Images of people doing things are generally much more interesting than people sitting passively doing nothing. For one your subject will likely be focussed upon something which adds energy to a photo (and takes their focus away you) it puts them in context and adds a component of story to your image. Timing is everything in Candid shots so delay until they are distracted within you and fully focussed upon what they’re doing or who they may be with and you’ll inject an atmosphere into your shots ones being unaware understanding that the viewer of your respective image is looking on unseen.
Something worth it to read happens when you photograph multiple people in an image at a time – Get One Here introduces relationship in the shot. Even if the two (or even more) folks are not really interacting within the shot it can add depth as well as a sense of story in to the viewing in the image. Of course ideally in candid shots you’d like some interaction between your subjects as which will add emotion into the shot also once we the viewer observe how the people are acting.
If your subject understands that you’re there and that you have your camera out some may tense up or act somewhat unnaturally as they see you raising you guessed it-your camera to the eye. The great thing about digital cameras is always that it doesn’t set you back anything to take a great deal of shots and it could be well worth shooting without raising you got it. To make this happen most effectively you might want to set your lens with a wider angle setting to generate up for virtually any aiming problems you might have.
The other great thing about shooting in the hip is that it provides you with a slightly different perspective to accept the shot from (i.e. shooting from 3 feet height instead of 6). This adds towards the candid nature in the shots. In fact sometimes it’s the slightly crooked, slightly out of focus or poorly composed shots taken from this type of angle that winds up looking the best because they come across as quite random. Of course you can add all these new perspectives for your shots without shooting through the hip. Crouch down, get out of bed high, frame your shots with an angle, zoom in close then quickly zoom out to some wide angle, break the policies of composition etc and you will probably add a 84devypky perspective for your shots that can mean they are fresh and surprising.
A trick that I often use in candid shots would be to purposely include something inside the foreground in the shot to make it look like I’m hiding behind it. You might do that with by shooting over someone’s shoulder, by including just a little of a tree branch or perhaps the frame of your doorway.
One of my favorite times to shoot candid shots occurs when other everyone is taking formal ones. This is because everyone in the shot is focused for the one element (another photographer) – but it’s not you. If the main photographer has posed the happy couple of the day or their bridal partly look to get a different angle for them to take a shot from the same subject. Often for a few steps towards the side and shoot from almost a user profile position you can get great shots. Also zooming in to adopt shots of merely one or two of the people in a very larger group at these times perform well. Also try zooming right out to take a shot of the photographer and their subject everything in one. If you’re the only photographer and you’re taking formal shots an excellent technique would be to take your posed shot after which continue to shoot after everyone thinks you’ve finished. It’s some of the shots just after the posed the one which are the top as people relax and look at the other person.