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We all want to feel like we can take professional photos sometimes, especially when our friends ask us to take a picture of them. When we do take good pictures of our friends, it makes everyone feel good about themselves. So, today’s post is inspired by everyone’s love of a well-taken picture. Hopefully, by the end of this, you will feel like you could take a beautiful picture of pretty much anything. Mastering the art of taking pictures of your friends is always tricky, but The leave Home Blog is here to save the day with a post on How To Take Better Photos Of Your Friends.
There aren’t many people that are naturals when it comes to having their picture taken. A picture of people that look unnatural, uncomfortable or awkward will always show in the image, and it will never look good. Because you are taking pictures of your friends it isn’t that hard to make them feel more comfortable, even with a camera pointed at them. Try to make them laugh or smile and talk with them before taking photos resulting in more relaxed subjects. Your friends will start to feel most comfortable by the end of the shoot, so save your best ideas to last. As a photographer, they need to be able to trust you to take good photos without embarrassing them; whether you’re going to delete them or not, people don’t like bad photos of themselves.
Our faces have many different protrusions and dips causing the light to hit them from many different directions. This causes shadows and significantly changes how our faces appear on camera. Ideally, you want an evenly lit face, so you’ll need to find some nice natural lighting. You will want to avoid dark shadows and shooting in the middle of the day will cause you problems, so head for shady spots. Overcast skies and late afternoon sun are good. Direct sun is bad—it casts harsh shadows on faces and makes people squint.
The best angle to shoot people is always eye level or slightly above max. 20 degrees. Don’t shot from below because this will produce a very unflattering result. You can always create exciting photos when shooting from way below or way above, but not for your usual portrait.
A lot of the best photos are those that aren’t posed and capture a real moment. Always keep in mind your subject’s positioning, angles and camera mode. Otherwise, it would suck taking a candid shot and it turning out badly, because of the camera settings you chose.
Getting creative with photos is always heaps of fun and produces excellent images. Go to an exciting location, give your friends props, wear interesting clothes or dress to a theme. There are lots of ways to make a picture exciting and creative, and it is always uniquely you.
Even though your friends may only be doing this for a couple of hours, try to take some breaks. This is always an opportunity to think of fresh ideas, change outfits and discuss what you’ll be doing next.
Taking photos from a unique, unexpected angle can make them more interesting — it tends to create an illusion of depth or height with the subjects. It also makes the image stand out since most mobile photos are taken either straight -on or from a bird’s eye view. Try taking a picture directly upward and playing with the sky as negative space or you can try taking it at a slight downward angle.
Backgrounds, clothing, props, light, etc. – simplify everything. Give yourself a running start out of the gate by having a solid foundation to work with. Look for flat or level backgrounds, horizon lines that don’t run through people’s heads, even lighting, and solid colours. The details which are the focus should only relate to the person, whether it’s a portrait of just the face or a full body, everything else should compliment this, or completely disappear to the viewer’s eye.
Using a Polaroid Camera to take pictures is a sure fire way to get fresh pictures. A polaroid can produce very artsy, cool and creative photos, especially of people. Plus, it’s way more fun than using a camera or phone. Polaroid pictures come out way nicer, they capture the true essence of the moment, and you can put them up anywhere. If you don’t have a Polaroid camera, maybe you are thinking of buying one (i would recommend it) or don’t even know what it is, then you should definitely read one of our previous posts; reviewing the Fujifilm Instax Mini8 Polaroid Camera.
So now that you have mastered the art of taking pictures of your friends, go show those skills off! The only issue is now you will have some very high standards when it comes to your friends taking pictures of you. You might have to teach them or get them to read this post.
Was this helpful? You should do a photo shoot with your friends and tell us how it goes. We’d love to hear how it went.
Charlotte is a high school student who is trying to figure out how to survive in the real world. She knows that no-one has any clue about what they are doing. But maybe if she blogs about her experiences then maybe that will help other people like her. Right? It certainly couldn’t hurt.