The Difference Between Making and Taking Photos

Though the words only differ by a single letter, the difference between making and taking an image could not be more immense. One is a passive approach meant to capture what occurs in front of the camera should something interesting cross its view, while the other is an active engagement in the creative process that draws on the technique, imagination, and foresight of the photographer. This great video takes you behind the scenes of a stunning wildlife image to show you the difference and why it matters. 

Coming to you from Espen Helland, this interesting video takes you behind the scenes of one of the photos he is most proud of and discusses the difference between making and taking an image. It can sometimes be a subtle distinction, but it is crucially important to keep it in mind as you approach the creative process. Not only will being a more active participant in the process help you increase your chances of getting a keeper, you will also find it much more enjoyable, as you are taking full responsibility for how the shot comes together instead of relying on a combination of technique and luck, which will make you far prouder of the final product. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Helland. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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