The definition of Snapshot:
- An informal photograph taken quickly, typically with a small hand-held camera. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/snapshot
- A snapshot is popularly defined as a photograph that is "shot" spontaneously and quickly, most often without artistic or journalistic intent. Snapshots are commonly considered to be technically "imperfect" or amateurish—out of focus or poorly framed or composed. Common snapshot subjects include the events of everyday life, such as birthday parties and other celebrations; sunsets; children playing; group photos; pets; tourist attractions and the like.
The definition of Photograph:
- A picture produced by photography.
- A photograph (often shortened to photo) is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic imager such as a CCD or a CMOS chip. Most photographs are created using a camera, which uses a lens to focus the scene’s visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of what the human eye would see. The process and practice of creating photographs is called photography. The word "photograph" was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning "light", and γραφή (graphê), meaning "drawing, writing", together meaning "drawing with light".
Strange, I must be taking a lot of snapshots but wait snapshots are photographs right?
As a photographers we must think about what we say before we say it and remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A “snapshot” may be more sentimental then a so called professional photograph. In my opinion, we can not degrade a person’s work and “snapshot” seems to be, in this context, really degrading even arrogant. We should cultivate a spirit of sharing and teaching. What does a professional photograph (or photographer for that matter) mean anyways?
If you are wandering why I wrote this? Just an incident that happened not so long ago, I was present not involved but it got me thinking on how I criticise other’s photographs and photographers, I am hoping I never come across as anything else than helpful and encouraging.