Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums >

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jan 22, 2006, 6:30 AM   #1
Junior Member
MacGyver8's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 4

Hello, my english is bad, and i don´t know the differences between photographs and snapshots.

Help please!
MacGyver8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jan 22, 2006, 6:44 AM   #2
Senior Member
E.T's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 921

To put it simply taking photograph is where you think about composition, framing, exposure and setting right white balance and such before pressing "trigger".
Snapshot is that one when you do that point&shooting without thinking more than "Gee, that looks nice, I'll snap photo from it."
E.T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2006, 6:59 AM   #3
Junior Member
MacGyver8's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 4

Ok, Thank you very much
MacGyver8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2006, 10:41 AM   #4
Senior Member
terry@softreq.com's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 2,540

we're all gulity of taking snapshots time to time.

terry@softreq.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2006, 12:54 PM   #5
Super Moderator
peripatetic's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 3,599

I disagree with the above posts.

Photographs covers all kinds of pictures taken with a camera.

Types (genres) of photographs include:


All of those can be good or bad within their own genre.

A snapshot is a photograph that is not planned ahead of time. You have your camera, you see something, you shoot it.

Snapshots can be good or bad, just like any other type of photography.

All of the aspects that make a good or bad photograph can be applied to a snapshot.

The snapshot is the most common type of photograph taken by amateurs. This means that most snapshots are bad photographs because most people take a lot of bad photographs.

But some snapshots can be great art.

peripatetic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2006, 1:51 PM   #6
Senior Member
BillDrew's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Hay River Township, WI
Posts: 2,512

There isn't a clean distinction between a photograph and a snapshot. I think a photograph will hang in an art gallery while a snapshot will only be of interest to people who know the shooter and/or subject. A photograph is trying to be art.

There are many reasons to shoot pictures: documentation, a visual diary, playing with gadgets, ...

There is no reason to feel guilty about shooting snapshots. They can bring back wonderful memories or show what the garage looked like before it was painted.
BillDrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2006, 11:09 PM   #7
Senior Member
VTphotog's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Extreme Northeastern Vermont, USA
Posts: 4,309

Completely in agreement with Peripatetic here. Snapshot is just a category of photography. Because most snapshots are taken on the spur of the moment, and by amateur photographers, they are looked down on by some. Probably the biggest difference between snapshots and other photographs is the lack of time to plan and make camera setting adjustments.

While I agree that most snapshots are not great quality or very artistic, I have to wonder what percentage of pics taken by pros get turned into saleable product. I know that I often take several angles and exposures of a subject to get one I consider good, and sometimes throw out the whole series if I'm not satisfied.

VTphotog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 23, 2006, 8:02 AM   #8
JohnG's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 8,529

Here's my cut. Mind you, this is a completely subjective topic.

I'm going to throw out the whole 'planned' vs. 'unplanned'. Great photos can be completely unplanned. To me, what makes the difference between the two is:

A photograph has appeal to people other than the picture taker / immediate audience. Whereas a snapshot generally has just some sentimental value to the picture taker and his/her immediate audience (friends or family from the vacation, etc.). There are good and bad photographs and good and bad snapshots. Either can be out of focus, incorrect exposure, blurrred, too tight, too far away. Or at the other extreme, both can be perfectly exposed, perfectly framed, perfectly timed. To me the difference is this: is the subject matter and composition of interest to an outside audience? If so, then I would classify it as a photograph. If not, then it is likely a snapshot. There is nothing wrong with snapshots. Photo albums are full of them. We all have them from vacations, birthday parties - whatever. And they serve a great purpose.

JohnG is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:03 AM.