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    Portrait V Portraiture

    Hello there oh wise ones of the photography world. Is there a difference to these two terminologies?

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    I would say that a portrait is the result of your portraiture efforts.

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    At the risk of erroneously being placed in the collection of wise ones, I agree that portraiture is the act of making portraits. Portrait can also be an adjective, as in portrait artist.

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    I would say, in the same vein as my learned colleagues above, that:


    • A portrait is the product of your efforts; i.e. the image
    • Portraiture is the approach, process adopted in the making of the image.

    Now must go off and do Google searches to see how close I am to what others have said

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    Let's confuse the issue more:

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/portraiture

    in which the word portraiture can be a noun (the portrait).

    Perhaps we shouldn't worry too much about it; so many on forums interchange the words "you're/your" and "then/than".

    Glenn

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    That's really interesting, Glenn. I never knew portraiture and portrait were used synonymously.

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    Thanks guys, this has helped me understand the terms used and how they are applied.

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    The use of "portrait" and "portraiture" aside, we surely cannot get away with confusing the words "you're" and "your" or "then" and "than" to mean the same regardless of how many forums "interchange" them.

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    I must admit that is a pet hate of mine Suede.

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    Quote Originally Posted by Suede View Post
    The use of "portrait" and "portraiture" aside, we surely cannot get away with confusing the words "you're" and "your" or "then" and "than" to mean the same regardless of how many forums "interchange" them.
    If I had been counting the number of times I've seen these, you would be surprised - I was.

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    Re: Portrait V Portraiture

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buckley View Post
    At the risk of erroneously being placed in the collection of wise ones, I agree that portraiture is the act of making portraits. Portrait can also be an adjective, as in portrait artist.
    Only in America . . (sorry Mike, couldn't resist)

    "wherefore art thou, hyphen?" (sorry Shakespeare).

    Fasten your seat-belts . .
    Last edited by xpatUSA; 14th September 2012 at 06:42 PM.

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