Five is an important number: There are five fingers on your hand (and five toes on your foot), five major food groups (although this is debatable as nutritionists keep reclassifying them), five senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell), five vowels in the English language (a, e, i, o and u), five members in a quintet (duh!) and so on - five is indeed an important number. And for purposes of this discussion, there just happen to be five rules for taking and capturing better Group Shots.
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Hello, we’re Frank & Rose of Urban View Photo. We’ve been shooting professionally for the last eight years and have been called upon to take many group shots, for both professional clients and just plain folk. Over the years we’ve learned what works (and what doesn’t) and have boiled down our lessons learned into five fundamentals or principles absolutely essential for getting the best possible group shots.
But before we disclose exactly what those five rules are, let’s review the "five Ws" of the Group Shot, that is, the who, what, where, when & why.
Wikipedia states: “The Five Ws…are questions whose answers are considered basic in information-gathering…they constitute a formula for getting the complete story on a subject.” Any discourse on Group Shots therefore needs to answer these five questions: Who? What? Where? When? And Why?
Who takes Group Shots? Photographers…professional or otherwise – or even non-photographers.
Who are in Group Shots? People (usually). Couples, children, families, bands, teams, classes, companies, etc.
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