In the context of photography what are some synonyms for "capturing". As in capturing a scene, an event, a moment, etc. My search in a thesaurus did not reveal anything I would consider applicable. I am trying to avoid repetition of the same word.

  • What is wrong with "capturing", or simply "photographing"
    – James K
    Jun 4, 2022 at 21:51
  • For an action shot you might say "freeze". Jun 4, 2022 at 23:29

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It depends on the context and the exact impression that is desired.

  • One might simply use "photograph" as a verb:

    He photographed Mt Fuji.

  • One can use "took", short for "took a picture of" but be careful that it is not confused with the more commone meang of took that is ":stole" or carried away".

    He took Eliza Shallcross in her role as Jane Eyre.

  • In some cases one might used "memorialized".

    She memorialized the occasion in a famous photo.

  • One might use "recorded" when looking for a relatively neutral term

    They recorded the event using a 35 mm camera.

  • To emphasize that the image has been well-known over a long time, one might use "immortalized".

    The excitement felt at the end of WWII was immortalized in this famous photo of a young woman kissing a sailor on the streets of New York.

  • One might use "fix".

    She fixed the moment the plane crashed in ehr award-winning photo.

Each of these has its merits, but none are in my view generally better than "captured". One or another may be best in a particular context.

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    There's also 'shot' [with similar caveat to 'took'], or 'snapped'; & i've heard young photographers using 'clicked' [which doesn't go down so well with us old folks;) Jun 5, 2022 at 8:43

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