• 50mm
  • Natural Light
  • M&S
  • Melli & Shayne
  • Melli and Shayne
  • Mid range
  • Middle Thirds
  • Movement
  • Outdoor
  • Jokes
  • Playful
  • Prime Lens
  • Shade
  • Soft Light
  • Walking
  • Walking towards Camera
  • Laughing
  • Group
  • 5d mark iv
  • Drunk
  • 6 person group
  • afternoon
  • Canon
  • Canon 5D mark IV
  • Center Framed
  • Close Up group
  • Energetic
  • Groomsmen
  • Forest
  • Free
  • Fun
  • Funny
  • Germany
  • Groom
  • Wedding

The story behind the image

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For our groomsmen, we really wanted to bring out their characters and dynamics as a group of friends. Especially the younger crowd; the boisterous ones that know how to get the party started. For this group in particular, they fit all the criteria to make a super fun photo. When we were assembling the guys together, we kept our ears open to how they spoke to each other. Just by listening to this in the background, we could figure out who was the ‘joker’ of the group, who was the one always being ‘teased’ and all these awesome little things. When we started shooting, we used this information to our advantage.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

Have your group of guys get put the arms over each others shoulders, like buddies and walk towards you. Keep the movement going and encourage them to tease and joke with each other. A good trick to get them off to a good start is to tell them to pretend like they had a bit too many drinks. The drunk guy walk. Tell them to relive their bachelor night and have fun with it. Even ask one of the group members to make the group laugh, or tease each other.

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What did you say?

Put your arms over each other like good mates and walk towards me! Bump into each other, tease each other, and do a drunk walk! Just like on the bachelor party!

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For this shot we wanted to get real close to our group as they were having such a great time with each other. By being this close and framing their top halves in the image, we can really bring an emphasis to their laughter, to their good moment and to their friendship. Don’t be afraid to frame close up and only get their top half. It fills the image with energy and emotion.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We often have our group on the same focal plain which helps ensure all of the members are focused. It was no different in this case. We used Single Point AF as we had much more control as to where we wanted that focus to go. We aimed it at our groom and kept it positioned there as best as we could.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The Grooms face

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II
1/500 @ f/2.0 ISO1000 WB-Auto

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

Fortunately the forest was quite dense which helped create enough shade for us to shoot the group photos. There definitely were patches of light everywhere, so we paid careful attention to avoid it as best as we could. Weather wise, it was pretty clear at this moment. It was a couple of hours before a storm formed.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day



Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

The edits are made to be warmer with a big focus on skin tones and light play with shadows and highlights. A few minor local adjustments were made (Gradient and Brush) as well as finishing off with a fine layer of grain. The whites are not blown out nor are the blacks 100% crunched.

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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom Classic


Our challenge with this group photo was avoiding the light patches that came through the trees. It’s something that you can easily overlook and if you have exposed for the subjects in the shade, and someone walks into that patch of light, theres a good chance they are going to be over exposed / blown out.

The second challenge was keeping the guys under control ? If you give a bunch of guys the job of having fun with the groom, they will. And they will do it awesomely!

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Between the shots we kept looking for those patches of light on the ground and pointed them out to the group and asked them to try and avoid it. As for keeping the dudes chill, we just let them have a great time and then congratulated them once we got our shots and kept things still tame.

Remember, a group photo can live and breath off of your own energy as the photographer. If you’re all excited, happy and throwing in jokes – they will respond to it. Vice versa, if you relax a bit, they normally pick up on that and adopt it.

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Location Name

Faber-Castell Waldhütte

Location aDDRESS

Faber-Castell Waldhütte Faberhof 1, 90596 Schwanstetten

Loation Type




Don’t be afraid to get one of the guys to be the “funny” guy. There is always one. Have them take charge and make everyone laugh. Even ask them to bump into each other or pretend they had one too many drinks. The idea is to get them all having a good time and being themselves. Another tip would be to absolutely try out a 50mm lens for group photos. The compression is just to die for. But just make sure you have enough room to capture the group full body as well.

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