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Documentary photos

A documentary photo is the kind of photo that could have been taken by photo journalist. The picture is an "objective observer" describing a situation by means of the camera lens. The photo shall tell a story, normally supported by a text.

The situation that has been captured shall be at a defined location at a defined time. The photo must possess high credibility. It may well be dramatic, but most important is the openness and the honesty using photographic means like contrast, perspective and light. The photo must be easy to understand, straight forward, and it must not be manipulated. As far as possible, natural light sources must be used.

There are no strict rules for motives, but certain situations have proven useful:

  • Large situations
  • Small situations
  • Portraits

Large situations

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These photos shall give an understanding and an overview of a certain situation. When our products are in use, these a frequently documented in a situation with moving objects. Timing is then crucial, and you must never wait for better light, another background or other parameters. The difference of a tenth of a second can create a bad or a good picture. The movement of the objects are not controlled by your desires. Make sure that you have found a suitable position, the correct angle and a suitable background well before anything is supposed to happen.

Small situations

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These photos shall provide a clear understanding and good overview of a typical work situation. The motive may for example be an employee of KONGSBERG doing his or her job, or a customer using one of our products. The person in the photo will normally not pose for the photographer, but as far possible "do his or her thing", and must therefore appear very busy and focused on the task at hand. You must try to capture the authentical and unique with the situation, both in the psychological and the concrete aspects.

Portraits

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A portrait must give a positive, honest and appealing impression of a person. He or she must appear professional and confidence-inspiring. The person may well look into the camera, but he or she must not pose.

A portrait must have a light and modern expression, and it must not be subjective and interpretative. You must never lock an extract of the picture area, but leave plenty of space around the face. Wherever the portrait is used, the editor must be allowed to create his or her own extract to suit the purposes of the page layout.

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Large situations


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Small situations


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Portraits


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