What is photograph?

  • (verb): Record on photographic film.
    Synonyms: snap, shoot
    See also — Additional definitions below


A photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic image such as a CCD or a CMOS chip. Most photographs are created using a camera, which uses a lens to focus the scene's visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of what the human eye would see. The process and practice of creating photographs is called photography. The word "photograph" was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning "light", and γραφή (graphê), meaning "drawing, writing", together meaning "drawing with light".

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Snapfish Lab - Imaging Tools
... tools provided by the site are Poster Creator allows users to combine multiple photographs into a single large sheet of paper ... algorithm, Blocked Recursive Image Composition, automatically arranges the photographs ... and fine-tune the results by swapping photographs or cropping them ...
... photography, toning is a method of changing the color of black-and-white photographs ... This darkroom process can not be done with a color photograph and although the black-and-white photograph is now toned, it is still considered a black and white ...
Lucy Danziger - Image Retouching
... post referring to the retouching of singer Kelly Clarkson's cover photograph in the September 2009 issue of Self, Danziger asserted that this is a common practice ... It's not, as in a news photograph, journalism." Danziger also volunteered that her own photograph had been retouched at her request ...
Photograph - Legal Issues
... often restrict photographs and films even more than the depicted acts photographs and films of legal acts may be illegal ...
Bahá'í Faith In Panama - Development
... conferences held in October 1967 around the world presented a viewing of a copy of the photograph of Bahá'u'lláh on the highly significant occasion ... the Hands of the Cause travelled to the conferences, 'each bearing the precious trust of a photograph of the Blessed Beauty, which it will be the privilege of those attending the Conferences ...

More definitions of "photograph":

  • (noun): A picture of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material.
    Synonyms: photo, exposure, pic
  • (verb): Undergo being photographed in a certain way.
    Example: "Children photograph well"

Famous quotes containing the word photograph:

    Any one who knows what the worth of family affection is among the lower classes, and who has seen the array of little portraits stuck over a labourer’s fireplace ... will perhaps feel with me that in counteracting the tendencies, social and industrial, which every day are sapping the healthier family affections, the sixpenny photograph is doing more for the poor than all the philanthropists in the world.
    Macmillan’s Magazine (London, September 1871)

    I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.
    Man Ray (1890–1976)

    I’d been in Burbank for three days, trying to suffuse a really dull-looking rocker with charisma.... It is possible to photograph what isn’t there; it’s damned hard to do, and consequently a very marketable talent.
    William Gibson (b. 1948)