LEARN HOW TO TAKE CANDID PHOTOS:

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The definition of “Candid Photos”: In its simplest form, a candid photo is of an unplanned moment. There is no posing. There is no direction from you as the photographer. Instead, you assume a “fly on the wall” position and let things play out naturally, your shutter button clicking along the way.

With that in mind, let’s look at some ideas or tips on how to become a “master” at candid photography with your smart phone.

1- TAKE YOUR CAMERA OR PHONE EVERYWHERE!

As a cell phone photographer, you definitely have an advantage of taking your phone with you everywhere. That is definitely easier than the bigger-type camera. If you are around people, which is most of us, you will just have your smart phone ready to go, to take a candid photo.

2- USE YOUR TELEPHOTO LENS ON YOUR CAMERA:

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Professional Street photographers, are accustomed to always have a big lens on their camera. You can do the same thing with your smart phone, by having it ready with the telephoto lens in place. As you’ve probably already guessed, the farther you are from your subject, the less likely they are to know that you’re taking pictures, and the more natural and relaxed they’ll act.

3- MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR FLASH OFF:

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The more natural type of photo is using the available light that is there. Perhaps the most obvious way you can signal to another person that you’re photographing them? Using a flash (especially the flash on the top of your camera!). After all, there’s nothing like a blinding flash of light to get people’s attention and kill a moment.

If you have the ability to set an ISO setting on your camera, then move it up to a higher ISO number. Not all cell phones have that option, but, if you can, this would certainly help you in low light situations.

4- TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS:

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With your cell phone, you do not have film. Any photos you don’t want can easily be discarded. But, if you take a lot of pictures, you will certainly get a few good ones.

5- POSITION YOURSELF STRATEGICALLY:

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You already know you want to get a candid photo, make sure you are in a place that will get the photos that you want.

While candid photography is all about capturing the spontaneity of a moment and getting a perfect shot during that split second of time, if you think ahead and anticipate what is about to unfold, you can increase your chances of success.

So at a wedding, get to the church early (or even go to the rehearsal) and think about what will happen during the ceremony. Where should you stand to capture each moment? Which way will people be facing? What will they be doing? What will the light be like?

If you ask these questions in advance, you won’t waste time running around and repositioning yourself when the action happens. And you’ll be in the perfect spot to capture candid moments when they do occur.

6- PHOTOGRAPH PEOPLE DOING THINGS

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Capturing your subjects doing something, even with another person is fine, but, it seems to make a more interesting photo.

Note that your subject doesn’t need to be doing something especially involved or complex – they might be dancing, talking, playing a game, etc.

7- PHOTOGRAPH PEOPLE WITH PEOPLE

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Two or more people in a candid photo is priceless. Chances are it may be a friendship exchange, or a family love gesture. It makes the photo much more interesting.

8- TAKE CANDID PHOTOS INTO POSED TERRITORY:

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While everyone is concentrating on the professional photographer, you could be concentrating in between the shots. What happens between the photo takes? You can capture some of the most precious memories when the professional photographer is not. These just might be more precious than the professional posed photos.

CONCLUSION:

The candid photographer totally gets better photos than the posed ones. You capture the events that everyone misses. You capture the photos that are prize material. Practice doing this, and you will be the main photographer, who knows?

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Published by 123photogo

I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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