Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking a portrait of a large group, part of Family and Group Portraiture.
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So far we photographed individuals, couples, a small group, and today we'll be…photographing a large group.…The college asked me to photograph members of two different departments here…at the school.…I heard about it a couple of days ago so I came out here to do some…scouting beforehand.…I wanted to find the right location, a location that gave the message…of academia.…I wanted a location that was big enough for quite a few people and that would…give me the opportunity to add depth in my photographs.…
I also wanted to check out the lighting because sometimes fluorescent lights are…not really great to work with.…So by looking around and finding the perfect spot, I was able to plan the shoot.…I was able to figure out where I'd put my lights, and also how to pose the people…so I would get a compact group, but still have enough environs around them that…you could really see that this was set at a college.…Natalie Fobes: So Joe, come over here and go ahead and just kind of be like this, with your arm…
The course discusses how to plan for a portrait photo shoot and how to make stylistic decisions regarding props, clothing, and makeup. Next, the course reviews the essentials of posing women and men, starting with a single subject, moving on to a couple, and then working up to large groups. The course also demonstrates how to pose and compose a group portrait in ways that highlight the relationships between group members, whether they're family members or business colleagues. Lastly, to illustrate the time constraints photographers often face, Natalie works against the clock to shoot a group of people she's never met.
The course also covers various postprocessing techniques geared specifically for portraiture, such as working with wrinkles and skin textures.