There are a number of occasions like weddings, outings, sports, etc. when you may want to take group photos. But since it involves capturing different people in a single moment, it’s a kind of challenge for the photographer. There are different issues involved – taking everybody in the focus, somebody suddenly blinking, expressionless face, wrong pose, etc. So, here are some tips to counter such problems and come out with attractive group photographs.
Before taking the group photograph, make all possible preparations for it like preparing everyone on how to pose for the photo, selecting the right location, and in which angle you have to take the photograph, etc.
Before taking the snap, make sure that everyone who wants to be in the snap knows that it is clicking within few minutes ahead of time. Also check the power of the batteries present in your camera before clicking the snap. If they have enough power, then it’s ok, otherwise use fully charged batteries instead of them.
Location plays a major role in taking the group photo. Right location which is suitable to take the group photo will give better results where as the wrong location doesn’t. After selecting the location, think on whether the group fits on that location or not.
Mostly your choice of selecting group photo for a group must be dependent on the theme they like to have. Depending upon their ideas and views, you have to select the right theme suitable for them.
Take care to not attain distractions at the background and avoid taking the snap for a group in front of a window where your flash light reflects.
Prefer multiple shots instead of single shot
This statement says that instead of taking the single shot go for multiple shots. Better, good or satisfactory results will not be obtained with a single shot, where as in the multiple shots, certainly you will get the better picture in one or the other shot with all correct features.
Don’t take the group photo from long distance. Clarity levels decrease and other disturbances attain in the snap by taking the group photo in long distance.
So, get enough closer (not too much) to the group while taking the snap. By doing this, you can cover all the persons and their face feelings clearly.
Pose the group
Almost in all cases, group itself poses pretty naturally i.e. tall people will go back, short people comes in front, etc. Other than these settings, you must consider some other features like:
- If an event is centered on 1 or 2 people like birthday or wedding, make them as the central focal point by making them to stand certainly at the middle of the group.
- Tell the people to raise their chins a little bit so that they don’t obtain double chins in the photograph.
- Don’t make the people to form as a deep group. Try to keep a little bit of distance between the front line and the back line of people.
Timing your shoot well
Pick the right moment to take the shot. Try to express something with your snap so that it looks more natural than the ordinary snap i.e. making the people to stand straight while clicking.
Consider light source
Before taking the snap, know which type of light source is available over there and also check whether it is suitable for taking the snap or not.
Good light source helps to attain better pictures with good clarity levels where as the dim or bad light source will not be helpful to attain the good shots.
Control all aspects
While taking the group photos, you have to consider all the aspects in right manner like: focusing more on the subject, considering the background, checking the light source, etc. mostly the mistakes will occur in the group photographs due to lack of control over the group.
If you make or maintain the group in the right manner, certainly you will get the better pictures with all good provisions necessary for you.
There are various reasons why tripod is useful for taking group photographs. The first and foremost reason is: it indicates that you are serious about what are you doing (taking group photo).
You get required attention from the group by using tripod because the set up of professional looking will make the people to do. The second reason is it gives the photographer more freedom to involve in the creation of posing your subject.
Use an assistant
You need the assistance of someone while taking the group photos because an assistant will be incredibly handy to you and assist you in each and every aspect while taking the multiple shots of a group.
As a photographer, you must always have smile on your face, since there is nothing worse than a grumpy stressed out photographer. Generally the people who are present in the group also don’t pay much interest on the photograph if the photographer looks dull and exhausted.
So, you must be always smiling and encouraging the group to stay in right position with right expression. When you are active, you will certainly get the good appreciable output, which makes to increase your confidence level on photography.