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underexposed
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Oct 26, 2009 00:11 |  #1

Im photographing an event and they are "expecting" 1000 people to come. Whether that many people are coming or not is still unknown but I figured I should prepare for the worst. On top of that I will have to shoot in a dark gym. I've read the strobist blog post about shooting a group in a gym, but I don't know if the same setup can be applied to 1000 people. Just wondering if anyone have shot this large of a group before and if u guys can give some tips.

I have a 5d, renting a 1dmkiii, 580ex, 420ez?, abr800. The lens I was planning to use was my Tammy 28-75 2.8 or the canon 17-40 4.0 L.

The largest group I shot was about 300 people outdoors under shade. No flash was used.

Thanks in advance.


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Oct 26, 2009 09:58 |  #2

Well, I can't help you with this as I'm coming here to learn a lot myself.

Anyway I'm wishing you a ton of luck!




  
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Oct 26, 2009 10:08 as a reply to  @ tirnanogh's post |  #3

Your going to need some power and a ladder. I would rent something like a speedotron black line and at least three heads and 3 big umbrellas. Good LUCK.




  
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Oct 26, 2009 10:10 |  #4

Can you get into this gym ahead of time and take some test shots?
Also, 17mm might not be wide enough?


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Oct 26, 2009 10:58 as a reply to  @ e02937's post |  #5

Please post the photo when you're finished, I'd like to see it.
Good luck.


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Oct 26, 2009 14:38 |  #6

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Oct 26, 2009 16:00 |  #7

Cherry picker or top of building...ladder might not get you high enough.


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Oct 27, 2009 09:49 |  #8

merlin2375 wrote in post #8896732 (external link)
Can you get into this gym ahead of time and take some test shots?
Also, 17mm might not be wide enough?

:lol: My last shoot 17mm wasn't wide enough to shoot 8 people ;)




  
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Oct 27, 2009 10:18 |  #9

http://www.justinacuff​.net/potn/637772.html (external link)

From the roof of the penthouse about 15 stories up. Of course mine was on a bright sunny day in the middle of the day (The event organizer decided she wanted this done last minute so I just went with it.) I think this was about 25 shots (taken vertically) and then stitched together in Photoshop. I used the 5D Mark II and a 1.4x TC attached to the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and was at 280mm. I was probably stopped down to f/9. I basically had 15 minutes or so to pull this off from the end of the session to last photo. The idea was this would be a group shot of the conference that had close to 2,000 in attendance. Realistically, I figured maybe only 1,000 or so would come with the rest heading for lunch. I had four assistants on the beach trying to gather everyone up and tell them to look at the camera, but you can see exactly how well that went. Overall it was a success because the event organizer loved it.


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Oct 27, 2009 12:44 |  #10

Photostitch it?


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Oct 27, 2009 12:46 |  #11

That is the exact advice I was going to give.


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Oct 28, 2009 02:20 |  #12

Was just about to post that...


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Oct 28, 2009 02:23 |  #13

jacuff wrote in post #8903561 (external link)
http://www.justinacuff​.net/potn/637772.html (external link)

From the roof of the penthouse about 15 stories up.

Dude, that's so sick! :D


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Oct 28, 2009 09:51 |  #14

jacuff wrote in post #8903561 (external link)
http://www.justinacuff​.net/potn/637772.html (external link)

From the roof of the penthouse about 15 stories up. Of course mine was on a bright sunny day in the middle of the day (The event organizer decided she wanted this done last minute so I just went with it.) I think this was about 25 shots (taken vertically) and then stitched together in Photoshop. I used the 5D Mark II and a 1.4x TC attached to the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and was at 280mm. I was probably stopped down to f/9. I basically had 15 minutes or so to pull this off from the end of the session to last photo. The idea was this would be a group shot of the conference that had close to 2,000 in attendance. Realistically, I figured maybe only 1,000 or so would come with the rest heading for lunch. I had four assistants on the beach trying to gather everyone up and tell them to look at the camera, but you can see exactly how well that went. Overall it was a success because the event organizer loved it.

thats pretty cool. although the building im at will be only 3 stories high and it'll be pretty dark, i'll keep the "on-top-of-building" idea in my mind.

the event is on saturday, so i still have some time to figure it out. i will be arriving earlier to figure out how to take the group picture, but it really depends on how many people are arriving (i hope not a 1000).

if 17mm and a ladder is not good enough, thats pretty troublesome hahaha. but i might consider the stitching idea too.

thanks for the advices guys. if you have any more, keep them coming :)


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Dec 04, 2009 18:47 |  #15

jacuff wrote in post #8903561 (external link)
http://www.justinacuff​.net/potn/637772.html (external link)

From the roof of the penthouse about 15 stories up. Of course mine was on a bright sunny day in the middle of the day (The event organizer decided she wanted this done last minute so I just went with it.) I think this was about 25 shots (taken vertically) and then stitched together in Photoshop. I used the 5D Mark II and a 1.4x TC attached to the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and was at 280mm. I was probably stopped down to f/9. I basically had 15 minutes or so to pull this off from the end of the session to last photo. The idea was this would be a group shot of the conference that had close to 2,000 in attendance. Realistically, I figured maybe only 1,000 or so would come with the rest heading for lunch. I had four assistants on the beach trying to gather everyone up and tell them to look at the camera, but you can see exactly how well that went. Overall it was a success because the event organizer loved it.

You have nicely done it but how did you managed to merge 25 images where people are moving . I have to do a similar type of a thing. I have to photograph around 1600 people. My question
How many cameras will do the job to make a detailed images and merge them afterwards. How many in case of 5D II or 40D. In case of a single camera what are your 'suggestion. I have an Industrial crane so height is no issue.
Any suggestions other than PW for triggering the cameras.
If anyone has experience any similar shoot, kindly share your experience.
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