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    What Aperture, AF setting to use for group picture, let's say a reunion group picture taken indoors.

    I noticed that photos I took focuses only on some of the people in the group, Is it possible to obtain a portrait effect but with many people inside the frame

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by katman View Post
    What Aperture, AF setting to use for group picture, let's say a reunion group picture taken indoors.

    I noticed that photos I took focuses only on some of the people in the group, Is it possible to obtain a portrait effect but with many people inside the frame

    Thanks in advance
    Use a smaller aperture, i.e. a setting with a larger number f11 onwards. This will reduce the shutter speed, so you may need to compensate with either a higher ISO or by using flash.
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    When shooting a large group photo, the best is to use a small aperture and mount your camera on a tripod. Also take the time to arrange the people properly, try to avoid too many rows if possible.
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    Because you'll be using a wide angle lens, it will allow you to use a lower shutter speed. As I am using a 17-40mm f4, I tend to use manual, f5.6, 1/50 or 1/40 with a bounce flash. Focus at the nearest member of the group, usually the corner person as the group is usually concave towards you. This is for a group of about 8 to 12 ppl. I find that there is no need to use that small an aperture. Well, that's for me.

    Oh yes, if you are using the flash direct, eg for a bigger group, remember to pull out your wide angle diffuser from the flash so that you do get a vignetting effect from your flash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelccm View Post
    When shooting a large group photo, the best is to use a small aperture and mount your camera on a tripod. Also take the time to arrange the people properly, try to avoid too many rows if possible.
    If I use flash, do I still need a tripod?

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    Thanks for all your advise, will practice this and hope to get better pictures, thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by katman View Post
    If I use flash, do I still need a tripod?
    If you are taking 20 -30 ppl, It think you probably have to. I once tried to take 80 ppl in 3 rows using Sigma 12-24mm with 3 flashes - 1 master and 2 slaves. The lighting was still horrendous.

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    pump iso to 800 or 1200, set 1/60, f5.6 or maybe f8.
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    mount in on a tripod and f5.6 should be good!
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    tripod a good choice if can use.
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    Hi, maybe it might be good to set to infinity. Aperture would not matter then for fear of DOF issue between front to back rows.

    Hence the 16-35mii do come in handy for tighter space for group shots. (I have dosed a tint of BBB poision here ). Any doctor here for the BBB cure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by contaxable View Post
    Hi, maybe it might be good to set to infinity. Aperture would not matter then for fear of DOF issue between front to back rows.
    I prefer not to set it to infinity distance. It is still better if you focus on your group than infinity distance.

    Unless your group is at infinity distance.

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