*Article written for SPICE TV
It’s Summer, festival fun’s approaching and Instagram exists – so basically, it’s selfie season. And, what better sort of selfie, than those shared with your crew, as proved by the stars who broke Anna Wintour’s no selfie rule at the Met Gala last week?
Helping your Summer squad pics turn out more ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ than ‘You Don’t Want to Sit with Us,’ Team SPICE have outlined some key tips to nail that group shot. See them below and get snapping.
1. Use the Front-Facing Camera
It sounds like a no brainer, but if you’ve even less brain than that, are confused, drunk or new to the whole #Selfie thing, please note: You need to use the front-facing camera on your phone or gadget for best results.
Yes, the regular camera on the back of your phone or tablet has a better lens and will bring a higher quality of image, but you will struggle to get everyone in the frame if you are unable to see what you’re shooting, and are sure to miss the magic of ‘The Moment’ you pulled your camera out for – that’s the moment right before everyone you wanted to take a picture with decided you were stupid for trying to use your back-facing camera and banned you from their friend circle. #LifeLessons.
2. Get Your Squad Straight
So when Solange dropped her wedding photography back in November last year (see all the shots here) we all gasped and got jealous of their matchy-matchy outfits, and the way they all got their serious, editorial face on.
Luckily, photographer of the day, Rog Walker has some words on achieving similar vibes, explaining;
“There’s definitely an element of charisma that’s needed when taking a group photo. You need to make each person feel like they’re getting their photo taken, or else they won’t be fully there.
If you see someone feeling alienated or a little left out, you have to engage that person one-on-one and make them feel included with conversation and compliments.”
Put simply, the photographer of the group needs to take charge a little, and conduct the vibe everyone’s bringing to the shot. For example, are you trying to show off how happy, disappointed or straight G you all are? Get everyone to bring that feel to your pic and you’ll have people wishing they were a part of your squad’s mayhem.
3. Find The Orangutang in Your Clique and Train it to Take Your Pic
There’s always one in the crew with an enviable set of limbs – whether that be long, lean legs or slender arms. Search your team and nominate the most vertically blessed as photographer for group selfie occasions.
Why? Because the view their height will provide can save a group shot – sometimes, even friendships – as the further the camera is from your gathering of bodies, the better chance you’ll have of getting everyone in.
Liza Minnelli will tell you.
4. Check Your Surrounds
When showing the World where your clique’s been hanging, it’s best you consider (at least a little) exactly where that is.
Mid-crowd at a festival, with your fave artist in the background? Great. Inside a a room that completely co-ords with your outfit? Cool. Flexing somewhere embarrassing, or worse still, filthy? Not the best of moments for a selfie and hardly likely to have the ‘likes’ raining in, either.
Big no thank yous include pictures by bins or anywhere there’s an open toilet in shot. Unless that’s your thing, in which case, go do you and prepare to be unfollowed.
5. Pass on Extreme Filters
For the most part, filters are fun and can make one’s selfie feel fabulous, but when it comes to group selfies, there’s something less cool about filtering the F out of it.
It’s probably got something to do with the fact that group shots are usually intended to express an element of spontaneity (assuming you can spontaneously remember to include all the above points), which is lost a tad when heavy filters are applied – the addition of a Lo-Fi, tilt shift and vignette, say, looking overly considered and less ‘in the moment’ than a quickly uploaded snap of you and your besties with just a Walden thrown over it for brightening.
And let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than seeing a pic ruined by heavy filteridge.
But then each to our own and you know how your squad’s best seen, right?
Hopefully the above tips to nail your group shot will help, but do tag us in your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SPICETVAFRICA so we can see how you and yours roll.
Image source: @Officaljourdandunn, Oddee.com, Mamamia.com.au, Gizmodo.com