Capture a special day.
Wedding photography is another great opportunity to practice your candid shots. While everyone loves a beautiful posed image of the couple, the unexpected moments often produce very memorable shots. From the final kiss of the ceremony to dancing at the reception, great candid photos can appear anywhere. Just keep your camera at the ready throughout the event, and help your clients forget you’re even there by using a longer lens and taking shots from a few extra feet away.
Document all kinds of wildlife.
You can’t convince wild animals to stay put, so nature photography is always candid. Animals move quickly, so use fast shutter speeds and wide apertures to make sure you have a good exposure. A zoom lens can also help you capture candid shots without alerting your subject to your presence. Being in the right spot at the right time is key to candid shots, so be sure to pack the right gear and be prepared to wait awhile for the perfect moment.
Finding the decisive moment.
Deftly integrating yourself into a new situation can be difficult with technical considerations to worry about. Reading people is only part of the situation when you also have to worry about your depth of field, zoom lens, or camera settings. Are you adjusting for low light? Is your shutter speed right? All these factors piling up can be a major hindrance.
“It’s a matter of relaxing,” says Nakamura. “That means developing your technical skills to the point where they’re not at the forefront of your brain all the time. When you get more comfortable with your tools, you’re able to come forward with the higher skills that have to do with adapting yourself to all manner of environments.”