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Advice for lifestyle/documentary photography

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May 24, 2018 20:56 |  #1

Hey everyone, so recently I’ve had the opportunity to team up with a friend that owns a nursing home. Older people are sometimes forgotten and she wanted to make a small book documenting their life in the nursing home to show that they are still very capable, alive, and well and should not be forgotten.

I’ve never documented or done lifestyle photography, but as a friend she wanted me to help with the pictures. I recently moved from canon to Sony so im short on gear. I have a Sony A7iii and the 35 f2.8.

My thought was either the Tamron 28-75 because of its versatility or the Sony 85 f1.8 because it’s much faster, would be better for portraits and cheaper. But again I don’t have much experience in this style so I’m looking to see what you guys think? Also any tips since I’m assuming the photos are more candid orientated, I’ll also have to tell a story and maybe get some closer detailed shots of them with their things? To eventually work up to full body shots of them socializing and doing their daily things.

All help isn’t appreciated thank you!

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May 27, 2018 22:55 |  #2

Sounds like a great project.

Telling a story with pictures is a big ask. I think you are the right track in telling people's stories in words and using the art to strengthen and enrich. If you go in that direction, listening, really listening, will prove much more important than choice of lens.

You might want to warm up with reading a Studs Terkel classic or two like Division Street, the Good War, Working.

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May 31, 2018 20:43 |  #3

You have very capable of low ISO camera and very classic 35 lens. This is it for the gear, you all set already.
To make it real documentary you have to spend time with them and get to know them and let them get used to you and camera.
The rest will come naturally, if you will not carp out by then.

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