Outline of photography


The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to photography:

Photography – process of making pictures by the action of recording light patterns, reflected or emitted from objects, on a photosensitive medium or an image sensor through a timed exposure. The process is done through mechanical, chemical, or electronic devices known as cameras.

Areas of practiceEdit

Applied photographyEdit

Scientific photographyEdit

Scientific imagingEdit
Medical imagingEdit

Creating images of the human body or parts of it, to diagnose or examine disease.

Commercial photographyEdit

Police and military photographyEdit

Social dimensions of photographyEdit


Political dimensions of photographyEdit

Photography and desireEdit

Subjects, styles, and formatsEdit

Photographic subjectsEdit

Photographic stylesEdit

Photographic formatsEdit

See also: Scientific imaging

Art and theoryEdit

Art and photographyEdit


Photographic technologyEdit

See also: History of photographic technology

Image captureEdit


Types of cameraEdit
Parts of a cameraEdit






Photographic effectsEdit

Photographic processingEdit

Digital processingEdit


Papers, prints, and -typesEdit

Photographic techniquesEdit

Photographic conceptsEdit



Digital imagingEdit

Digital image formatsEdit

Photography organizationsEdit

Photographic equipment makersEdit

Museums and librariesEdit

Museums and libraries with significant photography collections.


Photographers by nationalityEdit

History of photographyEdit

History of photographic technologyEdit

Pioneers and inventors of photographic technologyEdit

Historic photographic processesEdit

History of photography in culture and artEdit


External linksEdit

  • Judging the authenticity of Photographs: 1800s to Today Guide for collectors and historians
  • Rarities of the USSR photochronicles Pioneers of Soviet Photography.
  • "Every Picture Has a Story" - uses pictures from the Smithsonian's collections to show the development of the technology through the nineteenth century.
  • Shades of Light (Australian Photography 1839 - 1988) the online version of the original Shades of Light published 1998, Gael Newton, National Gallery of Australia.
  • Illustrated Photography - Basic Photography - The basics of photography explained in a series of articles.
  • Camera Obscura - digital library on the history photographic techniques