If you want to capture images of photographers in the act of taking pictures, then it can be advisable to take a somewhat ‘candid camera’ approach to your own work. This means taking photographs in which your subjects are not posed, or even aware that the photograph is being taken, allowing you to capture images which are much more naturalistic. With this in mind, here are a few things to remember when attempting a more candid style of photography.
It is important to always be prepared when it comes to candid photography, and the easiest way to do this is to simply keep your camera with you wherever you go. This way, when you spot the scene that you want to capture, you will have everything you need with you. You never know when you might come across a great scene of photographer at work – you might be working yourself, or simply sat in an internet café playing a game of online partypoker. It is hard to say when the perfect picture opportunity might present itself, so it is a good idea to make sure that you are fully prepared when it does.
If you’re hoping to get a few shots in, then it can be a good idea to turn off your flash. This will give you more opportunities to capture the perfect picture, without your subject becoming aware that you are taking photographs of them. In the same way, it can be a good idea to hold your camera a little lower down when shooting. Holding the camera at eye-level can be rather more noticeable, and if your subject realises they are being photographed then you are less likely to get a truly naturalistic shot.
These are just a few things to bear in mind if you are hoping to capture images for use on this site.
Here are more candid street shots that I did yesterday … I bumped into two photographers who were also doing street shots. The only difference between what they were doing and what I was doing, was that, in addition, I was taking pictures of them!