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How to Take Prom Pictures
Prom is an important part of high school. You will want quality prom pictures that will last for years. To take great prom pictures, check technical aspects like the lighting and background. Take a variety of both candid and posed photographs. Get a little creative. Incorporate props and take photos of you doing things like jumping in the air.
Ensuring Quality Photos
Choose a clean background for pictures.For the bulk of your photos, go for a background that is attractive, but not distracting. You want the focus to be on the prom attendees. If you want a few photos with something specific in the background, such as mural in your school, you can break the rule to get a picture like this. Otherwise, choose a background that is clean from distracting imagery.
- For outdoor photos, try a background where there are some trees and other greenery in the background.
- For an indoor photo, look for an area in your home without a lot of clutter. Standing in front of a crowded bookshelf may not be a great photo, but you can try standing near the entryway of your home with just a wall behind you.
Keep the camera steady.When taking photos, a steady camera can cut back on blur. Do not hold the camera in front of you with two hands. Instead, use a flat object to stabilize the camera as you take pictures. If you have one, use a tripod or monopod to take pictures.
Use flash when necessary.Outside, use the lowest flash setting possible. This minimizes circles around people's eyes. Inside, do not use flash. Instead, find a room in your home with good lighting. When flash is used indoors, photographs can create distracting shadows.
Alter the camera's white balance.If your camera has a white balance setting, use it. White balance settings let you choose different white balance based on the types of pictures you're taking. For example, if you're taking a picture in the shade, set the white balance setting to "shade."
- Your camera's instructions manual should give you specific guidelines regarding how white setting works for your camera. Precisely how you change the setting varies from camera to camera.
Experiment with the zoom feature.If your camera has a zoom feature, play around with it while you take photos. Take some photos up close, but also take some from far away. Photos taken from a distance can flatter people's faces better and emphasize things like your outfits.
Find an area with bright lighting.In your home, opt for rooms with the best, brightest lighting. Outdoors, however, take advantage of natural sunshine but make sure it does not cause squinting. Taking pictures in the shade provides natural light without affecting your expressions.
Take advantage of different camera angles.Never capture one pose from a single angle. Take pictures from a different angle. Take one picture from an upward angle, for example, and another from a lower angle. Take photos of prom goers off to the side as well as taking straight on pictures of people's faces.
Posing for Pictures
Try a classic v-pose.A v-pose is a classic pose to use with you and your prom date. To do a v-pose, stand close together and hold hands. You can turn towards each other while keeping about three fourths of your body facing the camera. If you don't want to hold hands, and one of you is wearing a lapel, one person can place their hands on the other's lapel.
- This is a great pose to use when taking your own photos at home. You can also use it when being photographed during prom if your prom takes photographs at the dance.
Lace fingers when holding hands.Cupped hands often look awkward in hand holding. This can make your hands look small and stubby. Instead, lace your fingers together when holding hands in photos.
Take photos as a group.Do not stick to strictly couple photos. Get a couple of photos with the entire group together. If your family members are seeing you off to prom, get some photos with your family. You may come to treasure a photo of you and your parents taken on prom night.
- Group photos do not have to be fancy. You can simply all line up along a wall and smile.
- If there are a lot of people, you can stand in rows. The taller people can be in back so you can see them better in the picture.
Take photos of individual couples.If there are couples going to prom, individual couple photos are also fun. Make sure everyone who wants a couples photo gets one. Stick to simple poses, such as having couples hold hands or put their arms around one another. Elaborate poses may end up looking forced or awkward.
Flash a great smile.A great trick for a natural smile is to look down at the ground, then look up and smile just as the photo is being taken. The angle will make your eyes and smile look bigger and more genuine.
- You can also think of something that makes you laugh while a photo is being taken.
- If you want your teeth to look whiter for prom photos, use whitening strips in the weeks leading up to getting your photos taken.
Adding Candid Shots
Try walking shots.As you're walking towards the dance, take pictures of you walking together. You can take pictures of couples walking while holding hands or your friends walking and laughing together. A casual walking photo is a great candid shot that will make for a great prom photo.
- Take many photos when capturing walking shots. One downside of candid shots is some will turn out blurry or awkward, so you will want a lot to choose from at the end of the day.
Take pictures while getting ready.While you and your friends are getting ready for prom, take some pictures. Candid shots of you buttoning up suits, fixing your hair, or applying makeup can be a great memento after prom ends. Get together with your friends before prom to get ready and snap some candid shots.
Snap some pictures while you're relaxed.Take a few posed group photos. Then, simply have everyone talk and laugh. Take a few photos of your friends relaxing, smiling, and chatting before you leave for the dance.
- Remember to take multiple candid photos in case any turn out awkward.
Bring a camera to prom.It can be great to bring a camera to the dance. You can snap candid photos of people talking, dancing, and enjoying the festivities.
- Try to get shots earlier in the night. It will be harder to get decent shots as it gets darker.
- Avoid using flash indoors. Not only will this make for photographs with heavy shadows, other guests may be irritated by very bright flashes.
Pose with letters.You can buy large wooden letters at a craft store. You can decorate with them paint or glitter and use them to spell words. For example, four people could stand together and spell out the word "Prom."
- If you want, paint the letters in your school's colors.
Jump while taking a picture.A fun shot can be one of everyone jumping in the air. If you want a creative pose, have all your friends line up. Then, have everyone jump while you take a picture.
- It can be hard to get the exact right jump shot. Try having people jump up and down while someone takes multiple shots. This way, you'll have a lot of options.
Try adding some props.Don't be afraid to add props to your pictures. You can hold up things that represent your high school experience. For example, if you're on the hockey team, hold up a hockey stick. If your mascot is the panther, hold up a stuffed panther.
- You can also make use of any props near your surroundings. For example, if your home has a swing set, take pictures of people playing on it.
- Try funny props to lighten the mood. Hold giant pairs of sunglasses, for example, or put on fake mustaches. Not all your prom photos have to be dead serious.
Use glitter and confetti.To add some fun to your photos, use glitter and confetti. Take handfuls of glitter and confetti and throw them in the air while pictures are being taken. This can give your photographs a magical, fairy tale-like feel.
- Be careful to throw glitter away from your clothing. It can easily get stuck to dresses and suits.
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