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  • John Barbiaux 4:11 am on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Welcome to PhotolisticLife’s forum, feel free to discuss anything and everything photography. I hope you enjoy. Don’t forget to head back to and enter our free photo contest to win an iPad mini when your finished. Thanks.

  • amelialewis2012 5:43 pm on December 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

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  • John Barbiaux 5:04 am on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    I’d love to hear some feedback on the recent site ( redesign, let me know if you’d like to see something changed. Thanks.

    • Becky 5:17 pm on December 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi John, I love the look of the site and the ease with which you can submit entries into the contest. However, I am having lots of trouble getting some of the contest entries to appear when I click on the thumbnails and I can’t read the comments under the photos because the pages are layered and difficult to negotiate separately. I am more than willing to bet it is my computer and my skills that are compounding the problems (or causing!). Anyone else having trouble?

      • j0hnnyb1 5:29 pm on December 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Just a couple questions: What web browser are you using? Do you have the same issue on your phone (if you use a smartphone)?

        I will try to see if it’s the computer or the browser or something on this end. If its something I can fix on this end then I’ll get it fixed ASAP. Thanks for the input.

  • emskee 3:39 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Candid,   

    What are your favorite tips or pieces of advice for capturing those all-so lovely candid photos?

    • j0hnnyb1 4:10 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love this question, I used to ask myself that question all the time. The biggest struggle you’ll have is your confidence, it’s a bit awkward to pull out your camera and snap a picture of a perfect stranger. The best advice I can give you is to be confident and use a small camera or lens. If your shooting with a full size DSLR you will be more noticeable but leave the zoom lens at home and grab a prime lens. Something like the 50mm or a 100mm lens (depending on how close you’d like to get). I have a Olympus OMD that is perfect for situations like this (there is a review on, it’s small enough not to intimidate others and prime lenses are so small they could almost pass for a point and shoot camera. Sometimes it helps to stand on the corner of the street and pretend your photographing something entirely different (but remember, if your going to submit the photographs to a contest or publish them you will need releases from your subjects). Don’t be afraid to approach people after you’ve photographed them and say something like “I was photographing the street and may have caught you in the frame, would you mind signing this release?” If you take this approach then you could also get away with one of your longer zooms and really get in close (I don’t mean a 500mm lens, you’ll look like your on a safari). If your talking about taking photographs of family and friends during the holidays or other events then it’s as easy as engaging them and laughing with them. If your a fly on the wall with your camera you may make others feel awkward but if you let them know your there and interact with them you will be amazed at what kind of great candid shots you will get. If your shooting at events then your going to want to get there nice and early, leave your camera on Aperture Priority mode (manual mode will be slow and people will realize your photographing them by the time you dial in your settings). Leave your camera on and photograph people doing things they do everyday, talking to one another, children playing, couples eyes locking for a brief second, etc… The best thing about candid photography is you get to break all the rules of photography, shoot high, shoot low, blur a photograph, the point is the photograph was spontaneous and “candid”. Something I like to do is frame my subjects with other people, think of a couple holding hands photographed between the shoulders of two other people standing in front of them. Recently I took some shots of workers at the Grand Canyon, I put my camera down at hip level and just snapped a bunch of shots as I walked by… I got some fantastic shots. Try it, you’ll be surprised at how nice your shots will come out. Confidence is key! I hope that helped 🙂

    • emilyskeels7 4:19 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, this is great!! You’ve gotten me really excited to try some of these things out! Thanks for taking the time and helping me out!

      • j0hnnyb1 4:21 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        My pleasure, if you get some great ones head over to and submit them for the photo contest or the photo journal. Thanks!

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