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How To Take a Family Portrait

Watch more Photography Tips & Techniques videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to take a family portrait where everyone looks good. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Analyze the group Quickly analyze the group. Do a mental lineup according to family ties, height, age, and affiliations. Step 2: Choose location Choose your location and backdrop, either in a cozy area or outside. Tip If you don't have a professional lighting system, try to select a location that maximizes natural, even light. Step 3: Arrange the family Arrange the family. Place immediate family members together, with children near their parents. Place the oldest toward the center. Place pets last. Tip If the children are older and married, place the children between their natural parents and their own spouse. Step 4: Set up lights If you're using lights, set them up and align them to your liking. Tip If you can, bounce the flash off the ceiling to get the softest, most diffused light possible. Step 5: Place camera on tripod Place your camera on the tripod. Step 6: Set up camera Select the appropriate film, aperture, and shutter speed that's appropriate for your shooting conditions. Step 7: Compose your shot Compose your shot, fitting the entire family within the frame edges. Tip A wider angle lens will allow you to squeeze in more family members, but be prepared for a little distortion at the edges of the frame. Step 8: Meter on the subjects Using either your in-camera light meter or handheld light meter, meter on the subjects. Tip Set your camera on its self-timer or use a shutter release trigger to help avoid camera shake. Step 9: Take as many shots are you can Take as many shots as you possibly can before everyone loses their patience and gets fidgety. Did You Know? The Family Portrait is the name given to a picture of the Solar System taken by the Voyage 1 spacecraft.
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