I checked some other questions, and found that "a photo is an image taken by a camera". But what is an image? What is the difference between image and picture?

  • Hard to argue with the answer above, but I've never heard anyone ask "was that created with light?" before using the term "photo".
    – dcaswell
    Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 1:33
  • @user814064 But without light, we would not "see" anything. A normal camera can not take photos in the dark. And besides we don't usually ask, "was that created with a photo?"
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 3:53
  • True. My point was that no one argues (or even thinks) about whether a particular item is a photo, image, or picture.
    – dcaswell
    Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 3:58
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    The top and accepted answer points out: "All photos are images, but not all images are photos."
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 4:03
  • What on Earth is going on with your capitalization and spacing...
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 8:44

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Image is digital.
Pictures are for paintings.
Photos are traditional with cameras.

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    -1 What is your basis for saying "Image is digital"? You imply that we never had images before digital format was invented - I can assure you we did. ODO gives then origin of the word "image" as "Middle English: from Old French, from Latin imago; related to imitate" - which is quite a few centuries before digital format.
    – TrevorD
    Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 12:11

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