How to photograph Metal Workers

This is the ultimate guide on how to photograph professionals and Metal Workers. As always, when taking pictures of people there are things to think about and below you will also find both camera and lens recommendations.

When trying to capture certain professionals you want the picture and the surroundings to say something, showing the audience that this is a Metal Workers and not something completely different. Perhaps the Metal Workers has an enviroment that you can clearly connect to their profession. A baker has his bakery, a pilot his cockpit and so on.

A professional portrait does not have to be a direct portrait, and if you are photographing the Metal Workers - just let him or her work as usual and you will try to capture them in their everyday life as Metal Workers? Of course, you can combine the editorial pictures with more portrait like pictures to get a complete coverage of the Metal Workers.

When taking editorial pictures it is really nice to have either a wide angle (such as 14-24 or 16-35mm) or a normal zoom lens (24-70mm etc). That will give you a lot of coverage in most situations and enviroments.

Moving on to the portraits it is really nice to use lenses with a maximum aperture value around f/1.2, f/1.4, f/1.8 or f/2. When using lenses like this you can really make the eyes or details to pop out and be sharp and crisp while the rest of the image can be a bit blurry. And this can both be normal prime lenses (as 35mm/f1.4, 50mm/f1.8 etc) as well as telephoto prime lenses (such as 85/f1.8, 105/f2.8 etc).

And remember, it is always worth getting a bit uncomfortable in order to get the best picture of the Metal Workers. Ask the Metal Workers if you can join them for a working day, no matter where and in what surroundings. Dare to get a bit dirty and your clients will definately appreciate the effort afterwards.

Best cameras for photographing Metal Workers

Perhaps you already have a camera but here are some popular camera alternatives that might be suitable for photographing professionals and Metal Workers.

Product name
Nikon D7200 Nikon D7200
Released: 2015
Type: DSLR
Sensor: DX (1.5x)
Canon EOS Rebel T8i Canon EOS Rebel T8i
Released: 2020
Type: DSLR
Sensor: APS-C (1.6x)
Nikon D5 Nikon D5
Released: 2016
Type: DSLR
Sensor: Full frame

Best lenses for photographing Metal Workers

Here are some popular lenses that might suit your needs when photographing professionals and Metal Workers. You can also view all of our lenses or start by selecting your camera and then see which lenses that are compatible.

Product name Release date
Canon EF 50mm f/1,2 L USM Canon EF 50mm f/1,2 L USM 2007
Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1,8 G Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1,8 G 2009
Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM 1992

Images of other professionals

Here are a few images of professionals that might inspire you. Perhaps these can give you ideas on how to best photograph your Metal Workers? Click on the image you want to know more about. Each image has information with which camera and lens they were shot and with which settings.



A dentist is examing a male patient


Tattoo Artist is working in his studio


Computer specialist at his repair studio


DJ with a tattoo on his forearm at his Pioneer mixer table


Architects are reviewing their project


A female model and brunette with curly hair


Painter is painting outside a store


Electrician in glasses is adjusting a wall outlet


Hotel Receptionist is answering the phone


A software developer is coding on his Macbook Pro


Teaching in front of her class and students are raising their hands


A buffalo farmer is plowing a wet field


Carpenter is using a grinder to cut some metal


Soldier is hiding behind some rubble


Chef in his workspace - the restaurant kitchen