I thought of a sentence -

Back then, Mr. Anderson was shot by a journalist when he was misbehaving with a woman.

The surprise is that I am talking about 'shot' with a camera and not a gun!

The context is clear. We are talking about the evidences against Mr. Anderson. Now, if I use that Mr. Anderson was 'filmed' by the journalist (to avoid misunderstanding), I feel that 'film' is a better word for 'video'. We often, looking at a picture, say 'Nice shot' because 'shot' represents a still photo and not a video.

Well, I can't use '...was shot dead...' because it's not always that a person dies after being shot!

Note: I'm talking only about a still photograph

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    I have a response. However, I do not understand why you included "Well, I can't use '...was shot dead...' because it's not always that a person dies after being shot! " How does this relate to the rest of the post? – Em. Jul 20 '16 at 5:10
  • Putting 'shot dead' clearly means that I'm talking about the murder of Mr. Anderson which is not the case and hence raise the ambiguity. I want to tell that Mr. Anderson was shot by a camera. Someone was shot could mean both - with a gun or with a camera.. Someone was shot dead only means shot by some weapon! @Max – Maulik V Jul 20 '16 at 5:12
  • Shot is also used in the film and video world. – The Photon Jul 20 '16 at 5:18
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    I thought you were trying to make the sentence ambiguous? If you want to make it clear, why not say he was photographed by the journalist and be done with it? – The Photon Jul 20 '16 at 5:42
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    Aside: back then is used to refer to an extended period of time in the past, synonymous with "in those days", and is used with circumstances or conditions that obtained throughout the period. "Back then, we didn't have color TV." So that "Back then, he was shot while misbehaving..." is odd, at least to my ear. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 20 '16 at 9:56

I guess I didn't notice the edit: Note: I'm talking only about a still photograph.

Filmed would not work here since this implies capturing video, not images/photographs.

So, by default shot is your only choice between shot and filmed.

You might consider

  1. snap
    1. c (1) : to take photographically
      (2) : to take a snapshot of

Mr. Anderson was snapped by a journalist

But I think the best alternative that comes to mind is photographed.

Mr. Anderson was photographed by a journalist

The answer below was given with the original post in mind, in which the focus seemed to be video, not photography.

I assume that from further context, the audience understands that we are talking in the present day.


  1. To record on film or video using a movie camera:
    film a rocket launch; film a scene from a ballet.

Filmed seems perfectly natural to me, and it would remove the ambiguity. Interestingly, it's still commonly used despite the fact that cameras nowadays have no film! Here is an example: Lovesick Ghost Caught on Film.

I've heard videoed but it just doesn't seem to be as common as filmed in my experience. A quick search shows the difference in popularity. enter image description here

Recorded or taped might work too. However, recorded and taped could be misinterpreted as audio evidence.

Now, using filmed removes the ambiguity but I think another common way to express this is

  1. Mr. Anderson was caught on film by a journalist...

You can also use tape, video, or camera,

  1. Mr. Anderson was caught on tape by a journalist...
  2. Mr. Anderson was caught on camera by a journalist...
  3. Mr. Anderson was caught on video by a journalist...

I would use 2, but 3. seems more popular. enter image description here

I don't think 2 is likely to be understood to be audio evidence since nowadays caught on tape is understood to mean caught on video, especially when something incredible or shocking happens. There was even a show called Shocking Behaviors: Caught on Tape.

If you really wanted to use shot, then you might consider saying shot on camera, but I think caught on camera sounds better. enter image description here

Interestingly, we say that vidoes are "shot in HD".

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  • caught on tap means still photography? – Maulik V Jul 20 '16 at 5:41
  • Sorry, my mistake. No, I don't think tape can refer to a photograph. Were you looking for another way to say "photographed", because it sounded like you were interested in expressing video. – Em. Jul 20 '16 at 5:55
  • If you must use the word shot - because there are more appropriate words than this - why not just say 'Mr. Anderson was shot on camera by a journalist when he was misbehaving with a woman' You can even make it more explicit by choosing to bracket off [on camera]. – tom Jul 20 '16 at 5:55
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    @tom Honestly, a more normal way of saying that would be to say "Mr. Anderson was caught on camera by a journalist...". – Catija Jul 20 '16 at 17:53

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