Images of folks doing things are usually much more interesting than people sitting passively doing nothing. For one your subject is going to be focussed upon something adds energy to your photo (and takes their focus away you) but it also puts them in context and adds an element of story to your image. Timing is everything in Candid shots so hold back until they are distracted by you and fully focussed upon what these are doing or who these are with and you’ll inject thoughts into your shots ones being unaware knowning that the viewer of your image is looking on unseen.
Something quite interesting happens when you photograph more than one person in an image at the same time – Amazon introduces relationship in to the shot. Even if the two (or more) folks are not really interacting inside shot it could add depth and a sense of story in the viewing from the image. Of course ideally in candid shots you’d like some interaction involving the subjects as that will add emotion in to the shot also as we the viewer observe the everyone is acting.
If your subject knows that you’re there which you have you guessed it-your camera out some may tense up or act just a little unnaturally while they see you raising the digital camera to the eye. The great thing about digital cameras is the fact that it doesn’t cost you anything to take lots of shots and it could be well worth shooting without raising you got it. To do that most effectively you should set your lens to a wider angle setting to make up for any aiming problems you might have.
The other attractiveness of shooting through the hip is it will give you a slightly different perspective to accept the shot from (i.e. shooting from 3 feet height instead of 6). This adds to the candid nature in the shots. In fact sometimes it’s the slightly crooked, slightly out of focus or poorly composed shots extracted from this type of angle that eventually ends up looking the best because they seem quite random. Of course you can add each one of these new perspectives to your shots without shooting from the hip. Crouch down, get out of bed high, frame your shots by using an angle, zoom in close then quickly zoom out to a wide angle, break the rules of composition etc and you may add a 84devypky perspective for your shots that will mean they are fresh and surprising.
A trick that I often used in candid shots is to purposely include something inside foreground with the shot to make it look as though I’m hiding behind it. You might do that with by shooting over someone’s shoulder, by including a little of a tree branch or frame of a doorway.
One of the most popular times to shoot candid shots is when other individuals are taking formal ones. This is because everyone inside the shot is focused about the one element (the opposite photographer) – but it’s not you. If the key photographer has posed the happy couple of the day or their bridal partly look for a different angle to them to take a shot of the same subject. Often if you take a few steps on the side and shoot from almost a user profile position it is possible to get great shots. Also zooming in to take shots of merely one or two from the people inside a larger group at these times can function well. Also try zooming right out to take a shot in the photographer in addition to their subject all in one. If you’re the sole photographer and you’re taking formal shots an incredible technique would be to take your posed shot and then continue to shoot after everyone thinks you’ve finished. It’s often the shots just after the posed one which are the top as people relax and look at one another.