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How to start Photography? Beginner Photography Tips

how to start photographyWe all would have witnessed  WOW! Moments in our life, Maybe while traveling, when we visit a beautiful place, Nature or any events we attend, We capture those moments in our eyes and store it mind but how to display same images to others? Unfortunately, our technology has not yet invented a tool to print the images stored in our brain. But the camera helps us achieving it. We all would have clicked photos in our point and shoot, DSLR or mobile cameras and few of them would have made us feel happy if those have come out well. In a way, every human being on the earth is a photographer, as we keep clicking images and store it every day.

So, you have found that you can become a potential photographer but don’t know how. Here is an attempt to share some of the things I’ve learned in my five years of shooting, and share some tips that I think can help you expedite your growth.

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What is the difference between Candid and Traditional photography?

Nothing but Candid pics vs. Traditional pics

If you take the literal meaning of Candid, it means being Honest, frank, truthful or sincere. Yes, probably Candid word would have derived with those. Here in the photography world, Candid wedding photography means taking pictures of people who are unaware that they are being picturized. The photographer is always on an EYE – simply capturing the scene without actively altering the scene by giving direction to the people in the photo. I would say pictures are taken without once knowledge. However, sometimes a candid photographer also have to give certain directions to get better pictures as apart from candid clicks, some posed pictures are always necessary and need to be portrayed.

Traditional/Conventional photography is the style of photography which we all have grown up seeing over the past few years, where you have photographers will be firm on the event or approaching you on regular intervals asking “LOOK HERE, SMILE PLEASE.”

So basically Wedding photography has two styles

  • Candid or Photojournalistic photography
  • Traditional or Conventional photography

Do you want to know in details about both? Here you go

Equipment used

Yes, As per my personal experience, I have seen most of the times the equipment utilised for both are different, Candid photographers would use high-end modern cameras which a Traditional photographer may not. But nowadays with gear rates are dropping , I have seen traditional photographers use similar equipment as candid photographers, but what makes a significant difference is technique and approach.

Both of they would saw the same scene differently with their camera eye.

Understanding the environment around you and adapting to it.

The Art of Composition -Both will frame the same subject standing at the same place differently…

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.

Studying colors and what color temp. to set your camera to shoot the scene.

Lastly, Picture Quality Differences- how well will they do post processing on images to achieve the look they looking for.

Traditional photographers  most of the time focus on posed portraits with standard poses almost in all the weddings. Their pictures are super sharp and seen crystal clear.

Traditional vs candid photography images 

traditional vs candid


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.

Thousands 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 I would suggest personally 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.

Lastly, -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’ 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 creative shots.

To check some of our Wedding & Pre-wedding shots visit Shiv’s Photography



How to Prepare Yourself for a Photo Shoot Photopedia

Clicking Pictures and posting it on social Medias is become a trend these days and being a part of this fast growing world, we should follow the trend and be a part of this rapid change . Photo shoots bring up the value of our pictures when compared to our Selfies and Pictures taken randomly. Photo shoots are something special and How do we make it more special, lies with us. Who does not like to look good on pictures? Yes!! We all aspire to look good, attractive and of course, we all expect compliments from people who sees our photos. Likes and comments on Facebook are what which is in the lead and its what which most of us need, lol, Which is why we see pout faces all over social medias. When it comes to attending any functions or parties, the time spent on preparing ourselves is greater than the time we spend on parties. Now here comes the question – How do we prepare for a photo shoot? Preparing for a photo shoot is an awesome experience, and yes I must say we all must have this experience at least once in a lifetime. There’s a lot more than just turning up at the studio and smiling at the camera. Hence, it’s worth spending the time to prepare ourselves properly for a photo shoot. Here are few tips from us before you prepare for a photo shoot.

Get, Set, Click

So, you’ve opted the best photographer, chosen the best location. Now what? A few days before your shoot you’ll have to start getting prepared. If you’re properly prepared for the shoot you’ll not only have an easier and more stress-free time during the shoot, but also the result of the photo shoot will turn out to be marvellous. Preparing your mind for a shoot is equally important to dressing up physically. Plan your photo shoot date on the day when you don’t have any other schedule, hurrying up for the shoot would put you in regret.

  1. Attires

Clothing is a form of expression, and the clothes that you pick to wear will reflect your personality in the images. My best piece of advice when choosing clothes is the simpler, the better.

  • Solid, Gaudy colours look awesome when on screen.
  • If going with a pattern keep it simple.
  • Start with a simple shirt or a top and slowly add layers.(jackets/pullovers)
  • Bring few extra clothes to the shoot which is easy to change.
  • Make sure that your clothes are ironed and pressed before the shoot. Wrinkles in clothes are difficult to Photoshop out.
  • Bring a make small makeup kit, lint brush or roller with you
  • Don’t worry about Shoe/Foot wares if you are just shooting headshots.
  • Above all, the atmost important point to note here is to be Comfortable in whatever you wear. Comfortable cloths bring up the best feel in you which will in turn reflect on your pictures.
  1.  Hairdo
  • Bring a brush and some hair product (gel/hairspray) with you to the shoot to help calm flyaway.
  • Start with your hair down and towards the end of the shoot put it up in a ponytail for a more casual look.
  • If you can afford – hire a hair stylist for the morning shoot, (best you can get your friends or cousins for help)
  1. Looks (Makeup and Face)
  • Begin natural. Just enough to cover up any blemishes.
  • Build up the makeup as you go. Add eye shadow and darker lipstick later in the shoot.
  • Try not to use matte styles of makeup. It will dry out your skin.
  • Bring your makeup and moisturiser with you to the shoot in case your skin does get dry or you need touchups.
  • Bring lip balm or lip gloss with you to help keep lips looking soft.
  • The night before brush your lips with your toothbrush to help get rid of any dead skin.
  • Don’t do any extreme beauty regimens right before your shoot, like facial peels, tanning or extensive exfoliating. Your skin can look very irritated.
  • Get rid of any unwanted hair a few days before your shoot. Clean up brows.


Tips for Him

  • Makeup is generally not required for men but a light face powder and blotting paper would be required, especially if your skin tends to be a little greasy.
  • We recommend you get your haircut 4 to 5 days before the shoot so it doesn’t have that “freshly cut” look.
  • Shave right before you leave for a shoot. A 5 o clock shadow can’t be Photoshopped easily. Use cooling gel or aftershave to help you with skin irritation.
  • Bring some oil absorbing sheets to soak up any oil or sweat that might build up during the shoot. The studio lights can get pretty hot.
  • Leave your coloured contacts at home and bring clear contacts with you. Coloured contacts can look very fake in photographs. Bring eye drops with you.
  • If you can afford it, hire a Makeup artist to do your makeup and stay with you during the shoot for touchups.


Tips for Her

  • Hair is such a personal thing so it’s best that you feel like you in your pictures. Feel free to bring whatever styling products you need in order to create your look. We love producing range by changing the hair during the session by putting it up in a ponytail etc. If you are planning on making an appointment with your hairdresser, please arrange this for the day prior or even the morning of the shoot. It is a good idea to get these booked and in the diary now.
  • Makeup should be simple but well done, so your natural assets stand out on their own. This means that makeup should help the viewer focus on the eyes and the mouth, which are the essence of the headshot. Our primary concern is shine, so we do advise bringing along some translucent powder.
  • We highly recommend booking the services of a professional makeup artist who can be on hand throughout your shoot and ensure you’re looking your absolute best. Again we work with some professional make-up artists and stylist who we are happy to recommend.


Smile and enjoy

Although you will be working hard during your shoot, it will also be a fun and enjoyable experience. We fully understand that some people hate having their photo taken or think they are not photogenic. This is an area we specialise in so please do let us know if you have any worries or concerns about being photographed. Remember that your smile is the most important business tool and we will be encouraging you to laugh and smile naturally during your session.

For View my Portfolio and to book photoshoot sessions Visit: Shiv’s Photography

Happy shooting!!