Whether a wedding, family reunion, birthday, retirement party, or simply a large gathering in general, nothing makes it quite as official as a photograph of the whole group. But did you know that taking a large group photo comes with its own set of challenges? In order to capture the moment, be prepared. That said, here are some key dos and don’ts when you take that big group pic, from getting the proper equipment to not just relying on the selfie stick.
1. Do Your Research
When is the event? How many people are coming? What’s the weather going to be like? When is the sun going to set? The facts matter. A little research goes far. You don’t want to be at the event setting up your equipment when the sun is about ready to set. Nor do you want to end up spending hours taking multiple pics, trying to get the right one because you didn’t plan on the sun being so bright.
2. Don’t Only Rely on the Selfie Stick
Yes, a large group selfie can add some personality. But you shouldn’t just bring a selfie stick and expect the large group photo to be perfect. What about having a large panoramic picture too? Also, when you take a selfie, selfie stick or not, you risk missing some people, especially if there is a lot of people attending the event. At the end of the day, you want a great group photo. The last thing you want to happen is have a picture where people are crammed together, blocking one another so you don’t get everyone in the pic.
3. Do Consider Investing in Photography Equipment
A little equipment can make all the difference. From floor backdrops and photograph pros to photography equipment, consider checking out Denny Manufacturing. That way, you get to control how your group photo comes out, and can capture the moment perfectly; thanks to the proper equipment, you will have a great group pic to fondly look back on that moment.
4. Don’t Hire Just Any Old Photographer
So you have a big event coming up and you’d rather hire a photographer to take the group pics. That’s great! However, what you don’t want to do is the day of (or even a week before) randomly choose a photographer without looking at his or her portfolio and reading through the reviews. Ask the hard questions:
- How long has he or she been in the photography business?
- What equipment does he or she use?
- What is his or her rate?
- Can I look at your portfolio?
- Does he or she have a specialty?
Like with researching about the event, getting the information up front from photographers will save you the trouble of possibly ending up with group photos you are not that happy with. For instance, the photography may specialize in black and white photography, but you may only want colored photos.
5. Do Have Fun
While a little photography know-how is important, remember to not stress and enjoy the event. Don’t worry! With a little research and the right equipment, your group picture will turn out well. And, when in doubt, a little advice from other photographers experienced in group pictures can do the trick.
At the end of the day, it comes down to what you are comfortable with and what your process is. However, doing research beforehand and making sure you have the right equipment never hurts. Have any other handy tips when photographing large groups? What’s the biggest pros and cons when taking group pictures? Please be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below.
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