We are going to proactively title this post “Part 1″ since we anticipate doing many many more of these posts, since this is, after all, what this blog is all about.
The concept of taking pictures of strangers is nothing new, however, only after Candidtag came along have photographers been able to able to profit from it. Candid street portraits are a great way for photographers to improve their skills. Rather than taking pictures in the same places of the same people, Candidtagging forces the photographer to make new images, and experiment with new scenery and subjects. Street portraits are a great way for photographers to gain real experience in photography. Photographers that do this will find that they are well prepared for any lighting and scenery situation since they have dealt with so many diverse combinations before.
Here are a few tips to improve your candidtagging, and there are plenty more to come!
- It’s OK to pose- Just because the site has “candid” in it, doesn’t mean you can’t ask your subjects to pose.
- Take Lots of Pictures- While we would never condone the run-and-gun approach to photography, taking lots of pictures can really help you grow as a photographer, and you will find that you are far more likely to capture that perfect moment. By taking lots of photos you will be able to get a better sense of which shots worked and which didn’t work and why. Gathering this information will help you put yourself in more likely to succeed positions the next time you are out. We are fortunate to live in the digital era where taking extra pictures costs you nothing. Take advantage of this.
- Use a Zoom Lens – As I mentioned in my 5 Tips for Great Portrait Photography, a bokeh can really differentiate an image between what’s considered amateur and pro. In addtion to being able to get a better bokeh, a long lens is a great way to separate the photographer from the scene.
- Don’t Be Shy- Life is too short to be shy! Don’t be afraid to approach someone and ask for their permission to take a photo. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of eye contact.
Thanks for checking out the first installment of candidtagging tips! Come back soon!