Take Candid Photo

How to Take Candid Photo

A candid photo, by definition, is one that is captured informally, without notifying the subject in the photo. That may sounds a little wired or illegal. Actually, the candid photo is just an effect that makes the subject in the picture looks natural. A candid image might be a selfie or capture a wonderful moment. The big difference between a candid picture and an ordinary photo is the subject or the character. The subjects in a candid photo usually do not face the camera straightly. They just do what they do and seem to be photographed accidentally. To shoot better candid pictures requires some skills. Follow me to take a better candid photo right now.

Take Candid Photo

Step 1: Why

You should know why you want to take a candid photo. For example, you want to tell a story on magazine or social network with the candid photo. If you want to capture other people, you’d better let the subject know your reasons before or after taking photos. Most people will understand you use the photo in right way; but if the people you captured do not agree, you should not use the candid photo.

Why Take Candid Photo

Step 2: Where

If you want to take a good candid photo, you should take your camera anywhere and take as many photos as possible. Public places are usually a good place to photograph people’s natural state. Of course, street is not the only place you can take candid photos, parties and even your home are all right places to shoot.

When you choose location to take candid photo, light is another thing you have to consider. You can take photos in different angles and find the best angle to reflect light to fill in the subject’s features.

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Step 3: When

Timing is especially important when you take a candid photo. Although there is no secret about when to press the shutter; the general principle is to photograph people doing things. It is the perfect time to shoot when your subject is concentrating on something but not posing in front of your camera, like walking on the street, talking to others, laughing for something or even sleeping. So, sometimes, you may need to hold on your camera and wait until people distract from you.

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Step 4: Who

You can photograph any people in your candid photo; but the best way is to shoot one or two characters one time. There may be many people in a photo, but the focus should be one person and other people are foreground and background. Or you can photograph two people are interacting. In a word, focus on one or two characters and do not make your candid photo clutter.

Who Take Candid Photo

Step 5: What

Photographers take candid photos to tell stories, express some feelings or deliver something cannot express through words. A camera is only hardware. No matter how powerful your camera is, it cannot tell anything about feeling, emotion or affection. So, forget you camera and technology, discover the moment with your naked eyes. There is not lack of valuable moments in our lives; what is missing is the discovery of these moments.

What Take Candid Photo

Step 6: Postproduction

A candid photo is usually captured accidentally. So, there must be some shortcomings, like noise, underexposed, blur and more issues. It is a pity to throw the photos into the trash can, for these reasons. Fortunately, WidsMob Denoise could help you deal with such problems.

1. This photo editor could handle almost all photo formats, including RAW files and other image formats.

2. It is able to detect various problems related to image quality, including luminance noise and chrominance noise.

3. Photo Denoise is also a portrait beautify application. It uses advanced algorithms to detect and soften portraits in photos.

4. The batch process could help you turn a large amount of imperfect pictures into neat ones quickly.

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How to de-noise candid photos

1. Download and install the right version of Photo Denoise according to your computer. And then open it to start candid photos enhancing process.

2. Click on the Import button to load all the candid pictures you want to enhance. Photo Denoise also supports drag-and-drop command.

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3. Wait until all the pictures loaded, then you can move the sliders of Luminance noise and Chrominance noise to reduce noise. The preview window will show you the result in real time.

4. Then adjust the value of Sharpen option to highlight the details on your candid pictures.

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5. Photo Denoise will detect the portraits in candid pictures automatically. And you can use Face Soften function to beautify the portraits.

6. When you get satisfactory results, click on the Save button to export the candid photos to computer or upload to social networks directly.

Finally, you can use your candid photos to tell a story or express something as you wish.


Based on the statements above, you might understand candid photo is more like a kind of art and creativity. Unlike ordinary photos, a candid photo is more than a record; it tends to tell something through the record. When it comes to how to take a better candid photo, it involves seven steps, why, where, when, who, what and postproduction. In a word, if you want to capture better candid pictures, you should take your camera anywhere and shoot at any time. As for picture quality issues, you can trust WidsMob Denoise.

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