Photography is used to preserve memories of favorite times, to capture special moments, to tell stories, to send messages, and as a source of entertainment. It has been called both an art and a science. It is an art form not unlike painting. A career in photography is often chosen because of its lifestyle and creative outlet. Photography is probably the most influential medium of the modern era.
Ways We Use Photography
Glamour photography is popular in advertising and in men's magazines. Street photography is a type of documentary photography that usually features people in candid situations in public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions, and other settings. The unique thing about still photography is that it forces you to stop, it forces you to think. Food photography is similar to still life photography, but requires some special skills. Nature photography is a rewarding experience for the photographer and also for the people who get to view the results. Aerial photography is used today as a source to collect a wide variety of information, including the location of transportation routes, streams, lakes, and the outlines of buildings and farm fields. Out of the various styles of photography recognized today, sports photography is favored most, probably for the thrill and excitement associated with it. For many, wedding photography is a dream job -getting paid to go to parties and take pictures.
All photographers are competing against an enormous pool of others at every skill level. As a photographer you need to learn how to make yourself soar above all the other turkeys out there. The photographers job is to use all their skills and techniques to bring meaning to a picture.
The tools of photography change all the time and these changes effect what we can do in the making a photograph. New photographic visions can arise from these technological changes. But for me, photography isn't about tools: it's about connecting with other people through your unique vision of the world. I personally feel that photography is another form of art like painting and I judge it based on whether the artists' expression talks to me.
The wonderful thing about photography is its ability to perform many roles and functions and to serve as a tool for individual expression. Photography is alive and well, it rocks!