Cap­ture a cracker

Claire Gillo gath­ers the N-Photo team to­gether for a fes­tive pho­to­shoot, to show you how to take fun and mem­o­rable group shots this Christ­mas

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Take great fes­tive group shots of your friends and fam­ily this Christ­mas

Christ­mas is a time of re­union, so what bet­ter oc­ca­sion to get your Nikon D-SLR out when your friends and fam­ily gather in the same lo­ca­tion? It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture all your loved ones in one place.

Tak­ing group por­traits can be tricky for a num­ber of rea­sons. You need to con­sider as­pects such as cloth­ing, back­ground and peo­ple’s po­si­tions within the frame. De­pend­ing on the size of your group you may need to take a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to each ar­range­ment, but there are some gen­eral rules that ap­ply to all.

First, fill the frame as much as pos­si­ble by plac­ing your sub­jects at dif­fer­ent heights. Large gaps can throw the com­po­si­tion off-bal­ance. Chairs can be a big help for po­si­tion­ing large groups, and you can sit the older fam­ily mem­bers down so they’ll be more com­fort­able. When it comes to clothes, plain block colours work best. Avoid com­pli­cated pat­terns, and if one

Get­ting your sub­jects to hold props, such as cham­pagne flutes or gifts, can add to the end re­sult. It makes them feel less self-con­scious and in­creases the fes­tive look of the im­age

sub­ject is wear­ing some­thing that clashes with the rest of the group you could sug­gest they put some­thing on over the top.

Fi­nally al­ways take a few images. Due to the na­ture of a group shot, there will al­ways be one per­son pulling an awk­ward face, so you may need to swap some heads over in Pho­to­shop! (See page 46.)

At our N-Photo Christ­mas party we had the en­tire team in front of the lens drink­ing bub­bly. Get­ting your sub­jects to hold props, such as cham­pagne flutes or gifts, can add to the end re­sult. It makes them feel less self-con­scious and in­creases the fes­tive look of the im­age.

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