Taking photos of people when they have no idea that you’re doing it is called candid photography. One of the beauties of photography is being able to catch someone in the act. It adds life to your pictures.
If you look at magazines, such as Time, you’ll see great examples of candid photography. For other examples, go to your local library and take a look at old issues or current issues of National Geographic.
Tips for Candid Photography
Although taking a candid shot can seem teasy, I’m going to give you a few tips to follow that will help you magnify the effectiveness and quality of your shot.
- The first thing you should do is ensure that you have your subject in your viewing range while they are not paying attention.
- Train your eye to capture the moment. Moving fast along with having a method for doing it is the key. Preparation is of importance. You need to have your camera cued up and ready even before you find a subject to shot.
- Keep your camera on the appropriate settings. This form of photography has a heavy reliance on light and furthermore, you may not always get to select the angle. Your angle could be wherever you happen to be at the moment.
- Good lighting and a great angle are all a part of getting a good shot, but being still and making observations is what’s most important.
Candid photography is all about understanding and capture unplanned moments of someone’s emotions, be it cheerfulness or tears.
The skill you’ll want to develop as a photographer is the ability to take notice and observe.
Photographers will look far and wide, over the crowds and through the landscape looking for that one in a million shot. Having a camera ready is essential.
Taking shots of friends and family can be tough because they are most likely aware of you and what you’re doing and therefore they become distracted.
If you want to get good shots of your friends, the focus has to be on something else other than the camera. Get them talking about something that they like. Your goal for doing this is to try to get them to forget you’re carrying a camera. In getting them to forget, they are more likely to act naturally.
One issue that you’ll have to deal with is having a balance between those who love to have their picture taken and those who are shy. Considering they’re your friends and you know them well, you’ll be able to decide what is the best way capture the moment.
Having the skill of observing along with having your camera ready is the essential to taking good candid camera shots.
Taking candid photos can be fun and exciting and one of the most rewarding of all photos but the downside is it can become annoying when the subject is aware of the camera.
Never forget the camera when going out with friends. By taking the advice that I have shared, you’ll become better at taking the most exciting forms of photography.