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Michael H. Stann
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/24/2008
 

How to shoot a very large family photo?


I will be taking a picture of about 200 people. I am using a olympus e-510. I am new to photography and would be happy to get any advice on the best way to take the picture. It will be taken durning the day and the different families will be wearing their own color of clothing . Thank you for any help.


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4/25/2008 10:38:58 PM

 
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200 people? All relatives? Recognizable in one photo? I would look for a venue where I could get a high viewpoint, 3 or 4 floors up, and shoot down onto the group, which is standing there, bunched up, and looking up at the lens, all together saying 'SEX' at your signal.

If you can, add fill-flash.

Have fun!


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4/26/2008 2:52:05 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Uh huh. Then if/when half of them get toasted and fail to cooperate, after an hour of cajolling and losing your light (perhaps your cool as well) you can always jump off the 4th floor.
M.


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4/26/2008 5:17:27 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  LOL,LOL,LOL!


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4/26/2008 10:56:54 PM

 
Michael H. Stann
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/24/2008
  Getting to a high spot for sure. I turns out it will be about 140 people. Thanks


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4/27/2008 12:10:59 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Or If you have access to Bleachers.
Such as a park with a ball park.


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4/27/2008 12:04:02 PM

 

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  I've had to use an 18mm on a 35mm camera to shoot a family portrait before. It was in a living roon with 130 souls and four generations. Have fun.


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4/27/2008 12:47:02 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Personally, I don't know how you guys do this kind of work. I really admire you.

Last time I shot a family reunion, about 30 years ago it was only about 25 people at a family style restaurant. Used to be about 140 people, but the rest were killed off by other family members. So, there were twenty-five people sitting at one huge table yelling and screaming at each other while the eldest males were abusing the women, the children, and the wait-persons. Hence the name family style dining. The family name Ma Barker comes to mind.
Good luck ! Ask for combat pay. Bring kevelar.
M.


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4/27/2008 4:40:52 PM

 

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  Aww, cmon Mark. It's not that bad. It's as fun as you make it.


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4/29/2008 5:35:22 PM

 
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