We've all been a part of a large group photo before at one point of another. We stand there and smile until our cheeks give out and with a no longer genuine smile at that. It's tiring, I get it. But if you're on the other end of the camera, you'll understand why sometimes it just take a little bit more time to get that perfect shot.
Welcome to another installment of How to Take Better Photos! This week in the blog: Group Photos!
As photographers we are expected to have a eye for details. But even if you not a professional, that doesn't mean you don't have to.
Here are the Top 5 things to consider when taking group photos to take better group photos:
1. Squeeze nice and tight!
When taking a group photo, get everyone to squeeze in together--nice and tight. No one needs to be literally sitting on top of each other, but just enough where there are no awkward pockets of light in between each other or too large of gaps between one person and the other. In reality, this may seem and feel awkward and way too close for some. But in photos, it looks great and fills the frame nicely. And usually you can get a few laughs from the group.
2. No More Hunched Backs!
You've seen this before. The whole party is standing, some kneeling down, and all smiles. But there's always those one or two people at the ends of the group who are hunched in. As the one behind the camera, it's your responsibility to tell them to straighten up their backs. Let them know that they're in your frame. They don't to hunch over to be included in the shot. In fact, have them rest assure that if they're not in your frame, you'd tell them.
3. Baby, Look!
Have you ever tried to photograph a baby while photographing them in a group with adults? It's tough! But the funniest part is that it's not the baby that's tough, it's usually the adults. Haha. Try getting the attention of the baby at any cost, but be sure to have all the adults keep their eyes on you! No matter how many times you may be call baby's name, remind the adults in the photo to keep their eyes on you. The adults tend to look over at the baby or look elsewhere often assuming their not being photographed. Then again, sometimes those can be the funniest shots!
4. Purses, Sunglasses, Phones, Oh-My!
If you're taking more formal photos, be aware of people's accessories that don't need to be in the picture. But if the person/people you're photographing have chosen a particular accessory for the occasion, then by all means. Just be aware of the details. Are you noticing a trend? *ahem..details*
Lastly, have fun with groups! There's nothing fun and exciting about taking the same pose one after another for every vacation or event. You know what I'm talking about. The people that pose the exact same way in every single photo, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. This usually happens because they don't know how else to pose. Instead of having them pose, have them do something. This gives them an action and while they're doing that something, take a few photos! You'll be surprised how much more natural and fun those photos turn out compared to the traditional posing images.
So, that's it! I could honestly keep going, but these are my top 5 group photo tips that I've come across the most. If you have another one tip, let me know! I love to learn, and would love to connect at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a few group shots, and let me see them by tagging me @iamkcphotog on Instagram! Can't wait. :)
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