Everyone knows that it is REALLY hard to take good group photos. Some of the most common errors that can occur when taking group shots are people closing their eyes right as you are snapping the picture and people looking in different directions. This is so frustrating for both the photographer and the participants because it means posing longer to perfect the shot. I heard a great tip from a photographer friend that he uses when managing large groups of people. (This can also work with two or more children). TIP: Have everyone close their eyes and then open them at the same time to take the picture! Great tip right? (This is one of those slap your forehead moments where you say out loud “Why didnt I think of that?” Of course this would work.)
This is a photo from my actual wedding when people were using their own cameras to try and get some good group shots. #FAIL
(Can’t You People Just Look Forward and say CHEESE!?!?!)
I will go take some pictures to demonstrate this great tip. . . . .
“Let me just – ”
So, here is what I found out about this tip.
It is not “just that easy” to utilize the open your eyes all at once strategy. There is still some training and explaining that needs to be done to get it right.
First of all, make sure that your photog subjects are all on the same page with the whole “Open on 3” thing. Be clear about whether you expect them to Open On “THREE” or open on 1,2,3 “OPEN“.
Next, make sure that when your group does open their eyes all at the same time they know for certain where to look. Have everyone focus on the same fixed point before closing their eyes. On “Three” they open their eyes and immediately find the fixed point. Give yourself as the photographer a second before taking the picture. So, this means that they will be “on three” And you will be on 1,2,3, “Open”. (Got IT?)
And you want them to try to look as natural as possible so give them time to just focus their eyes. And if for PETE’S SAKE you find that some people do not have the skills to Open their Eyes like a normal person to take a picture, exercise a LOT of patience and just take your shots until you can find one that works.
And . . .
If all else fails you can just edit them out.
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