Two ways to use shallow DOF when posing groups - Dreamstime
With eyes at or close to the same distance from camera to achieve equal focus on subjects. This gives each person equal importance to the image. Works well for families.
Allow one to be in focus and the others to be out of focus. Combined with the composition of your photo, using diagonals or rule of thirds, etc, you allow the one to become the primary focus while the others fade into the background.
So, there are my thoughts. Most of these images are not mine, but I thought they were great examples. I would love to hear more tips on using DoF in portraits! Feel free to post them with examples below. You have to delete the r or l after img for them to show up in comments. Fun Photography on Facebook
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