How to snap that spontaneous moment with instax

Candid photography is all about nailing that #nofilter moment, from surfers riding sunset waves to friends putting their moves to the test on the dance floor. Candid shots tell a completely different story to staged photos, but can often be hard to get right.

Here are our top tips on how to capture those candid moments, with a little help from your instax.

Always be ready to point and shoot

Candid photos are spontaneous, so the best way to capture these moments is to always have your instax ready to go. Having a camera like the instax mini 11, where you can simply turn it on, find your subject, and shoot will ensure you don’t miss the shot. Plus with a mini 11 camera case, you can throw the strap over your shoulder and be ready to take your candid photography essential everywhere you go.

mini 11

Follow the action

The key to candid photography is being in the right spot at the right time and ready to shoot. So it goes without saying that being in and amongst lively surroundings will increase your chance of finding that perfect moment to capture. From beaches and weddings to the hustle and bustle of city streets, use your instax WIDE 300 to seize that one-off moment in a wider format. We recommend capturing a series of shots to really help tell the candid story!

WIDE wedding

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Take lots of photos

Waiting for the flawless shot is how you miss them. Don’t wait for that ‘perfect’ moment to happen, instead use your smartphone to shoot, shoot, and keep on shooting! You can then use your instax mini Link to print your favourite candid shots, and they may not be the ones you expected.

mini Link

Embrace your instax camera’s features

Take your candid photography to the next level with the instax SQ20's Frame Grab feature, where capturing a moving subject has never been easier. Frame Grab allows you to shoot a video up to 15 seconds long then use the dial on the back of the camera to select the perfect frame to print. The result? A perfect mix of old school instant candid photography with the benefit of digital features.


What are some of your instax photography tips? Let us know in the comments below!