Some of the best pictures of ourselves are the ones that catch us unawares. That heartfelt smile, a hidden blush and unfettered laughter make for truly frame-worthy moments. Its is for this reason that most people are beginning to opt for candid photography to capture shots from important moments in their life. Moreover, candid shoots need not be reserved merely for special occasions. You too can capture stunning images of the world around you in candid style. Just follow these 5 simple hacks and leave everyone speechless.
Shoot from a distance:
A long zoom is more likely to get you those natural expressions that make for the perfect shot. The further away you are from your subject, the less likely their expressions will be affected by the presence of a camera. If it’s an event that you are covering, arrive a little earlier and scout the venue for the best vantage point. Stealth also works great for wildlife photography.
Always be on the move :
The best candid photography tells a story and no story can be told from a single angle. The moment you get the perfect shot, move and click the same picture from a different angle. This works great for conveying deep emotions during wedding moments such as exchange of rings, cutting the wedding cake, walking the pheras, as well as the dances and stage shows.
Keep clicking for many pictures
Clicking a single image may not get you the result you need. Use the burst mode on your camera for some epic candid photography. Allowing you to shoot multiple images within a short span, it helps you capture pure moments of action and emotion that disappear within a second. The burst mode is especially great if you are new to photography. This mode works great for shooting candid images of babies, pets, wildlife, and special moments such as the ring ceremony at a wedding.
Focus on people doing things:
The best candid photography focuses on moments when people are doing something as opposed to simply sitting still. Action adds meaning to your images. Moreover, look around for fresh perspective. For instance, at an event do not focus only on those taking centre stage. Look around you. You will find tender moments of pure joy such as a child playing with a balloon, a grandmother smiling contentedly, or groups of people sharing laughter.
Always carry your camera with you:
The very definition of candid holds that the subject should be unaware of the photographer’s presence. Likewise, as the photographer, you never know when the perfect shot presents itself. So, always carry your camera when you head out. Technology has simplified life to the extent that every smartphone comes with an inbuilt, high-quality camera. Find the filter and camera settings that work best for you.
Above all, candid photography relies on spontaneity so do remember to have fun. Happy clicking!