Handling Issues with Group Photography
There is nothing more fun than taking selfies with the girls or cramming the entire family into a memorable group shot. Still, it can be hard to find yourself not fading into the background or becoming just another face in the sea of smiles with these life-long memories. Being able to stand out and look your best in a group photo is a feat easily accomplished with a few tips from VIVA GLAM!
5 Tips to Taking Awesome Group Photos
With every one wanting to be front and center in group photos, it can be a hassle for everyone to get the spotlight time they deserve. No one wants to share the photo where they were barely visible to begin with. Which brings us to…
Tip #1: Give everyone their own Head Space!
This tip is first and foremost because it allows for you to create a cohesive image among people who might be varying heights and sizes. It makes for fewer distractions, to take people of similar heights and place them accordingly in the frame so that there are different levels to view within the image. Before you can stand out prominently, you need to be sure that you have no issue getting your face time within group shots!
Tips #2 Natural is Best!
Allow the group to formulate as they naturally would and take candid shots along the way. Simple shots of the group interacting with no interests in the particular shot, can sometimes result in pictures that carry a timeless sense of nostalgia within them throughout the years. This especially applies when dealing with children or animals in your group shots; you want to remember that formal shots are a lot harder to capture than these quick organic snapshots of life in the making.
Tip #3 Level the Playing Field
If you happen to be a bit on the short side, it can be hard for you to find a good spot amongst group shots. You either end up the floating head in the back or the itty bitty image of a person swallowed up by a group of giants. Either way, you’re not flattered, so instead, move the group photo over to the stairs and arrange chairs of different heights. These will allow for the best incorporation of tip #1 and provide an opportunity for you to find your place among the group shot to shine!
Tip #4 Beauty is Bold
No one wants to take an ugly picture and the most captivating form of beauty is confidence. Being the most confident person in the photo is sure to carry over! With a tilt of the head and a twinkle in your eyes, a simple change in pose could make you the center of attention in any group photo.
Tip #5 Lights, Camera, Pose!
Not only does your pose matter, but so does the lighting. Most times, images of group photos are unclear because of the overcasting shadow or lack of light surrounding the group. Especially during night shots or within the club scene, bad lighting could cause for glares, untimely blinking, and bad printouts. Be sure to always have a decent amount of lighting; the best tip when it comes to lighting is to have lights near the camera and not near the group. This way you can avoid looming shadows or annoying glares that throw off your posing skills.