Cool Photographer Tip – Dave’s ‘Smile Circle Group’
Well I modified this technique to be used in our travel photography adventures so BOTH the photographer and the subjects can be in the shot. This works with BOTH Point and Shoot and SLR cameras and works indoors or outdoors. You can capture up to 10 people with this technique (depends on the camera lens and zoom out setting). Here’s how it’s done.
- Set the camera timer to about a 10 second duration. Look for the clock/timer symbol.
- Force the flash on to lighten up the faces with the typical strong back lighting from the sky or overhead lights. Look for the lightning bolt symbol or pull up the popup flash (or use an external dedicated strobe flash set at ETL/ATL).
- Set the cameras focus method to multiple point or face detection. If left on the default center spot focus setting the camera will not focus on the faces but on the sky or background
- Set the lens to the maximum wide angle possible to fit all people in the shot
- Remove the lens hood, if any, as the wide angle lens setting will cause a shadow in the lower half of the image created by the light of the popup flash hitting the lens hood
- Turn off image stabilization (don’t forget to turn it on afterwards!) to avoid blurring the image when the camera is stable on the ground
- Place the camera on the floor/ground pointing up.
- Ask your subjects to gather round the camera facing down so their heads form a ring of faces over the camera. Ask them to touch heads. This always invokes laughter and merriment.
- Press the shutter button, and if you want to be in the photo yourself, join the ring and encourage the group to smile, laugh, making funny faces, etc. Remember the timer is set to 8 or 10 seconds, don’t have people laugh/giggle until just before the shutter goes.
Notes: By placing the camera on the floor/ground you have an opportunity to get more people in the shot as it us further away from the subjects versus holding the camera while you lie down. 10 seconds later you will have created a memorable photograph. Take several shots to select a best one
Send us your best shots by email using this technique. The best ones will be featured in our next Images newsletter and ALL entries will awarded complimentary access to both David’s online Udemy Travel Photography courses
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