I am often asked how it is that I get such great candid shots and portraits. So today I’m going to spill the beans and give you my secret to getting those great shots. Ok, it’s not really a secret but it’s something that many don’t think about. If we want want the people we’re photographing to look natural they have to feel it too.
So how to we do that as photographers? Simple. Act naturally. Interact with your subject and carry on a conversation. It will put them at ease and it will bring out their true personality. Not everyone likes to be photographed, but they will like it a whole lot more if they are comfortable with you. Keep your subject involved with what you’re doing and show them a few shots from time to time. It will help them feel connected to you.
Now for the “what not to do” part of this post. Don’t ever, under any circumstances do the “1… 2… 3… snap” trick. That’s the shortest route to a boring and stiff photo. I can’t stress enough that you should never ever use this technique.
So there you have it, a simple yet effective way to make your people shots better.