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 pic meaning as per dictionary?
If you google “candid”. The definition you get is somewhat like this .
” (of a photograph of a person) taken informally, especially without the subject’s knowledge.”Google search
Contemporary wedding photography is a mix of candid, documentary, fashion, architecture and creative posed portraiture. It uses combination of natural/flash light and old camera techniques. This is called candid photography these days. But as a layman, can you identify which photographer is using all these/some of these or none of these 🙂
A candid picture is a photo where the subject is unaware of being clicked. The subject has not posed for the camera.
No, candid shots does not require any kind of posing. If you have posed for a picture than it is not a candid picture or it is a fake candid photo.
Candid photos are better than regular shots because the subject is natural and at ease. And a skilled candid photographer will capture the right moment to make picture stand out.
Myths about candid photography
Candid photography has many meanings these days. It is such a big buzz word that people come online to search meaning of candid pictures. 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 are being perceived and formed in the mind based on hearsay. In the recent years, some wedding photographers have gone back to old ways. They are advertising or marketing lot of posed photography. Posed photography has been a mainstay for 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 a “candid”. Sorry to break your heart 🙂 . Sorry to break your heart 🙂
Skills of a candid photographer
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 is likeable 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 because of the subject’s attire and picture composition. A good composition and angle makes a photograph stand out. And this comes with experience specially in weddings by learning the art of anticipation. As a photographer you can anticipate and chose your spot to click in search of your composition.
What is candid picture or photography for you? comment!