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  • Create Your Light: Capturing candid moments with Malin Mörner

  • Candid photography is something most of us have tried. Often without being aware of it as a formal photography genre, very little effort is made when taking candid photos. When conscious effort is made however, a fleeting moment and the feelings it evokes is captured really well, which makes candid photography become almost become magical.

    Malin 'Poppy' Mörner
    is a Swedish lifestyle photographer who lives for candid moments – expressing herself and keeping moments alive through photography. We approached her to ask about her passion for candid photography. Here, she shares her insight and tips into capturing candid moments with loved ones.

    “The best adventure is the one that unfolds in front of you, with the people you love the most. I love to shoot with the Nikon Z Series, as it’s so lightweight and fast. Also the weather sealing allows me to just immerse myself in the elements and capture life in its most natural state.

    Candid photography: “The best adventure is the one that unfolds in front of you, with the people you love the most." shot on the Nikon Z 7 @ 50mm | f/1.8 | 1/200 sec.| ISO 250 © Malin Mörner

    Light and candid photography

    When it comes to light, I prefer to shoot with natural light. When I’m shooting friends and family in the outdoors, I want them to move freely and the light to expose in its most natural form. This leaves a beautiful result that cannot be replicated with studio or flash light. My style of photography is natural and therefore the light has to be too.

    I like to shoot just before the sun goes down, when the light is soft and warm. I also love the challenge of working with whatever light nature has given me on a specific day.

    Favourite lens for candid photography

    When it comes to lenses, the Z 50mm 1.8 is my favourite for candid photography. It’s such a diverse lens that takes beautiful bokeh shots and allows you to stay at a distance from your subject. Ultimately, the goal of candid to photography is to capture subjects unknowingly and in their most natural state.

    Swedish lifestyle photographer explores candid photography with the Nikon Z 7
    When it comes to the location, I believe you can find beauty anywhere. Whether that’s at the beach, in the forest or simply in the comfort of your home. You can find beauty if you look for it.

    Capturing beauty through candid photography

    What you perceive as beauty may differ to another photographer. For me, when it comes to capturing candid moments, I try to find shots that express love, happiness and honest connections with people that are close to me. If you’re around people that feel comfortable with you, you’re almost certain to capture them in their most natural and candid state. I try to capture raw and authentic moments that will give you results you and your loved ones will truly cherish forever.”

    'For me, when it comes to capturing candid moments, I try to find shots that express love, happiness and honest connections with people that are close to me.' © Malin Mörner

    Ever thought about putting more thought to capturing candid moments? Use the insights Malin and think of how to capture the next special moment in a special way and share it with us by using the the hashtags #CreateYourLight and #PetPhotographyAtHome and tagging any of our channels:

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