Taking photos of my friends is one of my favorite hobbies. Although I’m a professional photographer by trade, I have to spend money on every shot. But I would never dream of charging my friends, as it’s a source of enjoyment for me. Taking photos of friends is simple, but you can perform it in many different and creative ways.
Having photos as a reminder of the past is practically more precious to me than diamonds, and I have no doubt that these memories are important to you as well. Investing in a high-quality camera (even a high-end cell phone camera) can help you preserve your most precious memories. And if you can do it with a creative flair, the results will be outstanding.
I have no doubt that you are on the lookout for the perfect techniques to take these photos. Here, I will provide you a few ideas for excellent photographs of your family and friends.These will be present as precise examples, showing you step-by-step how to take professional grade photos in a relaxed atmosphere. And while I can’t guarantee that you will be able to earn income taking photos, you will at the very least earn a reputation as an adequate photographer. As long as you have a passion for photography, my lessons will help you.
Why don’t I start from the beginning
The Warmth of Friendship – Freeze your childhood
Psychologists all say that having strong friendships during your formative childhood hears is very beneficial for your mental health. All of us can remember someone special from our childhood, but as we grew up we also grew apart. So, if you want to have memories of your early years, take some excellent photos to preserve those memories forever. Who knows, you may never see these people from your life again.
To start, if you don’t have access to a high-end camera, you most likely have some sort of camera built into your cellphone. Always remember that picture quality isn’t all there is. Your goal here is to take some beautiful shots to preserve memories of your past. You can take those photos in your home, but make sure that these photos are well lit. If you have access to a “real” camera, this will be even better!
Put your arm around your best friend, and ask anyone around who has some basic photography knowledge to take some photos of the two of you. Another idea is to set the time delay in your camera. Try to use a cellphone camera with at least a 5MP lens. If you are using a DSLR camera, take the photos in a horizontal frame from a close distance using a 50mm prime lens. This will help you get a clear and crisp image that will help you remember important moments in your life.
If you are truly trying to capture a crucial moment in your life in an artistic way, it is probably still best to contact a professional photographer. They will be much more experienced in taking just the right shots. But don’t misunderstand, with the right gear and a little patience, you are quite capable of taking high quality photos on your own!
Another idea is to hold your friend closely and kiss them on the cheek. Although this is a “faked” shot, it will obviously serve the purpose of showing your affection for each-other. A close up shot of two friends “smooching” is always my favorite type of selfie. I took photos like this nonstop in college and earned a reputation as quite the social photographer.
Best School Friends
Taking photos of classmates is always a great idea. In the messiness of life, we never know where we will end up, so it is good to prepare as we go along. Another great idea is to find a sunny place like a park or backyard to take photos in. Find a bench or sunny spot, and sit close to each-other. Try to look as relaxed as possible while smiling. This photo should be taken with a 1.8mm prime lens. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your background as well, and if you and your classmates have school uniforms, why not wear them in the photos as well?
Make inaudible action to audible one
While photography represents only the visual spectrum, I have found that photos can “say” quite a lot. The kind of shots that show this level of personality are called candid photos. To get these photos of yourself, you need someone else to be shooting you. Again a prime lens is preferred for this type of photo, using an aperture setting of between f8 and f11 on a high shutter speed.
The Most Loyal Friends
Many people believe that your pets can often be your best friends. If you are one of these people, you can always remember your best friend by taking some photos of them in an open field or park. Shots in nature are a great way to capture your pets. These types of photos should be taken with a wide lens focused on your subject, with your aperture set to f11. If you can find a day that is partially cloudy, this will be the perfect lighting.
Selfie Ideas With a Bunch of Friends
Taking a selfie can be fun. I think most everyone knows what a selfie is nowadays. The selfie has been popularized by social media like Facebook and Instagram. There are hundreds, if not thousands of ways to take a self shot of yourself.
Shooting Yourself Is Fun!
Taking a self-portrait is a cost effective way to score some fun photos of yourself without paying a photographer. Even using a cheaper cellphone, you can take interesting shots of your face. Most cellphone cameras have an auto-focus lens, which helps you to take even better photos.
Selfie Tripods In Action
Capturing both selfies and shots of family & friends with your cellphone has become a huge trend. A problem that has been popping up more recently is that when you take a photo will a cellphone, it can often be blurry. To counteract this, a great idea is to use a tripod. When you hold your cellphone with your hands they shake, causing blur in your images. If you don’t have a tripod, another idea is a camera self-timer. Or, you can tie your cellphone to some PVC pipe with some strong thread.
Fun & Creative Ideas For a Set of Friends
Taking photos of a group of people is different from shooting a solo portrait, because it’s more of a recreational type of photography. This technique is useful for wedding, college parties, or just groups of friends hanging out. I always enjoy taking group photos rather than solo portraits, but when I do I follow some basic guidelines like focusing properly on your subjects. This is important, as groups of people tend to scatter and become disorganized unless instructed.
I love shooting people in their natural environments because you can often catch them doing something spontaneous. Always ask your friends you are taking photos of to act naturally.
Another important thing to consider is the sharpness of the image. To get maximum sharpness, you can use an aperture setting of f8. The reason behind this setting is that if you are shooting in outdoor light, the day may be cloudy. An aperture setting of f8 is considered the “standard” setting, because it works well in both high and low light settings. This setting also gives a medium depth of field, so when you have your subjects in line, you can focus on them well.
Capturing people in a spontaneous act is always fun. If you can capture their expressions in the right way, the photo will look amazing. To take these kinds of shots I usually use a wide angle lens and an aperture setting of f11 for both indoor and outdoor shots. At higher aperture setting you can focus on multiple subjects at once.
You can make your photo more attractive by asking your friends to dress up colorfully or pose in funny ways. If you are doing this indoors, I suggest using a prime lens and an aperture setting of f11. Don’t forget to use a light box or (if you don’t own a light box) a strong flashlight will do just as well.