No matter how many people are in the group photo, I really hope that the people standing in front of me are a lively and energetic bunch, preferably those kind of hyperactive ones who can’t sit still.
The most common phrase I hear after taking a group photo now is not ‘thank you, photographer’,
but: ‘That was fast! Photographer, you’re really fast.’
(Pressing the shutter only takes one or two seconds, of course it’s quick.)
I actually wondered if I have encountered photographers who take their time. Isn’t taking a group photo just a matter of a few seconds?
Can it actually take minutes? Has anyone had such an experience to share with me?
Usually, I hear that, if there’s time, I’ll explain why I take group photos so quickly. If you want to see the photos, that’s no problem. Group photos are actually the best to take and require the least amount of editing. Even if you view them on the spot, the colors, composition, and level will definitely be normal because taking group photos is the easiest shooting process.
Additional clarification: A group photo refers to taking a picture at a specific location, such as with a backdrop or pre-set lighting arrangement. Since the lighting is already adjusted, all people need to do is stand in position without exceeding the camera’s frame and without blocking anyone’s face.
I just stand in the position where I should press the shutter, press the shutter, and that’s the end of a group photo shoot. Not to mention, nowadays, a single second of shutter speed can capture more than ten photos, so as long as the preparations meet my requirements, it really only takes one or two seconds.
As for why I said that in the beginning, it’s mainly because if you really wish to have more group photos, what you need to do is not passively let the photographer guide you, but actively perform your body movements.
It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as you express your own personality through quiet or lively actions. The photographer may slightly restrain or redirect your movements if they feel it’s too exaggerated or excessive.
In summary, the next time you encounter me taking photos, after the first shot, feel free to tell me how many more seconds you need to pose, and I will try my best to capture your performance.