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.

Photographer, Street Photographer, Portraiture?

Photographer, Street Photographer, Portraiture?

Since I started my photography using my first DSLR in 2013, I never confident to be called as photographer or put photographer label with my name. The reason is because, I don’t want to go any further in my photography.

I prefer to be referred as someone who love to take photos, and I’m doing photography as one of my hobby. It’s a quick escape from my main profession as a Software Engineer. Yet, until now, I’m not thinking to go any further and doing professional photographer thing. 🙂

After doing photography for a while, I thought I found my interest in photography, which is Street Photography. I join a lot of street photographer group and then I realize that I didn’t take photograph as what they did and posted in the group. I didn’t enjoy what they are posting on the group and so happen when I post my photo, only few of them like it.

That leaves me a question am I different or really bad on this ….

George Town, Penang

George Town, Penang

What about portraiture? Ah, yes! Everyone holding first camera really obsessed with the word “BOKEH”. I did a lot of portraiture in my first year with my DSLR and guess what, it’s a portrait of person with blurry, creamy bokeh background. I’m quite happy that time because I can produce the bokeh that they always keep talking about …

Concept Portraiture

Concept Portraiture

So after more than two years in photography, what is really photography for me? I’m doing photography for “documenting special moment or event in my life” and sharing with others.