Taking flattering candid photographs is an acquired skill that takes practice and the development of an artist’s eye. However, there are also certain tips that you may follow to help you identify or create great candid photographs.
The most basic advice is to take your camera with you everywhere and whenever possible, to not use the flash. These steps will provide you with ample photography opportunities and generally portray your subjects in the best light, respectively.
Use a long zoom lens, since this enables you to be a distance away from your subject, which may help him to relax and appear more natural. Employing a long zoom or telephoto lens allows you to create an intimate photograph without making the subject uncomfortable.
Just keep clicking; you are more likely to capture a candid moment even within a posed shot, when you take a multiple succession of photographs. Chances are your subject will lose focus at some point, especially if he is posing with another person or a group of people.
Photographing more than one person at a time introduces a relationship into the picture; capturing the dynamic between two or more people makes the photograph more personal. And, each individual will be more at ease when he knows that he is not the sole focus of the photograph. This permits you to really capture the energy between the participants.
And, make sure you are always prepared for a candid moment by keeping extra digital memory cards in your camera bag. Carrying multiple digital memory cards ensures that you will never miss a shot due to lack of camera memory.