A lot of my friends work in the creative field and often they use " shooting day" when they have a photo shoot planned... It's actually very irritating as I don't think that's correct... I mean you're not getting shot... hahaha

As I am not a native English person, I would like to ask if this is correct, why it's correct and if not, well, why not. :)

thank you very much!!

  • Why do you think it's not correct? Have you heard of a photoshoot?
    – Andrew Leach
    Oct 19 '15 at 10:19
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    If you have friends in the 'creative field', you might to have to get used to them using irritating phrases.
    – JHCL
    Oct 19 '15 at 10:33
  • There is nothing "wrong" with the term. It is ambiguous, but then just about every English sentence that one might utter is ambiguous, one way or another.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 19 '15 at 12:12

Your friends are correct. It is a widely used industry term. It may sound strange to a non-native speaker, but that's the right term.

Consider these examples:

It is also used in books on the subject:

The unit is required to shoot 5 minutes of cut screen time per shooting day.

Hollywood movies shoot one to three pages of the script per shooting day.


When you place a gerund before a noun to make a compound noun, the gerund usually describes purposes.

A shooting day is a day for "shooting (a picture/photo)".

It is different from "a shooting star" where "shooting" describes the action of a star as a present participle.

A sleeping car: A railway wagon for sleeping. A sleeping baby: A baby who is sleeping.

A smoking room: A room for smoking. A smoking dish: A dish that is smoking.


You say that you are not "a native English person". You didn't mention the nationality of the other people.

Speaking as a native English person, I would have expected the term to be 'shoot day' rather than 'shooting day'.

However, that term is already used—it refers to game-shooting, e.g. A Typical Shoot Day

My guess is that the photographers use 'shooting day' in order to make the distinction between what they do and what game shooters do. It is only a guess though.

  • I suspect that in the US most would take "shooting day" to refer to firearms as well. The unambiguous term would be "photo shoot day" or some such.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 19 '15 at 12:11
  • @HotLicks - thanks for that. I should have mentioned that I was speaking specifically about UK usage (or even narrower - usage by English people) as implied by the OP. I'll edit my answer. Oct 19 '15 at 12:15

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