Candid Photography

Left Image: Tamron 70-210mm f-2.8, 1/30th at f-8, handheld.
Multi-segment metering, Aperture priority and autofocus.

Candid shots allow more natural looking photos of people. Most people feel shy or self conscious in front of a camera. Point your camera at a person and immediately they feel they have to pose a certain way. Candid shots let you photograph people the way they really are, showing their true personality and characters. The main problem is how you are going to photograph them without being noticed. One way is to get close to your subject, and use a wide-angle lens. Don't immediately take your camera out and shoot. Wait a while and act naturally until people become accustomed to you. Look around as if you are looking for another subject. Once you feel you can take your shots, start by bringing your camera up and turning slowly. I much prefer to shoot candid shots from a distance with a telephoto lens. This way I don't feel I'm bothering anybody and have much more freedom to move around. You can take several shots from a distance and pause in-between shots and change position. My favorite lens for candid shots is a 200mm, although an 80-200mm zoom will do the job just as nicely. Try not to be noticed by your subject. Look at another direction while finding a good spot to shoot from. You should also hide your camera. Most people seem to notice a person walking around with a camera. You'll be surprised that majority of people like to be photographed, so don't feel bad if they notice you. Practice is the key to successful candid shots. At first you might feel less confident, but after a while you'll be much more comfortable. If a person notices you, and you feel they might be bothered by you and your camera, move on and find another subject. Remember, you are trying photograph people not to bother them. When you see interesting people that you like to photograph more closely, politely ask them permission and don't take too long. The great thing about candid shots is that it can be done anywhere and anytime, good weather or bad weather. You'll find endless photo opportunity of many interesting people.  

Recommended Lens

Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens


The apex of telephoto lenses in a compact package, "SP 70-200mm F/2.8 DI VC USD with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization delivers leading-edge image quality in a body that is the smallest in its class. Equipped with Tamron's proprietary USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, this lens boasts a speedy autofocus so you can capture that one decisive moment. One special XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass in concert with four LD (Low Dispersion) elements minimize chromatic aberrations. This combined with a new optical design that delivers high contrast and high resolution throughout the zoom range achieves leading-edge image quality. Tamron's advanced multi-layer coating technology dramatically improves lens performance by reducing flare and ghosting for crisper, clearer images. The rounded diaphragm affords the photographer spectacular blur effects, delivering the kind of rich expression only achievable with a high-speed telephoto zoom lens. The most compact full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) in its class delivers superior mobility, enabling photographers to capture the previously unattainable. Features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual focus mechanism. The VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization mechanism reduces camera shake to deliver sharp images. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

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