photography

Photography is the art or process of taking pictures using a camera. If you're very interested in photography, you might want to learn how to develop your own film in a darkroom. You should also practice yelling "Say cheese!"

The word photography combines Greek roots phōtos, "light," and graphé, "represent by drawing lines" — so photography is essentially "drawing with light." Since it was invented in the 19th century, the art of capturing images using light has expanded far beyond what the original photographers could have imagined. Today many of us practice photography using our phones. Other advances through the years have included color film, instant photographs, and digital photography, among many others.

Definitions of photography
  1. noun
    the process of producing images of objects on photosensitive surfaces
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    anaglyphy
    the process of producing pictures in contrasting colors that appear three-dimensional when superimposed and viewed through spectacles with one red and one green lens
    autotype, autotypy
    process for producing permanent prints in a carbon pigment
    digital photography
    a photographic method that stores the image digitally for later reproduction
    dry plate, dry plate process
    a former photographic method that used a glass plate coated with a light-sensitive gelatinous emulsion
    photomechanics, photoplate making
    the process whereby printing surfaces (plates or cylinders) are produced by photographic methods
    powder method, powder photography, powder technique
    a process for identifying minerals or crystals; a small rod is coated with a powdered form of the substance and subjected to suitably modified X-rays; the pattern of diffracted rings is used for identification
    radiography, skiagraphy
    the process of making a radiograph; producing an image on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light
    scanning
    the process of translating photographs into a digital form that can be recognized by a computer
    video digitizing
    the process of capturing and converting and storing video images for use by a computer
    autoradiography
    producing a radiograph by means of the radiation emitted from the specimen being photographed
    dithering
    the process of representing intermediate colors by patterns of tiny colored dots that simulate the desired color
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    physical process, process
    a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
  2. noun
    the act of taking and printing photographs
    synonyms: picture taking
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    radiography
    photography that uses other kinds of radiation than visible light
    xerography
    forming an image by the action of light on a specially coated charged plate; the latent image is developed with powders that adhere only to electrically charged areas
    telephotography
    photography using a telephoto lens
    exposure
    the act of exposing film to light
    cinematography, filming, motion-picture photography
    the act of making a film
    X-ray photography, roentgenography
    radiography that uses X-rays to produce a roentgenogram
    xeroradiography
    radiography using X-rays and xerographic (rather than roentgenographic) techniques
    overexposure
    the act of exposing film to too much light or for too long a time
    underexposure
    the act of exposing film to too little light or for too short a time
    time exposure
    exposure of a film for a relatively long time (more than half a second)
    take
    the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption
    animation
    the making of animated cartoons
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    pictorial representation, picturing
    visual representation as by photography or painting
  3. noun
    the occupation of taking and printing photographs or making movies
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    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
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