7 ways to look good in group photos – Part II

To find out more techniques to have a great group photo, read this article. If you have not read Part I yet, you can find it here

Take at least THREE shots

One of the common problems that often spoils a group photo totally is the one or ones looking in another direction or the person who is blinking or covered up behind another person. A good way to get away from this unpleasant situation is to take multiple shots or ask the photographer to do that. Darren reveals that “I often switch my camera into continuous shooting mode when taking group shots and shoot in short bursts of shots.” Jim also suggests to put the camera on “continuous low” and shooting 3 frames per second. He says “I grab three frames of each shot I want to take.”


In addition, remember to check the entire group before taking the photo to make sure that no one’s head is hiding behind another person

Add light cautiously

Light is a matter of the utmost importance in photography while “Lighting groups can be tricky!” Jim Harmer says. Light reveals details in your photo shooting. Rishabh believes “Any good or awesome pictures are determined by skillful lighting control. And that’s exactly what a photographer might lack”.

So we gather some useful hints on lighting your photo effectively: First, do not choose a location Group of ecstatic business partners looking at camera with raised armsthat the sun shines directly behind or in front of the group or you will finish up with squinting eyes or an intense sunlight making faces entirely dusky. Also, Darren Rowse suggests “avoid setting up a group shot directly in front of a window where the light from your flash might reflect back in a way that destroys your shot.”

Second is the distance of light source from subjects. Jim gives a tip on not using only one light for a group photo. He states “This will make the one person who is close to the light overly bright, and the people on the other side of the frame will be mostly untouched by the light.” He adds: “placing the lights too close to the axis of the people is another common mistake, as one person’s head throws a shadow on the next person.”

Different levels


Group of young people together outdoors in urban background. Women and men sitting on a bench in the street wearing casual clothes.

Posing the subjects at uneven levels can tellingly upgrade a group photo. Harmer believes that this would “make the composition feel natural and there are no distracting patterns of even heads.”


“One of the best ways to get the subjects heads on different levels is to find a location that will make it happen naturally. For example, you could pose the group on a staircase, so they are all sitting on different steps” he adds. Also, you can follow the rule of thirds or triangle composition as the most important rule of composition for shooting group photos.

Young businessman sitting at table next to female colleague and showing something on tablet PC to her and standing behind male colleague with office interior in background. They are smiling.

Changing perspective

Rishabh notes “Perspective is what gives a photograph an edge over thousands of others.” All the things that should be done are to avoid sticking to the ground, just go upstairs or get down on your knees and take you shot. Darren Rowse says” If I’m photographing a wedding and the couple wants one big group shot I’ll arrange for a ladder to be present (I’ve even climbed up onto church roofs) to take a shot looking down on the group.”

Five smiling middle-aged business people gathering on office stairway, standing, looking at camera and waving with hands. High angle view.

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