The difference between a picture and a photograph. It’s not about skill, it’s about intent.

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Slats of light by Richard WeisserMy friend Michael Thornton asked about the difference in A Picture or a Photograph... and I thought enough about the question to add my two cents worth.

The difference between a picture, or snapshot, and a photograph lies purely in the intent of the creator. If the image is intended as a mere thumbnail of reality that captures a moment in time that documents the location in its chronological state, then it is a picture.

If the photographer endeavors to create interest beyond the obvious by provoking thought or stimulating passion, then it is a photograph. Imagery is a powerful form of communication, and the key is producing a statement that sends the intended message.

Ice Spikes by Richard WeisserIt’s not as easy as it sounds. Visual cognition is subjective, and unlike the spoken word, relies on the viewer’s comprehension and interpretation of form, color, contrast and subject matter.

There is something of a knack to effectively achieving the best results over the broadest range of the intended audience. And while it’s not just a hit or miss operation, experience does tend to dictate what works and what doesn’t.

Photography is more of an art than a science. It is seeing what others might miss, or capturing the underlying essence of what lies before you.

And that’s a powerful tool in the arsenal of communication!

Plunging Water by Richard Weisser

 

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Pete Deininger
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Richard,

Good post. What I like about photography and creating imagery is the blend of scientific and creative. It gets both sides of my brain working in combination to bring to life exactly what I see in my mind's eye.

May 31, 2010 11:45 AM
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Gene Riemenschneider
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Good post and very true.  There is a parallel and my motto, "Turning Houses into Homes."

May 31, 2010 11:53 AM
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Lisa Hill
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Hmm. Thanks for the definition. I've always wondered. However, I think my own definition is a bit more expansive. But that's irrelevent. I agree about it being more art than science. So many things are that way. I personally don't have the equipment to take a true "photo", but it doesn't stop me from trying. I guess that's why I take about 15 (or more) shots of so many things, while moving just a fraction of an inch sometimes. Some achieve easily, and some of us just keep trying! =)

May 31, 2010 03:19 PM
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Patsy Overton
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I'm glad I came across this post, especially since I missed my photography class last week at the FMLS office; however, I doubt this was covered in the training!

June 02, 2010 02:58 PM
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Patty Mortara REALTOR, ABR, CRS | Hunterdon County (NJ)
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There is certainly a distinction, and you have figured out how to verbalize it -- THANKS!

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