Whether shooting life on the streets or event photography, short and candid moments matter the most to Joab Loh. To Joab, those candid photos feel a lot more genuine and tend to show people’s true expressions without any awkwardness. Read this article to learn more about capturing candid photographs.

Step 1: Plan Your Shot

Firstly, look around for a background or frame. It can be a shop front or a counter or pictures of people going about their daily life can be interesting on their own. Adding a background and foreground adds depth to your photos.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF50mm f/1.2L USM | f/2.8 | ISO 800 | 1/80s

Step 2: Be Patient

One of my favourite candid shots was taken after roaming mindlessly around Little India. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready because sometimes you only get one chance for a good shot.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II | f/2.8 | ISO 320 | 1/200s

Step 3: Use The Right Equipment

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s ability to autofocus confidently and accurately, even in low-light is crucial. This is especially for wedding photography, where lighting is often less than ideal and capturing the right moment is of the highest importance.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF85mm f/1.4L IS USM | f/1.8 | ISO 1250 | 1/320s

Zoom lenses like the Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, and EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM are excellent event lenses. They are typically super-fast focusing, and let in a respectable amount of light with their F2.8 apertures.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM | f/2.8 | ISO 400 | 1/100s

I also enjoy using prime lenses like the Canon EF35mm f/1.4L II USM, EF85mm f/1.4L IS USM, and EF135mm f/2L USM, whenever I have the chance. Fixed focal length lenses challenges you as a photographer to think ahead and plan your shots because all the zooming will have to be done with your feet. In exchange for all the trouble, you get superior image quality.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | Canon EF35mm f/1.4L II USM | f/1.4 | ISO 100 | 1/3200s

Step 4: Keep Practicing

Capturing event photography requires good framing and being patient enough to get the right shot. These come from practice and having the appropriate gear. Keep in mind that in the end, it is the person behind the viewfinder which matters most.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM | f/4 | ISO 800 | 1/160s

See more of Joab Loh’s candid photos at https://www.instagram.com/joablohphotography/