Forums > General Industry > Which photo would be considered a "candid" photo?

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Brenda MacSwan

Posts: 66

Los Angeles, California, US

A model manager with rockstar energy drinks wants me to send her a candid photo of me smiling, unedited. I have two here, one with no makeup smiling taken with my cell phone, and the other from far taken with my webcam with little makeup. Which one is better, unsure what a candid photo is. Thank you!

1] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … did1-1.jpg

2] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … andid2.jpg

Jan 09 13 12:11 am Link

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Laura UnBound

Posts: 27573

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

theyd both qualify, but of the two available id go with the first one, since its less posy with less makeup.

Jan 09 13 12:18 am Link

Retoucher

PWF Retouch

Posts: 290

Jacksonville, North Carolina, US

I like 1 better

Jan 09 13 12:18 am Link

Photographer

Bravo Magic Images

Posts: 765

Temple City, California, US

A Candid image is of a person doing stuff without them noticeing that your takeing a Candid shot of them Hence the word Candid. Smile your on Candid Camera.

Jan 09 13 12:21 am Link

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MelissaAnn

Posts: 3958

Seattle, Washington, US

From the dictionary:

candid- relating to or being photography of subjects acting naturally or spontaneously without being posed.

Whenever you don't know, look it up.  Takes two seconds to use the online dictionary or google.

The 2nd image is better, although I would try and redo it with a less distracting background (example: against a wall).  Your face looks better in the first image, but the top of your head is cut off.

Best of luck.

Jan 09 13 12:22 am Link

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Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

the way you look in the first one is great (very little make up)

you need a shot like that, except in better quality, with a less distracting background, less distracting clothes (like, a tanktop) and with the top of your head intact smile.

second one is also nice, but less "candid" because the hand near your face makes it look posed.

good luck with the job!

Jan 09 13 12:28 am Link

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Ralph Easy

Posts: 6426

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Both photos look very good, but self portraits are seldom candid.

Have a friend take the photo from a distance, use the zoom to fill the frame.

Try to look anywhere except to the camera.

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Jan 09 13 05:08 am Link

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ArtisticPhotography

Posts: 7699

Buffalo, New York, US

You should stage your "candids" better. Make sure that you are showing what you want and not showing what you don't want shown. People observe a lot. For example, it wouldn't hurt to have an empty Rockstar in the background as product placement. Also, make sure you're wearing a decent top.

Good luck with it.

Jan 09 13 07:03 am Link

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4 R D

Posts: 1082

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

For me, a candid photo is something shot spontaneously without the subject posing or performing -and most often without explicit consent- for the camera. What this person probably meant is that he wanted to see how you look without make-up and photoshop, or at least how you normally look on any given day.

Jan 09 13 07:15 am Link

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Darren Brade

Posts: 2942

London, England, United Kingdom

4 R D wrote:
For me, a candid photo is something shot spontaneously without the subject posing or performing -and most often without explicit consent- for the camera. What this person probably meant is that he wanted to see how you look without make-up and photoshop, or at least how you normally look on any given day.

+1

unposed and without makeup, they basically want to see the "blank canvas". Have a friend take the picture, if your room is too cluttered, go outdoors (in the shade if it's very sunny).

Good luck.

Darren x

Jan 09 13 07:25 am Link

Photographer

ME_

Posts: 3152

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Either are fine to me, but "model manager with rockstar energy drinks" has HUGE SCAM written all over it. I'm sure I've read more than one post here about scams involving that product.

But anyway, I think either picture is candid enough.

Jan 09 13 08:02 am Link

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MainePaintah

Posts: 1827

Saco, Maine, US

I just "Googled" rock star energy drinks, and before I was done typing, Google put up rock star energy drinks SCAM.

It is a scam being run all over the place. One Google headline says, "FBI to investigate Rock star ....

Jan 09 13 08:11 am Link

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Rickintoronto

Posts: 22

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Neither is candid. A candid photograph is one taken by someone else without the subject knowing when the picture is actually taken even though the subject knows that photographs are being taken.  Having stated that, I prefer the first one.

Jan 09 13 08:23 am Link

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Cupcake Paparazzi

Posts: 434

Los Angeles, California, US

Brenda MacSwan wrote:
A model manager with rockstar energy drinks wants me to send her a candid photo of me smiling, unedited. I have two here, one with no makeup smiling taken with my cell phone, and the other from far taken with my webcam with little makeup. Which one is better, unsure what a candid photo is. Thank you!

1] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … did1-1.jpg

2] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … andid2.jpg

Both are very candid, however did they simply want face? Did they want body? Do they need to see your height/proportions?

Jan 09 13 12:27 pm Link

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Supermodel Photographer

Posts: 3309

Oyster Bay, New York, US

Brenda MacSwan wrote:
Which photo would be considered a "candid" photo?

1] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … did1-1.jpg

2] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … andid2.jpg

"Neither"

Jan 09 13 12:37 pm Link

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i c e c o l d

Posts: 8610

Fort Myers, Florida, US

Brenda MacSwan wrote:
A model manager with rockstar energy drinks wants me to send her a candid photo of me smiling, unedited. I have two here, one with no makeup smiling taken with my cell phone, and the other from far taken with my webcam with little makeup. Which one is better, unsure what a candid photo is. Thank you!

1] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … did1-1.jpg

2] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … andid2.jpg

Technically neither are candids....
As for the whole "model manager" thing....sorry but I'm thinking scam!

How and where did this so called "manager" contact you? Through MM? Through FB?

You have several images in your port that are more natural, not over glammed that give me an idea of what you look like that I would not need to request additional images...

Besides, most major companies are not out lurking modeling sites sending blind emails out to girls to find models.

Jan 09 13 01:09 pm Link

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-Ira

Posts: 2191

New York, New York, US

Technically neither is candid.  However given the context I believe what the person is looking for is a photo which represents what you'd look like walking in off the street.  Since it's for promo work I'd suggest sending something that shows a warm/friendly/inviting personality and your figure.

Jan 09 13 01:36 pm Link

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JGC Photography

Posts: 173

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I'd have a simple professional headshot taken...by somebody that specializes in what the industry expects. Go easy on the makeup.

Jan 09 13 02:45 pm Link

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SoCo n Lime

Posts: 3283

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Brenda MacSwan wrote:
A model manager with rockstar energy drinks wants me to send her a candid photo of me smiling, unedited. I have two here, one with no makeup smiling taken with my cell phone, and the other from far taken with my webcam with little makeup. Which one is better, unsure what a candid photo is. Thank you!

1] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … did1-1.jpg

2] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … andid2.jpg

I believe number two would fit the criteria they're looking for

number one has to much makeup

the whole point of sending unedited/natural pictures (photographers and agencies called them polaroids - more so in the past cause they actually were polaroids taken with a polaroid camera) is so they can see what you look like with no touch ups, no gimmicks, no makeup, no bells or whistles

the candid part is just this persons's way of describing a nice unforced smile so they can judge if you look like you would fit in to their team

facebook posing or pouting will find you in the trash/deleted folder cause you don't come across approachable or a customer/public friendly person

Jan 09 13 03:05 pm Link

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M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12117

Tampa, Florida, US

Brenda MacSwan wrote:
A model manager with rockstar energy drinks wants me to send her a candid photo of me smiling, unedited. I have two here, one with no makeup smiling taken with my cell phone, and the other from far taken with my webcam with little makeup. Which one is better, unsure what a candid photo is. Thank you!

1] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … did1-1.jpg

2] http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk14 … andid2.jpg

Neither are candids by the true definition.

But I suspect the person requesting doesn't really want a candid, but rather an unretouched snapshot. The terms are, though not technically correct, often used interchangeably.

With that said, I wouldn't submit either. Snapshots are one thing...webcam stills are another.

This is more of what they're looking for. Headshot, full body, different angles would be nice to provide. But a simple "polaroid" would suffice. Nobody wants to see someone in front of their computer in a hoodie. Great for FB...not appropriate for client presentation.

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=htt … Aw&dur=314

Jan 09 13 03:11 pm Link

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Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32502

Poulsbo, Washington, US

Neither is even remotely candid.

Best way to get a quick-and-dirty candid? Get a friend to hold the camera at arm's length. Have a conversation with that person and ignore the camera. Have that person snap a few shots when you're in an animated part of the conversation and you're not expecting the shot.

Jan 09 13 07:00 pm Link

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Art Silva

Posts: 9704

Santa Barbara, California, US

In the true sense neither is a candid, these are more self-snapshots. Candid means the main element is the unawareness of being photographed in a totally natural state of going about your day.

Jan 09 13 09:19 pm Link

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C h a r l e s D

Posts: 9307

Los Angeles, California, US

Neither shot is candid.  Someone else needs to take them to be called candid.
These are self portrait snapshots.

Jan 09 13 09:39 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6729

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Brenda MacSwan wrote:
A model manager with rockstar energy drinks

Rut Roh...

Jan 10 13 01:28 am Link

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Designit - Edward Olson

Posts: 1643

West Hollywood, California, US

Brenda MacSwan wrote:
A model manager with rockstar energy drinks

-JAY- wrote:
Rut Roh...

"...and I would have gotten away with it, if not for those meddling kids...er, folks on Model Mayhem!"

http://rockstarenergy.com/modelSubmission.php

Jan 10 13 01:34 am Link