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
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.