I often describe three different categories of candid picture. The first category is a stage or a backdrop usually without human interest, it’s rather dull and lacking anything to say photographically.
The second category is a stage with human interest, not necessarily a person. It is a picture that has been well composed and thought out.
The third category takes all the best attributes of the second level and adds a further dimension, that of putting emotion in to a picture frame. The picture now speaks directly to the viewer in a real and powerful way. The last category will combine the best skills of the photographer and printer to give the picture clarity of vision or a dominant element to tell the story the photographer wishes to tell.
The difference in any of these categories may only be a second or two when the shutter is released but it is the decisive moment that counts.
Anticipation and patience are key for those who do candid photography.
This picture mine above called “Enigma” would have been boring as hell if it only contained the bench seating.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012