But, for the past 5 years I’ve only been makingthem. (After taking taken them, of course)
Why the distinction between taking and making photographs? Firstly, taking photographs is easy? Point-and-shoot! Simply point your camera at an object, a scene, somebody or at anything you like the look of, and press the shutter button. And Voilà! you end up with a snapshot!
Taking a photograph properly is one thing. However, being technically skilled e.g. knowing how properly to calibrate a camera to take pin-sharp, well composed and perfectly exposed photographs means you end up with technically good snapshots.
Making a photograph that tells a compelling story is quite another. To “make” a photograph means being able to create a beautifully composed picture that tells a compelling story which embodies crucial details, emotions, iconic and unique occasions, and unique perspectives, with perfect clarity, texture, tonality and colour.
Making great photographs. To make great photographs (which I strive to do) requires more than just knowing how to use a camera properly. A photographer needs to be a skilled and inspirational artist, too with a exhaustive knowledge of image editing software types, tools and techniques.
Striving to make great photographs. I do strive to make great photographs. Doing so has involved me in years of learning, sheer hard work, infinite practice, and bags of artistic inspiration.
Making photographs for who and what? I mostly make photographs for me, some of which I print, frame and hang. If asked, I’ll take and make them for other people, too. And I post some of my photographs on certain social media and special interest websites and online stock photography libraries.
Back-story. After full-time higher education, I served in the Fleet Air Arm branch of the British Royal Navy mucking about in “budgies”. After resigning from naval service, I began a career in advertising, marketing services and public relations.
And now? I spend my days taking and making (trying to make!) great photographs. In addition to taking and making photographs for myself (and sometimes for other people), I am also a photographer for www.artuk.orgthe online home for high quality photographs of every public work of art and art collection in the UK.