For my candid photography I shoot alot from the chest so I have lots of decapitated heads and wonky pictures. I struggle with photoshop but after watching a short Youtube video on image straightening I managed to rescue an image that I would have otherwise deleted. Let me know what you think and feel free to add a link to your straightened wonky pictures.
Three decades ago I was a little shyer so I used a telephoto mostly , regretably blurred out old buildings and did more candid. My style has changed somewhat and I am finding I often get more pleasing results when I engage with my subject. It is the eye contact and animation that is the difference between a mediocre shot and a little gem.
To illustrate this my first picture was candid so as to get one in the can and the second was this spontaneous reaction to me and my camera. What do you think and what is your style and technique. Please comment and feel free to add the link to your favourite images.
Street photography means that it is often not possible to crop and compose at the time as you miss the shot, especially when shooting blindly from the chest as the one below was taken. I do not see any problem with post editing although I try and get it right first time, as I am hopeless at Photoshop and use jpegs with Canon software.
Let me know what you think of my efforts below and does my editing improve the image or not. It did make me think how we take things at face value and forget about the tabloid press manipulation that can totally alter the meaning of an image.
Apologies to the father of candid street photography Henri Cartier Bresson but I think this is my decisive moment. I took just one picture of Taffy the roadsweeper three decades ago on a windy day in Peterborough. What is your decisive moment picture? Post your link when you comment. Thanks Chris.
A photographer friend takes mainly buildings and architecture but not candid as he feels people have a right to know they have had their picture taken and will be published round the world. I was struck by a pang of guilt and questioned what I do and why. Has he got a point.? I have posted this candid grab shot to illustrate there are some pictures that can never be posed. Does not make it right but would you or I want to be snapped. I like to think I would never post pictures that humiliate or mock. But that is a thin dividing line and personal opinion. What do you think?
Incorporating Chris's photo of the week
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