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May 26, 2011 12:04 |  #1

I have a question regarding shooting a family portrait. I’m fairly new to photography, so here goes. This Saturday I will attend a family party. I would like to take a family portrait with a few I relatives that live out of state and I haven’t seen in a long time, in all we should be abot 8 people, including small children . The Shot I’m thinking is a few standing and a few sitting hopefully the restaurant will have curtains or a solid color wall I can use as as a backdrop. I’m sure lighting will be low.

What I have to work with is a Canon T2i and a 15-85mm , 55-250mm, and 50mm 1.8 lens. As well as a 430 ex II and a Tripod. Any suggestions on how I should shoot this? Should I use a flash or not? I appreciate any suggestions and sorry for the Noob question!


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May 26, 2011 12:50 |  #2

Here is how I would do it (remember I'm an amateur):

Use the 15 - 85, Tripod and 430 EXII.

Settings: ISO400, F8.0, SS 1/60

I use a higher iso to ensure that the 430 EX II can handle the smaller f stop.
F/8 so everyone is in focus
SS is 1/60 so the people in the back get lit well


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May 26, 2011 13:20 |  #3

snowshark13 wrote in post #12483503 (external link)
Here is how I would do it (remember I'm an amateur):

Use the 15 - 85, Tripod and 430 EXII.

Settings: ISO400, F8.0, SS 1/60

I use a higher iso to ensure that the 430 EX II can handle the smaller f stop.
F/8 so everyone is in focus
SS is 1/60 so the people in the back get lit well

Sounds sensible. Remember, put your camera into Manual mode - your camera is setting the exposure for the ambient light, and your flash will automatically take care of the rest.


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May 26, 2011 14:22 |  #4

darthrazz wrote in post #12483245 (external link)
I would like to take a family portrait with a few I relatives that live out of state and I haven’t seen in a long time, in all we should be abot 8 people, including small children . The Shot I’m thinking is a few standing and a few sitting hopefully the restaurant will have curtains or a solid color wall I can use as as a backdrop.

No reason to overthink this. Just install the flash on the hot shoe, turn it on, set the camera to full auto or Program AE, and take the picture.

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This image used an XTi and the camera's built-in flash. There's no technical challenge and no reason to worry.



  
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May 26, 2011 14:54 |  #5

DC Fan wrote in post #12484057 (external link)
No reason to overthink this. Just install the flash on the hot shoe, turn it on, set the camera to full auto or Program AE, and take the picture.

That may be the first time on this board I've heard someone advise to go the 'easy' way


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May 26, 2011 15:34 as a reply to  @ CanonGrl01's post |  #6

Going “green” is the environmentally friendly solution to your “exposure” issues.


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May 26, 2011 16:40 as a reply to  @ Rocky Rhode's post |  #7

Short of going AUTO/Green box as suggested... you can take a pic of the group first (camera on tripod, flash on camera, whatever mode you like, M, P, AE, TV) then chimp to see if it's to your liking (exposure, framing, etc). Once it's set, use the self timer (it would be good if you had a wireless remote) and run in. ;)

Shoot Raw+Jpg. The Raw you can edit at any time and the Jpg you can email and distribute to the group faster.


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