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What makes a good reportage photographer different?

corporate photographer Kiev

Reportage photography is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. This statement, however, applies to any genre of photography. Professional quality hides a lot of pitfalls and great experience of a photographer, without which even good equipment will not give the result expected by the client.


When shooting a reportage, the laws of composition and correct color rendition must be observed. For example, shooting at an angle of 45 degrees is permissible only as an exception for the most emotional shots, but not for static portraits. Photos must be correctly exposed and have the correct color temperature. These are basic and obvious things, which, however, are not followed by everyone.

Now let's talk about more subtle matters. All reportage photos on corporate party or a wedding can be roughly divided into three categories:

  • clean reportage
  • static portraits
  • group shots

Clean reportage implies that the photographer does not interfere with what is happening and does not interact with the people he is photographing. He most imperceptibly and unobtrusively captures what is happening. I would say the photographer captures moments in the ninja style. That is, no one notices him, but he sees everything. It is with such work that the most emotional and vivid photographs are obtained. Reaction speed and good technique are extremely important here.

Static portraits - photographs where people openly look into the frame and expect to be photographed. They pose, the photographer interacts with them and takes a series of shots to get the best result. How good a portrait photo will turn out depends a lot on how the photographer interacts with people. People look more not at the camera, but at the person holding it.

Group photos - the same portraits, only with the participation of a large number of people. This type of work is somewhat different in its specifics from the previous ones, since other skills are required here. When there are many people in front of the photographer, he must very quickly notice who is standing and what needs to be done in order to fix it. Efficiency, the ability to quickly grasp the frame and communication skills are important here. Without all this, the shots will be boring and unsuccessful.

Any type of reportage photography requires a person with a camera to have professional equipment, its thorough knowledge, the ability to quickly adapt to any lighting conditions and competent work with people. If a component is not enough, this will inevitably affect the result.