I love to observe people. What better way to do that than taking a photo right? Candid photography is one of the most enjoyable forms of photography. It’s fun capturing unsuspecting people at their most natural. Therefore today’s photography theme is all about people.
There is always the debate whether candid photography is an invasion of one’s privacy or worse the photographer being labeled a pervert. Personally I believe that as long as the shots are not of people in embarrassing, unglamorous, upskirt or downblouse situations, it is acceptable by my principals. Or at least has discipline on what is one going to do with the pictures.
To the viewers, candid shots of people taken at the front or side seem to be more acceptable than one taken behind their back. Like the shot above. It gives the impression that the photographer is haunting the subjects. Or rather it’s the fact that being able to see the subject’s face looks more pleasing in photos.
From my observations, most couples I see on the streets, the girls always dress better than the guys. A guy always want his girl to look presentable when going out so shouldn’t the guys do the same as well? Example is the guy in the foreground and background. though I think the girl in dress can do with better shoes.
I find that to capture a good moment of life, technique is not necessary the most important, stealth, a pair of fast hands and sharp eyes are vital. Positioning the camera at eye level might arouse the subject of your presence/intention and the shooting opportunity is lost.
Sometimes, one only get one chance so the first shot must count, subsequent tries to shoot might get the subject suspicious. Shooting at waist level minimizes detection even though the sound of the shutter closing is unavoidable. Tried it myself, works great without being exposed though it is usually the case of trial and error since one can’t aim in this circumstance.
Lovely girl at the counter in a Neo print shop. The one on the right mind you. Not sure is Neo print the correct term to describe machines that takes thumbnail size photos of you and friends. Enlighten me if there’s a better word.
A new romantic comedy starting beautiful people. It puzzles me why characters in romantic movies are always beautiful people? Why can’t normal looking people have a romance on film? Ya I know, audiences pay money to see beautiful people do romantic though most of the times unrealistic things on screen to temporarily escape from the harsh reality of life.