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take photos and make photos

Russian Federation

take photos and make photos
Good day to everybody!
Is it possible to say make photos istead take photos with the similar meaning "to photograph, to snapshot, to shoot "?

27 Apr 2010      

Lina Ladybird

This is a very common mistake that many Germans make: they say, "let īs MAKE a photo" instead of TAKE, because in German we don īt "take" a photo but we "make" one. Is it the same in Russian?
As far as I know it īs definitely not possible to say "make a photo" in English, but let īs hear (read) what others have to say...

27 Apr 2010     


Hello topolina and sonn,
It īs definitely "take", not make.
A  hug  !

27 Apr 2010     

Russian Federation

Yes, it īs also common for Russian speakers.
As far as I know it is possible to say "make pictures/photos" but the meaning will be "to add something to your picture (a frame, a border), to retouch or to edit it, or simply to create a picture".
e.g. This site allows you to make photos online with celebrities of the world. It is simply enough to insert your photos, and you will have a photo of your celebrity preferred. (from the description of http://www.photowithme.com/)
But one of my collegues said that "make pictures" and "take pictures" are synonyms. I doubt it but maybe she is right. That is why I am asking.

27 Apr 2010     

United States

Children "make pictures" with crayons. A camera is used to "take pictures".
Also, I īve never heard "snapshot" used as a verb, although there is a current fad of making verbs from all nouns ("Impact" as a verb annoys many people. It has nearly replaced "affect" here in the US).

27 Apr 2010     

Russian Federation

Thank you very much Bruce, aliciapc and topolina!

27 Apr 2010     


Very Nice

28 Apr 2010