Candid Photography is something that immediately grabs the attention of the audience. We all want/need candid pictures at some point. Well, sometimes posed pictures are nice too but candid shots are just magical.
If someone says there's a shortcut to get the most perfect candid pictures don't believe them. Because there's no shortcut. It's all about practice.
Here I am writing few tried and succeeded tips to get that perfect candid shot. These directions can be used for a solo, a couple or even a family with little twists :)
1. FAKE LAUGH
Yes. You read it right. Fake laugh.
When I first started doing Portrait Photography, I learned that a lot of photographers use this trick and that this trick works like a charm. So I had decided to try it out and guess what! It really works.
Just ask your model/your client to fake laugh and guess what, after just a few seconds they'll burst into actual laugh and what a perfect candid picture opportunity ;)
2. GIVE THEM A COMPLIMENT..
Come on guys. I told you there are no shortcuts.
I believe that everyone of us has a great quality. Find that great quality in your model/client for an example their laugh, eyes, smile, hair and compliment them but of course without sounding creepy ;)
This will instantly make them smile/blush very genuinely and here we go! Another great candid photo opportunity.
Walking towards or Walking away from the photographer is always a great trick to get the model/client to relax and also to get a great candid picture.
I personally like this trick with a little twist.
WALKING TOWARDS..I ask my model/client to do a little hop and then start walking towards me. And while walking, I ask them to look to their left-->right-->at me(at each other with couples). This trick can also be used with couples. It works wonders especially with couples
WALKING AWAY FROM ME.. Again with a little twist. If the model is a lady ask her to give a hair flip. If it's a gentleman ask him to look at the camera.
4. KISSING WITH THE TEETH..
This is the trick used by almost every photographer to get some candid pictures especially of couples.
Whenever I ask my clients to do this, they find it weird.But trust me guys, this trick works like a charm EVERY.SINGLE.TIME! Just ask your clients(the couple) to kiss with their teeth. Or in other words, ask them to go in for a kiss but ask them to stay there and SMILE!
5. DRUNK WALK
I ask my clients to show me how they walk when they're drunk.Imagine how funny the picture can be when the models/clients start drunk walking. This trick is perfect for couples/friends or even siblings.
THESE ARE FEW TIPS THAT I TRIED AND SUCCEEDED. HOPE THESE TIPS HELP YOU TAKE YOUR CANDID PHOTOGRAPHY TO NEXT LEVEL :)
Crafted with love,