How to photograph Social Services

This is the ultimate guide on how to photograph professionals and Social Services. 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 Social Services and not something completely different. Perhaps the Social Services 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 Social Services - just let him or her work as usual and you will try to capture them in their everyday life as Social Services? Of course, you can combine the editorial pictures with more portrait like pictures to get a complete coverage of the Social Services.

When taking editorial pictures it is really nice to have either a wide angle (such as 14-24 or 16-35mm) or a standard 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 standard 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 Social Services. Ask the Social Services 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 Social Services

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

Sony Alpha a99 II Sony Alpha a99 II
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Released: 2016
Type: SLT
Sensor: Full frame


Sony Alpha a7C Sony Alpha a7C
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Released: 2020
Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: Full frame


Canon EOS 250D Canon EOS 250D
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Released: 2019
Type: DSLR
Sensor: APS-C (1.6x)


Canon EOS R5 C Canon EOS R5 C
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Released: 2022
Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: Full frame


Fujifilm X-T30 II Fujifilm X-T30 II
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Released: 2021
Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C (1.5x)


Best lenses for photographing Social Services

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

Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Planar T Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Planar T
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Released: 2016
Normal Lens, no zoom (prime)
Aperture: f/1,4
Focal Length: 50 mm


Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM Canon RF 135mm F1.8 L IS USM
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Released: 2022
Telephoto Lens, no zoom (prime)
Aperture: f/1,8
Focal Length: 135 mm


Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM
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Released: 2015
Normal Lens, no zoom (prime)
Aperture: f/1,8
Focal Length: 50 mm


Nikon AF-S 28mm F1.8 G Nikon AF-S 28mm F1.8 G
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Released: 2012
Wide Angle Lens, no zoom (prime)
Aperture: f/1,8
Focal Length: 28 mm


Nikon AF-S 35mm F1.4 G Nikon AF-S 35mm F1.4 G
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Released: 2010
Wide Angle Lens, no zoom (prime)
Aperture: f/1,4
Focal Length: 35 mm


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 Social Services? 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.

Architects are reviewing their project See camera and lens details
1/250s  24mm  f/2,8

Painter is painting outside a store See camera and lens details
1/250s  50mm  f/7,1

A dentist is examing a male patient See camera and lens details
1/60s  56mm  f/4,5

Carpenter is using a grinder to cut some metal See camera and lens details
1/100s  20mm  f/5,6

Chef in his workspace - the restaurant kitchen See camera and lens details
1/20s  24mm  f/4

Teaching in front of her class and students are raising their hands See camera and lens details
1/125s  70mm  f/3,2

Soldier is hiding behind some rubble See camera and lens details
1/1000s  85mm  f/2,8

Surgeon and Surgery Nurses working together See camera and lens details
1/100s  15mm  f/5,6

Tattoo Artist is working in his studio See camera and lens details
1/125s  50mm  f/2,8

A fisherman is heading out in the morning and laying out his nets See camera and lens details
1/400s  220mm  f/11

Airline Pilot is approaching New York in his simulator See camera and lens details
1/60s  26mm  f/3,5

A female model and brunette with curly hair See camera and lens details
1/80s  85mm  f/5,6

An asian teacher is educating her students in the forest See camera and lens details
1/200s  150mm  f/4,5

Computer specialist at his repair studio See camera and lens details
1/160s  105mm  f/9

DJ with a tattoo on his forearm at his Pioneer mixer table See camera and lens details
1/25s  35mm  f/1,4