Do you want to take better family portrait photography? This simple guide to how to shoot a group portrait indoors will help you take control of the light for perfect family pictures.
The downside of shooting at this time of year is that it’s probably cold and miserable outside, so you may be confined to indoor locations. But don’t panic, because with a bit of thought and planning you’ll be able to capture the kind of family photographs to be proud of.
How to set up and shoot a group portrait indoors
1 Use natural light
There’s no better light to use in portrait photography than the natural kind, so use it to your advantage. Position yourself with your back to the light so that it falls onto the group. Be aware that strong light is best avoided, so try to shoot on a bright but overcast day or move your group so they’re not in direct light.
2 Avoid cluttered backgrounds
It’s safe to assume that there’ll be varying amounts of clutter around the house at this time of year. Try to keep it out of your photos. Shoot against a neutral, clutter-free background so the focus is on your group.
3 Make ’em laugh!
Ideally, people should be all smiles in group portraits. However, children may be a bit shy and teenagers may be a bit moody. To make your group laugh, ask someone to stand close to you and pull faces or clown around. This should result in some great shots!
4 Take multiple shots
To avoid the curse of shooting closed eyes, hold the shutter release button down and take two or three shots, one straight after the other, of each group. If you don’t have a shot with everyone’s eyes open, you can always cut and paste images together later.
5 Show the results
One way to help your subjects relax is to show them a few of the shots using the screen on the back of your camera. This is the great advantage of shooting digitally – being able to see images straight away rather than having to wait for prints.
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