Family photographs are an important document of happiness that the members of a family cherish forever. Gone are those days when one of the family members used to click the picture with a timer on, and everyone looked too serious in it! Now everyone wants a professional touch in recording the joyous moments of their family, which marks togetherness. That is why family photographers are in high demand. If you are a beginner in this genre, you should know the following 3 tips.
Here are the 3 best tips to click family gatherings:-
Know your subject:-
Like any genre of photography, you need to tell a story through family photos too. Keep in mind that you are going to deal with a group and not an individual subject, and give everyone equal importance. Know your subjects before planning the shoot, try to analyze their emotional connectivity, and choose a theme that suits them well. As the photographer, you have to make sure that everyone is comfortable posing the way they are asked to. Do not rush to shoot once you reach the location. Give your subjects enough time to adjust to the process. You can click some candid shots meanwhile though! If you see any of your subjects blinking on flash, ask the person to close the eyes, and open them only once you ask to.
Set proper lighting
The ideal lighting condition for shooting family photos involves natural lighting, whether outdoors or through the window if you are shooting indoors. If you are shooting outside, make sure direct sunlight does not fall on your subjects, otherwise, they all would squint and ruin the photo. It can also cause unwanted shadows. Cloudy weather is considered best for outdoor shooting. It creates soft shadows that enhance the faces of everyone in the picture. But if you are shooting on an overcast day, ask the people to wear bright-colored clothes. While positioning the subjects, check whether any shadow is cast between them. If the natural sunlight is not sufficient indoors, or you are shooting at night, use the on-camera flash. It will save you from the possibility of motion blur that might happen in low light conditions.
Choose the location wisely
As said earlier, you can click great family pictures both outside and inside of a house. The latter reminds many of the typical cliched photos in the hall, with the family members sitting on a sofa, or standing behind it. But you can set up some amazing creative shots too. Go through your favorite photographer's work, find inspiration from the internet, and of course, ask your clients if they have any particular ideas. If you are using flash, check whether there are any reflective surfaces like mirrors or glasses and remove them. If any of your subjects wear glasses and don't want to remove them, position that person at an oblique angle with the camera. It will save your photo from glare. This side lighting will enhance contrast too. Change your position too, to get photos from different perspectives. Click from different heights too. While choosing an outdoor location, make sure everyone is comfortable with it, and the place is safe to shoot with kids and elderly people if they are there in the family.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.