I am confused about the difference between photo shoot and photo shot.

Here are a few examples of what I mean:

  1. In a publishing house, the director talking to an assistant:

    We have a photo shoot.

  2. An app name:

    Instant photo shot

  3. Alice met a guy on Tinder last week who showed her a boob shot of a girl his roommate hooked up with, and it was her very own boob.

  4. A: I'm gonna steal your cell phone for a second.

    B: Wait a minute. Why?

    A: Just relax, scaredy-cat.

    B: What are you doing?

    A: I'm taking a picture of my junk. No. I'm adding myself to your calendar right here, next Thursday.

    B: Are you asking me on a date? Is that a yes?

    A: I don't know. Let me see that junk shot first.

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    I wonder if the high number of views is not due, in part, to people searching for "boob shot" and "junk shot".
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 7:58

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shoot & shot are film/movie & professional photographic terms.

shoot describes the 'event' at which film stock is used to make the movie/photographs.

The shoot is a general term for the entire occasion, at which there may be several hundred people, all doing different tasks that make up the event; from catering, locations & logistics, transport, carpenters & riggers, lighting specialists, sound recordists, cameramen & grips [camera movers], production crew, actors, director … all are on the same 'shoot'.

Stills & movie would be differentiated as
photo shoot / stills shoot or
film shoot / movie shoot.
'stills' is the movie term for non-moving pictures.
A stills photographer would call them shots or photographs, as there is no 'moving' alternative to cause confusion.

A shot is either

  • The specific way the camera is lined up &/or moved, re-focussed etc., to point at the actors or scene, in order to film that one small section of the action, or
  • for stills photography, either the above, or simply any one single photograph - whether it required an entire film crew to take it or not.

An aside… this is where we get the term "Who is calling the shots?"
The answer is - the Director.

  • @snailboat - thanks. It's an industry I work in, so it felt fairly natural to set it out that way to me. I'm no good at the actual grammar ones ;) Commented May 17, 2015 at 16:11
  • @ snailboat / Tetsujin - I'm sorry. I just edited my question. Hopefully, it provides more detail for you in order to help me to figure it out. Thanks.
    – puputeh24
    Commented May 18, 2015 at 1:28
  • Apparrently the film industry is not the origin of the idiom. See english.stackexchange.com/questions/113815/… Commented May 18, 2015 at 9:41

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