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Nov 14, 2010 15:04 |  #1

Most of you all know my story, I just take pics of my kids, I have a nikon d3100 with 18-55. My question is though, I want to take pics of family members over Thanksgiving since we all are going to be in one place. I want to take one of my husbands parents and the 4 boys, parents and the 11 grandchildren. Could you all give me any tips in taking these group pics. I have read it is always good to put a group in a circle. I was thinking of taking ones outside by a windmill, we live in the country and was thinking 200 shutter speed, f10 on a tripod. I am thinking of buying a new lens, any suggestions on one I can use for my kids and taking group pics. I would appreciate any advice.




  
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Nov 15, 2010 05:32 |  #2

Aperture priority mode: f/8-11 depending on how many rows you have.
I group people in "half circles". Start with the grandparents in the middle(possibly seated) then build around them trying to maintain individual familes and try to form triangles as much as possible. If it wasn't 5 a.m. I would draw you a MS Paint picture, but you get the idea.

I don't think you need a new lens for this. Just use your 18-55.


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Nov 15, 2010 05:48 as a reply to  @ zelseman's post |  #3

Agreed that your 18-55 will be fine. Just keep an eye on the lighting. Don't shoot them in the middle of the day with the sun shining down on them.




  
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Nov 15, 2010 08:13 |  #4

zelseman wrote in post #11286434 (external link)
I don't think you need a new lens for this. Just use your 18-55.

egordon99 wrote in post #11286454 (external link)
Agreed that your 18-55 will be fine. Just keep an eye on the lighting. Don't shoot them in the middle of the day with the sun shining down on them.

I agree with the above too.

A somewhat cloudy day with the sun actually obscured would be best. That would provide softer lighting and cause less squinting by the subjects. Otherwise, make sure the sun is not behind the subjects but behind the photographer. Mid-morning or mid-afternoon would be far superior to noon time.

Figure out in advance what time of day would illuminate your intended group shot location best (allowing you to be between the sun and the group). Make sure you get the group there early for that time of day to allow time to arrange them before the sun's position is optimal.


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Nov 15, 2010 15:35 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #5

Also be careful of how you line them up. You would want to avoid having one person's shadow casting on another person (though with so many people, it may be difficult).


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Nov 15, 2010 16:56 |  #6

xcel730 wrote in post #11289421 (external link)
Also be careful of how you line them up. You would want to avoid having one person's shadow casting on another person (though with so many people, it may be difficult).

At least it is easy to see the shadows when the light is there continuously. It gets a little tougher to be sure about the shadows when using a studio flash setup like I often use for large groups.


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Nov 16, 2010 12:01 |  #7

Thank you everyone, I appreciate it.




  
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Nov 16, 2010 12:37 |  #8

One more tip:

When I do larger group shots (more than one row or layer of folks in the group), I either get them to stand on different level stairs (or something similar) or I will bring a ladder to the shoot and work from atop the ladder. That way, it is easier to see everybody's faces in the image.


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