The Concept : Traditional and Candid Wedding Photography

Ever since the emergence of the science and art of photography to create durable and long-lasting images, numerous techniques and forms have evolved and the level of photography has reached an advanced stage in today’s time. Candid and Traditional photography types are two forms which are widely used nowadays, especially in case of weddings, as photographs have the ability to freeze time and capture people living a moment .

1. Where is the flash used ?

Candid Photography :

Candid photography does not require any external or internal attachment of a flash. There are two reasons behind this, firstly, candid photography in weddings is generally taken from a distance. Secondly and most importantly, usage of flash makes a person attentive and conscious, leaving the subject a little too startled to live in the moment, deviating him/her from capturing their emotions in a photograph.

Traditional Photography :

Traditional photography has the compulsion to use the flash to focus even on the minute details in the photograph. Flash is used in traditional photographs to enhance the brightness factor and adjust the colour temperature by producing artificial light. In case of wedding occassions, flash is used externally to illuminate the scene, therefore, producing a vibrant visual. Portrait and Group photographs, both fall under traditional photography, these two types have the necessity to use flash to focus on all the details of the subjects.

2. Posed or Raw?

Candid Wedding Photography :

Candid photography does not call  for the photographer to instruct the subject to pose in a particular manner to produce a more interesting photograph. It captures emotions in their purest forms, leaving the photograph to contain a fresh and raw appeal. Candid photography has gained popularity in the recent past, and is considered a form of art, showcasing moments which go unnoticed by the human eye.

Traditional Photography :

Traditional photography calls for posed shoots which might as well be used for official purposes. This form includes portrait photography and group photographs as mentioned earlier. These photographs are used for albums, wall framing etc.

3. Depth of Field :

Candid Wedding Photography :

Candid photography uses shallow depth of field i.e more distance between the subject and it’s background, given the background should be blurred. This feature enhances the sharpness of the photograph, producing a more flamboyant image. There are certain effects such as the Bookeh effect which fall under this category. This feature blurs the background, focusing only on the foreground, giving a cinematic impact to the photograph.

Traditional Photography :

Traditional photography uses high depth of field. This feature does not blur any aspect of the photograph on the whole. As mentioned earlier, this form of photography requires posed shots, which cannot be blurred as they are used for official purposes.

4. Front shots or Side shots ?

Candid Photography :

Candid photography has proved to become a major sensation among photographers and photo- journalists and has acquired a seat in the case of wedding photography as well. This form of photography welcomes front and side shots both, as it captures the facial expressions depicting emotions, there is no necessity for the subject to stand in a particular position or give a particular facial expression.

Traditional Photography :

Traditional photography is the conventional form of photography which requires posed shots and welcomes only front posed shots. Although, this might not be a necessity in case of wedding photography in certain cases, but front posed shots is the typical aspect in this variety and are generally accepted universally.

5. Lenses Used :

Candid Photography :

Under candid photography, a variety of lenses are used :

  • 70-200 mm : Used for Shallow Depth of Field.
  • 100 mm : used to capture detailed shots. For example, to focus on the jewellery of the bride.
  • 50 mm : used to maintain the real perspective of the photograph.
  • 85 mm : used to maintain the realness of the photograph as well, it does not let the photograph be exaggerated, stretched etc.

Traditional Photography :

The form of traditional photography also uses a number lenses :

  • Wide angle lens (18-55 mm) : This lens is useful in capturing numerous people in one photograph.
  • Normal Lens (50 mm) : This lens captures the photograph in it’s natural  form i.e. how the human eye perceives it.

6. Difference in Camera :

Candid Photography :

Candid photography uses high-end cameras which are highly updated and contain all the latest features. This form of photography requires certain features such as exposure mode, focus mode and drive mode, which are necessary. These cameras should have high shutter speed option, manual aperture setting as small aperture number is preferred. Perfect composition is the greatest factor which contributes to a faultless candid photograph.

Traditional Photography :

On the other hand traditional photography does not require these latest features as such as this form of photography is a version of flat photography. The cameras used in this type do not have to be high end. Even the cameras of the olden days might as well be used as lack of camera features is not a major drawback in traditional photography as it does not require to use the high-end functions, rather a perfect location with good lighting.

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Difference between Traditional and Candid Wedding Photography was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by PANKHURI

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