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    Hello I'm a D70s user...would like to know what setting to set when taking group picture of about 100 people. Using my kit lens to take. What aperture to set??

    Also if I'm taking group picture of like 20people what aperture again to use??


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    the aperture to use is the one that gives you enough dof to cover the group of people

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    probably around f8-11 @ 18mm... should have more than enough DOF to capture all faces sharp. but that would also mean the BG bokeh is a gone case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ View Post
    probably around f8-11 @ 18mm... should have more than enough DOF to capture all faces sharp. but that would also mean the BG bokeh is a gone case...
    Group pic will usually heck the background lah

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    Quote Originally Posted by CreaXion View Post
    Group pic will usually heck the background lah
    you already say usually mah... there will always be some 'bokeh-siao' looking for bokeh even in group shots

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    lol...thanks...and yeah group pic of course hack the BG lah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    the aperture to use is the one that gives you enough dof to cover the group of people
    So any difference for 100 people and 20 people?? f8-11 enough to cover everyone?

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    it depends on how many rows of people and what lens you are using

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    it depends on how many rows of people and what lens you are using
    say 3 rows with 18-70mm

    and 2 rows with 18-70mm??

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    Quote Originally Posted by glay78 View Post
    say 3 rows with 18-70mm

    and 2 rows with 18-70mm??
    i suppose you are shooting at the 18mm end of the zoom?
    but normally f8 will do for 2 or 3 rows f5.6 also can

    try it out and see, you are shooting digital right?

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    4 god sake, dunno pls get some one else to do it.
    Eat breath LIVERPOOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    i suppose you are shooting at the 18mm end of the zoom?
    but normally f8 will do for 2 or 3 rows f5.6 also can

    try it out and see, you are shooting digital right?
    OK thanks...will use DOF preview to see b4 shooting
    Yes using digital

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurfman View Post
    4 god sake, dunno pls get some one else to do it.

    Thanks for your comment...this is a newbie corner so I suppose this kinda question can be ask here rite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glay78 View Post
    Hello I'm a D70s user...would like to know what setting to set when taking group picture of about 100 people. Using my kit lens to take. What aperture to set??

    Also if I'm taking group picture of like 20people what aperture again to use??

    You can use Depth of Field Calculator to calculate the DOF. Normally f8 to f11 should have enough DOF if you use the widest focal length. Are you using a tripod ? You can take a few shots with different aperture values.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glay78 View Post
    Thanks for your comment...this is a newbie corner so I suppose this kinda question can be ask here rite?
    there are always idiots around.but do not let them deprive you of getting your answers.there are VERY helpful members here residing in CS.

    read my thread on how to shoot banquet in this same folder and you know you're not the only one who meet idiots.

    good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaweb View Post
    You can use Depth of Field Calculator to calculate the DOF. Normally f8 to f11 should have enough DOF if you use the widest focal length. Are you using a tripod ? You can take a few shots with different aperture values.
    Yes am using a tripod...thanks for the link !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    there are always idiots around.but do not let them deprive you of getting your answers.there are VERY helpful members here residing in CS.

    read my thread on how to shoot banquet in this same folder and you know you're not the only one who meet idiots.

    good luck.

    Yes I saw ur thread and read too...actually wanted to tongpang in your thread but I think start my own is better. Yeah alot of helpful people here...I've learnt alot here.

    Actually when I started this topic I expect to get comments like that but I jus dont understand how come some people expect everyone to be expert when they were once newbie too??

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    Quote Originally Posted by glay78 View Post
    Yes I saw ur thread and read too...actually wanted to tongpang in your thread but I think start my own is better. Yeah alot of helpful people here...I've learnt alot here.

    Actually when I started this topic I expect to get comments like that but I jus dont understand how come some people expect everyone to be expert when they were once newbie too??
    Should always ask question, just need to do some homework first. In your case, its fine. You never learn if you always get experts to do it.

    Take note of your line-up. With 100 people, you probably need some chairs/tables to get people, to squat, sit, 1/2 stand, stand, stand on table....Think of the set-up and do some test shot with the just the tables/chairs and with a friend as test subject.
    "Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real" -Ansel Adams

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    Quote Originally Posted by blive View Post
    Should always ask question, just need to do some homework first. In your case, its fine. You never learn if you always get experts to do it.

    Take note of your line-up. With 100 people, you probably need some chairs/tables to get people, to squat, sit, 1/2 stand, stand, stand on table....Think of the set-up and do some test shot with the just the tables/chairs and with a friend as test subject.

    Thanks again for your helpful reply..yes I normally read from books or website...jus that company needs my help to take some group picture tomorrow so my 1st thought was to ask here how to do it. Bcos I've yet to take group picture using dSLR before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    there are always idiots around.but do not let them deprive you of getting your answers.there are VERY helpful members here residing in CS.

    read my thread on how to shoot banquet in this same folder and you know you're not the only one who meet idiots.

    good luck.

    at least a idiot don't screw up like a newbie, dunno learn from others, don take the job then ask for help, like pour kerosene on urself and set fire and shout fire fire help help.

    and whos the idiot who dunno tis and that, and accept jobs that out of their range.

    sometimes, its good to scold newbies, as my time, i need to assist for bloody 6 mths then can hold camera for shifu, dunno how come nowadys newbies attitude sucks. and it really sucks. dunno don't accept, killing urself.
    Eat breath LIVERPOOL!!!

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