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What makes a good reportage photographer different?

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.

Why is it important to order a good reportage photographer?

Sometimes I come across such an opinion that it is easy to shoot a report. Someone might think that it's easy click people here and there... The main thing is that the camera should be big and with a flash. And so - nothing complicated.

Looking through many photos on the Internet, you can see how wrong this is. Of course, good technique is the minimum required for high-quality photography. But technique by itself does not guarantee a quality result at all.

All genres of photography have their own specifics. True, there is something in common in any shooting. Whatever the photographer undertakes, he must be extremely attentive to all the little things. This applies to absolutely any genre of photography. If we remove items, you need to look at the state of the object, angle, light. If removed interior, you need to look at the presence of unnecessary details in the frame, adjust the curtains, move chairs, etc. Angle and light are naturally also very important.

What is important in reportage shooting, which we are talking about? First of all, you need to look at people. It seems to be obvious. The difficulty is that there are many people and they do not pay attention to the photographer. This means - it is necessary / now I will say a hackneyed phrase / catch moments... Seizing moments means reacting very quickly to any glances, head turns, changes in emotion on faces. Here, by the way, the quality of technology is important, because amateur and semi-professional cameras may not keep up with the actions of the photographer.

A photographer must be able to anticipate a little in order to capture people at their best. The correct angle and other standard things are the default. No one will enjoy looking at photos taken at different angles and incorrect framing. In particular, with clipped tops and other parts of the body.

While I was describing the nuances related to shooting. Then comes the stage of processing and screening out the material.

What makes a good photographer and what makes a bad one? Bad just not steamed. He gives the client almost the same thing as he shot: identical takes, frames out of focus, photos with closed eyes, etc. A good one makes every frame meaningful and enjoyable to watch. The unnecessary is removed, the unfinished is finalized. It takes more time, but gives the corresponding result.

I will not draw any conclusions, they suggest themselves.