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Dana F. Greenwood Sr
 

How to come up with names for photos


I am wondering how so many of you can come up with such great names for you photographs? I have had a couple well named photos but that is all and they pretty much just say what it is. I have seen many photo names here that don't describe the photo but still have a perfect name for it.

Thanks.
Dana


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10/6/2006 4:14:51 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005
  Dana after doing this for a year sometimes I just can't do it. I'm asking my kids, my husband - the cat. LOL. I go with the feeling I get sometimes and others - very generic. I don't think it's that important. At least not to me. Many people don't title their images at all.


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10/6/2006 7:10:21 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  I also have to agree, naming photos is about impossible for me. I also have to ask my parents or just about anyone else around. A lot of the time, I just name it what it is.


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10/6/2006 7:44:24 PM

 
Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/15/2004
  Another vote for letting someone else come up with a name. I just cannot seem to think of good ones. I look back at what I named some of mine and wonder "What was I thinking??" Oh well, not everyone can be creative.
Let the shots speak for themselves,lol


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10/6/2006 9:22:32 PM

 
Stan Lubach
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/1/2005
  A lot of times I come up with the name as I'm composing the shot. Sometimes that's how I decide if I'm taking a photograph or a snapshot---there are always exceptions, of course.

Dana, when you look at one of your images, does it invoke any old memories? Does it invoke any emotions? Does it remind you of a line from a song? What's the theme of the image? Those are some of the questions I will ask myself when I try to come up with titles. And having a title that just describes the shot is ok, too. Like I said, there are always exceptions.


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10/7/2006 4:39:51 AM

 
Mário  Ferreira
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/25/2006
  This is much more difficult when the english is not your first language; then usually the titles are the obvious, and not so creative as I would like...


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10/7/2006 5:16:24 AM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  For me, I am a smart ass at heart so I try to come up with comical names or a little word play. Touchy feely names don't work for me since I don't talk like that in person. Try using popular song lyrics or titles. And then sometimes, the best name is the obvious one.


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10/7/2006 8:26:23 AM

 
Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/15/2004
  Song lyrics or titles? Quick,call the copyright police!

Sorry, I could not resist,lol


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10/7/2006 9:38:50 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  I'm with Dennis! Maybe you have to be a smart ass to think of goofy titles.


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10/7/2006 11:51:36 AM

 
Kai Eiselein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/21/2003
  I just wait for the magic "caption fairy" to show up and name 'em....if she's too busy, I'm out of luck!
LOL, I have to write headlines as part of my job, I think it keeps the creativity flowing.


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10/18/2006 1:37:37 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
 
 
 
What you decide to name your creation should compliment and define the image itself.
People generally look at the photograph first...then at the title. When there is a perfect match, the photo is a success and can stand alone without the title.

That said, the advice given was good.
Catchy plays on words always work.
If the photo is of something in nature, maybe a play on words using its latin name...as in the attached example.


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10/18/2006 4:49:46 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Mike, just for the record, titles can not be copyrighted :o)!

I just look at a pic and usually something pops into mind. I'm probably not the most creative person at naming photos, but it's fairly easy for me. When it's not I have a BP friend that is super at thinking of neat titles.


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10/19/2006 5:59:24 PM

 
Tamera S. Phillips
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/28/2005
  So Sharon will you be my BP friend to help me with titles? LOL. I agree with you. Sometimes I look at something and I go with the feeling that I get. Other times it's 5 in the morning and I'm already thinking about work - nothing comes to mind. Bob I love how you talk about a perfect match!


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10/19/2006 6:45:46 PM

 
Byron C. Wade   I usually just name my photos by what is literally in the image..."Two Trees", "Bridge", "Stairs And Wall", etc, etc...not imaginative but requires very little effort and time on my end...lol


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10/21/2006 7:33:28 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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  Tammy, if you get title block just email me :)! If I can't think of something I know several who can :o)!


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10/21/2006 7:45:26 AM

 
Michael Skelton  . 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/16/2006
  Dana ,

One thing that I try to do is think of a name before I take the photo. I have also found this helps taking the photos since now Im thinking and trying to have the photo fit the title or story as may be the case.

Of course this doesn't work when Im trying new ideas like taking photos while Im driving . but works well when Im trying to tell a story.


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11/10/2006 9:39:46 AM

 
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