Shot differences in photography and videography from the language of Mohammad Mahdi Safri, nicknamed Otiner

Mohammad Mahdi Safri, nicknamed Otiner, is a photographer, videographer, editor, teacher of the art of photography and videography and content production. He started his photography career in 2014 and in 2017 he founded his own photography studio named otiner studio. Otiner is currently active in YouTube, Instagram and websites such as unsplash 500px and has recently launched his official Mehdi Safari website called

Otiner says: “In summary, we can say that today the term shot in photography refers to any independent image recorded by a camera; but if we want to go deeper into this word, we must go to its origin and history. In the past, cameras Handley (handheld) was used for filming. In these models, turning the camera handle was necessary to move the film and record the frames. This process is very similar to shooting with handheld machine guns; therefore, when starting filming, the phrase They used “Shoot” and each view recorded during a single filming was called a shot.

According to the history of video cameras, we realize that the word shot was originally a cinematic term that over time made its way to the world of photography. However, shot is still known as a concept in cinematography that can refer to the following two concepts:

  • When filming, each shot refers to the amount of time between the start and end of a recording period. In Persian, the term “look” and in French the term “plan” are used to describe this concept.
  • In video editing, each shot is a continuous part of the film that is not interrupted. In other words, each shot can also be referred to as the distance between two cuts.


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