I sometimes joke to friends that if I were to get a degree in photography, I’d concentrate on candid shots (for the record, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde really does offer a bachelor’s degree in photography). It doesn’t really come as a surprise for me, though. My first lens was a Sigma 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 which allowed me to take photos of people doing their own thing from far away. Taking candid shots from meters away, though, wasn’t too exciting (not to mention difficult with a maximum aperture of f/6.3 at the 300mm end of the lens).
I still shoot candids with my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and my Canon 50mm f/1.8 even if it means getting close to subjects. Actually, I think it’s better to take candids up close instead. It helps me to relate with the subject and his environment.
Why do I take candid shots of people at events?
Photography is a means by which stories are told. Candids are part of my storytelling. I take photos of the big man when he’s on stage and when he’s taking a breather. Sometimes, he needs to be seen from another light.
I believe that the guys who work behind the scenes deserve recognition as well. Events can’t go smoothly without them, after all.
Guests play a very vital role at events. The show can’t go on without them. There’s the occasional photo bomber who can make or break a shot. It’s all part of the challenge.
Why do I take candid portrait shots?
While it’s nice to have models pose, I like to evoke genuine emotions. It tends to speak about who the person really is.
When people are in groups, I like to isolate subjects and look for that perfect shot. Including photographs of individuals can sometimes enhance the overall story.
Sometimes, I like to see how people react when I call them out. Some cover up, some make funny faces, and some give a really gorgeous look.