TAKING BETTER CANDID PHOTOGRAPHS
When you manage to capture your subject without a deliberate pose, you are often able to create an image that is a lot more natural and shows the character of the per¬son better. The aim of a candid photograph is to allow the scene and setting to tell the story. Although you do not have control over the subject it is important not to forget the basics of composition, framing, lighting and pose.
A candid photograph is usually taken with much more space around the subject so that you can crop a perfect composition later. Concentrate on the scene and the action. It is very rare to use a tripod or flash to create a candid photograph, so the chances of getting camera shake become very real. Remember that when hand-holding in lower light, increase the ISO setting to allow for a shutter speed faster than the focal length of the lens.
When you have no control over the subject, it is rare that you will get a perfect photograph every time. Shoot more images than you think are necessary, so that you can choose the best ones. Make sure that you master the art of exposure, composition and focusing before you try to take candid photographs – it is essential that you are completely comfortable with all of the controls of your camera. Spontaneous candid portraits often happen when working on a planned shoot. Always be aware of what is happening and how your subject is interacting with you. Having your camera on a tripod and using a cable release allows you to ‘grab’ a shot without the subject being aware of it.
If people photography is your passion then definitely consider doing the People Photography course.