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    Hi,

    I have been tasked a take a group photo of 40 people. Just would like to hear a general view of your setup and settings if to take shots for indoor or outdoor and what are the things to take note.
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    Lightbulb Re: Ideal settings for group photo

    arrange classroom style and shoot.

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    make sure that there is enought DOF to get everyone sharp
    and that the camera can see everyone

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    try not to arrange people in straight rows...
    remember that wide-angle distortion can make the people at the ends look fatter.
    make sure the lighting across the whole group is even. if uneven, avoid putting darker-skinned people in the darker spots.

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    Thanks guys for your tips, how about camera and flash settings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian
    Thanks guys for your tips, how about camera and flash settings?
    important is enough DOF and enough light (bounced if you have a ceiling to bounce off)
    if you have more than one flash would be better. CLS??

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    important is enough DOF and enough light (bounced if you have a ceiling to bounce off)
    if you have more than one flash would be better. CLS??
    High ceiling? the the center ppl will produce hash shadows if direct flash is used?

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    if the job pays enough, bring studio lights with umbrellas (at least 2)
    or wireless flash with umbrellas

    harsh shadows is secondary, you need even lighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    if the job pays enough, bring studio lights with umbrellas (at least 2)
    or wireless flash with umbrellas

    harsh shadows is secondary, you need even lighting.
    it not easy to achieve even lighting if it indoor, night time, with high ceiling and the lighting there not really idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarinet
    it not easy to achieve even lighting if it indoor, night time, with high ceiling and the lighting there not really idea
    not easy,? of course it is not easy
    that is why the pro is paid to do it.

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    40 people? at least 5.6

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