Photography is the science, art and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film. That may sounds a little complex to understand. So normally, the more you deal with this, the more you will realize that, 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. The word “photography” was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos), “light”, “representation by means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light”.
What is the purpose of photography?
Photography is part of the evolution of the human desire to capture and express life; since the earliest days of artistic expression and documentation in the form of cave paintings, humans have been attempting to capture and record life around themselves in various formats, including drawing, painting, sculpting, writing and photographing.
How has photography changed the world?
Photography has changed the world by allowing people to see distant places and foreign people. Photography made images more democratic. During the middle Ages and Renaissance, only members of the upper classes could have their image made. By the middle of the 20th century, average citizens could take a picture and share their experience with the world. It has also changed the way we view the war.
Why is photography so important?
Photography allows people to communicate what is important to them, helps to preserve history, facilitates communication, enables people to become artists and moves people in ways that words sometimes cannot.
What impact does photography have on society?
Photography has impacted society by allowing people to see others whom they would never have an opportunity to see otherwise. This includes presidents, politicians, celebrities and people from foreign countries. The advent of photography changed citizen voting behavior. Photography is also largely responsible for the modern-day concept of celebrity. Before the invention of photography, it was impossible for one person to have millions of fans and followers worldwide.
How it was earlier?
Photography used to be extremely expensive, demanding on the participants, and time consuming. It was reserved for only the most special of occasion, including death. Even though photography is cheap and easily accessible these days, the quality of the photo can still be just as meaningful as back in the olden days. Today people may be posting something as useless as pictures of their feet on Facebook; however, people are still taking and sharing baby births, weddings, and other photos of life changing events.
Photographs have evolved from a very serious form of record-creation to a much more casual tool
The perception changed but the meaning and attachment still present but in different ways. I would say that photographs have evolved from a very serious form of record-creation to a much more casual tool. Photos have been altered and tampered with since the dawn of photography for various reasons, usually with either a political or a profit motive – that is something that has not changed much.
Everybody Is photographer:
Would it ever be possible to capture the ‘Kodak’ moments of life without the existence of a camera? Obviously not! We all aren’t artists. But every Tom, Dick, and Harry can click a photo. Photography isn’t only about recording moments or clicking images. It is a form of expression, a form of communication, a form of art and sometimes a form of craft.
Incredible impact on our personal life:
Although you may have never thought about it, photography has had an incredible impact on all of our personal lives. Shooting, protecting and sharing our special memories has never been easier than with photography. However, the benefits of photos don’t end with great vacation photos, it has helped to improve far more than our ability to share and store photographs, and for many modern industries it is hard to remember a time before it existed.
Photography works like a bridge:
Photography creates a bridge between what we expect to see, and all there really is to see. It is literally an eye opening evolutionary process that brings the unseen into the light!
It captures life
We all know that the memories of every stage of our lives are critically important; from birth to toddler to school, becoming a graduating senior, to getting engaged, married, celebrating a family reunion or anniversary.
More clear and democratic
For every major moment in modern history, photographs have illustrated and astounded news which otherwise we could not possibly believe. When man walked on the moon, a camera was there. When Hitler was gaining the power to order the massacring of millions of innocent people, a camera was there. When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and then released, a camera was there. They had heard of death but actually seeing it was a whole different story. They began to look at war as a more serious life or death situation.
Life has become impossible
It’s hard to think of any activity in our lives that does not in some way benefit or capitalise from the use of photography. This is especially true in the arts. If photography had not been invented today we would be lacking a beautiful form of art and creativity. In the click of a button a masterpiece can be created.
Photography creates jobs, broadcasts culture and events and more importantly it has aided us in almost every aspect of our lives either directly or indirectly. Can you name a profession that does not use photography?
Evolution: Social Media and the New Meaning of Photographs
Selfie photography trend
Talking about photographs without mentioning about selfie is kind of synonymous of crime actually. How can we miss those special Duck face, fish face pose that makes the selfie trendy. Selfie has become kind of synonymous to photographs. It’s pretty ridiculous and unhelpful to say that the selfie started in 1839 by Robert Cornelius. The modern selfie trend was obviously triggered by the arrival of the front-facing camera in the iPhone 4 in 2010, and has been fueled by the popularity of mobile photo services (Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr). Especially with Facebook became not just a social network but a means of proving one’s social reach. Posed group photographs, tagged pictures, and friend counts were signifiers of social net worth, and a sign of healthy participation in the digital world.
Click click click from bedroom to restroom:
People’s behaviour in public has changed. The impact is Dramatic now. Once upon a time a photographer wouldn’t dare waste a shot unless they were virtually certain it would work. Even when rolls of film were at their most popular, photography could be an expensive hobby for the amateur. But now in the digital age there is almost no consequence or cost to taking pictures, beyond charging the phone or dedicated camera. So they keep taking p;hotos of every single moment of their life.
“I was there”:
Now a days everyone likes to snap the moments of wherever they go, whomever they meet, whatever they do. They want to have a proof of every moment and that’s why they keep capturing all the happenings of life, whether it is meaningful or useless sometimes.
“I have done that” phenomena
People at present have become very expressive with the help of photography.In a world of modernity, they like to capture all the little facts and events of their life. Whether watching Cricket match, Celebrating any special day like friendship day or parents day, or suppoting any social event, or have gone to see art works of a painter, they like to capture all whatever they have done. In the shallowness of modern world they love to keep the proof of their busyness and involvement with all other activities.
Yes the trend of taking wedding photographs was always there. But the present situation is far bigger than that. Whether it is the groom or the bride’s family, people are more concern about capturing each and every moments of this special day. From the style of wedding photography to the poses of the guests have changed quitely.
With the change of photography, trend of food photography also has changed a lot. Whatever the event, cause or situation may be…food is always there. From tea to tiramisu, from biriyani to burger, pictures of delicious foods are now captured. Restaurants, chefs and event management companies are also getting more experimental with that. But earlier it was not like that. Imagine you are in 90’s and you had a party last night. And today you have bought some pictures of the food that was served/ cooked last night to show your friends. Remember she / he will really feel peculiar with such activities.
Close attachment to social media:
Yes we know that using photo in social media keep the stories alive. .How else has the meaning of the photograph changed? The knowledge that a shared personal photo on the Internet can be downloaded, manipulated, reused, repurposed and retransmitted by anyone, potentially shifts control of the photograph away from the photographer and into the public domain. Rather than creating a fixed and permanent memory, photos shared on the Internet take on an evanescent or transient quality. Today’s photo could mean anything tomorrow.
Photographs symbolize a fluid Self
Finally, photographs are one way that people build and form their identities. In particular, sharing everyday experiences with peers through photos can be an important part of identity formation. But what happens when people manipulate their photos in an effort to reshape their identities? Change a hair color here, remove an embarrassing friend there or add a more impressive background. Suddenly the digital photograph symbolizes a fluid self, where one’s public identity can transform like a chameleon.
Upcoming 3D technology
The video and film industry has experienced false dawns as far as 3D technology in concerned. However, a lot of effort is being put in place to ensure that this dream is realized. As such, we can look forward to taking 3D photos in the near future. This will be completely revolutionist, as you would be able to take a photo and look around corners with ease.
Photographs have the power to create, to condemn, to celebrate or reveal and to catalyze. How that power has been used and abused is subject to many debates but no one can disagree that the world would be a dramatically different place had photography never been invented. Photographs create a shared memory bank, publicly or privately, whether it is personal or global, whether a family album or a newspaper they have these memories are never lost. Photographs have helped modernize use in everyday life to a point where we don’t even notice. So,