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Justine Stevens
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Wide-Angle for Large Group Shot?


I'm going to be shooting my family gathering in a few weeks and would like to know which lens would work best for large group portraits. It will be outdoors in afternoon.

4/1/2006 4:44:47 PM

 
Samuel Smith
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  Well, Justine, you didn't say how big a group or which lenses you'd be using. If your wide-angle is a prime, I'd say use it, if it's not less than 28mm. Look for shade (unless it's overcast) and scout for a decent background. Me, I'd use aperture priority for depth of field, but it depends on how many you have in the picture.
I don't know how familiar you are with your camera or I might even suggest manual focus to fine-tune a little bit. For lighting, the later in the afternoon the better. Of course, I don't know where you live and how harsh the light will be or weather conditions.
OK, now we could even get into ISO settings and tripod. Well, the lower the ISO the better.
Take several pics, and tell everyone you are going to. It takes away from the photo-session tension and relaxes them to a certain degree.
All people who are wearing glasses should tip their heads down just a hair to avoid a bit of reflection or glare.
Ah well, best of luck - Sam.

4/1/2006 6:12:59 PM

 
Justine Stevens
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  thanks for your tips samuel. I am still familarising myself with my camera which is a canon 350d. and yes am having trouble with overexposure need to learn to bracket. I live in australia and yes most of the time its pretty sunny. when I take my pictures they look really good on the camera its not until transfer to computer that I realise they're over exposed. what aperture priority would you suggest. the group will be about 20 but will be shot in england.

4/2/2006 6:36:54 AM

 
Samuel Smith
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  f8 should be a place to start, but it would depend on the background and how much you want in focus. I've seen some beautiful gardens and estates, castles, fountains and rolling countrysides that would make for some great backgrounds. Then you'd be at f16 or maybe f22. If you can, you could set your lens to infinity for those kind of locations. My cameras don't have depth of field preview so it's live and learn.
hth,sam

4/2/2006 11:46:40 AM

 
Justine Stevens
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  thank you again for your help samuel, I really appreciate it. By the way you have an absolutely beautiful gallery.

4/2/2006 10:17:53 PM

 
Samuel Smith
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  your welcome justine.thank you for the compliment and best of luck on your trip to england.
sam

4/3/2006 10:17:31 AM

 

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