Candid Photography (Etiquette)

Candid Photography (Etiquette)

One of “genre” in photography (if there’s such thing as a genre) that I really like is “Candid Street Environmental Portraiture” :-). Not the conceptual candid, but real candid. We often hear people ask us to join an event they called “hunting”, but actually it’s a conceptual. Doing candid photography feels like you’re really “hunting” for good moment, interesting character, on the street. We don’t concept the shot, these are real people, this is exactly what they’re wearing that moment, that was their actual expression and that is what they do in that particular time.

Power Ranger Kids Area Volunteer

As you can see in previous photo, I didn’t put the Power Ranger background at the background, neither put that white board (props) near the subject. When I saw her, she completely separate from the crowd which is mostly kids. Another example in the next photo, I think everyone will agree that she’s very interesting character in that event, she’s attracting visitor to buy Power Ranger merchandise.

Power Ranger Toys Sales Girl
But is it allowed to took candid photo? What about the etiquette? I’m going to explain my perception and please don’t use this as your final approval to do this thing 🙂 , you still need to confirm with your local law and culture.

  • You Don’t Need to Ask for The Person’s Permission
    It won’t be a candid shot if you ask for the person’s permission, but however if you’re selling the photo, or use the photo for commercial reason, then you’ll need to ask for their permission.
  • What If I Get Caught When Taking Person’s Photo?
    Usually I pretend to shot in general, not only the subject. After taking photo of the subject, I’m taking another photo for the surrounding. But, if they approach you and ask you to delete the photo, then you must do it.
  • Is There Any Basic Rule I Need to Follow?
    I’m not sure, but my rule is: “I need to take good photo of the subject so when they found out their photo uploaded online, they will be grateful instead of complain”, “Never ever humiliate the subject”, “Work and take shot in the name of art, not freaky paparazzi, but good paparazzi”, “Measure the consequence, what if I publish their photo online?”

Well, that is some of my personal etiquette in doing candid photography. If you have any further question or have more tips on how you do this, please comment below and like this page on Facebook if you want to follow my updates in the future.

Fanaticism is Annoying

Fanaticism is Annoying

When we said that we love music, does it means that we only love specific genre of the music or all kind of music? For me, I love all kind of music and I’ve never been a fanatic fans of any music performer or singer out there.

When they release the music or song that I like, then I like them. If I don’t like it, then I don’t listen to it. It’s good that these days we have iTunes and Spotify, because we don’t need to buy the whole albums and we don’t need to spend money on the track that we don’t listen.

I was a fanatic fans to Linux and Open Source Technology. It’s true, I really like all about them and I hate Apple and Microsoft. Yes, that was me before I finally realize that when I said that I love Information Technology (IT), Computer Science, Software Engineering, I can’t say I only love specific technology or a platform. But I need to learn and familiar with all of them.

When I started my hobby in photography in 2013, I bought my first camera and start to shoot everything. I really love taking pictures and I really love photography. I started to join a lot of photographers community and there are plenty of them in Kuala Lumpur.

I like those groups who never talk about the gears. They just post their photos, share the techniques/settings and they conduct a lot of events and exhibitions as what photographers community should do. While in the other hand, there’s few groups who are really like (read: show off) about what gears they are using to take their photos.

Now I literally, hate SONY camera “fanatic fans” as I hate Apple fanboy (I use MacBook Pro by the way but I’m not their fanboy). SONY is a great camera manufacture and they are really advanced in imaging sensors industry for long time ago.

I don’t hate their products, I hate their fanatic fans 🙂

To me, Photography is far beyond the gears it self as for Software Engineering is not about how we learn to use computer or about the computer itself. I love those field because there are creative process behind it. We actually create something by writing software and creating photos.

Don’t be an annoying fans … please?!