Capturing the Perfect Group Photo

It’s the time of year we all try to capture memories of the celebrations we share with family and friends. While taking group photos has a unique set of challenges, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you get the best possible shot.

For instance, always place taller people at the back of the group to ensure no one is hidden. If you have any couples in the group, ask them to hold hands or maybe put their arms around each other. This simple display of affection really comes through in group photos. Also, as I wrote in my tips for low light photography post, always use a tripod or something to stabilize the camera.

Additionally, here are a few more tips to help you capture the perfect group shot.

Space Out the Group

When taking group photos, ask everyone to give each other a little “elbow room.” Maybe have a few of them strike a slightly different pose, like putting their hands in their pockets. The resulting photo will be more interesting and showcase each person in the shot.

Spacing the group and striking different poses showcases each subject in a group photo.

Establish a Background

Always pay attention to the background behind the people. Position your group so poles, trees, and other objects don’t appear to be “coming out of their heads.” If possible make the background simple, like a colorful wall or open area.

Continuous Shooting

We’ve all taken a photo where someone has their eyes closed or has a half smile. Use continuous shooting on your HTC to capture multiple shots, up to 99 frames, of that single pose. After finishing the shot, you’ll be able to choose the frame that best reflects the moment.

Group Portrait Mode

Your HTC One has a group portrait setting that almost assures you get a great shot. Under this setting, your phone takes five quick shots of the group then blends them together to make sure you get the picture you want without needing retakes. Here’s a short video that shows how group portrait works.

Most importantly, have fun.  Remember, these are the moments you’ll look back on in the years to come.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

    Useful advices. Makes it all look more realistic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1755327011 Badhri Vishal Dhanekar

    Nice idea !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696112190 Ahmad Abdel-Aziz

    Another great article Rick!
    Man I love your photography tips! They simply rock!
    Thanks a million for another article to bookmark under my “HTC Photo tips” folder

    • ricktakagi

      Thanks Ahmad! I’m really happy that you find them useful. I’m working on some new tips that’ll be posted soon.


  • http://www.facebook.com/ruslan.karkanitsa Ruslan Karkanitsa

    where can I find the official firmware for the Mage HTC ONE X CID T-MOB102?

  • http://www.facebook.com/paragnasik Parag Jhalawat

    is this group photo future is in desire vc?

  • Kimberly Denton

    Just got the htc one made a slide show with pictures and added music can you not share a slide show on Facebook or send it via email? Also made a video tried to email it says video is corrupt?! Can’t edit the video tells me there is a problem with the original video file. Unable to trim the file. I’m pretty frustrated can you please offer me some help?