Tackling the Group Photo

Photographing four or more people always presents a unique challenge to the photographer. On the simplest level, it’s essential that everyone is looking at the camera, or at least not blinking. Then they need to be positioned in such a way that everyone’s face is clearly visible to the camera. Another important factor is location and setting, and finally it’s necessary to arrange everyone so the composition is harmonious. And one lesson quickly learned when photographing groups is that the larger the group the more difficult the photograph. Often planning ahead is necessary so the photographer can determine where the group photo will be taken and whether there is a staircase nearby to help with posing, or whether a ladder might be needed to get a high viewpoint.

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