What is Photography?

Photography comes from two ancient Greek words: photo, for “light,” and graph, for “drawing.” Combine them and we have “drawing with light”.

Spencer profoundly defines it as the art, science and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film, or electronically by means of an image sensor. [1]

Simply put, photography is the art or process of taking pictures with a camera.

Several factors or elements contribute to creating a single photograph.

The important ones for me are focus, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Other factors that can also be considered are white balance, metering, focal length, filters, type of lens, and nature of light recording material.

I will be sharing more about them later on.

Meanwhile, let me share to you a picture/s of one of my fave subjects.

Meet Ahgurl!


1. Spencer, D A (1973). The Focal Dictionary of Photographic Technologies. Focal Press. p. 454. ISBN 240 50747 9.