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What exactly is lifestyle photography? That can be hard to pin down, but for most of its fans and practitioners, lifestyle photography means un-staged, un-posed pictures that capture life as it really is, rather than as it’s portrayed in so many other forms of art. That means shutterbugs of this sort are always on the hunt for a unique image that captures something special about a moment or scene. Here are a few tricks that some of the best lifestyle photographers put into practice when shooting.
1. Have a Narrative in Mind
Although it’s distinct from photojournalism or documentary photography, lifestyle photography still tells a story. You want people to go on a journey with your work, whether it’s contained to one image or there’s a beginning, middle, and end across a series of pictures. When you’re shooting, think about what kind of story you’re trying to tell, and seek out the images you need to convey every part of that tale.
2. Be Prepared to Snap a Picture at Any Time
Because this sort of photography isn’t posed, you won’t know exactly when your perfect moment is going to happen. That means you should try to have your camera and equipment ready to capture whatever happens without delay. Pick your lens and mode and set your white balance ahead of time, switching them on the fly as needed. But don’t let a perfect scene unfold while you’re struggling to assemble your camera.
3. Don’t Sacrifice Good Lighting
There’s one requirement for any good photo that you need to keep an eye on as you’re shooting, and that’s light. You won’t have as much control over lighting as you would when shooting in more formal circumstances, but there are things you can do to improve the lighting situation without completely disrupting what’s going on. Try opening a curtain if you’re shooting indoors, or positioning a reflector if it’s just too dark for you to get a clear shot. Chances are it won’t ruin the spontaneity of the scene you’re capturing.
4. Take More Photos Than You Need
There’s no reason to limit yourself to a few pictures. If your camera is capable of taking several shots quickly, snap away, as this will give you more options to choose from later. Subtle differences in facial expressions and lighting may not be apparent at the moment, but later you’ll be able to be very picky as you choose the image that best captures the scene. Try snapping the moments both before and after a significant event.
5. Frame Your Scene in Different Ways
You can dramatically change the mood of a picture by shifting the wideness of the frame and the perspective. Try starting with a shot that captures everything in the scene, then choose a few different elements to capture up close. If you’re doing a photo series, this is a great idea, as the larger image builds curiosity and the close-ups reveal detail.
Lifestyle photography is its own kind of art, unlike any other! Being prepared by following the steps above will set you on course to take some beautiful pictures.