Recently, I conducted a small poll with my followers on instagram. And results were quite surprising. Below are result with a partial result only from overnight poll. By the time poll ended majority of people had opted “Yes
Candid photography has many meanings these days. It is right from bazooka lenses ( read 70-200mm for geeks ) to even shooting with a specific brand of camera. And most of these definitions have been perceived and formed in the mind based on hearsay. Even some limited set of photographers have advertised themselves or marketed themselves in a certain way that made people form a certain perceptions about candid photography.
If you quickly google “candid”. The definition you get is somewhat like this – ” (of a photograph of a person) taken informally, especially without the subject’s knowledge.” So any picture clicked without the subject knowledge is technically candid. So whenever you are posing for a picture, it cannot be called “candid”. Sorry to break your heart 🙂
The skill of the “candid” photographer to pick up right candid moments stands him apart. It will hold your attention and may be will stay in your mind. The candid picture can be liked for variety of reasons. It may be because of perfect moment captured, it’s surrounding and/or decor in case of weddings, sheer beauty of the subject, what the subject is wearing, composition etc. A good composition and angle can make a photograph stand out. And this comes with experience specially in weddings by learning the art of anticipation. As a photographer you anticipate and chose your spot to click in search of your composition.
Contemporary wedding photography is a mix of candid, documentary, fashion, architecture and creative posed portraiture using combination of natural/flash light and old camera techniques. It is collectively called candid photography these days. But as a layman, can you identify which photographer is using all of these/ some of these or none of these 🙂
What do you say?