Environmental portrait photography: how to shoot candid reportage-style portraits

Environmental portrait photography: how to shoot candid reportage-style portraits

Setting up your camera for environmental portrait photography

Setting up your camera for environmental portrait photography: switch to A mode

Switch to ‘A’ mode
You’ll need to shoot handheld and be prepared to move quickly to grab great shots in a busy working environment, so shooting in Manual might not be the best choice. Switch to A mode so you’ll have control over your aperture but the camera will take care of other settings for you.

 

Setting up your camera for environmental portrait photography: increase ISO

Bump up your ISO
As we’re photographing indoors, a higher ISO like 1600 lets us compensate for the low light. The final images may be grainier, but it’s worth it for the freedom to move about and get photos that are reliably sharp each time.

 

Setting up your camera for environmental portrait photography: narrow aperture

Pick a narrow aperture
You might normally use a super-shallow depth of field in portraiture, but when you’re taking environmental portraits you need to avoid knocking the background out of focus completely. If you’re using your kit lens, choosing a narrow aperture such as f/8 will allow more of the surroundings to stand out and tell their part of the story.

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