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    I go with place name (or significant physical features of the landscape) and the date. These never go on the front of the mat...but on the back, and on the walltag if being displayed on a wall in a show. The title is there if the viewer is interested. Just assigning numbers to images seems a bit boring to me, but works for other photographers.

    Titles can be used to take the viewer one step farther than the image itself does...just as hand gestures can add to a conversation. Both can be distracting if not used carefully. Ted Orland is an example of a photographer who uses titles well.

    So no rules -- just (uncommon) common sense.

    Vaughn

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    "I just love that picture on your website! I'd like to purchase a print! How much is it?"
    "Which picture?"
    "You know, the one of the girl... It's called 'Untitled.'"
    "Which girl?"
    "The blond..."
    "The nude blond or the one in the bikini?"
    "No, no the one in the black lace!"
    "The black lace negligee or the black lace evening gown?"
    "The one.... you know... the one... Oh, never mind!"

    Call it anything, but don't call it "Untitled"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob F. View Post
    In short, I do not take these things seriously...
    You don't take these things seriously?!

    Well...

    The destination is important, but so is the journey

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    untitled is better than cutsy names.
    im empty, good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankB View Post
    You don't take these things seriously?!

    Well...

    Be fair: there ARE limits and that title contravened several international Pun Proliferation Limitation Agreements and at least two separate United Nations Security Council resolutions...



    Drat... Sussed...

    Cheers, Bob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Titles can be used to take the viewer one step farther than the image itself does...just as hand gestures can add to a conversation.
    I was wondering how to explain. This is it
    kunihiko kario

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    About 95% of the time I title a photograph for personal archival and reference uses only. I might title a photograph with a feeling I have to let people know what the image means to me. And occasionally, I make an image that I beleive a title would cheapen it, so I leave it alone. So, for me, titles are purely for personal and/or selfish reasons. Nothing more.
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    Providing a title for an image helps to create an artifact and turn a picture into a Photograph and into a Print. It is of course, a marketing tool as well. That is why the galleries want it. I find that my best results come from images when I have a title before I even make the exposure.
    Last edited by Doyle Thomas; 01-19-2007 at 08:03 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: update
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doyle Thomas View Post
    Providing a title for an image helps to create an artifact and turn a picture into a Photograph and into a Print.
    I have no idea what that means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    I go with place name (or significant physical features of the landscape) and the date. These never go on the front of the mat...but on the back, and on the walltag if being displayed on a wall in a show. The title is there if the viewer is interested. Just assigning numbers to images seems a bit boring to me, but works for other photographers.

    Titles can be used to take the viewer one step farther than the image itself does...just as hand gestures can add to a conversation. Both can be distracting if not used carefully. Ted Orland is an example of a photographer who uses titles well.

    So no rules -- just (uncommon) common sense.

    Vaughn
    Very good! I like that. Thanks Vaughn. And the rest too. Thanks a lot.

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