You may have seen a lot of candid photography all over the Internet and wondered, what is it all about? If you’ve never tried it before, or only have a bit of experience, in fact you may already shot street photography or candid photography. It’s the art of capturing life, culture, people in their actions. It is fascinating because a small percentage of photographers seem to be naturally drawn to it. Even before hearing about the phrase street photography, there are many photographers who prefer to point their cameras in the direction of culture and people that they’ve never. met before, over mountains, sunsets, and landscapes
I started street photography walking down the street with camera in hand just snapping anything thing was interesting. Like a blind blues singer sitting on the corner of the street playing the blues and people chunk change in his empty coffee can. But latter I started being a little more selective. I look into the crowded for interesting people, actions and reactions.
My favorite is candid photography at high profile cocktail parties. I try to stand back and be as invisible as possible. People are great when they’ve had a few drinks and hamming it up. Also, photographing models at a runaway show getting ready for their show. From no make up to being dolled up. I just act like i’m not there and their usually not paying any attention to you.
The great thing about it, people starting asking how they can obtain a photo. That’s when you hand out business cards.
Street photography is one of the most difficult forms of photography, because it is so unplanned. You might meetup with someone who preferred not to have their picture taken. A world of content is out there for you, and it is your job to go find it. You must develop your own visual language, to be able to see interesting moments, then to figure out how to capture them all in a quick, spontaneous instant manner. This takes regular practice. I’ve been doing street/candid photography for nearly 9 years. I carry carry my camera every where I go so I want miss that special shot.
Enjoy the feeling of being out there, because it’s necessary to love it, to be able to put in the time to be successful. Don’t be shy…