Secrets to Picture-Perfect Family Photos

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Camera Angle in Family Portraits

There is a secret to how to make a good speech, reduce stage fright and still make the audience feel involved. A good speaker will look at the foreheads of the people seated in the audience when standing. Since the speaker is looking down on the audience, the individuals in the audience think that the speaker is looking at each and every one of them. At the same time, the speaker doesn't get caught focusing on one specific individual.

This same concept applies to taking photographs. When your camera angle is at eye level or above, your subjects are forced to look up, making their eyes seem bigger and minimizing any double chins in the crowd. The result is a more intimate, better looking picture.

Focus in Family Pictures

How do you want to focus your family photos? For a blurred background in your family photographs, chose the smallest f-stop (aperture) on your camera. If you want the whole picture to be in focus, use a higher f-stop. Using a higher f-stop on your camera is particularly important if you have more than one row of family members in the picture.

Standing Still and Family Photos

You don't just have to worry about getting your subjects to remain still. As the photographer, you have to stand still, too. If you move or shake your camera while you are taking pictures, you won't be happy with the results.

In order to take an "unshakeable" picture:

- Stand with your weight distributed equally between both feet, if possible keep your feet flat on the ground;

While staying as comfortable as you can, hold your elbows into the sides of your body to provide more stability and keep your camera still; and

Just before you take your shot, take a deep breath and hold the air in your chest. Then, gently squeeze the shutter.

If all else fails, use a tripod.