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Charlene Bayerle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2003
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Group Photo


 
 
I will be doing a family portrait of 18 people.....not sure yet if it will be inside or outside.
any suggestions on what lense and how to get them posed...There are 8 little kids included in that number.
Thanks
Charlene


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10/17/2006 5:57:49 AM

 
W.    Before your questions can be addressed a lot more information is required, Charlene.
First a decision is neccessary whether you (or they) want it inside or outside. If outside, what time of day? Do you want a background? What camera do you use? What (additional) light can you bring to the party? Do you (or they) want a formal, 'beautiful' (but singularly uninspiring, imo...) group photo (like a wedding party), or a 'characteristic' group photo (where personalities may or even must 'come through')?
Make each kid in the group the 'responsibility' of one adult, who stands or sits immediately behind or adjacent to that kid (or have it on his/her lap).
So that you won't have to deal with all the kids separately too (you wouldn't get to make any exposures...).

Statistics show that you need to make 300 exposures of a group of 20 people to be REALLY sure there is at least ONE photo where all of those people have their eyes open at the same time.

So, maybe 300 exposures to get one good group photo is a bit much, but the lesson here is, that it's wise to shoot as many frames as you can!


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10/17/2006 8:08:59 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  "Statistics show that you need to make 300 exposures of a group of 20 people to be REALLY sure there is at least ONE photo where all of those people have their eyes open at the same time".

Really?????? Now who on earth (or elsewhere would keep track of such things and how would they ever do that? ROFLMAO !!!!
[I'm definitely taking this one light].
LOL
Mark


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10/17/2006 9:50:04 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2003
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  The camera I use is a Rebel XT 350D.
And any help on what kind of lense I should use to make sure I get all 18 in the picture. I don't know for sure, at his point, if this session will be inside or outside. I was just curious about which lense would work the best.
Thanks
Charlene


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10/17/2006 4:39:55 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Welllllllllll, if you can back up far enough and depending on how you pose the group, (whether indoors or out) you can use a normal, say 50mm lens, or if you get further back, an 85mm lens, Or, even further back, a 105mm lens. But if you really want to get far back from them, for whatever reason, try a 200mm although that might exceed the range of whatever flash you're using for fill. :>)
Mark


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10/17/2006 5:00:56 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Wait a minute.....so WS, WHERE did you get those statistics???? and WHO keeps track of those things. Inquiring minds want to know (including mine).
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10/17/2006 5:02:15 PM

 
Charlene Bayerle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/9/2003
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  Thanks Mark.....


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10/17/2006 6:33:32 PM

 
W.    [QUOTE]Wait a minute.....so WS, WHERE did you get those statistics???? and WHO keeps track of those things.[/QUOTE]
It was in a science quiz on TV. It's a mathematical thing. Assumes mindless clicking of the shutter as fast as the drive and buffer of course would let it. Some math doctorate student worked it out in his thesis. It's official allright! Part of academe...


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10/18/2006 8:40:29 PM

 
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