A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 30, 2019
Plandid (planned + candid)

A “plandid” (planned + candid) is a photograph that appears to be candid, but was actually planned. It shows the subject seemingly in the middle of an activity, and not staring at the camera saying “cheese.” “Plandids” are popular on social media, such as Instagram.

Plandid When you plan to take a photo that is supposed to appear candid” was posted on the Urban Dictionary on January 29, 2010, but the term wouldn’t be popular until several years later. “Finishing wedding edits. Best man was obsessed with voguing for pseudo candids. I think I coined a term in his honor: plandids. #lexicon” was posted on Twitter by Jennifer H. Smith on September 9, 2011.

“If the word plandid hasn’t been invented, I’m saying I started it. A plandid is a planned candid. Go ahead and give me the Nobel prize” was posted on Twitter by Zak Haines on August 25, 2013. “Plandid: (n) a planned candid-- as real as it gets in LA” was posted on Twitter by Rose Locatelli on December 19, 2013.


Urban Dictionary
Plandid
When you plan to take a photo that is supposed to appear candid.
Jake posed on the bridge and looked far off into the distance knowing that Karin was taking a his picture. That’s a plandid.
#candid#planned#staged#set up#chance#setup#surprise#photo#camera#pose#fake#lame
by icwish January 29, 2010

Twitter
Jennifer H. Smith
@jenphotosmith
Finishing wedding edits. Best man was obsessed with voguing for pseudo candids. I think I coined a term in his honor: plandids. #lexicon
8:46 AM - 9 Sep 2011

Twitter
Candice Dweller
@EatMyShitImOdd
girls who claim pictures to be a “candid” it’s just cool that all of your heads turn at the same time..it’s like you just knew#plandid
11:51 PM - 25 Dec 2012

Twitter
Zak Haines
@zakhaines
If the word plandid hasn’t been invented, I’m saying I started it. A plandid is a planned candid. Go ahead and give me the Nobel prize.
11:47 AM - 25 Aug 2013

Twitter
Rose Locatelli
@Rose_Locatelli
Plandid: (n) a planned candid-- as real as it gets in LA
12:36 AM - 19 Dec 2013

Urban Dictionary
Plandid
A plandid is a photograph of a person that is taken to look candid, but has been planned. This means the picture is meant to look like it was taken unbeknownst to the person in it. Any girl who is an “instagram model “ will have dozens of these. Examples include hikers walking into the distance, a group of girls all fake laughing at a non-existent joke, etc.
(...)
by orangedizzle December 23, 2014

USA Today—Talking Tech
Plandids are all over Instagram. What are they?
Brett Molina, USA TODAY Published 12:22 p.m. ET Aug. 7, 2017 | Updated 2:33 p.m. ET Aug. 7, 2017
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What is a ‘plandid’?
The term combines the words “planned” and “candid.” As the website Man Repeller explains, the plandid is a “carefully calculated solo shot that appears to have been taken by a professional photographer, posted without a hint of shame or irony, and for no apparent reason other than, why not?”

Although it appears talk of the plandid has popped up recently, talk of the planned photo goes back to 2016, with this guide to taking your own plandids.

Bustle
What Is A Plandid? The Instagram Trend Is Taking Over & Odds Are You’ve Done It Already
By CLAIRE WARNER
Aug 10 2017
Gone are the halcyon days of early Instagram, when every duckface was planned to meticulous perfection. Apparently, a new photographic trend called the “plandid” is sweeping the app, and it’s all about appearing natural — just not too natural, because social media is a judgmental place. Of course, given that this is a basic modeling technique, you’ve probably been doing this all along, so give yourself a pat on the back for being ahead of the curve.

As you may have guessed, plandid is a portmanteau of “planned” and “candid.” According to the Urban Dictionary entry, which dates back to 2010, the contradictory term refers to a picture “meant to look like it was taken unbeknownst to the person in it.” Unlike a posed photo, a plandid is supposed to look as spontaneous as an unwanted pregnancy, but unlike a true candid, a plandid is carefully staged.

Billboard
LIFESTYLE
What Is a ‘Plandid’? Here’s Why Celebrities Are All About This Instagram Trend
8/29/2017 by Andrea Cheng
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A portmanteau of “planned” and “candid,” a plandid, done successfully, should look as though you weren’t aware you were getting your photo taken. A friend (or Instagram husband, or innocent bystander, or a self-timed camera propped on a tripod) just happened to catch you at the right moment, at the right angle, and in the right lighting. It’s like the photographic version of a humble brag.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Thursday, May 30, 2019 • Permalink