If I am watching TV and someone standing in front of me, I say "You are blocking my view of the TV".

Now I am taking a photo or a video and someone jumps into the area in front of the camera.

Now "my view" will be the camera's view

Is it correct to say "I was taking a photo of my son when my daughter got in the camera's view of him"?

Or maybe "I was taking a photo of my son when my daughter got in the camera's sight of him"?

  • got in frame is I think the idiomatic way to say what you want. Commented May 17 at 13:25
  • When someone jumps in front of your camera and blocks your [camera] shot, it is quite normal to say, You're blocking my shot. You could even stick with your TV comment and say, You're blocking my view. It makes perfect sense contextually.
    – EllieK
    Commented May 17 at 14:36
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    no, camera's view of him is very awkward.
    – Lambie
    Commented May 17 at 14:54
  • @EllieK, "block the shot" is a little extreme because she might just stand next to him but I just want to take a photo of him only not her.
    – Tom
    Commented May 18 at 1:32
  • @Tom - Ahh! What you are describing is someone getting into the picture, not in the way of the picture. The slang term photobomb is one way to describe the situation. As a speaker of AmE, I would say, I was taking a photo of my son and my daughter got in the picture. I wouldn't mention the camera. Context will clarify that you are talking about the shot and not the final photograph.
    – EllieK
    Commented May 20 at 12:29

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If you're explaining to someone, after the fact, that one of your children either made it impossible to take a snapshot, or somehow ruined it:

As I was taking the picture, my son | daughter got in the way.

Just as I took the shot, my son | daughter stepped in front of me.

If you're a film director explaining to a producer why you need to do the shot over:

As we were filming the scene where the sheriff and the outlaw are facing each other down on Main Street, an Amazon delivery truck entered the frame.

  • Yes, got in the way.
    – Lambie
    Commented May 17 at 14:54
  • A chatbox suggests "... when he photobombed my picture". Is that correct?
    – Tom
    Commented May 18 at 1:29
  • But "photobomb" sounds like she is doing it on purpose. She might do it on purpose or by accident.
    – Tom
    Commented May 18 at 1:34

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