Anyone who has attended an Indian wedding knows how many people attend such celebratory events. Indian weddings are a mixture of the old and the new. Many young couples nowadays like elements of modern methods of taking pictures as opposed to merely sitting down for traditional ones. However, this does not mean that the traditional means of taking wedding photographs is a thing of the past. On the contrary, in Indian weddings, where a rich and deep culture never fails to exert its influence within the very fabric of people’s everyday lives, anything that is traditional is accepted with open arms.
The Real Difference
For those that want to know the difference between candid and traditional photography, the former involves the taking of pictures of subjects that are simply unaware that their photos are being taken. It brings a sense if natural spontaneity and realism to the composition of the image. The photographer moves around the wedding party and takes pictures of the events as they happen without any preparation at all. The great thing about the candid form of wedding photography is that it captures the moment as they happen. It is a known fact that a subject could sit down for a photo and the photograph may not be able to capture the essence of his subject the same way as when he takes the photo of the same subject candidly or without his knowledge. By not knowing that a photograph is being taken, the subjects are able to convey true emotion without being conscious of the fact that they have to pose a certain way in order to satisfy conventional rules and mores.
The latter which is traditional photography, involves a more formal approach to the way the images of the subjects are taken. Unlike candid photography where the photographer has to capture that perfect moment in order to create a magical shot, traditional photography offers a more valid way of showing the photographer’s subjects in their best moments. One can have their makeup fixed, ties straightened, and stain from their teeth due to the sumptuous Indian banquet feast washed off prior to having their photos taken. It is the simple fact that that the subject knows that they are being photographed that gives them the opportunity to really show their best features. Moreover, more conservative members of the family particularly the elders would not take it too lightly that photographers take candid photos of them when they show a facial expression that they would rather not share with others.
So What’s Better
In the context of an Indian wedding where a deep and rich culture is not only felt and seen but appreciated, certain parts of the wedding ceremony will benefit greatly with traditional photography while other more relaxed sections can do quite well with candid poses. It is the marriage of both old and new complementing one another as opposed to canceling each other out. When the Indian wedding photographer inculcates both styles appropriately, the result is a glorious representation of a momentous and noteworthy event in the couple’s lives.