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How Creating a Shot List Can Help Your Photo Sessions Run Smoothly

Posted by Jacob Hawthorne on

Have you ever completed a photo shoot and thought to yourself, oh darn, I missed that shot! It’s happened to just about every photographer. But you can keep this from happening if you create a shot list.

A shot list is simply a list of all the shots you want to get. Here’s an example of how it can be used for various occasions.

Wedding Photography: It’s essential to do a shot list for wedding photography. Make sure to get photos of the father daughter dance, the getting ready scenes, the bridesmaids, the best men, etc. If you miss one of these key shots, the customer will not be happy.

Event Photography: Similar to wedding photography, you will also want to capture key scenes at an event. These may include speakers, performances and more.

Commercial Photography: If you are doing commercial photography, you should probably consult with your client to make sure you get all the shots you are looking for.

While the elements listed above will help you capture shots of key people and moments, you may also want to include certain scenes and angles. For example, you may want to take a photo at the golden hour or at sunset. You may want to include certain angles in the pictures you take.

A shot list will help you keep track of all of this, so you don’t end up face palming yourself after the shoot is competed.

How Do You Create a Shot List?

The way you create a shot list will vary depending on whether you are shooting for a client or for personal use.

If you are shooting for personal use, simply jot down all the shots that come to mind. It is best to start your list a few days before the shoot so you can add more ideas as you think of them. You can even continue adding to the list day of.

If you are shooting for a client, you will want to be more organized with your thoughts. Start by thinking of the photos you feel are most essential or that make the most sense for the shoot. Eliminate any that are similar, you don’t want any duplicates.

Then go over the list with the client until you are both satisfied with what you end up with.

It’s also not a bad idea to divide your shot list into sections. Examples include poses, angles, compositions, candid shots, subject matter and more. Then you will be sure to get everything you need.

A shot list is a great way to get every photo you need for your photo shoot. Now that you know how to make one, you will end up with happier clients and fewer regrets after the shoot is over. What will you be doing to optimize your time behind the camera?


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