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Photographing People In Public

If you like taking pictures in public and have been in a situation where people were in your way of photographing a building or something, and you stopped because you weren’t sure about if you could include the people. Don’t stop anymore here is some information for you about outdoor photography and the people in your plain view.

Candid photography

When you are out and about in public and suddenly decide to photograph something with your iPhone or camera, and someone is in the way, you can include the person or individuals in the image or video if you think they would add to your image. Taking pictures or videos of people in public is perfectly legal. It’s protected under the first amendment of the United States Constitution. The term for this type of photography is called candid photography or street photography. Depending on how close you get to a person or group can be intrusive, so you want to make sure you don’t get up in their face.

A posed appearance

If you ask to photograph people, they are posing for you. A  posed person will eliminate candid results because the person is paying attention to you and the camera. For example, a fashion model posing for a photo shoot is a planned scene. A pose will not get you candid results even if the model is really good at posing the picture is still designed and thought out.

No posed appearance

Photographing something or someone spontaneously outdoors in public areas makes it candid and not a planned picture. For example, you see a beautiful woman walking down the street with her dog or jogging, and you take a picture. Another example is seeing a group of people waiting for a bus, and one person runs to get on the bus first and stumbles. The person who would fall would be a perfect candid picture. Unplanned photography captures moments or details that aren’t thought of beforehand.  These kinds of moments only happen once and rarely occur twice.

Here are  some of the candid images I made while walking one day and driving to work:

Each images above was unplanned. I stumbled upon the scene and photographed them at the spur of the moment. Something like this wouldn’t have turned out well if I planned it. The people wouldn’t be perfect like they are in the pictures if they posed.

How to make candid pictures

If you’re interested in making pictures in public, you now have some information and a helpful link to guide you through it. Don’t hesitate to capture that perfect shot. Always be attentive when scouting for people and places to photograph. Scouting is a big tip for getting the best image. It doesn’t always happen, but you will be there when it does. Have the camera ready to go. A thirty-five mm to 28 mm is an excellent focal length.

Regarding fake pictures, don’t edit how you take them. If the image is dark or bright, leave it because it’s how it is. Always remember you make a picture, not take it.

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