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You're a documentary photographer if

You're a documentary photographer if

  • Who or what appears in the photo is more important than the overall look (Figure B.2).

    Figure B.2. In contrast, here we have a picture of me and my grandmother at my 35th birthday party. Whether or not it's a good photo is almost immaterial—what's important is that it reminds me of a special meal with my family. It's a pure documentary photograph.


  • The most common subjects of your photos are people and places, and they usually fit into and support a larger story.

  • You're willing to trade quality for convenience, ease of use, or speed of shooting.

  • You don't have the free time or patience to set up shots, and you prefer to snap a few pictures quickly, hoping that at least one will turn out well. You carry your camera to record events or in the hope of getting a good shot.


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