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  • Jan 22, 2012
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Photography is the mastery of a science with an eye for artistic impression. It is not necessary a science nor is it an art. Instead, it is a process, one which involves story telling.

Why do we all take photos? We mortals love to share stories. For some (minority), perhaps they want to create art. Although art is only art after the public acknowledge it as one (either during or after the creator's life). 

With technology at the forefront of our lives today, everyone or anyone can be taking snapshot of photos. Although, when it comes to the term photography, it tends to be associated with some degree of technique and creativity rather than mere photo taking (just as a 5 year old can learn to do). At least that's how I perceived the term photography. There ought to be some skill and talent involved...

There are many approaches to photography. In the past, the subject matter was mostly landscapes. Then with the advent of digital photography where many things can be "manipulated", the tendency now appears to be for people and animal images. Nature still is a favorite for those who are endowed with an abundance of national parks and beautiful landscapes in their backyards. For many who work and live in the cities though, due to its limitation, some prefer to focus on people and architecture instead. 

With the introduction of Facebook, I found myself taking more of photos of people and food. Yes, food is a BIG hit. One can almost guarantee viewership when it comes to sharing food. People simply love food! This is quite a new theme. In the past, when it comes to films, I don't recall seeing as many pictures of food as today. I tried googled for food images and I found a massive 9.84 billion! Curious, I tried people and it returns a result of only 1.37 billion while the word landscape generates only a mere 16.8 million images! So, yes, we are fascinated and obsessed by FOOD!

With the spreading of social medias, sites like Facebook and Flickr have brought photography to the forefront of human interactions and relationships. Social media is shaping the life cycle of photography and even our voice communication! Many 5 year old surprisingly take decent photos. However, the more of it we have in our current world, the less of us can make a decent living out of it. Standards and demands for professional photography (as well as amateur) have improved tremendously. The question though is... what set a photo out from the rest? What's your view on this? I'd be curious to find out!

To me personally, it's one that involves patience and focus in the creator as well as a work that tells an appealing story; one that induces an impulse, emotional response or a lifestyle association which I am compelled to act on. That's true photography to me! It doesn't have to be professional or commercial, it does has to be one that has some form of meaning we as individual can attached to. Thereby, my conclusion that it is now a wonderful form of story telling. 
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January 22, 2012
I've been getting more into photography, now that I have a decent point and shoot. I think that food photos are interesting, I take way too many to include in posts or recipes or reviews. But, I heard somewhere that people are actually sick of seeing food photos on Facebook. I guess time will tell! I'd like to take a photography class this year to help teach me the art form of it and free the possibilities of my creativity in that art form. Great write-up, Sharrie! There are some photos that I take that I love and think are artistic and others...not so much. But, that's the beauty of photography!
January 25, 2012
Thanks, Sam! It's always good to learn something new and photography is a very healthy hobby to have! :)
January 22, 2012
Yup, I took photography many years ago and it is quite the art form. A lot of it too involves being in the right place at the right time when shooting theme expressionistic photos while some seek out great shots. Digitial photography had made things easier to enhance the images whereas before thid art takes a careful eye and precision. Nice one.
January 25, 2012
"being in the right place at the right time" ... that doesn't apply just to photography but many major things in life! Generally, photography is a happy outlet of expression for most people!
January 22, 2012
Great pictures !
January 25, 2012
Thanks! Do you like to take photos?
January 26, 2012
I used to take more pictures than I do now.
January 22, 2012
Great review, Sharrie! It's coincidental that just tonight, my friends and I had a discussion about what purpose beautiful imagery and views serve. Well, they do say that a picture is worth a thousand words ;)
January 22, 2012
Thanks, Debbie! Yes, indeed it's worth a thousand words and possibly even more! It has since becoming a lifestyle!
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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Photography is the process, activity and art of creating still or moving pictures by recording radiation on a sensitive medium, such as a photographic film, or an electronic sensor. Light patterns reflected or emitted from objects activate a sensitive chemical or electronic sensor during a timed exposure, usually through a photographic lens in a device known as a camera that also stores the resulting information chemically or electronically. Photography has many uses for business, science, art and pleasure.

The word "photograph" was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek φῶς (phos) "light" and γραφή (graphê) "representation by means of lines" or "drawing", together meaning "drawing with light". Traditionally, the products of photography have been called negatives and photographs, commonly shortened to photos.
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