What is Photography?

What is Photography?

Photography is the art, application, and practice of creating durable images by recording light, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. It is employed in many fields of science, manufacturing (e.g., photolithography), and business, as well as its more direct uses for art, film and video production, recreational purposes, hobby, and mass communication


The word photography comes from two ancient Greek words: photo, for “light,” and graph, for “drawing.” Therefore, a literal translation of Photography is Drawing with light.

When a photograph is made, light or some other form of radiant energy, such as an X- ray, is used to record a picture of an object or scene on a light-sensitive surface.

Today, photography has become a powerful means of communication and a mode of visual expression that touches human life in many ways. For example, photography has become popular as a means of recording memories.

Most of the billions of photographs taken today are snapshots–casual records to document personal events such as vacations, birthdays, and weddings.