My daughter asked me to photograph the Grandparents Day photos and I just want to get some quick advice on the best lighting options. The setup is in a little garden area within the school building with dapple light that doesn’t have much photo appeal at all (distractions all over the place), so I will have to do the best with what I have (improvise, adapt and overcome). There is nothing fancy about the photos, especially given the fact that they want them in this crappy area; they just want photos of the grandparents and students, however, I will give the best photo possible. I was told that at most there will be 4 people in a photo (although I think it could get to maybe 6). With that said, what lighting modifier would you experts suggest for this size group? I searched the forum, but still wanted ask the question.
Below are the lighting equipment I have that I can recall off the top of my head (at work).
Canon 560 (1x)
40 or 43” shoot through umbrella (I might have one reflective umbrella, too)
Paul Bluff 64” PLM (White and Soft Silver and white diffuse cloth)
Kacey 22” Beauty Dish
Anyone every shoot in a crappy location can provide some tricks and tips on trying to hide the distractions via exposure or anything else? I know it will be difficult without seeing the location (didn't take any photos, but believe me it's bad). I'm just trying to help my daughter.