A candid photo is any photo of a person taken in the moment without deliberate posing and ideally without the subject appearing to be aware of the camera’s presence. While candid photos are growing in popularity, they remain one of the more challenging forms of photography. Recognizing that in photography timing is everything is the first step to getting the best candid photos on canvas. These tips will help you understand how to take candid photos that will look great.
The decisive moment is that moment when all of the elements in a photo from the subject’s facial expression to the background action align just as the shutter clicks and an image is taken. This involves a combination of luck and skill. The skill comes in by being able to predict when that decisive moment will happen based on what the subject(s) are doing at a given time and in continuing to shoot before, during, and after the moment.
To get great candid photos on canvas you first have to Know what a great candid portrait looks like. Educate yourself on photos you have seen in magazines or online (like Pinterest). What draws you to them? Here are just a few example scenarios that can make for fantastic candid photos.
Observing people, with or without a camera in hand, is the best way to learn how to anticipate the perfect moment to take candid photos. Exercises that can help you build your ability to anticipate the moment include:
When you do have your camera in hand, people tend to be hyper aware of any photos being taken. To combat this you can get your subjects used to your camera by having it out for an extended period but this may mean that you miss out on candid shots early in a shooting opportunity. A different way to help people "forget" your camera is to step outside of their immediate space. Even if you’re only a few feet away, the added space between your subject and the camera lens helps your subject feel less like the center of attention, and therefore more natural and ready for great candid shots.
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