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

Started Apr 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
bosjohn21 Forum Pro • Posts: 19,543
Re: It's pretentious and irritating (nt)

Paul Farace wrote:

:-PEvery word we use today, maybe with one or two exceptions, is in the dictionary!!! And trust me... having been around the photographic world for most of my 55 years... capture as a synonym for picture, or shot, is very recent (10 years) and VERY HIPSTER!  It just sounds so darn pretentious...

Are you aware that the Romans knew the word Focus?  To them it was the hearth of a house, the fireplace if you will... the most important part of the house... so thousands of years later when physicists were pioneering the science of optics and light... they "borrowed" the word focus to describe the point of greatest value.... etc.

As a middle-aged (old fart) Midwestern American the word capture is only used in the context of this forum and a few other web-based blogs.

"You say To-may-toe, I say To-mat-toe ... let's call the whole thing off... or I'll SHOOT YOU!!!"

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

I am the one with the dictionary although I didnt need it as I dont need a dictionary to know the etimoloty of focus.Which makes me wonder why you attached here as he seems to agree with you.

As I pointed out in a previous post things change with time, as photography mirges more and more with other electronic media more and more electronic media terms will become popular. Capture has been used by the geeks for years.

As far as pretentious thats a judgement call on your part and is personal to you, why inflict it on others. The word is being used correctly so one can only imagine where your irritation is comming from; perhaps you associate the word with some bad feelings you have had. who knows but as I am sure most will agree the discussion is boardering on the purile

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