Snapshot vs Photograph

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  1. AgentDrex

    AgentDrex No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What's the difference?

    How can one tell the difference between a snapshot and a good photo?
     
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    I guess a snapshot is when you just point the camera and shoot, with no thought to the composition of the picture. This often results in a low quality picture.
     
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    Sometimes you get lucky with snapshots and sometimes you're trained so well you look for composition intuitively. I think a snapshot is just a photo that can't be 'saved' with PPing and there's just nothing artistic (technically or creatively) about it.
     
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    this is my definition.

    a snapshot apeals to only the people in the photo or to someone who knows them or the photographer.

    a photograph will make a strange take a second look and perhaps even a wow.

    it is so hard as we all bring our "luggage " to the table which influences our preceptions.
     
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    Someone in another post said sports shots are snapshots so i shoot 90% snapshots
     
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    Every snapshot is a photograph. But not every photograph is a snapshot.
     
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    That was me and I still hold that opinion.

    For me, a snapshot is a shot that is taken quickly without thought. It doesn't mean the shot is bad, it just means it was a quick shot (a "snap"shot). In sports photography, you often take many pictures in hopes of catching that perfect moment.

    If you take a picture of something that you put any level of thought into, then it's not a snapshot. In other words, if you planned the shot, it's not a snapshot. You don't plan the moment a receiver catches a touchdown pass, so it's a snapshot. (Again, this is not a bad thing.)

    A snapshot could be in National Geographic and so could a "photograph". To me, the two terms don't differentiate between quality, they differentiate between method of shooting.
     
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    I'm sorry to piss on your fireworks :lol: but i put a lot of thought into my sport shots, where the light is coming from, best angle to shoot from and best settings, no good sport shot is a snapshot
    Here's a few of my snapshots
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    :thumbup: I agree. I don't think it's anything to take offense to, either.
     
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    I think you misunderstood me or I was not clear enough. You may have planned where you shoot from and where the light is coming from but you did not plan where the bicycle rider would be as he came around that bend. You did not plan where the ball would be after it was deflected (or missed) by the goalie. You just snapped the picture when something interesting happened (or might happen). You didn't plan the expression on the goalie's face when he realized he missed the save. It's just a photo that you took in a snap. Hence, a snapshot. It's a great photograph, but it is described as a snapshot.

    Like Derrel said, all snapshots are photographs, but not all photographs are snapshots.
     
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    Intent.
     
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    I still disagree if you know the sport you have a good idea what is going to happen, but you are saying it is guess work which is wrong, this shot was planned because the owner of the nearest horse asked if i could get one with its legs at full stretch
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