From B.J. Segel: "As an aside, a semantic question. Why do we 'capture images' when using digital, but 'take pictures' when using film? I see this all the time."
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Interesting...it does seems like it means something, doesn't it? But it's not easy to say or guess what exactly. Someday after we're all gone, some semiotician will probably write a graduate Ph.D. thesis about this.
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Featured Comment by Clay Olmstead: "In the Deep South, they say, 'make a picture,' which is more poetic and more accurate at the same time."
Mike replies: I think I'm going to adopt that.
DC Wells adds: "In the South, when folks make pictures, they do it by 'mashing' the shutter button. Both terms seem standard for both film and digital photography."
Mike replies: That one I think I won't adopt. The sere, prim Yankee expression "pressing" does nicely for me. Mashing is something I associate more with potatoes (taters?).
Ben S. adds: "Clay Olmstead is spot on, except for one bit of dialectal pedantry: folks in the Deep South don't say, 'make a picture'—more precisely, we say, 'make a pitcher.' One never can tell whether we're talking about sweet-tea or photographs."
Featured Comment by Yoram Nevo: "In Hebrew the word stayed the same for digital as it was for film."
Featured Comment by Michael: "The original digital cameras were video field capture devices. They 'captured' the 288 lines in an analog video field and stored them on some form of media. Geeks and nerds invented the technology, used it, and improved it. Some of our words stuck."
Featured Comment by Alex Kirtchik: "What about the much simpler verb that is 'to photograph'? That works for any sort of, um, picture-taking in Russian!"
Mike replies: That's the title David Vestal has always preferred, too, as a means of avoiding pretense and the whole "artist" question: people who photograph are photographers, and that's title enough. It would follow the other way, too—what photographers do is to photograph.