Documentary versus artistic photography.Documentary photography is the stuff that photojournalists, forensic photographers, scientific photographers and casual shooters do. They capture a moment or the details of a thing. The key word here is capture. Any editing done is with the goal of making it as true to life as possible and making it match what they saw in their viewfinders. Documentary photographers try to make their photos as detailed and accurate as possible. There really isn't much more to say about this, because there really isn't much more to it. There isn't a whole lot that is really artistic about documentary photography, it is mostly technical in nature.
Other types are more artistic. Glamour photography, for example, has the goal of presenting a FALSE impression of the subject. A rather plain girl can be put in front of the camera and the photographer, makeup artist, and hair dresser try to make her look like a movie star. Buckets of makeup are trowelled on, fashion artists fix her dress, the p