Photograph by: Brian Fernandes
Photography of candid shots of a person, as compared to planned studio or outdoor portraits, are comparatively very easy but of course, it is also very difficult. There is no big set up, lighting or sophisticated equipment involved. We are totally free from technical aspect of photography and are quietly moving with a camera in a busy public place. We are not going to give any direction to our subject. Nothing is in our control. We have to visualize lighting and set the camera aperture and shutter speed settings for any compensation required during exposure. If the subject is not giving appropriate expression, we have to just wait or move further for another hunt. Yes, we are shooting.
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One thing is sure. A camera always catches attraction of people. The moment we take our camera out from the bag and start shooting, people will notice us and we will either get an alert look or they will start waving, and we will never get a good candid shot. Therefore, never start shooting the main target but be casual and act like a tourist. Start with a bird or a building and once we are blend with the ambiance, we can attack the target.
In most of places, especially if it is a tourist spot, we will be able to go through. However, in many places, we will be questioned, especially if we shoot a lady. So be careful. There are two options to dodge this hurdle. We can use a mirror attachment in front of our SLR or DSLR camera lens. This will fool people around us and we will be able to take any picture. Be sure to flip the photograph while taking a print as original image we have recorded is mirror image because of mirror attachment.
Another option is to have a lady assistance. We can ask her to shoot some shots, especially of our prime target. Then we can wait for a chance and can accomplish our assignment.
Camera setting on auto mode is more convenient for this shoot as it will take care of exposure settings. We should also shift to auto focus mode, if the camera has, which will assist in focusing. However, refer to your camera instruction manual to know about auto focus lock.
When we are shooting on auto focus mode, the lens will focus the subject in the center. If our main subject is not in the center, then we will miss it as the lens will be focused at something else, which is in the center. Auto focus lock takes care of this and after focusing our main subject, we can recompose the frame and lock will not shift the focusing.
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