Candid moments last for only a split second. Only an expert photographer can capture it, as it requires skill, knowledge, and some sort of intuition so that you can anticipate what could happen next, andYou should calculate before taking the position with your camera to catch the most spontaneous moments. If you are a beginner and want to try your hand in taking candid shots, you're at the right place.
HERE ARE THE TOP 4 TIPS TO TAKE BETTER CANDID PHOTOS
Positioning the Camera
People never behave in the same way when they see a camera at your hand that they would do unconsciously. So your job is to hide your camera as much as possible from your subject. For this, you can practice shooting from the hip, to avoid getting noticed. You can take photographs easily with your camera tied to your hips. Just remember to use a wider lens to resolve focussing issues. Your photo would stand out from the others because of the different perspectives from which the photo is shot- i.e. from almost half the height than those. Even if your photographs are not picture-perfect, it looks great as candid shots. The imperfect perspectives and compositions give a random appearance to your photo. So don't be afraid to experiment with your position, and camera settings while taking candid photos.
Never use a flash when you're shooting candid. Using a flash will make your subject conscious, and ruin the whole idea of candid clicks. Click here to know more about where to use flash and where not to. If you are to take a candid photo in low-light situations, change the camera settings. Increase ISO value ( not too high though), widen the aperture, opt for a faster lens, but don't use the flash. The telephoto lens works best when the subject is far away from you. You can take better candid shots when the subjects are at a distance, unaware of the camera.
Click a Lot
Take your camera wherever you go. Make it a habit to take your camera with you wherever you go. Nobody knows when a photographic moment will come up. So, always be prepared with your camera to avoid the regret of missing a wonderful candid shot. Candid moments are short-lived. But you need to take as many shots as possible in that brief period. Pick the best one after going through the series of photos you clicked. On the other hand, if you click only one photo of the desired moment, it might not be that perfect. So, always shoot in continuous shooting mode, if you want to click candid.
Capture Actions, Being Unnoticed
Every photo tells a story. And candid photos tell the stories of unprepared moments. When someone is doing something, unaware of the camera, it becomes the best candid subject. You should capture those moments when people are busy with something, and not merely sitting. For the same storytelling purpose, it would be better if you capture more than one person in your shot. It doesn't matter if the people are not interacting with each other- it will still impart a relationship between the characters. There's a great trick for you if you are a newbie in photography. Try to take candid shots in presence of other photographers who are taking photos formally. Everyone's attention would be on the other photographers, and you could capture their unconscious moments easily. If there is a street photographer taking photos of some interesting subject, you can take advantage by clicking the same subject from a different angle, without grabbing its attention. You can also click your shots once the other photographer is done with it because it's the moment people are relaxed and just act themselves. You can try this trick when you're shooting alone too. After clicking some well-posed formal photographs, take candid shots when they think you're done and exert unconstrained gestures and expressions.
Clicking unposed photographs is not an easy task. But, if you follow these steps, you will surely be able to capture the precious unposed spontaneous moments of people's lives.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC