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Photography Vocabulary for ESL


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What verbs collocate with "photo"? How do I describe my favourite photo? What is "perspective"? All these questions and more are answered in this helpful PPT. See for more IELTS resources.

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Photography Vocabulary for ESL

  1. 1. Photography Vocabulary Describing photos and photography
  2. 2. Photo (short for photograph) noun /ˈfəʊtəʊ/ – a picture taken with a camera Example phrases: a digital photo a black and white photo their wedding photos
  3. 3. Photography noun /fəˈtɒɡrəfi/ – the art or practice of taking photos Example sentences: He really enjoys photography. She studied photography for four years.
  4. 4. Photographer noun /fəˈtɒɡrəfə/ - a person to takes photos for their job Example sentences: She’s been a photographer since she graduated. They work as photographers for the BBC.
  5. 5. Language Points: to take a photo to shoot a photo Examples: What sort of photos do you like to take? Did you take any good photos last night? We shot some great photos at the lake. I like to shoot photos of animals more than people.
  6. 6. Selfie noun /ˈsɛlfi/ - a photo of yourself
  7. 7. Examples: Do people take too many selfies nowadays? Is it healthy to take selfies? A man died while trying to take a selfie last week. My girlfriend takes selfies every day! They really hate it when people take selfies. Did you hear about the monkey that took a selfie with a photographer’s camera?!
  9. 9. Landscape photography
  10. 10. Portrait photography
  11. 11. Underwater photography
  12. 12. Others: We can say “photos of….” • photos of old buildings • photos of sporting events • photos of food • animals Q: What kind of photography do you do? A: I mostly do landscape photography, but I also enjoy shooting photos of animals. When I’m out with my friends, I always take photos of my food, too.
  13. 13. PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES Words to describe photos and photography
  14. 14. Composition noun /kɒmpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n/ - the parts making up a whole creation
  15. 15. Frame/ framing
  16. 16. Perspective /pəˈspɛktɪv/ - relating to the angle of the camera, ie shooting up or down
  17. 17. QUESTION TIME Talking about photography
  18. 18. Discuss Watch the video to get some ideas and then talk with a partner about the following question: • What do you think makes a good photo?