A&P I want more interesting group photos...

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  1. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    I hate taking pictures of people in groups of 2-5

    They always seem so boring and snapshotty. When you guys are taking pictures of friends at a party or event, what do you do to mix it up a bit and get some more creative shots.

    I don't want to take a lot of time setting up the shot, but an extra few seconds to compose something would be okay....

    One thing I like doing is shooting at a wider angle to try to get some surroundings in, like this:

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    you seemed to do a fine job getting a more interesting group shot..
     
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    I posted the one of the few good examples, trust me I have about 5000 shitty examples. :hs:


    boring:

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    I like the photo but I can see why you are calling them snaphotty also. Personally, I am not sure why taking a snapshot is always considered a bad thing - it is a photo of people gathering and sharing good times over lunch/ dinner. Does it really need to have perfect composition and meaning.

    I think that you can take the snaphottiness away y making the lighting a bit more dramatic - the way it is now- it is just very bright
     
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    Yeah, I guess post processing is always an option to spice them up a bit.
     
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    :werd: group shots are about the people first and foremost, not the background. if that means them being boring fine. if u want just point them in a different direction for a different background but most of the time i wouldnt go ultra wide on them so that theyre small in the frame
     
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    What makes it look snapshotty to me are these points:

    1) ordinary angle, the POV of someone just casually standing in front of them and snapping a shot. (you already know this)

    2) ordinary or direct lighting, often the glint of flash on their foreheads or cheeks. Lose that.

    3) background is in-between. If you want deep dof, do that. If you want shallow bokeh, do that. In-between is where P&S's live.

    4) ordinary facial expressions, typically everyone just looking at the camera, all wearing the same bland smile.
    Try cueing/interacting with them in interesting/unexpected ways to draw out some feeling from them.
     
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