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Skills to make good family photos are very important for every photographer. Usually these photos have very bright emotional component and great energy. But we must be able to show all the warmth of family happiness and convey emotion in our photos. How to make a good family photo? Here are a few tips.
- The correct choice of color gamut of clothing. Before taking a family photo discuss with the family members color and style of their clothes. Of course, the choice of clothing will depend on them but it is important that they be perfectly balanced. It is also preferably to take into account background and the place where the shooting will take place. If you planning to shoot in the forest – would not be appropriate evening dresses or formal suits. Also irrelevant extreme acid colors, logos, pictures. This all may attract a lot of attention in the photo.
- Bring everyone together in the shot. Often there are family photos on which the family members are not closely to each other. Certainly worth to appreciate the personal space, but not on the family photo. The goal is to show on a family photo cohesion and closeness of the family, family ties.
- ‘Infect’ everyone with your good mood.Be cheerful and funny to get a genuine smile. Sometimes, some family members feel insecure and shy in front of camera. In the end, photography and a smiles on the faces are unnatural. Try to calm and relax them. Tell some jokes, make some compliments. Try to catch the frame with anatural and easy laugh, smiles. These photos will be vivid, natural.
- Try to get everyone to look at the camera. Of course, it’s easy when 2-3 people on the photo. But if we are lucky and the family is large – almost impossible to catch the open eyes of all the relatives. There will always be someone “sleeping.” So always view all photos on the spot. Even presence of digital camera and thousands of similar images can not guarantee one good shot. Standard “Cheeeeeeese” sometimes helps with this matter.
- Select a suitable and warm environment where everyone will feel themselves comfortable. To do this, find out before photosession exactly where family members will feel cosiness. Perhaps they have a favorite lake or a place in the park, which means something for the whole family?
- Make sure that your models are not standing in front of the sun because they will be pictured with odd squinting ekspressions. Better to photograph in indirect or oblique sunlight. Then the colors will be soft and the faces of your models do not turn into grimaces.
- Experiment with angles and positions. It might be good pictures from the top or from the ground. Try different variants and not limit yourself with standard and formulaic photographs.
- Be creative. Try different additional items: chairs, frames, balloons. Very successful and warm are pictures with cats or dogs. You can also offer the original background, such as a children’s playground, beach, stable, etc.
- Try using a blurred background. To do this, open the maximum aperture, but leaving the focus models. In order to understand whether all were clearly visible in the photo, do some tests. Changes the aperture value until you find the best for you. This will help you to attract attention to the models, not the details of the background.
- And finally – do not forget to check the correctness of all settings before you start shooting. And do not forget to remove the lens cap!
Yes, great tips! Family photographs are a whole other art, when you really think about it. It’s not simply about taking your camera out, getting the family together, and shooting. There’s a lot to think about, a lot to set up, and a lot that goes on behind the scenes, and in the mind of the photographer…especially when you want the shot to be good! This set of tips is a great way to start making your own family photographs in a artistic way, in a way that will get you results where people will stop and say ‘wow!’
Tips #3 and #4 are some that I find make a lot of sense. The mood says a lot about the shot, and unlike other forms of photography, family photographs are about being cheery and happy and all that! You need a good vibe going, and for the most part, it’s the photographer’s job to get that going. Eye contact is another good tip – important in street photography that include people, portraits, and any other kind of shot that involves people!
Tips #7 and #8 also make sense. Using different angles, and perspectives, make us see things in a different way…and as always, when humans see things differently, they feel differently…and that’s a great thing. It just feels better this way. In any form of photography, I encourage people to vary perspective and angle, to make things feel unique…and stronger. The creative tip, about using props to help set the mood also makes a lot of sense, and I find that sample image shared here particularly good, and gives a great sense of what the tip is all about. Just go for it!
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