I could have also called this "Street Photography" or "Candids"; they're all basically the same. The only real difference between them is an ethical question as to how you might handle the image after it's been captured.

The main thing that separates this area of photography from the others is that it is largely based upon luck. You can't create a candid picture, it just has to happen.

However, that does not mean it is based solely on luck. It actually requires a large amount of skill and dedication. It requires knowledge and understanding of what is occurring in order to anticipate what might happen. It requires a good eye in order to see the image beginning to develop. And because these images are largely based upon luck and they only last a split second, it requires the skill to use your equipment very quickly and accurately.

The images can be about anything. Maybe it's an interesting juxtaposition of color, texture, or activity.

Maybe it's about people doing something like this image of men involved in a game.

Or this street scene.

But every image must strive to convey meaning to the viewer.

The picture should "tell the story" on it's own. Whatever it is you want that story to be.


Sometimes the picture might be about the smaller details.

But these types of pictures don't always "tell a story." They usually play a supporting role and require some "explanation." 

Even if the photographs are for a "paid assignment" the pictures must tell their own story. It's just that the story they tell needs to support the "assignment." And even a family photo session is "an assignment."



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