I pose this question, 'What's the difference between a snapshot and a photograph?" I would appreciate some seriously thoughtout responses to help me better understand this concept. Thank you for your time.
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Kent - Wahoo, you're very exemplary in your comment. All the various view points have all aluded to the same general consensus - precisely what you have said. Thanks for joining in.
Snap - Shot to gain something quick without much thought or preparation. to just catch hopefully something that looks good, no foresight, no time for planning quick and sudden.
All of these in my mind are Snap - Shot. Now Photography Wow can I go right off on this one...I will refrain as I think my point is clear.
Gloria - Ohmigosh, I love those words, "bring your heart with your camera". One of the hardest things to teach is seeing and this weekend I'm teaching a two day workshop via ghost towns on this very subject, I would like to use Johns words, do you think he'll mind?
Ah - evocative, that touches on the reality of what is Art. It's interesting to note that what person considers art another would throw in the garbage while another would show it like it was a multimillion dollar item.
As we see with our heart we also see with our past, hence we have on colored glasses (of sorts) to look through. All of lifes experiences come into play and present us with a series of preconceptions. It's these preconceptions that gets us into trouble. The best students I've had has been 5-6-7 year olds as they have little to none at all preconceptions of any type.
I like your thought, " ... feeling with your eyes = a photograph!" Well said.
Indeed, as a photographer you feel with your eyes, not only see. That would make the results of your shutter trigger a photograph which also becomes evocative, not only a snapshot.
The member John C. put it very well into words "bring your heart with your camera".
After getting very familiar with your tools (camera, et al) I believe the most important step is to learn to actively see. Thus you have to connect with your surrounding. Only then one can produce one artistic snapshot after another. Actively seeing also helps extract a snapshot from a whole environment. An established connection, from my personal experience, triggers an emotion which prompts me to want to eternalize a moment. Sometimes I am lucky that I have my camera with me when that occurs.
One branch of photography is the Contemplative Photography which is all about seeing and snap the shot as your mind compose it.
After seeing an exhibit on H. Cartier-Besson's work, I read his book. I was surprise to find out that his approach was quite similar.
While I'm painfully aware of my many short comings as a photographer, I'm equally aware of my strengths.After sixty years of practice I can spot a good shot, raise my camera and compose a good photo in a fraction of a second. It has become instinct. Any observer would say that he just took a snapshot. Just as an expert marksman can shoot a bulls eye with little apparent effort, it isn't the time involved it IS the training. The brain can process a great deal of information very quickly, so it is possible consider all the pertinent information in an instant. You and I have been on shoots where people spent many minutes setting up on a tripod and fiddling with there camera, only to get crap . Experienced photographers make it look easy, which it is AFTER you spend thousands of hours practicing.
Photograph is the output of Snapshot and Well composed shot. When one have enough time to think do the experiment by changing the exposure(Aperture and Shutter speed) and framing(Composition) or otherwise there are moments where photographers have to leave everything on camera except clicking the shutter as CC described the subject was on the dock for less than a second called snapshot. Since low end cameras with only P or/and Auto mode is the most popular for buyers leaving only one option for the person to frame and snap, I think snapshot and snap shooter terms branded. I know some professionals also leave their camera on auto mode when there is no assignment to tackle every wanted/unwanted situation in emergency.
But the Photograph is the ultimate result.
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