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Make or take a photograph?

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

I often hear people say that they have made a photograph of something, but a native speaker would say they had taken a photograph.

We 'take' a photograph, not 'make' a photograph.

When we 'take' a photograph we are taking a picture of something that already exists.

When we 'make' something we are creating it from scratch, for example we:

  • make a cake

  • make dinner

  • make a sculpture

  • make a cup of tea

When we 'take' a photograph we want to capture a flower, a person, a mountain etc.

These things already exist.

We can see it and so we take a photograph of it to capture the moment.

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