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What Is the Meaning of the Word Photo and How Is It Used When Talking About Photography?

The word ‘photo’ comes from the Greek word for light, and when talking about photography it is used to describe a single image. When you take a picture using a camera you are capturing a photo. A photo may also be referred to as a ‘photograph’, this is a combination of the Greek words for light and drawing; A photograph is a drawing made of light. Someone who takes photos using a camera is a ‘photographer’ or someone who draws with light. The art of taking photos is referred to as ‘photography’ or drawing with light.


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