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

Started Apr 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
bosjohn21
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Re: Why I HATE the term "capture" for taking a photo...
In reply to Paul Farace, Apr 21, 2013

Paul Farace wrote:

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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Holding a camera, any camera, reduces my blood pressure, calms my nerves, and gives me a sense of opportunity!

doesn't really matter much what we call it it could be called swiss cheese if you want.

It is my humble opinion that capture has come to us from the computer world as in screen capture and the like and I think it refers to the process of the sensor capturing the light to form an image. This is actually a much more discriptiove term then the one we old time filmers used which was exposure we made a great exposure I mean really do we look like a bunch of exhibitioinists showing off our nether parts. Frankly I like capture works for me

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