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Taking a great family photograph: Positioning of people and other tips

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Family | Post Date: 2010-01-13

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A family photograph is a very important aspect of the memories in the family. A photo tells more than a thousand words and the event that is captured by the photographer is sure to make the subjects enjoy the photo. In fact amateurs will not be able to make good pictures of the family events. A professional photographer on the other hand will not only be able to make still pictures, but will also be able to capture the emotions of people through the photograph.

There are also various other aspects that should be considered and are very important in the family photographs that are taken by professional family photographers. They include the positioning of the people before taking the photograph. This is fully dependent on the experience and the creativity of the professional photographer. An amateur will make haphazard seating arrangements and this can spoil the photograph. This is one of the main reasons for the presence of a professional in making the picture a memorable one.

The different combinations of people in the family photograph:

The professional family photographers are also responsible for the various pictures they click of various groups of people. It need not be the complete family, but can only be of the cousins of the family or the elders in the family. These variation and combinations are all different and make the family photographer indispensable in any family event. There are various events like marriages, births or other such events where the number of people in the family who are present for the photograph can be more. The photographer uses his talents to make different combinations of the group to make the best photographs. This can only be done by a professional photographer and amateurs fail miserably in this.

The setting for the photograph:

The setting should be such that the person in the foreground who are the subjects should be differed from the background in the photograph. Adjustments to the aperture should be made and it can be either at f2.4 or f4 for the picture to be perfect with a difference between the subjects and the background. Other aspects of the setting are that the subjects need not be standing side by side as many people think. Even a family photograph can be made in such a way that it is natural and it will make the subjects and their family enjoy the photo for many years to come after the event.

The exposure

The exposure to the light in the family photograph depends on the fact if the photo is taken inside the house or outside the house. These changes also depend on the amount of light from the sun. If the photo is taken inside the house, then instead of a direct flash, the photographer can use diffused light that is reflected off other surfaces like the ceiling. In case of an outdoor photograph, the light of the sun can be made to fall on the back of the subjects and a flash used so that only the subjects are highlighted in the picture.

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