Why I HATE the term "capture" for taking a photo...

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Paul Farace
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Why I HATE the term "capture" for taking a photo...
Apr 21, 2013

I see an increasing number of "hipster" photo folks talking about what a neat CAPTURE an image is... as if you set a trap and a mouse tripped a wire and ended up in a cage. That is a total slam against a photographer... even the most casual picture taken has some level of input from the photographer... even if it's the choice of lens (wide vs. the perspective-compacting effect of a telephoto) or lighting choice (stobe vs. none), or camera position ...  Even if you try to be neutral in your effect of recording something, you can not help but effect the final outcome in some way. I would consider someone referring to my images as "captures" as in effect saying, you totally lucked out and accidentally caught those images...

Or capture might apply if you set up remote operated and self-triggered camera in the woods to record a hungry herd of deer, or a wild shot of a raccoon.

Maybe I am not looking at it the right way...   input?

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