nebulous / obscure / vague

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There is little point in being technically confident and having an eye for composition, if you do not also understand why you are taking photograph. The purpose may be simple — a clear, objective record of something or somebody for identification. It may be more nebulous — a subjective picture putting over the concept of security, happiness, or menace, for example.

Can I use obscure or vague instead of nebulous?
Or can I use profound or complex? Because these seem better in that context to me.
Am I wrong?


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  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    Ylu clould use "opaque", which perhaps has less of a negative overtone than "obscure" or "vague". "Profound/complex" might fit the context, but they add meaning that isn't present in "nebulous".
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