Formal photography where the subject poses for the shot can often get mundane and boring. Candid photography offers a refreshing perspective by capturing real and natural looking photographs. It also becomes a valuable treasure as time passes since it freezes the real moment. The idea is to shoot photographs without letting your subject know that they are being photographed. But how you manage to achieve this is a big challenge. So, here are some candid photography tips and tricks to capture those memorable moments in your camera.
1. Carry your camera everywhere
Candid pictures are spontaneous shots, so if you are clicking candid shots, carry your camera everywhere and make sure you do not miss any beautiful shot.
You should always be ready to click the shots and should not set your camera accessories while a good shot passes by. By carrying the camera everywhere, you can make people relaxed about you and your camera. If the person is in a relaxed mood, obviously the shots will be great.
2. Use long zoom
Even a great model becomes attentive by the sight of camera. So, normal persons come in attention position when they see the cameras near to them. So the use of long zoom minimizes the risk of being attentive and makes the person relaxed as they cannot see the camera near to them. You can use long zooms and telephoto lens to click the candid images.
3. Turn off the flash
When you turn on the flash in the cameras, you are making the people understand that their photograph is going to be taken. This makes them attentive and spoils the shots. Turn off the flash and start clicking the images.
Search for other lighting sources other than flashes in cameras and see that the picture does not lack the lighting. If you cannot find any light source other than flash, then try this setting in the cameras and try the shots: Increase the ISO setting in the camera, use a faster lens speed, set the aperture in natural mode and try the candid shots.
4. Try different positions and angles
The angles in which you click the pictures add elegance to the candid photos. These photos are spontaneous shots and you should not search for the position. Set your camera in continuous shooting mode and click the images from different positions and angles.
While choosing positions, see for some basic qualities such as: which way will people face? What is the lighting source? Remember these things while choosing a correct position.
5. Prefer clicking images of working people
Click images of people performing actions rather than the images of ideal persons. Add company to your subject to enhance the beauty of the candid photos. Clicking images of people with people also makes the viewer understand the relation; otherwise add a subject to your photographs.