Family portrait photo: How to improve them

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Family portrait photo are the most popular photo but however they are often taken the wrong way. The difficulty is accentuated with the number of people that are present on such photos. Whether it is for a wedding or a dinner it is therefore never easy to get a family portrait right. However this does not always be the case if you know how to prepare yourself correctly.

Follow these tips to ensure the best photos:

During dinner

It might be a good idea to avoid taking pictures at the start of the meal. Indeed after some drinks the atmosphere should be much lighter and more adequate for pictures. Please do not sacrifice aesthetics in order to get spontaneity: food on the cheeks, jaws moving, glass in the mouth are rarely flattering. The purpose wide-angle SLRs (and some compact cameras) is ideal for photographing all the guests.

Exterior pictures

Going outside for a walk and family outing are all great moments to take photos outside. It is preferable to place the sun behind you when shooting in bright sunlight. You might also consider using the full flash if you want to reduce the contrast caused by the side which is in the shade.

You should also consider the location where you will be taking the photo with care to allow the whole group to be comfortable. Pay special attention to the way your subjects are aligned when taking group photo.

Be flexible

If you are taking photo indoor make sure that you have some appropriate lighting by making use of your flash as much as possible. There are no standard ways to take family portrait photo and it will be up to you to find the best ones to suit your particular need.

Published by Russell Marty

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