5 Candid Photography Tips for Your Next Shoot

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Whether you were hired for a shoot, are inspired on the street, or are taking your camera to the family picnic, there’s a time and a place for candid photos. Candids are a challenge because you can nearly always tell when they are staged, but when you really capture that essence of the moment, they’re incredible. Use these candid photography tips next time you pull out your camera!

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5 Candid Photography Tips for Your Next Shoot

1. Never Put Your Camera Down

The second you put your camera down, you’ll miss a moment. Keep your camera with you at all times, especially when your subjects don’t actually know you’re shooting. This also goes for the type of photographer that gets inspired on the go. You never know when you’ll want to pull your camera out and take that shot on the street.

2. Don’t Spook Your Subject With a Flash

As soon as people realize you’re photographing them, it’s no longer candid. Once a flash goes off, it’s obvious! Instead of using the flash, increase your ISO setting, use a faster lens, and open up your aperture. Plus, if your photo is dark, you can run it through Perfectly Clear to edit it back to perfection in seconds!

3. There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Photos

The beauty of a candid is that it wasn’t planned. That being said, that also makes it difficult to get a good shot. You can’t direct people to pose the way you want, so your best bet at getting that perfect shot is taking tons of photos. You’re bound to get some good ones!

4. Plan What You Can

Yes, the photos you are taking are spontaneous. However, you’ll find that you have a much easier time getting that candid shot when you know one is coming. If you’ve been asked to photograph a wedding and the bride wants tons of candids, see if you can get the schedule of the reception beforehand. A shot of the bride after the speeches is great, but you need to make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.

5. Try Shooting From the Hip

Shooting from the hip not only gives you another perspective for interesting shots, it also keeps you inconspicuous. Like we mentioned before, part of shooting candids is making sure no one actually knows you’re shooting. It’s a lot more obvious if you have your camera up and you’re fussing around!

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