Some of the most wonderful wedding photographs to come out of a shoot are taken when the couple is looking completely natural and at ease just being themselves. To really capture the love and excitement that flows so freely at weddings, the best strategy is to aim for some excellent candid shots. Although these can be often be difficult moments to acquire on film, there are a number of handy tips that will help ensure your photographs will be high quality mementos of your special day.
Rather than old fashioned, posed portraits, good candid photography really captures the energy and emotion of the day and reflects the celebratory atmosphere and the mood of the guests. Portraits often take place away from the guests and can sometimes be missing the sense of spontaneity and overflowing joy a wedding can evoke. That is why Studio 4 Photography in Brisbane highly recommends planning ahead to get great candid shots.
1. TELEPHOTO LENS
Using a powerful telephoto lens is probably the ultimate method for capturing intimate candid photographs without having to come too close to the guests. The level of detail and intimacy a telephoto lens can zoom in on from a distance is incomparable.
2. MULTIPLE CAMERAS
Many couples like to distribute disposable cameras amongst the guests and have them take their own shots during the event. Although the quality of the images is far from ideal, the content and subjects of these candid photographs can really convey a sense of story and narrative that would otherwise be missed. Often with so much occurring at a wedding it is hard to record it all. Having multiple cameras and photographers doing their best to capture the flavour will yield some very memorable images.
3. KNOW THE LAY OF THE LAND
Whenever possible, visit the venue or reception room and take note of the best areas to set up and catch the action as it unfolds. This also includes using certain angles to get access to the most flattering profiles and using doorways to be unobtrusively positioned. Nothing spoils candid photographs more than the subjects suddenly becoming aware they are being photographed and becoming camera shy. Be sure to stay on the move and roam with the camera but circle back to those predesignated choice vantage points as much as possible.
4. GO WHERE THE FUN IS
While it may seem obvious, the photographer should be attentive to the sound of laughter and try and take shots where the fun and frivolity is flowing. One still needs to be discreet as if the guests notice they are being photographed they will often become self-conscious. A savvy photographer will know how to go into stealth mode and fade into the background.
It’s important when taking candid images to never direct or instruct the guests even if there is an obvious shot to be made as this is not what candid images are about. The knack every candid photographer needs to learn is how to blend in and not be noticed. Check out the amazing blog post here for some beautiful examples of candid wedding photographs.
5. BE WELL PREPARED
In an instant those perfect moments can vanish forever so it is vital the photographer knows their equipment and can dial in the correct settings on the fly without fumbling. Capturing candid images is all about being at the ready without any distractions that would cause one to hesitate and miss the shot. Although there is the need to act quickly, that doesn’t mean rushing the process. Often a dozen well anticipated photographs taken with a methodical ease will trump one hundred rushed and haphazard images. Finding the right balance is crucial.
As always, the key to getting great candid photographs is preparation and forethought. Knowing what to anticipate, having a loose plan as well as the proper equipment will increase the odds of bringing home a successful photo shoot. There is nothing more satisfying for a wedding photographer than seeing a grateful couple gushing over how well their wedding photos turned out.
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