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    Default Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    hello all,

    recently, i've attempted a few group shots. i thought if i juz focus at the center person, the pic would turn up fine.
    but unfortunately, only the person i focused on is sharp, the rest of them are kinda blurry.

    so where should i actually point my focus at? or is it some other factors, like my F-value or lens, which is causing this problem?

    please advise. and thanks alot in advance!

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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    Smaller aperture. =)

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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    Usually the VIPs in a group photo are front and center, so focus on them. Use smaller apertures to ensure a larger DOF, and shoot several pictures to ensure that you have a higher chance of everyone having their eyes open.

    And one way to "jazz" up the group, get them to do something like yell a word together ("Champions!"), then you'll likely get everyone smiling. Unless they're not meant to be smiling, of course

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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    must also take note of the plane of focus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liangerism View Post
    hello all,

    recently, i've attempted a few group shots. i thought if i juz focus at the center person, the pic would turn up fine.
    but unfortunately, only the person i focused on is sharp, the rest of them are kinda blurry.

    so where should i actually point my focus at? or is it some other factors, like my F-value or lens, which is causing this problem?

    please advise. and thanks alot in advance!
    Centre, f11

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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    For canon user, there's a mode on the dial called 'A-DEP' (above M mode).
    Hope this help.
    Just shoot.

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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    alright guys.

    based on what u all said, i believe it's my aperture which caused the people at the sides to be blurry. well, i will take note of that, and will close down my aperture further for the next group shooting.

    thanks alot, u guys have helped.

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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    Quote Originally Posted by checkers View Post
    Centre, f11
    What about F8? Is it sufficient?

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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    depend on how far you stand to the subject and aperture setting these will determine the depth of view.
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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    not everything is about f8, f11.. maybe u want to read up on hyperfocusing to have a better understanding on what aperture to you and where to focus.

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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    Quote Originally Posted by ericp View Post
    ... And one way to "jazz" up the group, get them to do something like yell a word together ("Champions!"), then you'll likely get everyone smiling. ...
    if it's a group of men, I found that one of the effective ways to get them to smile is to have the photographer (in this case, you) tell the group: "Say SEX!!!!!"

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    Default Re: Where should I focus when it comes to group photo?

    Hii..Hii...Hii...
    How about if all girls? can say "sexy" huh to make them smile?

    Quote Originally Posted by phyrewall View Post
    if it's a group of men, I found that one of the effective ways to get them to smile is to have the photographer (in this case, you) tell the group: "Say SEX!!!!!"

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