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Capture your subject in the best light with these photography tips that cover everything from nature and still-life photography to fashion photography.
You Will Need
- 1 A camera
- 1 An external flash
- 1 A tripod
- 1 A group of people
- 1 And a large room or space
- 1 Wide-angle lens
Steel yourself; getting a large group of people to do anything is hard, and getting them to listen to a photographer is damn near impossible.
Analyze the group
Quickly analyze the group to be shot. Do a mental lineup according to height, affiliations, and order of importance according to whatever invisible law governs your group.
Choose location and backdrop
Choose your location and backdrop, if any. Try to maximize natural light if you can.
Attach your flash
Attach your flash and set your camera on the tripod.
Set up camera
Set your camera’s ISO, shutter speed and aperture for the light condition.
Gather the crowd
Gather everyone together.
Begin arranging people according to your mental map, making sure anyone of greater significance is front and center.
Compose the shot
Compose your shot.
Set your camera on its self-timer to help avoid camera shake.
Meter and focus
Meter on your group, focus on them, and shoot away.
Shoot as much as you can
Take as many shots as you possibly can before everyone loses their patience and either gets angry or wanders off.