Category: How to Shoot Like a Documentarian

General photography tutorials, how-tos, light guide, composition, what to shoot to tell a story, etc.

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Shoot in Full Sun with 5 Quick Tips

I’m Adri, I’m the proud owner of Dear Photographer. So far, I have a couple of years under my belt. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the golden light. In fact, I think I did golden light right from the beginning. It was what every photographer who I followed did and […]

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How to Get Started with Underwater Documentary Photography

Let’s begin my disclosure of sorts: in no way do I consider myself an expert in underwater photography. It’s not anything new, per say. However, one of the main reasons I wanted to pursue it was because, at least in my market, no one was doing/offering it. No one was taking the underwater photographs that […]

How to Combine Video + Stills in Lightroom with 10 Easy Steps

There are advantages and disadvantages with creating a video + stills slideshow in Lightroom. The advantages are that you don’t have to learn how to use another piece of software, and you can save on time spent exporting and moving files over to another program. It’s also fairly easy to do and far less intimidating or […]

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How to Make Meaningful Self Portraits with Your Husband

Anyone who has ever attempted to take self portraits knows that they can be a tricky thing to accomplish. I hope this tutorial answers some questions you might have, and gives you some inspiration as well for taking self portraits with your husband and beyond! While the first two points aren’t absolutely necessary to have, they’ve […]

How to Un-Develop Your {Bad} Creative Habits with a Project

The best way to grow your photography skills is to practice. It’s THAT simple. To hone your skills, having a constant push to see a different perspective will yield a fresh vision and will aid in preventing bad creative habits or tunnel vision. I mean, think about it, how often have you approached a familiar scene […]

360 Degrees of Natural Light Through the Doorway – Shooting Indoors

When you first learn to shoot in manual mode, all that’s on your mind is shutter speed, aperture, and ISO… and hurrying to figure those 3 out before missing your shot opportunity. Once you feel comfortable in those and understand how the three truly work together + begin to “see the light,” you can learn […]

17 Photos to Inspire You in Documenting Adult Men

Throughout various communities, I’ve seen photographers wish they could pose men better. Documenting adult men is a whole different ball game and, frankly, pretty easy to do! I had a wild hair to challenge our FB group to photograph their husbands (or bestie). We’ve been saying for months that we don’t want our blog to […]

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Sunflowers at Sunrise: An After-Wedding Photo Story

I wanted these AFTER the wedding photos to be fully unposed, but wasn’t sure how to do this as I got in my car, under the dark sky, before I met newlyweds, Andy and Kate, at sunrise. I’ve grown into a photographer that thrives on documenting motion and moments when no one is paying attention – […]

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Favorite Lens Choices for Documentary Photography

When I really think about it, there is one lens that almost never leaves my camera. It’s not because other lenses don’t do the job, but this one lens is so versatile that it allows me to execute my shooting vision almost every single time. So which lens is it? My 50mm 1.8. I adore this […]

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What is Documentary Photography for Clients (is it the same as lifestyle)?

Whether you’ve heard it from Fearless and Framed or through the grapevine, documentary photography is becoming all the buzz. It gets confused with lifestyle photography and sounds kind of boring. Documentary photography yields some intense photos and also some that appear like ‘nothing special’ to many, but pack an emotion punch to some. They may not be […]

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10 Tips to Master Your 365 Day Photo Project

You are not going to fail. You are going to grow. Even if life takes you take a day, a week, or 3 weeks away from your project, you are winning. You are winning even if you hit 264 photos instead of the full 365. How? Photography goes far beyond the camera and technicalities. It is […]

How to See Ordinary as Extraordinary with Documentary Photography

You’ve heard me say it before and I’m saying it again: there is a photo opportunity in every moment of every day. The story within that moment may not always be sunshine and rainbows, but a story is there no less. It’s a matter of opening your mind to be aware of the story to tell—the […]

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