What is photography?

Photography, what is it?

legendary_kiss_v-j_day_in_times_square_alfred_eisenstaedtPhotography, what is it? For some it is a form of art, for others a way to secure daily bread, but in reality it is a way how people who call themselves photographers express. Funny thing is how when you start taking photography more seriously, then your everyday hobby, you seem to look at the world with a different set of eyes 😀 Suddenly you don’t just see a man or a woman walking down a street, but you see a path they are walking in and you try to capture that one significant moment in their life, the moment which is frozen in time.

Just like the photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a sailor and nurse kissing. So it wouldn’t be far from true to say that photographers live their life one moment at a time.

Technical stuff

From a technical standpoint taking a photograph is a way of drawing with the light. The name itself comes from Greek words  φῶς (phos), (genitive: phōtós) meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, meaning “drawing with light”.001_a01_camera_obscura_abrazolas

Several other discoveries had to be made so we could capture the light. From the camera obscura
to an invention of film and later digital sensor, drawing with light has come a long way, and it is easier then ever to capture a shot.

But to call that shot a photography you need to have that special something we are all aspiring to.

Today a shot is just one button press away, instantly displaying on our screens available to print, share, or just to pixel peep 😀 Digital photography has become so much more than the original product of first bulky cameras with low res sensors and slow writing speed to beasts with 15+ frames per second and high res files. Dynamic range, ISO, and overall image quality improve significantly with every new camera generation.

Where the future of photography lies no one knows for sure, but I’m pretty sure its going to be an interesting one.