Available as a 1000x1500 JPEG
Graduates of Radiophysics Department. SPbSTU, St. Petersburg, June 1998
Fujichrome Sensia II 100 film,
Canon EOS 500N,
EF 28-80 1:3.5-5.6 IV USM lens at mm,
autoexposure with +0.5 compensation (trusting autoexposure was a mistake),
Scanned to Kodak Master Photo CD.
One and half year later, I am writing:
this is a good example how you should not take a group picture.
On the other hand, having a frustration like this makes you a better photographer.
- The photographer should always be behind the camera and not in the frame.
- Scout the location and prepare everything beforehand instead of dragging
the whole crowd with you on a hot day and taking several pictures before finally
finding a good place. Everybody on this photo looks really tired and strained.
In fact, when I asked them to pose once more, they just walked away.
- Harsh sunlight without fill-in flash or reflector is about
the worst lighting for normal portraits.
- If you have to use a wide-angle lens, at least position people in a row
to avoid distortion when the parts of body closer to the camera appear
enormously big (look at the feet of two sitting guys).
- You may let people fool with beer bottles for a while, but don't forget to
take some pictures where they don't do it.
- For a picture of ten people, you'd better spend more than two frames
to have something to choose from.
- If you want a picture caption,
ask everybody to write his/her name down for you
immediately after the photo is taken.
This picture is listed in Stock Database (ref. nr. n16-4)
Copyright 1998 Vadim Makarov: information on how you can use this image