Here we are again with a new Blogpost!!! This time I answer a dear reader, Caroline, that sent me an email asking how to produce some Candid Shots: taking pictures of pets without their attention.
You know how difficult it is to grab a pet’s attention, especially if it is not used to the camera or unproperly trained. Not all the owners pay attention to their pets’ training, so sometimes it is possible we are called to shoot at pets doing whatever they want while left free on location… a big mess!
But we are pros, so we need to be able to face also such a situation!
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What is Candid Photography?
Candid photography is by definition taking pictures of people (in our case, of pets) when they are unaware. Part of the fun in photography is catching your pet’s subjectís off guard so that your pictures have more emotion.
Photographers who work for magazines, like Time-Life, have been able to get candid shots of their subjects. I think most of us can remember the black and white photographs of Africans and others giving rise to more emotion from the viewer.
Taking candid shots may appear easy although there are few techniques in the photography world that will make the candid shot worth more than just a snapshot of our best friends.
First and of course most important is to keep the subjects in view while they are not paying attention.
The next step is training your eye to catch the moment.
You have to be able to move fast, but with design.
You need to have your camera set for the picture before you are even aware you will take the photograph. The best way to do this if you have a digital or automatic camera is to keep it in the proper setting. Manual cameras take moments to focus and can loose the candid shot if your subject becomes aware of you.
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Candid photography relies on the light; however, you may not always get to choose the angle. The angle could be where you are standing at the time. As a photographer of candid photography, you know the importance of choosing the best angle at the right moment that is possible.
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Why Candid Shots are Trending in Pet Photography
The entire point of candid photography is to gain the unguarded moments of a pet’s emotions, whether it is loneliness, happiness, love, or other emotions.
While it is true, you need to have the light, angle, and a good camera to catch the shot it is more important to observe.
Most pet photographers are trained observers. Their eyes will wander over the crowds, landscape, or other setting searching for the perfect shot.
They will always have a camera ready. It can be extremely hard when you are taking photographs of your pets because they tend to be more involved in playing or other activities.
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What’s the Key of Taking Candid Shots of Pets?
The key to taking candid photographs of your furry friends is to draw them away from the fact that you carry a camera.
If they forget you carry the tool, they are more likely going to act naturally.
Some pets tend to pose in front of the camera (mostly if they are well trained or used to it) while others will shy away turning their backs when you get ready to take a photograph.
Knowing your models, and talking politely to the helping owner, will help you find the best way to take candid shots without their attention.
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Conclusion on Pet Photography Candid Shots Niche
Observing, having the camera ready, and understanding the basics of photography will yield you better results when you try for a candid shot.
Posing or turning away from the camera will take away from the shot you hoped to attain so hanging to the side or a little ahead can get you the shot you may need.
Profiles make great candid shots because the pet will not realize you are taking a photograph until you have already clicked the button.
Candid photography can be one of the most rewarding arts of pet photography, but also vexing when the subject is aware of the camera.
Always remember the camera when going out with pet friends.
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See you the next couple of tips! Debs.