There is quite a big difference between composing a picture and snapping a picture. While most of us do both, many times, it is important to understand what a composed photo looks like versus a snapped photo.

For this, we have a few photos to compare and discuss. The left side will be “Composed Photos” and the right side will be “Snapped Photos”.


In this picture the tiger looks like he's hunting

In this picture the tiger looks like he’s hunting – Photo taken at Sculpterra Winery

When composing a picture, one must look at the scene around, feel it and connect to it emotionally. Once a connection is made, the photographer or then looking for more inspiration within that scene, maybe looking for a way to capture it like no one had done before. Being unique and creative is vital for photographers who want to be successful and known for their work.

The capturing of an image may look and feel as if it only takes two seconds, but in reality it’s a way longer process.

After embracing the scene and absorbing the surrounding area, a few – sometimes only one – photos will be framed through the camera’s view finder. Exploring through the lens with different focal lengths, envisioning different depth of fields and figuring out if a long exposure is the way to go. When the eye is finally satisfied with what it sees in the frame the shutter release button is being pressed and released. If it’s on Bulb mode it will stay pressed for as much time as needed.

Warrior Elephant

This elephant looks like a warrior after a great battle – Photo taken at Sculpterra Winery

So the picture is taken. Great. But that’s not all.

After capturing the beautiful scene, the photographer has to process it in the computer or a dark room. Mostly a computer in this day and age. In this process, the photographer has the power to rule the world. Make the viewers feel and even remember moments on their own timeline.


A photo I named “Contemplation” is more unique than many others

The interpretation of the image is all up to the one who pressed that shutter release.

Some photographers will make a photo more vibrant and saturated. Some will make a photo less vibrant and give it a darker and “dryer” feel. Each result with expressing different feelings transferred to the viewer, making them decide: “Do I like this picture?”

This tiger is now only 1 of the many statues in the area

This tiger is now only 1 of the many statues in the area – Photo taken at Sculpterra Winery

We all snap pictures in one way or another. When see something cool, without even thinking, our hands soaring towards our smart phones, starting the camera app, aiming at the target and SNAP.

The phones are the ultimate snapping tool of all times.

Some people, mainly tourists, snapping photos, faster then the hungriest cheetah on the planet (that’s fast!), with their DSLRs and mirror less cameras. They just have to capture everything they see. Nothing stand a chance of staying out of an endless photo archive that may never feel a warm viewing eye.

The snapping action may look and feel as if it takes only a second. But in reality it happens way faster.

Most of the time there is no other process than just snapping the picture. Maybe just adding caption when posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Photos are not enhanced in any way.

A typical snapped photo of a garden statue

A typical snapped photo of a garden statue – Photo taken at Sculpterra Winery

Good or bad, doesn’t matter. “I got it. I’ve been there. Here, look” that’s the most important aspect of these images.

The end result – thousands of millions of gigabytes of trash. We are extremely lucky that digital photos don’t pollute our planet, physically. Or do they?!

A photo that most likely every person, who visited Twins Lake, have

A photo that most likely every person, who visited Twins Lake, have

If you are reading this and you know you have junk photos that you need to trash, send us an email to We’ll buy them from you. All of them.

As you can tell by now, the big difference between composing and snapping is choosing what you want to express through your work when composing a picture, rather than almost “spray and pray” type images where you just walk with your camera leveled to your eyes, captivating everything and sharing all the photos on social media where they most likely to get lost.

Are you a composer or a snapper?

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