Looking for a word that describes "in the moment"

Discussion in 'Beginner Questions' started by cdelong, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. Hello, I am drawing a blank here looking for the word that is used for a photo that was caught completely in the moment with no staging. Is there a word for this?
  2. unstaged/candid/spontaneous/impromptu/unplanned/ad-libbed/extemporaneous/unpremeditated
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  3. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

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  4. In my case, it has always been Luck.

    However, the more opportunities to photograph, the better your chance for a lucky shot
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  5. just in case the question is slightly misdirecting,
    other terms about the moment that are often used in photography .... decisive moment, serendipity, surreptitious
  6. or candid
  7. Serendipity?
  8. Sorry sam. I missed that you had included candid.
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  9. No worries. Besides, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Why I've even practiced it myself on occasion! :)
  10. Yeah i'll go with imitation. I was stuck on brain fart.
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  11. Perhaps an instinctive or reflexive (shot by reflex) photo?
  12. James G. Dainis

    James G. Dainis Moderator

    An earlier photographer, Henry Cartier-Bresson, took a photo of a man leaping over a puddle. It was termed the "decisive moment".
  13. Impromptu?
  14. Drive-by Shot?
  15. autoschediastic 8-}
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  16. !!!
    Had to do a little research on that one. Derived from Greek and seems related to both “off hand” and “ hand-to-hand,” interesting as related to photography ... and gesture.

    One more I came up with: improvised
  17. spontaneous
  18. in this context, I'd say "candid" is appropriate.
  19. James G. Dainis

    James G. Dainis Moderator

    I agree. "Candid" is the word.
  20. Grab shot. My favorite.
    A "found" shot.

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