Aug 01 2009

Tips to Taking Candid Shots

Published by at 4:11 am under General

Taking photographs of people have two categories.They are candid shots or portraits.

Portraits of course are the shots you take when your subject is striking a pose.  While the candids are usually when your subject is doing something natural.

I would like to focus on taking shots that are candid.With this type of photography, their is an art form, and if you follow these steps you will be real happy with your work.  This is from my experience as a San Diego Photographer.

First off, don't get in their way.Of course most of the candid shots will be people minding their own business, but the secret to taking a great photo is to make sure they don't know of you taking the shot.

Because often, if you let them notice you, you will miss the essence of that unguarded shot.So be diligent in making sure they don't know about the camera. 

Another thing to consider is the setting or the environment.When you are going to take candid photos, the environment plays a big role.  You want the candid shot to capture the subject and their setting as naturally as possible.  It's that setting
whether is is their house, their work, or the street they are on, will tell a story about your subject's life.  This is especially important if you are going to be taking shots as a Wedding Photographer San Diego.

A third thing to consider or do is anticipating behavior. An important part to being able to take candid photos of people who are acting naturally is to know what your subject will do next in a situation.

This will help you if you are trying to catch something in particular because it will allow you to be prepared rather than miss the shot.Knowing how they are going to act in a given situation and then capturing it is all about anticipation.

Finally, always be on the lookout for those moments when a person's emotion will be expressed.  Because after all, when taking these types of shots, that is the main thing you want to capture in these candid shots is emotion.

Look at what your subject is doing and see if it will be a moment that will express emotion.Such as an expression of impatience at a stoplight.  Or a joyous expression at an event.All moments in time give you the opportunity to truly capture an emotion.Being alert of those moments will enable you to capture that moment in time that tells a story.

Taking candid photos is an art form for sure.  Especially if you truly want to tell a story in your candid shots. Following these few simple steps will help you be on the road of capturing as many storytelling moments as possible as a photographer.

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