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    Question Photo and Picture

    Hi,
    Can anyone let me know the difference between a Photo and a Picture.
    Is it right if I say "I saw your Photo in your profile"
    or should I use Picture there insted?
    How to know when to use what?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Exclamation Re: Photo and Picture

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepsi View Post
    Hi,
    Can anyone let me know the difference between a Photo and a Picture.
    Is it right if I say "I saw your Photo in your profile"
    or should I use Picture there insted?
    How to know when to use what?
    Thanks in advance.
    Picture: a visual representation of an object or scene or person or abstraction produced on a surface by some one (painter, artist, learner etc)
    Photograph: a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

    So all photographs are pictures, but not all pictures are photographs.
    Pictures can be paintings, serigraphs, pen and ink drawings.. Have a look at this sentence:
    That is a picture of my grandfather panted from his photograph by a great artist
    You must say: I saw your Photo in your profile, because it is uploaded from your photograph.

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    Re: Photo and Picture

    - although I'd question the use of 'must' in the last line. If I've uploaded a photograph it makes no difference to me whether people call it a 'picture' or a 'photograph'. If someone says to me "I saw your picture/pic/photo/photograph/likeness/'mugshot' ..." I know just what they mean, given the context.

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