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Jul 11, 2011 09:43 |  #1

Sorry, wasn't sure what section to put this in so chose here.

I'm doing a corporate event soon and they've asked if I can do a group portrait with all (90 of them) in.:eek:

This is by far the largest group shot I have been asked to do,and was looking for some tips from has anyone had a similar job.

I'll will be outdoors and I'll be checking the venue out this week and on the day of the event once the Marquee has been set up.

So far I'm planning to check out roof view points to get height,Or a Ladder... I saw one photo that a photog took of a large 'team' of people where he had 3 stands with umbrella's running the length of the group and face on to the group.

I was thinking something similar

Flash will not be the main light , only fill as it''ll still be light outside.

Any tips or links would be much appreciated.


EDIT: probably should have gone in the people section..:-)


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Jul 11, 2011 10:24 |  #2

For a group that size, I almost always want to get the camera well above the group. I typically would use my 8-foot stepladder. To support the camera, I have a tripod head mounted to a board which gets clamped to the top of the ladder.

I typically keep my lighting clustered near the camera which means that I am using 13-foot heavy duty light stands that are well weighted for stability. For outdoor use, I would strongly suggest an assistant to hold each and every light stand you may want to use (a separate person for each light stand). Clustering the lighting near the camera helps to avoid some nasty shadows of some people on other people.

Keep a good distance between the camera and the group so that you don't wind up with unpleasant perspective distortion due to a short distance and/or a hard camera-to-subject angle.


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Jul 11, 2011 10:33 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #3

Many thanks Skip, some great advice.. I actually overlooked extra help..:oops:
I do have one assistant but like you said, 3 stands needs 3 people outdoors.


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Jul 11, 2011 21:08 |  #4

Take a Look below left you will see Similar Threads one may be of help , also I think it was David Hobby or Joe McNally I think did a Vid shooting a large group .


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Jul 12, 2011 10:07 |  #5

dpds68 wrote in post #12742511 (external link)
Take a Look below left you will see Similar Threads one may be of help , also I think it was David Hobby or Joe McNally I think did a Vid shooting a large group .


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Thanks David, I'll take a look, its a pity they only appear after the read has been created..:)


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