Since many years of shooting weddings, I have found that my favorite photos always tend to be those beautiful candid moments that last ever so briefly. In this article, We wanted to talk about our technique in how We set up and capture well composed and lit candid moments. So here are they.
Tip 1. Prepare
Candid wedding photographers in Delhi happen quickly and don’t last for long, so it’s essential that you’re prepared for any moment. My go-to lenses are the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II, the Canon 50mm f/1.2L (which I have recently replaced with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art). And if I have enough space, the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II. I also keep a flash on top of my camera, which is my “just-in-case” flash, for the moments I’m caught in a scene with bad lighting and have no time to make adjustments.
Tip 2. Lock In
Keeping a Focus on the moment is essential when you’re shooting candid moments. If you have to modify your camera settings, you may miss a timely shot that can’t be retaken this is why when I’m set up in a scene I Lock In my Exposure and Color settings in Manual Mode so I can focus on the moment when taking a shot. If I need to adjust exposure at the moment, I see to first adjust via ISO. The purpose for this is that I want to dial in my Shutter Speed based on whether I want to freeze/capture motion in the scene. Besides, I dial in my Aperture based on how much DoF I want in the scene as well.
Tip 3. Anticipate
A marriage day is full of joy, and not just from the Bride and Groom. While a day of the wedding is full of beautiful journalistic consequences and emotions, more often than not, these things are occurring under not-so-ideal situations. A scene might be poorly lit, have messy environments, people might be turned the wrong direction, etc. Rarely does the perfect journalistic moment line up with the perfect light, background, etc.
Tip 4. Now
You’ve fixed, locked in your settings and have expected the moment, and now it’s time to shoot. Relax, expressly compose your shot, and shoot. It’s essential never to forget that this will be one of the most precious days of your client’s lives. But, it is somewhat important to remind yourself to relax, slow down and don’t rush through each shot just to get to the next one.
Tip 5. Move
When you’re confident, you’ve captured your shot from one angle, MOVE! Take this opportunity to change your composition, capture another expression, and benefit from the time you have at the moment. Again, capturing ten shots from the same angle isn’t going to help you in telling a story or creating an album. Once you have your shot, you have a high expression, and you know it is in focus, move to a different angle.