snapshot

A snapshot is a quick photograph taken for fun. Be sure to take lots of snapshots while you're on vacation!

Using the word snapshot makes it clear you're not talking about professional photographs or artistic shots you've put some thought into. A snapshot just captures a brief moment in time. You can also use this word to mean "impression or summary." A person's obituary, even if deeply moving, can never be more than a snapshot of their varied, complex life. The original 17th0century meaning of snapshot was "quick shot with a gun at a fast-moving target."

Definitions of snapshot
  1. noun
    an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
    “my snapshots haven't been developed yet”
    synonyms: shot, snap
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    type of:
    exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
    a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
  2. noun
    a brief look, impression, or summary of something
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