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Tips for focused large group photos?

 
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Aug 24, 2013 17:39 |  #1

Soon I'll be shooting at a family reunion/picnic at a lake (not paid, just for fun, but also to try to get good pics of the whole family), and it's only my second time attempting to do a group shot, but the first I wasn't very pleased with.

People: At least 25 including kids

Lighting: Outdoors; shade and some soft light during sunset.

Position: Thinking of placing the kids sitting down in the front, then the second row would be people in wheelchairs and the petite, and so on until the tallest people are in the back. All standing except the kids and handicap.

Gear: Just my tripod, camera and 2 lenses. Maybe flash too but not sure if I should use it.

My concern is will I be able to have everyone in the picture focused?

Also, between my 50mm and 55-250mm lens, which one should I use for this group photo?

Any tips/suggestions are more than welcome.



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Aug 24, 2013 18:32 |  #2

Focus on someone in the centre of the middle row, use a fairly small aperture to get sufficient depth of field and you should be fine. Just keep in mind that the more rows of people you have, the more depth of field you will need.

I would use the 50mm, rather than the 55-250, as it should be sharper.




  
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Sep 11, 2013 14:25 |  #3

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Focus on someone in the centre of the middle row, use a fairly small aperture to get sufficient depth of field and you should be fine. Just keep in mind that the more rows of people you have, the more depth of field you will need.

I would use the 50mm, rather than the 55-250, as it should be sharper.

agreed. Use your 50mm if possible.

You can use some Depth of field calculators online and apps for the android. But as an example.

If you have a crop body (50D,40D, etc) with a 50mm lens and shooting at f5.6

If you are 20 feet from the subjects and given the above settings you can achieve a total of about an 11 foot depth of field.


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Sep 11, 2013 14:37 |  #4

shoot with the 50mm and focus 1/3 of the way into the group. Put you flash on and set it to -1FEC to fill in any shadows.


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Sep 17, 2013 19:30 |  #5

Take the flash w/ you just incase you never know when you might have to shoot under trees or something casting a shadow


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Sep 17, 2013 21:03 |  #6

Thank you all for your advice! It was really helpful. I didn't end up doing a group shot that day because the event was cancelled, but I definitely feel more prepared for when I'll have to do it in the future.



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