You have to follow the same steps for taking a single portrait, but there are few extra things to do depending on the size of the group –
- Say if group is of six to eight people, ask them to stand in straight line in two rows. Taller people at the back and shorter people at the front.
- You first handshake (will give idea of their height)with the first person on the left and walk to the last person on the right. As you walk from left to right you count the steps, say its ten steps.
- Now walk from right to left and stop at the fifth step (now at the middle of the group).
- Now go back wards (8 steps or more) while going back make sure you are in straight line with the group of people.
When a sighted person takes pictures, he looks through the viewfinder or at the LCD screen of digital camera, and moves forward or backward or left or right to make sure that individual or group of people are in the frame. While a blind person while taking picture of group people (or single person) has to judge the height of the person and the space covered by him by measuring the space.
Above two pictures taken by visually impaired participating in first session on photography at Blind With Camera workshop, showing how position of camera matters and correctness is achieved.
How much to go back (distance between the object and camera) depends on the no of person (or size of the object) and space around them / it that you want capture and also greatly depends on the on the focal length of the camera.