POSE A LARGER GROUP

Dis­cover how to di­rect a group of sub­jects

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

shoot­ing group por­traits is a great way to per­fect your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills from be­hind the cam­era. if you don’t make your voice heard and en­sure that all of the sub­jects lis­ten to you and un­der­stand what you are try­ing to achieve, you will fail.

Try to think cre­atively. You should al­ways avoid try­ing to get all of your sub­jects’ heads on the same level; don’t try to per­fectly align them as it will sim­ply look un­nat­u­ral and very forced. em­brace the va­ri­ety and go out of your way to get ev­ery­one’s heads on a dif­fer­ent level. Your aim should be to cre­ate a pat­tern of faces as well as an at­trac­tive shape. pos­ing your sub­jects on stairs is a great way of en­sur­ing their heads will sit on dif­fer­ent lev­els.

The most im­por­tant thing about group por­traits is to make sure ev­ery­one is vis­i­ble and that no­body is ac­ci­den­tally obscured. con­sider where each sub­ject is po­si­tioned. Ob­vi­ously if it’s a cor­po­rate group pic­ture the sub­jects should be po­si­tioned fur­ther apart than for an im­age of close friends or fam­ily, where you would want to keep things rea­son­ably tight.

cre­at­ing a tri­an­gle with the sub­jects’ faces gen­er­ally works quite well. Be care­ful not to go too ob­scure and cre­ative un­less that is the goal. fash­ion and beauty group shots will work with a con­cept and flare of cre­ativ­ity, but if the im­age is a com­mis­sioned por­trait you need to en­sure the full fo­cus is on the peo­ple cap­tured.

“in a group por­trait i usu­ally want to re­flect com­mu­ni­ca­tion among mod­els, and their at­ti­tude to each other,” ex­plains Oleg gek­man. “if it is a fam­ily por­trait, then with the help of var­i­ous com­po­si­tion de­vices and light­ing i try to com­mu­ni­cate their feel­ings in the photo. The con­cept of light­ing is de­fined by us­ing a lot of light sources with big­ger­diam­e­ter soft­boxes. in most cases i shoot in a stu­dio – there are mostly clas­sic por­traits on a uni­form back­ground, i hardly ever shoot in in­te­ri­ors or out­side.”

“The most im­por­tant thing is to make sure no­body is obscured”

Right ROAD TRIP make your group shots in­ter­est­ing and try shoot­ing from some dif­fer­ent, more un­usual an­gles

Above CON­NEC­TION Keep your com­po­si­tions tight, es­pe­cially when your sub­jects are friends or fam­ily

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