When should I use one or the other?

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A photo is a picture taken with a camera. A picture is any visual representation of a subject.

  • There was a confusion in my mind about the difference in both words.Thank you for making it clear here.
    – user36146
    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:04
  • So, a painting could be a picture as well? Because it may a visual representation of a subject as well. Aug 27, 2015 at 13:34
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    @Vadorequest: I suppose a painting could be a type of picture, but we don't usually call it that.
    – Robusto
    Aug 27, 2015 at 13:39
  • What about the difference between a picture and an image? I don't see any difference anymore. Aug 27, 2015 at 13:54
  • An image can refer to all of the above. It's a more general term. I suggest looking in a dictionary for specific nuances.
    – Robusto
    Aug 27, 2015 at 13:56