Candid vs Traditional photography
In a Nutshell , Candid pics vs Traditional pics
Candid wedding photography involves taking pictures of people who are unaware that they are having their pictures taken.The photographer is always on a FLY – simply capturing the scene without actively altering the scene by giving direction to the people in the photo. However sometimes a photographer also have to give certain directions in order to get better pictures as apart from candid clicks, some posed pictures are always necessary and needs to be documented
Traditional photography is the style of photography which we all have witnessed over the fast few years, where you have photographers approaching you on regular intervals at a wedding asking “LOOK HERE, SMILE PLEASE”
Wedding photography has two styles First one is Candid or Photojournalistic and other is called Traditional.Lets see how they are different from each other and compare the two side by side.
Does using high quality gear makes a difference ?
On a personal experience and with gear rates dropping , I have seen traditional photographers use similar equipments as candid photographers ,but what makes a significant difference is technique and approach. Eg. Their are many people who can afford to buy a Ferrari , that does not mean that all will become Michael Schumacher one day.The difference between Candid Photographer Vs Traditional Photographer is based on following pointers
- How both of them see the same scene differently.
- Understanding the environment around you and adapting to it.
- How both will frame the same subject standing at same place differently.The Art of Composition.
- How they both see light falling on subject and how they plan to blend natural light with flash lights.
- Understanding the gear limits and then using it to get the best results out of the given scene.
- Understanding colors and what color temp. to set your camera to shoot the scene.
- Lastly, how well will they do post processing on images to achieve the look they looking for.
Picture Quality Differences.
Traditional photographers most of the time focus on posed portraits with standard poses almost in all the weddings.Their pictures are super sharp and Mr. Singh & Mrs Singh standing in front of camera is fully visible along with the person standing far far behind on a reception/wedding venue. Everything in those pictures will be seen crystal clear.
We live in a age where we daily see glamorous pictures online or in magazines of models /pretty brides and everyone somewhere deep in their heart think of being clicked some day in same way.Welcome to the new age of Candid wedding Photographers, As mentioned above the way they see light or use same gear they can give you same gorgeous quality images on your big day.
Lets do a case study based on some images below clicked by Candid Vs traditional photographers.left ones are candid and right ones are traditional.
In below picture see how Candid photographers & traditional photographer saw the same scene differently.Both pictures were clicked at same time at same position.
Candid – We saw bride standing bride and than we saw buildings & some tress in background, we decided to move little bit to get into a position so that we avoid the building in background and get only trees.Post that same advance camera setting & correct flash output so that bride pops out of the image,Also a warm tone to image blends well with background.
Traditional :- We personally feel the image looks plane white looking straight into camera with overdoes of flash.
Candid – Imagine you paid a bomb to get dancers from Russian to do a special performance by name ‘The night dance”.A candid photographer showcase the scene in same way how 1000 people saw the live dance in a dark ambience only following the patterns coming from blue led of dancers dress as seen in left pictures.
Traditional :- Now same seen is clicked by traditional photographer with flash light showcasing dancers face & dress but lost the mood of the dancing night.
Candid -We all love first dance done by couple on Sangeet night, usually for this performance the decor guy keeps the best light/smoke effects.A candid photographer with right settings on camera and right amount of flash ensures that colorful ambience is shown in picture as it happened live.
Traditional :- On the other side, this time the tradtional photographer does not use flash, but due to insufficient knowledge on gear will either make the picture totally flashy or dark as seen in below pictures.Seen in below pics the ambience color of room & dance-floor is missing totally
Candid – On below 2 pictures on left, see how you can see the entire ambience of venue and mood of couple is shown in the pictures,The colors of surroundings along with light effects for which your vendor charged you a bomb.
Traditional :- The below 2 pics on right missing any of the lights & color drama in those pictures, also camera angle is very poor for clicking the frame, the pictures lacks punch & its not true representation of how scene unfolded with lights and drama.
Candid – On below 2 pictures on left, see how a candid photographers used his camera and lights in a way to click same pictures with either getting the background blurred (The couple pic) or getting details on background sky(groom on barat)
Traditional :- The below 2 pictures clicked at same time but totally tells a different story of same scene clicked by a tradtional photographer.
For which functions do you choose Candid photographer Vs Traditional photographer
By now you know the difference between the two, so depending upon your need & budget, you can hire one.However no matter what are the functions , candid moments can always be captured all the times.As candid photographers usually run a lot from one place to another and with super heavy gear approx. 8kg weight of just one camera and they usually carry two cameras, to ensure that they get the same scene from various angles to have a wide variety of pictures, Also by using different lens to shoot same scene can tell a totally different story.
Traditional photographers on other hand prefer standing at one location most of the times and shooting same scene , without changing lens or trying different lighting gear to get some more variety in pictures.Not to forget how they look at the scene is different than how a candid photographer will look at scene.In short a candid photographer will give you loads of creative angle of your precious moments as seen below by utilizing his gear smartly as seen below with smart choice of lens.
Telling a story through pictures as moments unfold.
Million of moments happens during a wedding at various stages, which the wedding couple often miss seeing as most of the times they are busy with wedding rituals,hence to capture these beautiful moments we request to have additional photographers at wedding based on scale of the wedding, so that you get to see all those precious moments. Hence it is also important to have a decent size of photographers team which can tell story of your wedding day.
The association does not end their, a photographer has to ensure that albums layouts are also done neatly and in a way that narrates your Wedding Story.Below are some of the shots clicked by us showcasing moments as they unfolded.
So which one do you choose ?
Chose a photographer whose work you love,Never see only few pictures on social media, rather meet them , ask them to share a complete wedding picture gallery, if you love the frames they have captured, then select them otherwise look for alternatives.Certain functions like receptions’s mainly demand only group pictures hence traditional photographer is a must.If you family members prefer having loads of group picture and you wish to have candid pictures, then hire a candid photographer who can also get a traditional photographer team, so that they can work in sync and cover the wedding.Never make a mistake of getting a different candid & Traditional team as most of the times they will end up fighting for space and you as a client will be in loss , as both the team most of the time is just thinking of clicking pictures fast before other team comes or fighting for space, and not thinking enough on getting creatives shots.
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Nupur ChaudhariCEO & Founder of Nupur Chaudhari Designs
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DivyaBCCG - Boston - USA
Wish I could marry again.Robin & Jasspreet have created magic with our pictures.Every emotion is captured so beautifully.
Dimple & Shishir BindraniGoldsmith - Mumbai
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Heart melting pics ❤️
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Can't define in words the joy of seeing the feeling of love being captured so beautifully!! After seeing a glimpse of our pictures, We can't wait to get all of them... They just make us re-live the memories every time we look at them!! It was an amazingly superb experience to shoot with Robin & Jass... The ideas, creativity, lights & backdrop just came out perfect through Robin's lens... Cheers to both of you! You guys rock... Eagerly waiting to see more of our pictures soon
Abhineet JainNew- York, Client Engagement Manager- EClerx Service Ltd,
Got a pre-wedding shoot done yesterday and could barely wait to open the page and drop my feedback! Never thought a shoot could be so amazingly fun while I was able to capture the prefect moments with my love on the frames... Thanks to Robin and Jass for the wonderful day and amazing shots.
Swato PardeshiWorks at Motorola Mobility
Excellent is an understatement. Robin and Jaspreet are absolutely brilliant in their work and their photos say it all. Behind the scenes, these two are extremely professional yet down to earth which makes you so comfortable with them. There is a lot of effort put in by the team to get the perfect shots and they can turn any location into a total masterpiece. They run around, stand on trees, edges of the pool and almost play with fire to do justice to each and every frame they click. The whole journey from couple shoot to mehendi, sangeet, wedding has been a lot of fun and the result was a gorgeous album of our moments. Kudos to Robin and team for making such a beautiful Wedding album for us. I am sure this is just the beginning of a long journey!!
Uma GoelMinneapolis USA
Priceless Pictures!! Thank you sooo much Robin and Jaspreet for beautiful wedding pictures. I just love how you guys capture every moment. I still remember that how you coordinated to stay until 2:00 AM to capture my fresh mehendi pictures. Thank you for so much!
Deepa & SaketWorks at Goldman Sachs - NYC
"Robin and Jaspreet did our pre-wedding, engagement and wedding photo shoot. Couple shoot with a couple becomes so much easier and is a lot of fun. Deepa and I connected with them on so many levels and were totally mesmerized with the pictures. We were so tensed and stressed out during the shoot because of the wedding but their chemistry and work style brought out the best in us. They were very patient, accommodating, helpful and went above and beyond of what we expected from them. What makes an artist great is humility, creativity and passion and we were so happy to find them in Robin and Jaspreet. Helping us out on so many occasions and patiently dealing with all our shenanigans, showing us different poses and creatively capturing the moments and surroundings, passionately adjusting the light, moving around and lying on the ground for that perfect shot were some of the things that made us realize that we got lucky and made the right choice to capture our biggest day. What people often ask is whether you will recommend them and our answer to that is with a question to Robin and Jaspreet: Will you guys be available to shoot my brother’s wedding?"
Robin...I just saw nilu's wedding pics...they are awesome....each picture has captured every bit of the emotions...and so wonderfully taken...you really are awesome at your job ...keep it up! Wna see you go a long way....cya! Tkcr...regards to jass! 🙂
When we saw all the wedding pictures!! They were mind blowing!! 😀 Can't stop looking at them!! The pictures are soo SO creatively shot! Thank you Robin and Jaspreet for capturing each emotion soo perfectly ♥ Each picture has its own amazing story! 🙂