People love candid content. It tells a natural, real story – and it’s far more believable than a contrived shot. Often, the good stuff happens right before your eyes. You just need to be on your toes with the camera ready to capture the magic.
Here’s five of our favourite candid images taken in the last couple of months, that happened in an instant.
1. The seal had that look in his eye. So Trav risked his fingers to feed him a barracuda frame. It’s dramatic, natural, and positions Robalo as a credible outdoor boat. The client loved it so much they shared it on their USA channels.
2. This image is the OPPOSITE of the grip and grin shot that proliferates social media sites and fishing magazines. This shot, in my opinion, captures the real fishing experience; an old salt, in battle with a blue-water behemoth, feeling the strain. The odds are against him and he knows it. I think the black and white styling adds to the drama. Our designer also felt it and ran the image large in a recent boating book.
3. Miguel – and his fantastic paella dish are arguably the most photographed scenes doing the foodie rounds, so it was kind of ironic to see him proudly snapping his own creation, on his iPhone no less. I think the image captures his true personality. He’s self-effacing, talented and infectiously friendly. And it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a recipe.
4. Mother nature can often offer up the best opportunities for capturing candid content. On a recent shoot for Morningstar Boats the weather report lied. We almost had to cancel the day, as the seas were rough and the sky was flat and overcast. Nevertheless, we persisted and were rewarded when the clouds opened up for a split second and shot out one of the most colourful rainbows we’d ever seen. It looked so good, the client didn’t even believe it was real!
5. It wasn’t even a proper photoshoot. But when Trav grabbed my camera and snapped an image of me fighting a fish with girlfriend Millie in the foreground and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background, we knew it was a winner. The fleeting moment was quickly snapped up by marine electronics company, Simrad, who used the image in a national advertising campaign.