Documentary Photography Gear for beginners

If you’re not sure if documentary photography is the best place to start, Start here with my How to find the best photography gear for you Quiz.

Documentary photography is all about making a photograph which is an accurate representation of its subject. It’s all about telling stories.

You’ll need to consider:

  • Film vs Digital
  • What are you trying to portray?Who or what? Research it, research it and research it.
  • You’ll need to be patient to show the full story, it’s normally a project rather than a session.

Camera: Any camera will do. The Canon Rebel series is a good one for story stelling. Although the included lens will deliver decent images, you’ll want to spend extra to get a good range of lens.

Lens : This comes down to what you’re looking to achieve. You’re likely to need a wide angle lens, macro, and prime. Sigma 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 C DC Macro OS HSM – Canon Fit is a great all rounder.

I leave you with some of my favourite documentary photographers: Sebastiao Salgado, Bill Brandt, Dorothea Lange, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and James Nachtwey.

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