograph taken at close range
a photograph made by an early photographic process; the image was produced on a silver plate sensitized to iodine and developed in mercury vapor
blowup, enlargement, magnification
a photographic print that has been enlarged
a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film
a photograph that is printed on smooth shiny paper
a photograph of a person's head
hologram, holograph
the intermediate photograph (or photographic record) that contains information for reproducing a three-dimensional image by holography
a photograph taken from a distance
photograph reduced to the size of a dot (usually for purposes of security)
arial mosaic, mosaic, photomosaic
arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture
mug shot, mugshot
a photograph of someone's face (especially one made for police records)
a photographic copy of written or printed or graphic work
photographic print, print
a printed picture produced from a photographic negative
a photograph taken with the help of a microscope
radiogram, radiograph, shadowgraph, skiagram, skiagraph
a photographic image produced on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light (especially by X-rays or gamma rays)
shot, snap, snapshot
an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
spectrogram, spectrograph
a photographic record of a spectrum
stereo, stereoscopic photograph, stereoscopic picture
two photographs taken from slightly different angles that appear three-dimensional when viewed together
a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes)
telephoto, telephotograph
a photograph made with a telephoto lens
a photograph transmitted and reproduced over a distance
time exposure
a photograph produced with a relatively long exposure time
a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
wedding picture
photographs of bride and groom and their friends taken at their wedding
scene, shot
a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
moving or still pictures in contrasting colors that appear three-dimensional when superimposed
a radiogram produced by radiation emitted by the specimen being photographed
a photograph from which the background has been cut away
a photocopy made on a Photostat machine
a trial photographic print from a negative
radiophoto, radiophotograph
a photograph transmitted by radio waves
X ray, X-ray, X-ray photograph, X-ray picture, roentgenogram
a radiogram made by exposing photographic film to X rays; used in medical diagnosis
visible speech
spectrogram of speech; speech displayed spectrographically
a scene that is filmed but is not used in the final editing of the film
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a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

v record on photographic film

“I photographed the scene of the accident”
shoot, snap
film, shoot, take
make a film or photograph of something
photograph again
take an x-ray of something or somebody
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enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form

v undergo being photographed in a certain way

“Children photograph well”

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