Showcase your community in pictures.
We want you to show the world what makes your Meetup group great. More and more, people rely on pictures they see online to make decisions about what they want in real life -- that includes Meetup group and Meetup event photographs. We’re here to cushion your organizer toolkit with best practices for taking photographs of your Meetup group so new members know what to expect and you get more of the members you want at your next event.
Use these five tips next time you’re taking photos of your group:
- Embrace the landscape (horizontal) format
- Your Meetup group photo will appear across the top of your Meetup page.
- Vertical images will need to be cropped.
- Use the light of day
- Daylight provides the most even lighting for capturing groups of people. Take photographs outdoors or near a window when possible.
- Shoot first, edit later
- If your camera has the option of “burst” mode, use it. This feature allows users to take many pictures at once.
- Quality matters
- You could have the latest smartphone with the best camera, but if your images are too dark, blurry or out of focus, the only people who will understand what it is are people who are there. Only your best images belong on your Meetup page.
- Capture what your community does
- Photograph events that demonstrate what your group does when you get together.
Meetup’s Visuals Editor, Lisa Iaboni, shares some of her favorite group shots (and why she loves them) below:
This photo tells me everything you need to know about this group.
We see excited Meetup members, participating in an activity in a space that makes it clear what this group is about. On top of all that goodness, using natural daylight, the warm colors and composition — the way people and objects are arranged in the frame — make you feel like you’re there, too,
Not all group’s gather for a physical activity. That’s why I love this image. The point-of-view is at eye-level, making it feel like I am there. People are working on separate laptops but they are connected by proximity to each other, and their expressions make it clear they are working together. This may require some observation and patience but if you anticipate the action you can capture these moments.
There’s no doubt about what this group is interested in – bees! Their outfits and expressions paired with the up-close point-of-view and composition (how people and things are arranged in the frame), make me feel like I’m there.
The legendary photojournalist Robert Capa once said, “If your photographs are good enough, you’re not close enough.” When photographs are taken far away from the action, it’s hard to know what the photographer is looking at.
If you’re feeling shy, explain to members that you want your photographs to make viewers feel like they’re part of the action. Members may say they don’t want to be photographed and that’s fine. Just ask them to move out of the frame when they see you shooting.
Being clear about your goal with members can make all the difference in getting the shot you want.
Showing these members relaxed and socializing on the beach at sunset sets a tone for the general vibe of the group. Nothing that distracts from their expressions(no food, identifiable beverage containers). Not only are these members comfortable with each other, they’re at ease with the photographer as well.
The more you keep taking pictures, the more at ease you—and your group—will be when you take out your camera to shoot.
We hope that our tips, along with these inspiring Meetup group photos, gets you thinking of fun ways you can do the same. Let us know if you’d love to have more training on this topic.