I’ve been planning to write this blog post for quite some time now! I recently received an email from a girl named Julia (copied it below) and it pushed me to share all of my knowledge and tips (thank you Julia)!! Some of the most common questions I get relating to this topic are: “What camera do you use?” “How do you edit your photos?” “How do you always get the perfect candid shot?” I’m always flattered when I’m asked these questions because I know that I’m not perfect at photography yet and I still have so much that I want to learn!!! But I’m working on it, and until then I’m sharing with you what I DO know … follow my 8 easy steps so that you can achieve a great candid shot wherever you are!!!
Message: I would love Jillian to do a post about how to get all the perfect candid shots she gets for her blog. For example, on her recent trip to Tofino with friends…is she always travelling with a photographer? Does she have a certain camera and it just takes great photos no matter who is behind the lens? Is it all in the retouching? Would love some tips and tricks on capturing the moments through such fabulous photos!
1. Travelling Solo | When I’m traveling alone I rely on city shots, selfies, food shots & decor shots … If I think I look REALLY fine that day, I ask a stranger and hope for the best LOL!!! I don’t have a tri-pod and I haven’t mastered a self-timer so outfit shots are tricky. If you ARE good at either of these, then go for it!!!
2. Travelling With Someone | Usually whoever I am travelling with, either Justin, Todd, Kaitlin, Shay, a girlfriend, one of my amazing cousins or Mom and Dad … whoever I am with is who is snapping the pics. They have ALL gotten VERY used to “can you take my picture” … I am already certain they are VERY over it lol. If they’re not very camera savvy, I get the shot set up for them and adjust the settings on the camera to make sure I get the shot that I want. Before we’re done, I breeze through the pictures to make sure that there’s at least ONE good one!!!
3. What To Use | Depending on the shot I’m getting, I either use my iPhone or my Canon Rebel t6i with wifi. I recently purchased the one with wifi so that I could snap pics and upload them to my phone on the fly. I absolutely LOVE this feature but it’s definitely not necessary if you’re just starting out. It’s more important to buy a better lens … my fav is my 50mm lens!
4. Timing | Lighting lighting lighting. If you are just starting out, INDIRECT sunlight is your best friend. Early morning or pre-dusk is the best time of day to get the perfect shot. The photo above was taken JUST as the sun was coming up!! In the dead of day with over head sun is the WORST time of day for photos!!! If this is the time you are taking the picture, try to go under a tree, against a wall or in the shade for nice rich colors and minimal shadows.
5. Getting The Shot | Always take more pictures than you think you should. Try different angles. Climb on tables, lay on the ground … do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot!! And take LOTS so that you can go through and pick your favourite one. There’s always something I wish I had moved or tried differently once the shoot is over … so doing this will minimize that!
6. Indoor Shots | Natural lighting is best indoors. Turn off ALL the lights and play with the natural lighting in your home. Try opening all the blinds, taking your shot by the window, do whatever you can to minimize incandescent light. The lights ON will only cause shadows and a yellow tinge … you don’t want that, trust me!!!!
7. Pictures At Night | Try to avoid these at all cost. If that means you want the perfect “food” shot, yes, you will have to save extra to set it up in the morning!!! Otherwise, if you are taking photo’s at night I suggest using a black and white filter.
8. Editing | Don’t over edit your photo’s with too many filters. I usually go through about 3-6 filters before I post, but I play around with the intensity on each. The photo editing tools that I use are PicTapGo and Facetune. I use both on most of my photos. But I don’t use Facetune in the normal way (like to make your lips bigger) instead, I use it to highlight details of a flower, whiten my dirty sheets or iron a wrinkle out of a shirt. I also use Facetune for the white border that I have on all of my pictures.
Last but not least … if you still feel like you can’t do this yourself … here’s a list of photographers that I use:
Janis Nicolay – Interiors
Kristin Sarna – Lifestyle
Karolina Turek – Headshots
Sharla Pike – Lifestyle
And if I STILL haven’t answered your questions … let me know in the comments below!!