What is photography?
This is a question as easy as it is complex to answer. Answering as a dictionary, photography is the result of the action of photographing, no, I don’t try to tease you, I just want to help you understand how metaconceptual (concept of concepts) this word is.
What is photographing?
In not-so-simple words, it is the process of creating representations of reality by capturing, through mechanical and/or electronic devices, the light that objects reflect and/or emit. This definition may seem very broad or abstract, but it’s the best definition I can give without delving into how, which we’ll talk about below.
How do I build a photograph?
Again, the explanation of this can complicate everything one proposes, but a photo is constructed through the incidence of light on a photosensitive (light-sensitive) material. That’s all, well almost, the thing is that not any amount of light serves to capture this representation.
How much light is right?
Before answering this question I want to make a clarification, that which I mentioned about the incidence of light on photosensitive material is known as an exhibition, it is a word that you will find very often throughout your life as a photographer. For more details on how to control exposure I wrote an article that you can find in this link.
What types of photography are there?
Here there are no simple answers, nor unique ones, there are many themes/styles/techniques by which to take photography, some keys to understanding why there are so many classifications are:
- It depends on which segmentation criterion the ranking author has preset.
- Styles can be mixed, for example, a photograph that retracts a folk festival of a town or city, can be at the same time documentary, street and traditional, a photograph in lingerie, can be at the same time, fashionable, erotic and boudoir.
- Don’t take it too seriously, this is usually talked about to show the options you have when you’re starting out in photography, when you’ve found your way as a professional photographer or photographer or not, you won’t care where the border is between one type of photography and another.
Next I will try to contribute my grain of sand to shed light (never rather) on this topic:
Portrait photography or photographic portrait
Photos of babies or newborns
Photos of pregnant women or pregnancy