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Group of 25, advice needed!

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Aug 18, 2011 15:19 |  #1

I've been asked to do pictures for a large, extended family. About 15 kids, from baby thru 14 yrs old, 10 adults. We will be on a beach. They want a shot with everyone, then family shots (4 families/with kids), then a grandparent shot w/ all the 15 grandkids. I am probably going to use my 35 lens, bring a flash in case (they want 6PM) and then my tripod-y thing that isn't really a tripod, but a stick that mounts to the camera. I'm not sure if I would haveto be too far away with the 50/1.4.

For the big group shot, I was thinking bringing chairs, maybe have men stand, women sit, then the kids on the sides and sitting. Maybe a grandparent shot with the grandparents sitting, kids around?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Aug 18, 2011 15:28 |  #2

If you have the sun on their faces, at 6pm they may well be squinty. The best solution would be sun at their backs and fill flash on their faces. One flash is probably not going to handle that for the large group, but might for the family groups. The 35 should work fine, but you dont want to go too wide with a lens as the perpective distortion makes people in the front larger and farther back smaller. Bring something to stand on. Ideally you might find a gentle slope and use it as a natural riser so you dont end up with the mixture of chairs and standing if you can help it.

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Aug 31, 2011 18:29 |  #3

With sun at their backs, use two 60" umbrellas up high for filling in the shadows. Then what gonzogolf said!

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