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Joann Cablas

How to shoot large groups indoors

I've been asked to shoot a group photo of a class reunion. The conditions: 60 to 100 people. Location: Hotel party room. My equipment: Nikon D2X, tripod, SB800 flash, Nikon 18-200 mm F/3.5-5.6,AF DX VR Lens. Any suggestions on how to best shoot without special lighting equipment.

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8/14/2007 9:24:43 AM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hello Joann, I have taken several large group portraits (100 people) and I will tell you that it is very hard to get everyone evenly lit using my 580EX flash. I have tried bouncing/direct and different settings but the only time I get good results is when I use a couple of umbrella lights. Even the cheap ones will help a lot. You may get lucky and have good lighting in the hotel party room but if you dont know in advance, I would bring some additional lighting. Even the clip on reflector lights from the hardware store would help. Maybe John S. or others may have better ideas. This is just what I have experienced myself.

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8/14/2007 9:45:39 AM

Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
Canon 20D/ 55-300mm lens
4 studio lights w softboxes.

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Carton is very right you can not take a group such as this with just a 580 flash.
you might want to look into renting some studio lighting to help.
You may get some help from the Studio Photography Threads if you have never used them before or feel free to email me for more help.
Contact your local Phototoriums for details as to what they rent.
As for your Group,Split them up, the shorter ones toword the front,
Taller in the back.
Then split from the middle:
Right Half at a 45 degree angle with thier right shoulder toward the background and The left half of the group with thier Left shoulder towards the background.
Now remind them they all like each other and to move a bit closer to each other.
you should be there.
Wishing all the best,
Debby Tabb

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8/14/2007 10:38:24 AM

Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Joann, I'd look into investing in a Flash Bracket to avoid red eye. They also swivel so you can shoot Vertical or Horizontal quickly and easily...only about $90 at B&H...I use the CB Junior and its well built.

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8/14/2007 10:47:19 AM

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