Group Photography Tip for Christmas
Taking pictures of a group of people is always challenging, especially when there are kids in the group. And especially in Christmas time with all that sugar in our blood! This Group Photography tip, covers some simple settings and rules which can make your Group Photography a little easier.
Before getting into the Group Photography Tip, learn your camera settings and I suggest to use Centre Weighted Metering mode and Auto ISO.
Let’s get started:
Christmas Group Photography Tip
These simple rules and camera settings help you take better group pictures. Just try to apply them and see how these simple tips can elevate the picture quality.
Avoid Reflective objects in background/foreground
Reflective items (such as mirror, glass, and metal) can ruin the photos by changing the exposure and/or just distractive element in photos. Even a picture frame can reflect enough light to damage your group shots. Before taking the picture, examine the background and foreground to spot these object and try to avoid them.
Use a Tripod
Using a tripod not only reduces the chances of camera shake, it also allow you to stay connected with your subjects. While the camera is on the tripod, you don’t need to get hidden behind the camera to take the pictures. You can keep talking to them and guide them while taking photos. This tip takes us to the next one.
Don’t talk to your subjects behind the camera
In photography, it is always better to talk to subjects while having eye contact. There are several different reasons for this tip, but the most important one is sometimes they can not hear/understand you when you are behind the camera and talk to them. If you do not use a tripod, try to do all the guiding and talking and then bring the camera up!
Use a higher F Stop
Use a higher F stop to provide more depth of field. Usually F8 has the optimal sharpness and enough depth of field coverage for family pictures. Keep an eye on your shutter speed, if using the ambient light. You don’t want to use slow shutter speed.
Shoot in Continuous Mode
I usually suggest to use Continuous Drive mode and taking 3 to 4 shots continuously. There are always at least one person that closes the eyes or turning the head while shutter is released! Having multiple photos of the same scene help us to fix these type of issues in post processing.
Group Photography sample