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Photographing People on the Job; Eric Dusenbery’s ‘Business As Usual’ project:
Pointers on Documenting People at Work
3. Use a tripod. Dusenbery shot most of his images for the “Business As Usual” project with a 4x5 camera, which necessitated the use of a tripod. But even if you’re shooting with 35mm equipment, a tripod forces you to approach photography in a more-organized way; to slow down a little and be more aware of what you’re doing.
4. Try to establish some rapport with your subject first. If you have a fascination with a certain occupation, try to get to know the workers before getting your camera out. Dusenbery says that you’ll increase your chances of getting better pictures if an introduction can be arranged in advance.
5. By using black-and-white film, you won’t have to worry about
color temperature when shooting in natural lighting conditions. But
when working with color film, he advises using window light or perhaps filtering
for the light source. For example, you can use a rosy FLD filter to correct
for the greenish tint of fluorescent light. Dusenbery also says that the color
temperature of print film can be corrected during processing. Of course, supplemental
lighting—such as softboxes and strobes—will render the scene with
a daylight color temperature.
7. Small apertures work well for environmental portraits. “I try to expose for the greatest depth of field possible, so that my images are sharp throughout,” he says. For example, he often shoots at f/16. Sharp pictures will reveal details about a person’s environment. He also avoids using long shutter speeds to avoid showing movement in his photos.
8. Compose carefully. Whenever possible, Dusenbery utilizes the standards of composition, such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, and off-center subjects. “Camera placement is critical with a 4x5 camera,” he says.