Photography is an art of capturing the moments we want to save or we wish to see, it is also the art or practice of taking and processing photographs. It is also a hobby for many people and a profession for a few. It is said that an image is equal to thousands of words. With help of photography, we can capture our memorable moments of our life through which we can look back at those moments after taking photos of these moments. Whether, it is an event or birthday party, wedding, national and international events, family get-together and business meetings. Photos not only captures moments but also those minute detailed things that our naked eyes can't see. The word "photography" is a combination of the Greek root words "photo" that means "light" and "graphia" that means "writing" or "drawing". Thus, "photography" literally or in other words means writing or drawing with light.

In 1839, Sir John Herschel coined the terms "photograph" and "photography" and established them in the academic and general vernacular. Where they have remained relatively unaltered since then and I was a very important event that occurred in the history of photography. "Photograph" the word indicates the product of photography and shares the same etymology as well. The word "photograph" was competed against other contenders before its acceptance which includes, for example, the helio-graph, the photo-gene and the sun-print. It was Sir Herschel's lecture on photography at the Royal Society in London in March of 1839 that appeared to have an effect on the history of photography that solidified the use of the term itself. Photography has impacted and influenced society by allowing people to see others who they would never have an opportunity to see otherwise, for example, famous personalities, business tycoons and politicians, presidents, celebrities and people from foreign countries. The advent or arrival of photography changed how the citizens behave. Photography is also largely responsible for the modern-day concept of celebrity by giving them recognition and fame in society.

Before the invention of photography, it was impossible for one person to have millions of fans and followers worldwide like now-a-days, famous personalities and journalists do. Photography is also important for the society because it enables the diffusion of objective information through the visual capture of things as they really are rather than creating images with imagination. Photography allows people to accurately familiarize themselves with far-off landscapes and cultures. It also has the power to sway or influence public opinion through the presentation of emotionally moving images from all over the world.

Photography is also said to be the art, process or job of taking pictures with a camera. Photography is the series of actions which involves light or electromagnetic radiations to record images of objects on various surfaces. Photography requires light to duplicate the real-life images that are being taken by the photographer. A camera is used to capture the image needed to produce, the recreation of the image onto photographic film. I realize everything in photography comes down to one word- 'vision'. Call it vision, imagination, or seeing, it all comes down to the same thing- the ability to envision a final result in your mind's eye, and then to make it so with your tools at hand. This is how photography is performed throughout the whole world globally. I personally, feel that photography is a wonderful invent for us and it allows us to see people, places and events we can never dream of. Photography also benefits the field of journalism.


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