Posted By Topshot Photographers

Documentry Photography

Posted: 10 October 2019

Documentary photography is a style of photography that provides a straightforward and accurate representation of people, places, objects, and events. Documentary photography is used to document significant and historical events and is most prevalent in professional photojournalism or while reporting events from real life. However, it can also be used as an academic or artistic pursuit. It can even be a personal hobby.  When it comes to documentary photography, the most important thing to remember is to document things as they happen naturally. Another important tip to remember is that you have to capture the person’s essence which means there is no need for poses that capture our most flattering side or the best smile. Part of what makes documentary photography so powerful is that it captures raw, honest moments. And it is those raw moments that trigger our emotions and make us connect with the photo, that show us what is so special about the moment, what makes the subject of the photo truly unique.

The simple beginnings of documentary photography can be found in the work of the British photographer Philip Delamotte (1821-89), who was among the first artists to use photography as a means of recording important events - such as the disassembly of Crystal Palace - following the invention of calotype photography.  Some people believe that as a photographer, it is your responsibility to document the places, events, and people you come across in life that you feel.

Interact with your subject.

In order to come up with the look you desire, you have to reach out to your subject. You don’t have to sit down with them and do an interview. You simply have to approach and start a conversation with them. Establish a connection and build a rapport. This can be done on the spot before the shoot starts or while you are preparing for the shoot. This will help them feel comfortable with you and your team (if you have one). Additionally, you can spend several days in the location or within the area; immersing yourself in their situation or the culture. This will greatly help you understand the subject better.

are important, beautiful, or special. It’s a compelling belief, and may just be true. History happens, and with it memories, photographers alone are able to capture it in frames In a way, documentary photography and photojournalism are related. Both are classified as challenging forms of photography. Also, both forms often render the photographer quite helpless because he has no control over the situation.


Listed below are a  few tips for newbies in documentary photography;

Before anything else, research.

Use the Internet or visit your favorite local library to gather all the important information about your subject. Before you go out to shoot, you have to familiarize yourself with the topic you’ll tackle. Doing some research will give you a good understanding of the subject, which will help you come up with ideas on how to shoot or how you want the images to come out.

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