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Donielle Baker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2002

Group portraits

I have recently been asked to photograph an anniversary event. Although I have done some senior pictures, I don't know if I'm to sure on group photographs. They want some candids, which is fine, but they also want posed group pictures as well. For equipment I have a Canon Rebel 2000 with the 28-80mm and the 75-300 with a Vivitar 550FD and a Focal DT 5000S flashes. I am also borrowing a Canon A2 from a friend but probably won't use it as I'm not to familiar with it yet. I'm afraid to get distortion at the edges of a group. Please help.

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8/9/2004 10:53:05 AM

Sheryl L. Bowman   I've photographed groups of over 80 with good results. If you can put the back ones on stepstools or risers of any kind, that will help, and then YOU need to be up higher probably with a ladder so that your film plane is parallel to the "slant" of the group's rows. This will help keep everyone in focus. Use a small enough aperture. Unless you need to be very close, you wouldn't need to use your widest lens. Back off and use a medium one (about 50mm) and I doubt you'd have pincushion distortion. Hope that helps a bit.

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8/10/2004 6:03:00 PM

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