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Making people smile / prepare them for a picture

whelmed
Posted 01/07/2010 - 11:57 Link
Doing my first pseudo paid event this weekend (I'm being paid in food and alcohol, but it would have cost me 30quid to go to this charity event otherwise). In the past to make fun pictures I've made them groups something funny, get people to jump, do a funny pose / flex, or things like everyone point at one person.

What do you guys do to make people look good in photos? There's something in me that hates the fake smile with people just lined up. That's not to say I don't take those types as well - esp for older folks - but I'm looking for some inspiration here. I've also never done anything in a formal setting.
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robbie_d
Posted 01/07/2010 - 11:59 Link
I'd be quite interested in this too.
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ripstar74
Posted 01/07/2010 - 13:54 Link
Me too, its something i struggle with.

On wedding shoots i usually ask the bride and groom to kiss, then say "now everyone kiss" and wait for the reaction.

That will only work at a wedding though obviousley.

anyone else got suggestions?
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Edited by ripstar74: 01/07/2010 - 13:54
Gwyn
Posted 01/07/2010 - 14:04 Link
I get them to smile that awful fake photo smile, take the picture and then take another two or three as they relax and think whew that's the photos over with.

Another thing I do is just use a longer lens and get candids of people.
Unlocker
Posted 01/07/2010 - 14:32 Link
Was shooting the sister in law's wedding at the weekend, and I had trouble getting people to smile, so I just shouted at the group 'what word should I use then' the wife (maid of honour!) shouted 'PENIS!!'

Needless to say, everyone laughed and I got the shot!
robbie_d
Posted 01/07/2010 - 14:41 Link
Unlocker wrote:
Was shooting the sister in law's wedding at the weekend, and I had trouble getting people to smile, so I just shouted at the group 'what word should I use then' the wife (maid of honour!) shouted 'PENIS!!'

Needless to say, everyone laughed and I got the shot!

Less suitable for a kids party though!
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whelmed
Posted 01/07/2010 - 14:48 Link
Lets keep the suggestions coming! I don't mind hearing anything even if it's a bit crazy.
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MattMatic
Posted 01/07/2010 - 16:03 Link
I saw a wonderful series of actors and famous people where the photographer had taken shots with a very silly hat (it was a knitted jester type thing). He got them to just to wear it anyway they wanted as a warm up exercise.

Did a little shoot at our kiddy party once with various hats. The results were the best I've ever had - people really seemed to relax and enjoy it.

...might not work at a wedding...

Formal shots: get everyone to close their eyes, tell them to open their eyes and smile when you count to three. That can be pretty successful.


Another one is to get them to blow up their cheeks and blurt out the air (show them how). Usually gets a relaxed smile as it's such a silly action

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Edited by MattMatic: 01/07/2010 - 16:04
Anvh
Posted 01/07/2010 - 19:51 Link
Wasn't that why Pentax brought out all those funny colours off the K-X?
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jon.dc
Posted 02/07/2010 - 08:40 Link
I find shouting "Boobies" works but only for the first few shots and its child friendly.
Algernon
Posted 02/07/2010 - 09:09 Link
I used to ask them to say Truprint, but that only worked when the add was on the tely in which the photographer used to say the same thing to everyone he took a picture of.

I tried asking them to say "Gorgonzola Cheese Souffle" a few times thinking they would see the joke and laugh but they didn't and just said "Gorgonzola Cheese Souffle" with a serious face.

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Edited by Algernon: 02/07/2010 - 09:09
mayday
Posted 02/07/2010 - 09:11 Link
I get people to keep their lips sealed and try to blow out through their mouth. Usually - after a second or two they burst into laughter!
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flossie
Posted 02/07/2010 - 09:41 Link
Anvh wrote:
Wasn't that why Pentax brought out all those funny colours off the K-X?

I'm surprised they haven't slipped the trendy new "smile detection" system into the Kx, it would be an obvious fit for the multi-coloured market. Maybe the algorithms aren't available to be licenced, or the processor isn't capable of being programmed that way...

Back to the OP's question - probably the best thing to do is not let people realise they are being photographed, so shoot from the hip whilst having a casual chat and sharing jokes... I know if I think someone is pointing a camera anywhere near me I either hide or pull faces...
Still shooting in the dark (literally and metaphorically)...
George Lazarette
Posted 02/07/2010 - 10:56 Link
flossie wrote:
... I know if I think someone is pointing a camera anywhere near me I either hide or pull faces...

How old did you say you are, Flossie?

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mayday
Posted 02/07/2010 - 11:21 Link
My 7 month old Grandaughter now associates the camera with attention so is a willing model...
Regards
David

Retired at last - now all that time for photography - you would think: wink:

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