The best pictures are those that tell ONE story. a. They need no caption, or a brief one-sentence caption. b. The faces of the people or the action fills the photo. c. Background distractions are minimized.
Taking Better Group Photos
Read your manual!
• scope out the location of your shot beforehand • think ahead about how you will pose people and frame your shot • varied height possibilities • make sure everyone you want in the shot knows you want them a few minutes ahead of time • make your your camera is on and has charged batteries
• context … a shot of a sporting team on their playing field means more than a shot of them in front of a brick wall. • fit…is there enough room? • light…avoid setting up a group shot directly in front of a window where the light from your flash might reflect back in a way that destroys your shot.
Get in close!
The more details in faces , the better!
Avoid the lean-in.
• Give them something to do, or at least to look at. • raise their chins! • large groups….elevate!
Try to use from environment
An office, a garden, a workspace
Helps subject relax
Avoid the “mug shot”
Move away from the wall
Shoot large files
Turn off date stamp
Don’t be shy….ask for smiles, jumps, peace signs, etc!