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Photo tips for shooting great family photos (contd) ..

Tip 471 (Avoid glass surfaces when taking a photo indoors): Glass can bounce light, including shining at various angles. If you are taking a family photo indoors, be sure to have a quick look at where all glass surfaces are located and probable angle at which light will be reflected from them. A shining light surface in a family portrait can distract all the attention away from the family, and be very jarring.

Tip 472 (Watch out for the background): You might consider it fun at the time of taking the photo to have something funny in the background of the photo, or to make it seem like some background is meshed with the group (such as tree branches seeming to grow out of people’s heads), but when you have to distribute these photos later, or frame them and put them on a wall, they will lose the sense of being a great family photo. Think twice about the background rather than being impulsive.

Tip 473 (Be quick when you have old people and children): If you are taking one of those grand photos of the entire family gathered together, don’t let the whole getting together and posing take too long. Older people have problems in standing for so long, and children are easily distracted, and are not likely to stay the same way if you, for example, take 10 minutes to shoot the photo.

Tip 474 (Use burst mode): If you have a camera that shoots in burst mode, then use it. Burst mode ensures that you get a series of photos, and this in turn ensures that even if an immediate photo is not good, the next photo (or the next) may turn out to be better. Burst mode increases the chances of getting a good photo.

Tip 475 (Decide the sorting earlier): When taking a photo of people standing as an arranged group (you know, with 2 or 3 lines), do some mental arrangement, in terms of who is going to be standing in the first row, who is standing next to whom, and so on. If you don’t do this, it is possible that somebody who is shorter may get covered by somebody who is taller standing in front of them, or a couple may get separated and land up in different parts of the photo.

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