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Photography is the science, art and practice of generating robust 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. Archetypally, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emanated from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. With the aid of an electronic image sensor it produces an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically treated and stored in a digital image file for ensuing display or processing.

The result of photographic emulsion is invisible and latent, and is later chemically developed into a visible image, either negative or positive depending on the purpose of the photographic material and the method of processing. A negative image on film is traditionally used to photographically generate a positive image on a paper base, known as a print, either by using an enlarger or by contact printing.

The word photography originated from the Greek roots 'photos' meaning light and 'graphé' meaning representation by means of lines or drawing. Together the words meant 'drawing with light'. Photography is the outcome of coalescing several technical findings. Long before the first photographs were prepared, Chinese philosopher Mo Di and Greek mathematicians Aristotle and Euclid designed and described a pinhole camera in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE.

Photography is very prevalent not only because it is easy and simple to get going, but also because there is an ocean of creativity existing to express itself. Much more multifaceted than the point and click cameras most people use, professional photography has widespread options to form stunning pictures belonging to different genres. Photography is a hobby that just about anyone can take up irrespective of age as it can be learnt quite easily. There are some diverse elements you need to ponder in order to enjoy photography as a hobby, and take great pictures. With little knowledge and some practice, wonderful pictures are just a click away. There is nothing more enjoyable and gratifying than capturing pictures of wonderful moments in a frame and sharing them with others. However for beginners it can be challenging to find funding for buying camera equipment although dedication, passion for the hobby and working in the right direction can overcome any barrier.

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At Hobbylancer meet other photographers, learn about various photography genres and gain experience through projects. Sell or auction your photographs, capture stunning visuals, post jobs, organise workshops and discover and learn so much more. Interact with the large community of photographers, share tricks for photography and find galleries in your location to hold exhibitions. Let your pictures come do the talking for you at Hobbylancer.

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