Candid Photos for the non-photographer

A candid photograph is a captured through motion mostly, without creating a posed appearance. Candid styles of photography are increasingly becoming popular both in general day to day photography but also in formal photographic situations. I was introduced to this type of photography by Faizan Patel, who works as a candid wedding photographer. Ever since I received my camera, I’ve been working on this aspect of photography and these are a few tips I picked up over the past couple of months.

  1. Get close.
  2. Fill the frame or view finder with the image.
  3. Shoot pictures that are not posed.
  4. Have people look natural, not at the camera.
  5. If people are looking at the camera, keep the focus on them but move the camera away. Then, keep a watch on your subject and when they return to what they were doing, slide the camera back in their direction and take the candid picture.
  6. Just about everyone wants their picture in the album. Tell the people that if they look at the camera you won’t use the picture. If you are polite, usually the subject will cooperate. Don’t give up easily, but if they don’t cooperate, find another candid picture.
  7. Shoot your pictures from different angles, try a higher or lower angle. You can shoot the candid picture from the “normal or eye level” perspective just in case you attempt at some thing different doesn’t work out.
  8. Use flash when necessary. It usually takes an experienced photographer to be successful in shooting low or available light situations. Contrast in black and white photos is generally better when a flash is used in low light situations. We have all seen those pages in the album where the entire spread looks gray. Underexposed and out of focus photographs do not look good and ruin the layout.
  9. Many auto-focus cameras are super simple to use and give solid results. This type of camera can be used by the inexperienced picture taker and still get acceptable results. If you are using flash, you need to be closer than 10 feet in most cases.
  10. You need to be able to see faces in the pictures. Rarely will you find an interesting photograph where you have just backs or cannot see faces.

Photo Courtesy: Faizan Patel| Candid Wedding Photographer India

Vishaal Bhat

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