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help... big challenge need some tip

 
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Oct 23, 2014 03:00 |  #1

Hi, my boss just asked me.

"Would you like to take group pictures of all the different kindergarten groups?" Well, I like challenges, so I said yes, and now I realize what a big challenge this will be.

It is 4 different kindergarten, each with different groups, so it is a huge amount of work. It is several hundred small kids...

I have great gear (5dMKII, 24-105, 135L, 70-300L, 12-24 Sigma, Samyang 35 1.4), and know how to use it, and have done alot of portrait photography, and have also done some comercial photographs and also delivered pictures for different articles (also big newspapers). But mostly I have done events and stockpictures. I have my own children that I have taken tons of pictures of, but to take kindergarten pictures is something new.

So, I need all the tip I can get. Like how to avoid loosing the controll over all the kids and pictures. But also, how to get a group of 2-3 year old kids to let me take pictures of them. I mean, there is no time for experimenting with them. I guess I will have only seconds to get the picture right before they loose their interest in sitting still....

My challenge is that I am not having good light equipment. And, my experience with kids is that powerful flash or light onn their face is in risk of making them very scared. And I wan't have time to let them get used to a photo environment of strong flashes and fancy background stuff. My idea is to use their playground environment and take the pictures while they are playing, or at least in their play environment.

WEll, all cind of tip would be welcomed.


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Oct 23, 2014 06:59 |  #2

The most important part of any group photos is to command the attention of the group. You have to be vocal, and with children especially, interesting and engaging. Make sure you are the center of attention, get them to smile or laugh at you, and snap off 3-5 images of each group- that way you have eyes/heads to swap for blinks.

Get the teachers to help- they know their students. Tell them where you want them to set up, and have the teachers organize them.

For group shots, two lights on either side of the group is enough- get them up high, and meter both sides and the middle to make sure your spread is relatively even, so you don't cast shadows. Something like this:

IMAGE: http://photographylife.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Group-Diagram.png

Don't be afraid of using flash with the kids- you aren't sticking it in their face, and it won't be scary at all. Since you are probably doing this during school hours, you won't have your choice of day/time to pick the light you want- a few flashes or strobes will make a difference.

Stagger the kids so they aren't blocking one another, and go with a longer focal length and back up- a common error when shooting a group shot is to go wide angle to get everyone in the picture- this causes perspective distortion, which isn't flattering. Your 135 will be an excellent choice.



  
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Oct 23, 2014 08:34 as a reply to  @ Qlayer2's post |  #3

very good advice


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Oct 23, 2014 13:29 |  #4

thanks alot for youre good advice.... The main challenge is that most of the kids are todlers. Small kids between 2-3 years old, and they want a group picture. :)


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