Candid photography | Some Tips for Better Candid Photography

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A candid photograph is a photograph captured mostly in motion, without creating a posed appearance . Candid photography captures the natural expressions of subjects in their most pristine form . Candid styles of photography are increasingly becoming popular both in general day to day photography but also in formal photographic situations

Take your Camera Everywhere

Probably the best way to take spontaneous photographs is to always be ready to do so .  Taking your camera with you everywhere also helps people to be more at ease with you taking their photo.

Kill the Flash

erhaps the most obvious way that you can signal to another person that you’re photographing them is to use a flash. There’s nothing like a blinding flash of light in the eyes to kill a moment. If possible (and it’s not always) attempt to photograph without the flash if you’re aiming for candid shots

Use a longer lens and crop tightly

The best way to get candid shots without your subjects being aware is to use a longer telephoto lens. It’s also far more flattering to subjects than shooting them with a wide-angle lens that could cause distortion. Another advantage of using a telephoto lens is that it allows you to crop tightly and avoid including unnecessary background distractions.

Be quick

Whatever type of candid shot you’re shooting, the golden rule is to be quick. If it’s a staged shot, you don’t want to annoy people by asking them to pose for long periods. Likewise, a candid shot of people will only work if they don’t spot you pointing a lens at them, so you need to work quickly. And try not to worry if you miss a shot – just move on and come back to that group or person again at a later stage.

Photograph People Doing things

Images of people doing things tend to be much more interesting than people sitting passively doing nothing. For one your subject will be focussed upon something which adds energy to a photo (and takes their focus off you) but it also puts them in context and adds an element of story to your image

Look for variety and individuality

When shooting candids at an event, try to look for the individual moment in a sea of faces. Find the people who look animated and zoom in for close-ups. And don’t forget to shoot a wide variety of people and setups. There’s never any harm in having to edit down photos from an event.