Passing on a Quiz that first was to myself
Recently, I was asked to do an outside extended family photo that consisted of 10 people. So of the three locations shown below which would you pick? And why would you pick it? Afterward I'll show you my pick and how I did it.
I love this old building. I love having steps to help pose people at different heights. I picked this angle which is great for family where I can seat them all.
I love this open spot for its simplicity. My only concern is the building in the far right corner which I can eliminate by changing the viewing angle of my camera or by zooming my lens to not show it.
I've photographed family on this bridge before. Again I always pick a spot where there is shade on my subjects and if there is any sun, it will be coming from behind them toward my camera as shown here.
This would be a tight location for 10 people. Of course I could do two rows. Seat the first row and say stand the second row. But the seated row would have this guard rail in front of their heads.
This space is good for a smaller family group. But adding 10 people would require more rows. As people stand further away from the camera they appear smaller. Just looking I was predicting several rows and having to move them back quite far.
The only other difficulty in posing a big group here was getting the heads on different levels. Use of chairs is ideal for this situation. I asked the client to bring two chairs with arm rests. Sitting people on the arm rests helped change their height for the second row. Then I had the men stand for the third row.
As there was plenty of room and simple wide open space behind them I chose this location. I used two chairs with arm rests, and a posing chair in the middle for Grandma. I added an AC Studio flash, with umbrella, powered by a special battery for outside use allowing me to match the light on the group with the light on the background. As otherwise they would not stand out, being in shade as they are.
To learn more about taking pictures inside or out (even with your smart phone) see my article: 3 photography tips for better group pictures
What do you think? Please leave a comment or question below.
L. David Likes Photography