What Is Photography?

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What is photography? 

I thought I might start off with what is photography and the history and reasons to use before I start publishing any future posts on my own learning experience through classes, self taught, reading, and sharing with learning from other photographers. Many definitions of photography are possible, although none will be universally agreed upon. This is how I read about. Photography defined as "a system designed to produce photographs." (Tom Arg) Photography means " a visual recording of an event through the agency of light using a light-sensitive material." My inspiration portfolio.

Key Notions

System: Photograph is like a system made with many components, each designed to perform different tasks, that all work together to capture an image by using light or other radiation. Each component has its own function for the overall task. Example lens to focus the light, film or sensor to record the image, and camera to hold the film or sensor. No item can create a photograph without any of these functions by itself or if one of them fails. A crucial element to the system is the photographer. The person who prepares the equipment, directing and using it to capture and record each image. View my landscapes and nature gallery.


Recording or capturing an image of an event is shaped by the complex set of circumstances that create the event being photographed. First instance in the image is the light leaving the subject and reaching the film or sensor through the lens. The image and its nature or feature attribute depends on these factors.The images features depends on the settings such as the focus, aperture, and shutter settings with any movement of the camera or the subject during exposure of image. Every image encapsulates not only the appearance of the subject but all the photographic settings used, the different features of the camera and any equipment used but more importantly the decisions and concept or ideas made by the photographer therefore the image of an event itself is also an event. Project work.


In digital imaging there are two kinds of processing: electronic and digital processing. Electronic processing takes place within the camera to convert energy for light into electrical pulses. More about this in future posts) There are then the digitally processed by computer programs within the camera and outside of it. The original photographic image when first captured is not visible unlike a painting or artwork. It is latent and needs processing steps to make it visible. This is done through the chemical action of developers on exposed film, electronic, and digital images. Chemical reactions that work in conditions that are precisely controlled by machinery with technicians that are experienced turning a strip of film into a visual record.

Visual Record

The purple of the processing steps is to create a static and stable visible record which is a print. The record is stable in its permanent essentially not changing when viewed over time without needing any special equipment to be viewed or visible. What is the beauty of photographic prints opposite from viewing it on a computer or monitor of any kind is that you can hold it up and touch it. But the crucial property of photography is that people can make copies or facsimiles from the original image that most are copyright protected. Later more on that topic and what steps you need or must do.) The power that is much of photography is used as a tool for communication resides in that fact. 

The photograph brings together a number of complex factors--the position, strength, and the color of light. The position of the subject. Visit my resources


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he photograph brings together a number of complex factors--the position, strength, and the color of light. The position of the subject (here in the image) and the camera settings using manual mode not auto mode. Lighting is essentially in photography. (Properties of lighting Next topic)


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