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06/14/2007 09:27:09 AM · #1
Please can someone give me a definition for this? I'm finding it difficult to vote because some are obviously 'staged' which doesn't seem to me to fit the category. Also, where does the line come between a portrait and a candid? I've been working on the basis that a candid is a photograph of a person/people/animal that is unaware it is being photographed and going about his/her/their/its business. Help please!
06/14/2007 09:28:40 AM · #2
Oh boy...Here we go again...
06/14/2007 09:31:35 AM · #3
HI Sue,

Read this:

Thread on candids
06/14/2007 09:32:06 AM · #4
Candid Thread

Start reading here, there has been a lot of discussion. OR go to google and get the OFFICIAL answer. :P
06/14/2007 09:32:49 AM · #5
from wikipedia:
The photographic setup of candid photography is best described as un-posed and unplanned, immediate and unobtrusive. This is in contrast to classic photography, which includes aspects such as carefully staged portrait photography, landscape photography or object photography. Candid photography is supposed to catch rare instances of life from the very immersion into it, rather than to produce imagery of still life, to catch rare moments of "reality" which presupposes a definition of "reality."

A candid shot can look like a portrait and can look staged. There is no 'line' between portrait and candid in the final product, really. Candids can look like portraits and portraits can be candid.

BTW - awareness of the camera has nothing to do with it. You can get great candids from people in the moments between their poses when they forget about the camera.

Message edited by author 2007-06-14 09:34:29.
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