Be proficient in capturing raw emotions at any given moment. Shoot emotionally-appealing candid photographs by trying out the following techniques!

Choose the Right Type of Lens

Candid photography requires subjects to be natural and relaxed in the way they act. Shooting further from the subject will prevent intrusion of personal space and keep the intimacy in the photo. When capturing candid shots, ensure that the subject is comfortable, this is a vital factor in setting the right mood for the right shot.

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Photo by Hannah Chan
EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/2.8 |ISO 200 | 1/800s

Using a zoom lens like the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM helps to prevent the presence of a camera, which upsets the mood. Zoom lenses are great for portrait photos as it puts the focus on the subject by contrasting it to the background.

Check Your Camera Settings and Positioning

In lower light settings, increase the ISO and widen the aperture. A shallow depth of field allows for the subject to be the focus of the shot, and not the background. Keep in mind that while the background may not be the focus, revealing a bit of the background can give context and amplify the mood of the photograph.

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Photo by Harold Koh
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | f/1.4 | ISO 100 | 1/8000s

Remember to switch off the flash when capturing your candid photo. Taking a candid photo with flash might blind subjects and surprise them – very possibly killing the moment. 

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Photo by Harold Koh
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | f/1.4 |ISO 400 | 1/400s

Position the camera at hip level to keep the subject off-guard to capture the subject in an honest moment This also gives a new perspective to the photographs and amplifies the mood.

Photo by Harold Koh
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | 35mm | f/1.4 | ISO 1600 | 1/1000s

Wait For The Right Moment

 

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Photo by Harold Koh
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | 35mm | f/1.6 |ISO 320 | 1/160s

Persistence and patience is important in waiting to capture the emotion that creates the mood of the photo. Sometimes all it takes is persistence. Always keep the shutter and memory card ready to take many photographs of the same subject.

Photo by Harold Koh
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF50mm f/1.2L USM | f/1.4 |ISO 1600 | 1/160s

With these tips, you are now better equipped to photograph candid photographs and the raw emotions in the moment.