What Is A Candid Picture?

What is a candid picture?

A candid picture refers to capturing spontaneous moments of people or subjects in their natural state. In contrast to traditional posed photography, candid pictures capture natural emotions, expressions, and actions without any interference from the photographer. The goal is to capture the subject unaware and in a genuine moment, which results in realistic photos.

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Candid pic meaning as per the dictionary?

If you google ?candid?. The definition can be somewhat like this –

?a photograph of a person taken informally, without his knowledge.?

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What is a Plandid Photo?

Thanks to Instagram/social media and millennials are adding new words into the slang every day. The latest entry is the word Plandid.

A plandid photo is a photo that is pre-planned and clicked/posed in a way that it should end up looking like a candid shot or a candid photo.

Candid vs Plandid

Pre-planned poseNo posing
Easy to executeRequires practice and skill
Video Version: Candid Photography: Is it dependent on gear?

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Myths about Candid Photography

Candid photography has many meanings these days. It is such a big buzzword that people come online to search for the meaning of candid pictures. It is right from bazooka lenses ( read 70-200mm for geeks ) to even shooting with a specific brand of camera.

Unfortunately, these are the two most common tips given to noob wedding photographers.

And most of these definitions are being perceived and formed in the mind based on hearsay. In recent years, some wedding photographers have gone back to the old ways. They are advertising or marketing a lot of posed photography.

Posed photography has been a mainstay of traditional wedding photography in India. It is creating perceptions and confusion about candid photography among people.

So any picture clicked without the subject knowledge is technically candid. So whenever you are posing for a picture, you cannot call it “candid”.

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Skills of a Candid Photographer

The skill of the “candid” photographer to pick up the right candid moments stands him apart. It will hold your attention and maybe will stay in your mind.

The candid picture is likable for a variety of reasons. It may be because of the perfect moment captured. It’s surrounding and/or decor in case of weddings.

The sheer beauty of the subject is because of the subject’s attire and picture composition.

Good composition and angle make a photograph stand out. And this comes with experience, especially at weddings by learning the art of anticipation. As a photographer, you can anticipate and choose your spot to click in search of your composition.

What is a candid picture or photography for you? comment!

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