Candid shots for camera photography is an attempt to interpret
the unposed character of people. Candid photography has become
extremely popular. Pictures are taken in split second time, usually
with subjects unaware of the camera. The resulting photographs thus
emphasize realism, for example, people eating, kibitzing, working and
acting their normal selves.
Candid shots are especially effective in
photographing children in their world of make-believe, or in recording
their daily trials and tribulations. In sports, this actually brings up
an all new kind of photography. You can shoot the basketball player
just ready to catch the ball, the baseball player sliding into home
plate, the prize fighter as he falls to the canvas, each at the right
moment. News photo magazines owe much of their appeal to the dramatic
stories told by candid shots snapped while the news was being made.
Technique for candid shots
Successful candid shots require special
approaches and techniques. Since most of the pictures are taken when
the subject is unposed, a great deal depends upon the attitude of the
subject before the picture is taken. If he has an idea that you are
going tot take his picture he may stiffen up and become self-conscious.
So try to take it before he is aware of it, or a tleast when he isn't
anticipating the click of your shutter. In terms of naturalness and
purity of expression, the result will be far superior to the
self-conscious photo of a subject who has "frozen" for the camera.
This doesn't mean, of course, that you have to hide your camera to take a candid. You can hold it in such a way that no one suspects you intend to use it immediately. Just be nonchalant. You'll find it's wiser than being furtive, or trying to sneak a shot when the subject isn't looking. Before taking the picture have everything ready, so you can work fast. Pre-set your shutter speed, exposure, and distance in your preparation for the picture. Then when your picture appears-simply raise the camera and shoot.
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