Photography may seem like a boring hobby to some, for all the technical terms (pardon me if I’m generalizing!) Yet, it is really just about capturing the emotions of the moment and making your viewers feel it too. Well, I’m not saying crappy pictures with bad lighting and positioning and all that stuff are good, but I guess we may be too caught up in the technical details of taking pictures that we forget to just let loose and have fun!


I was just looking through photos of my friends and family the other day and I realized that somehow those candid shots that I or we have taken of each other be it un-glamourous, funny and amusing ones, seem to bring back so much more heart warming memories of the past and left me reminiscing of those fun and happy moments, compared to those shots that appear posed with forced smiles on the people’s faces.

Very often, it is the intangibles in those candid shots, that pulls us back in time, that makes these photographs memorable and much more cherished. Its is inequivocable that most of these candid shots may not turn out as ‘neat’ or perfect as those that are posed, but the purpose of photography is to evoke emotions in the viewer rather than serve to be merely aesthetically pleasing (at least, that’s what i believe it should be )

That said, here are some ways to take candid shots of your friends and family =)

# 1:

Take your camera with you and don’t stop snapping! Sounds like a no-brainer? No. Because many of us do not do this. I used to find it awkward or rather self-conscious when i was hanging around with people to always carry my camera around with me and shoving it in people’s faces when i tried to take photographs, afraid that they might get offended. However, the trick here is to take pictures subtlely rather than shoving it in people’s faces. And this brings me to my second point…


Try to be sneaky when you are taking pictures! I feel almost like a private investigator sometimes when I’m trying to take candid shots. But then again, the whole point of taking candid photographs is to capture your subjects when they are not conscious of the camera.

Hence, the one obvious thing you SHOULDN’T do is to go around and say ‘Come let’s take a picture!’ or ‘CHEESE!’ while you snap your camera. Instead, try to hold your camera at your hip and take your shots from the hip rather than putting the camera to your face and looking through your camera viewfinder.

I had troubles doing it the first few times but you could try practicing that and soon it’ll be pretty much easy for you to take a good shot without even having to look through your camera viewfinder!

And one more thing………. turn off that damn flash! :)


Take your shots from a distance and make use of your zoom function. If you have a advance digital camera that has a superb zoom function, great! If you don’t… no worries, you can always take great shots by being near your subjects as long as you try to follow the above tips and take your shots without attracting too much attention from your subjects.


Use the half-press shutter technique. Your subjects are probably having a ball of a time or just being themselves. More often than not, they are always on the move or rather, since you are taking candid shots, they will not actually stop and pose for the camera. Hence, you may get some blurry pictures. One way to overcome this is to first press your shutter button halfway, to get your camera to fix the focus on your subjects, trail and pan their movements and wait for the right moment/ expression/ gale of laughter and hit your shutter button.

Since we are on the topic of being on the move while you’re taking your candid shots, you might want to switch to the Sports Mode which has a faster shutter speed. This will help prevent blurry pictures too.

And there you have it! I assure you that not only will you have a great time looking back at those candid shots but you will also have a great time taking them too. It ain’t that tough, ain’t it?! Go snap those shots today! :D

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