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When this subject came up in the list of 51 Photo subjects, I thought that this one would be a short one. Let’s just put it this way: If you want to capture candid moments, you need to have your camera set for automatic. Over 90 percent of regular photographs will work when the camera is on automatic. When you have the camera set in automatic, and you want to capture a candid moment, just grab your camera and take the photo. Do not worry about having your camera is manual mode for this.

40 Splendid Examples of Candid Photography - The Photo Argus
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I always try to keep my regular DSLR camera in automatic mode, just for this purpose. I have a better chance of capturing this candid moment, when the camera is in automatic mode, than if I grabbed my camera and had to do manual settings. The most prized photos you have will be the ones you capture unexpectedly.

Here is just a couple of photos of candid photography:

What is difference between Candid Photography and Traditional Photography  in wedding? - Happy Wedding App
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What is a Candid Photo?
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What is candid wedding photography? Why should one hire a candid  photographer over a normal photographer? How should I select a candid  photographer? - Quora
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12 Unique & Great Tips For Better Candid Photography - Spyne
Courtesy of Spyne

Don’t miss tomorrow’s subject: “A SUNBEAM”. Part of the 51 different subjects of photography project. Don’t miss a single one. Over 30 of the 50 have been done so far. Look back on past blogs to read the other subjects.

Learn how you can do a panorama photo:

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Panorama photos are photos that are longer and skinny and seem to be a photo that were made to get wide, extra wide photos. Are they done exclusively for super wide angle photos? Usually!

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I’d like to go over the history of Panoramas and then tell you where we are today.

Since the early days of film, panoramic photography has been synonymous with landscape and architectural images, and sometimes with other genres like street and wildlife photography. By combining two horizontal frames of film, typically 120 medium format, some film cameras actually shot panorama photographs by design. Most of these cameras emerged in the latter half of the twentieth century, bringing the panoramic format to the public eye. The panorama had existed long before this time, of course, but its popularity has only grown — and with good reason. Panoramas are fun and dramatic, and their subtleties are just as important in today’s mostly-digital age as they were during the heyday of film.

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Notice how beautiful this looks with a sunset photo.

1- Composition

If you think about the major benefits of Panoramas, you will certainly think it’s easier to compose your photo. You don’t have to worry about if you have too much sky or foreground, it’s like you automatically cropped your photo to it’s optimum. It makes me wonder why we don’t see more panorama photos.

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The compositional side of panoramic photography certainly is not the only reason for its popularity, but panoramas are useful for images that cannot be composed in more typical ways. Often, I use the panorama format simply because the spaces above and below my subject would boring with a 2×3 frame — other times, I do so to make my image easier to balance. Panoramas are not ideal for every composition, but they are crucial tools in more situations than you may think.

Larger Prints

Consider a typical (high-end) photo printer: the width of the print is set at a certain size (since, say, a 24-inch printer simply cannot fit anything larger), but the length of the print is essentially unlimited. The reason is that, past a certain size (typically 13×17), photo paper tends to come in rolls rather than sheets. These rolls can be tremendously long, often more than fifty feet (15 meters).

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Above most sofas and beds, for example, the wall is wider than it is tall. Quite often, the difference is significant. And, for landscape photographers who want to sell their work, home decoration is one of the largest markets. It makes sense to cater to people’s needs, then, and panoramic art is disproportionately popular for bedrooms and living spaces.

Cameras today:

Most newer Android and iPhone models have a panorama mode built into the camera, but if you don’t wanna go that route, there are a number of panoramic photo apps available to download.

Photo by Adriano Calvo

How to take a panorama photo with your phone:

  1. Open your phone’s camera and put it in panorama (or Pano) mode.
  2. Hold the phone vertically for a horizontal panorama, or horizontally for a vertical panorama.
  3. iPhone users can tap the arrow to change the direction of the panorama. Android users can move left or right without specifying their direction.
  4. Tap the shutter button to start your panorama.
  5. Move the phone to capture the desired scene, keeping it as steady as possible.
  6. When you’re done, tap the shutter button to finish. If you reach the end of the line/box that displays on your phone while taking a panorama, it may automatically stop taking the photo and save it.
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Take your time, and find out from your camera how and if you can do panorama photos. If you find you can’t do it with your regular camera, see if your smart phone can do it. We would love to share your experience with Panorama.

This is 1 of 51 subjects in a series. Check out the other articles already done.


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Why would you ever take a close-up of faces? The answer is simple. The part of the face is something that really shows off that person. That person will probably understand. If you told someone that they have the most beautiful eyes, and you asked them if you could take a picture of their eye(s), I think that most of the time they would say yes. Of course the other reason might be for medical reasons, but, we won’t get into that. Let’s concentrate on how to do these close-ups of faces.

Here is our list of what we need to do to take these type of photos:

  1. Make Your Model’s Face Stand Out With Makeup or Face Paint.
  2. Take Face Close Ups Using a Zoom Lens.
  3. Use a Large Aperture for a Softer Focus.
  4. Use Natural Side Light to Make Every Close Up Look Flattering.
  5. Use Direct Light to Create Stunning Portrait Lighting Patterns.
  • Make Your Model’s Face Stand Out With Makeup or Face Paint.
  • Photo by Ali Hajian on Unsplash

    If someone has been working on their makeup to the point of perfection, then this is the time you want to get real close to the model. Of course, it helps if someone knows how to do makeup right. But, look how beautiful this photo looks. Can you see doing this with someone who is good at this?

    Of course, at Halloween, doing an extreme close-up of a painted face is another perfect reason to do this. What do you think?

  • Take Face Close Ups Using a Zoom Lens.
  • faces, freckles, close-up :: Wallpapers
    Courtesy of “Wallpapers”

    When taking these type of close-ups, can you imagine the photographer getting within a foot of your face? Now that is not just good practice to take any picture of a face or portrait up close. Using a Zoom lens for dslr will allow you to be 6 to 10 feet away, and not make the model freeze up. Have respect for “space”.

  • Use a Large Aperture for a Softer Focus.
  • Using a large aperture usually will give you a softer focus than if you did it with a smaller aperture. It is not the same as using a soft focus lens or soft focus filter, but, still the photo is soft because of it.

  • Use Natural Side Light to Make Every Close Up Look Flattering.
  • Photo by Damon Hall on Unsplash

    Side lighting like this is fun to do. When the person first sees this type of photo of themselves, they almost always say “that’s way cool”. It’s a more modern type of portrait or face shot that is becoming more popular. You will see it quite often on black and white as well.

  • Use Direct Light to Create Stunning Portrait Lighting Patterns.
  • Photo by Alexandru Zdrobău on Unsplash

    Shooting the person, when the light is directly in front of them, also creates dramatic pictures. Detail comes out that you don’t normally see. It’s a beautiful way to do faces.

    Face Close-ups (100 pics) -
    Photo courtesy of Izismile

    Here is a great example of a direct lighting close-up. There is just one thing I don’t like about this, and this is what you have to be careful of with direct lighting. That is the light spots that seem to show up on faces. Like the nose and the forehead. It’s a beautiful portrait, but, lighting is tough on this one. What do you think?

    a man with a messy beard
    Photo by Berke Araklı on

    This is what we call a “Character Portrait”. Direct lighting, close-up, and maybe a smaller aperture to get “tack sharp” photos to accentuate the face’s wrinkles, beard, expressions, etc. This is one great way to use direct lighting. Love this kind of photo. Just shows deep into the soul of a person.


    black wolf on green grass
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    This is another subject from the collection of 51 different photo subjects. Today’s subject is: “How to take photos of Wild Animals”. Now this has to be different than going to the zoo and getting photos of fat animals there. This would mean: Wild animals in the Wild. And there is a group of photographers who actually specialize in wildlife photography. Some risk their lives to get the photo they want.

    People Who Survived Wild Animal Attacks Tell Their Stories
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    The first thing I would tell you that to be a good wildlife photographer, you must have some specialized equipment, similar to that of a Sports Photographer. To get great photos of animals in the wild, you must be able to get a good photo of the wild animal from a distance. So, first on your list is a telephoto lens. This allows you to bring in the subject closer to you, without you having to get close. What size telephoto lens? That depends on how far away you think you will be from the subject, but, I think at least a 300mm telephoto lens or bigger would be right. If you have ever shot with a telephoto lens that big, the next thing you know you will need a good Photo tripod.

    man wearing sport shirt while holding camera
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    It’s almost impossible to have a big lens and not shoot with a Photo tripod. With those Photo tripods, you need to get a good one. The $14.95 special just won’t work. Go to a photo store and check out the selection of good Photo tripods. Then you will see why you need a good tripod.

    Just a note: by clicking on the words in red, you will be taken to a website that will show you products that relate to that subject, and also read about the different features, and also find out the cost of these items. A great source of information.

    The next thing to think about as a wildlife photographer is that there may come a time when the wild animal will chase you. Remember that you can run faster if you don’t have your camera set with you.

    29 of the Most Incredible Photos of Animals Interrupting Wildlife  Photographers | 22 Words
    Learn the animals schedule before you go!

    A good photographer, if he or she wants to get great wildlife photos, will have studied a little bit about the schedule of the animals they wish to photograph. So, what time of day to they sleep? When is their “hunting” time? What will lighting be like at the time you go? What ISO should my setting be?

    Take a look at certain animals that may usually sleep during the day. If it is hot weather, even the animals don’t like to be out in the hot weather. So, is it best to take photos in the night? It might be. See what you would need to do to get photos at that time of night.

    Landscape Photography in the Rain Forest - YouTube

    Are you prepared to take photos in the rain? A lot of wild animals are in the mountains, and rain can come and go a lot in the mountains. Prepare yourself for weather related issues. Some of the best photos of wild animals are in the rain, so keep that in mind in your preparations.

    16 Photographs of Animals Caught in the Rain • The National Wildlife  Federation Blog : The National Wildlife Federation Blog
    Photo by John Gerlach

    As far as settings on your camera, I would use a fairly fast ISO ranging from 400 ISO to 1600 ISO. And then the shutter speed does need to be fast, especially if the wild animal is moving around. The aperture set accordingly.

    bear cub
    Photo by Robert Anthony Carbone on

    I have always enjoyed taking photos of animals in the wild. Some, I know, I have to keep my distance, because I want to be alive after I get that photo.

    Photo by Lanny Cottrell / 123Photogo