So how do you pose a group?
What do you do when you are meeting a band that is playing at a venue that is essentially a unit in a warehouse or located in an industrial area? You have very limited backdrops and have to deal with the cards dealt. You have limited time to really visit with the band so the opportunity is rushed and you are flying by the seat of your pants. This is a common scenario in the world of music or band photography so one must think quickly.
I will have a lot of posts on posing in additional blogs since this is a common scenario.
A good stand-by is the “Reservoir Dogs” pose. Simply have your group line-up and walk forward toward the camera. It does not matter if every person is looking straight toward you since it often adds interest to have a person tilt his head or look slightly away. This sometimes occurs because, let’s face it, people are self-conscious when being photographed. Not everybody wants to look toward the camera or ham it up.
To make the photo edgier, black and white can be preferable. And, yes, there may be industrial equipment in the background but this may be a metal or punk rock band, for heaven’s sake. Who cares? You can always use a Gaussian blur or erase any distracting objects in Photoshop. This particular photo has low saturation levels to create a muted color effect which gives a vintage feel.
OK, guys….let’s go in the opposite direction. It looks like somebody is going to do a cartwheel. Fine! This shows personality!
When photographing groups of people, make sure they either clasp their hands, put them in their pockets, or perform some kind of gesture. Here we have a line-up but with different leg stances, hand gestures, and directions to add interest. With a group, one or two people could be squatting so there is a layered effect.
There was a bench in the area so the guys decided to sit down. After awhile they forgot I was snapping photos and then began to relax and act a little goofy, and showing personality as they joked and chatted. Body language emerges. Sometimes candid shots can be interesting. Snap away!
Other ideas for posing is to find a ledge or top of a fence. Have the guys line-up and rest their arms on or over the fence.
Who is the band?
Pop-punk band Sudden Suspension