Photoshoot Shot List Template

Photoshoot Shot List Template, within the Milanote app

Stay organized with a shot list

Coordinating a photoshoot can be stressful and costly, especially if that critical shot is missed on the day. But a clearly defined shot list will make sure nothing slips through the cracks.

A shot list is a simple checklist of every photo you (and you client) want to capture on the day of a shoot. It usually contains a list of specific shots, some visual references and extra details like camera angles or lighting set-up so you don't forget a thing.

This template is part of our guide on How to plan a photoshoot.

  • Create a checklist of shots
  • Organize visually
  • Share with your team
  • Comment & gather feedback
  • Export to PDF

How to use this template

Follow this step-by-step guide to learn the modern process of making a photography shot list in Milanote, a free tool used by top creatives.

1. Start with an empty template

The Shot List template is filled with checklists, image placeholders and empty notes to help you make your list in minutes.

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  1. Create a new board for your shot list.

    Create a new board

    Drag a board out from the toolbar. Give it a name, then double click to open it.

  2. Choose the built-in Shot List template.

    Choose a template 

    Each new board gives you the options to start with a beautiful template. Find the Shot List template, then choose "Use this template".

2. List the things you're shooting

Start by listing the subjects or topics you want to shoot. Depending on the type of project, these could be commercial products, parts of an event, a buildings or people. Adding references images or sketches will make your shot list easier to scan—even if they're just rough photos you've taken on your phone.

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  1. Upload images to your board.

    Upload a file or document  

    Click the "Upload file" button or just drag a file onto your board. You can add images, logos, documents, videos, audio and much more.

3. List the individual shots you need

This is the heart of the shot list. It's where you list each individual shot you require. Think about the different product angles, formats, arrangements, even where you'll position the camera.

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  1. Create a new to-do list for each of the specific shots.

    Drag a to-do list onto your board

    Start typing then press "Enter" to create a new item. Add a title to your to-do list using the left hand toolbar.

4. Add extra details

Add any specific details about the shots you plan to capture on the day. These might be reminders about the tone, mood or composition you're aiming for. E.g. "Capture the craftsmanship and design details in the legs of the seat."

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  1. Use note cards to add extra details.

    Drag a note card onto your board

    Start typing then use the formatting tools in the left hand toolbar.

5. Describe the lighting & backgrounds

Having technical details around lighting and backgrounds on hand will help you prepare quickly on the day of the shoot. Should the products be shot on plain white or colored backgrounds? If they're lifestyle shots, what does the room or environment behind the product look like? How should the product be lit?

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  1. Add a note to describe the lighting and backgrounds.

    Drag a note card onto your board

    Start typing then use the formatting tools in the left hand toolbar.

6. Share with your client & the team

While a shot list is usually written by one person, it's important to make sure everyone is on the same page. The goal here is to gather feedback and create the final shot list. Scratch any shots that aren't required and add any new ones that you've missed.

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  1. Invite a team member or client to provide feedback.

    Invite editors to your board

    Open the "Editors" menu from the title bar of your board. Add email addresses of the people you'd like to collaborate with—they'll receive an invitation via email.

  2. Start a comment thread.

    Start a comment thread

    Drag out a comment from the toolbar on the left and place it on your board. Other editors can reply to your comment.

  3. Mention teammates to get their attention.

    Mention teammates to get their attention

    Type '@' in any text field to mention someone who has access to your board. They'll receive a notification and be able to respond to your comment.

Start your shot list

Stay organized with a shot list