Capturing the perfect family portrait can be just as challenging as shooting events like weddings and graduations. It can challenge the professional skills and the interpersonal skills of the photographer. A family portrait, however, is a treasure that is proudly displayed and cherished for a very long time. It allows the photographer an intimate glimpse into a family and its joyous moments. To get this right you will need to work with the family members and strike up a rapport just as much as you need to get the technique right. Here are a few tips that might help photographers:
Choosing the right equipment–Picking the right equipment may just be the secret to getting the perfect family portrait. Unlike the studio setting, the outdoors is preferred for family portraits. Professional photographers generally carry high-resolution cameras like the Canon EOS 5DS R to click some great shots. They also carry a number of lenses to experiment with different angles and compositions. If possible, carrying a tripod along may be a wise idea.
Try various combinations–The family portrait is not unlike storytelling. It should capture the essence of love and the interactions between the family members. As a photographer, you may want to try a number of different combinations or positions as you shoot. This is particularly true of larger families with more members. It will help mix up the gaps between the people, the colors of their clothes, and the background as well.
Use manual focus - The autofocus feature of the latest DSLR cameras are extremely convenient but the manual focus is the option you will want to go with when it comes to shooting family portraits. You certainly do not wish to miss the right moment but the control that manual focus gives helps in achieving just the right effect and composition. This also allows you to remain adaptable to the movement of the family members as you shoot.
Get goofy – Posing the family member's right may be quite a difficult task to accomplish, particularly when the family portrait includes children. Get goofy, play a game, encourage the family to join in on a fun activity while you get your candid shots right. Nothing quite adds a sparkle to your images like natural fun and joy. The photos will also serve as reminders of a wonderful time spent together.
Perfect edit – A family portrait becomes all the more stunning when you edit it right. Natural light and the play of shadows may not bring out the best in your images. Fine-tuning with contrast, focus, and an array of editing tools adds the drama that will make these pictures treasured possessions. Pick out the right shots from the Canon photo gallery and use the best photo editing software to work some magic.
Print it right – In the age of digital photography it is quite easy to assume that digital photos will be enough. This, however, would be a mistake. A family portrait looks best in print. A high-quality printer such as the Canon Pixma G6070 can make all the difference. Experiment with high quality matte and glossy paper before you settle on the print you wish to share with your client. The bright, beautiful colours, the perfect image can also look different in different sizes. Try various options before you settle on the final pick.