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    Default advise needed on family portrait

    Hi to everybody,

    I'm wanting to take a family portrait for my family with my newly accuired 50D. I'm really new at this so I'm seeking some advise. I read the internet and found a few tips myself and was trying to find out if there are any other tips.

    What I found out to be critical in a family portrait:
    1- positioning of people (any ideas to contribute?)
    2- clothes that work well together-such as pieces in the same color palette
    3- filling the frame will produce a photo that shows great detail on people's faces
    4- lighting to use a softer approach for more natural skin tone

    What I trying to find out is the camera settings people usually use to shoot family portraits both formal style and informal style. I'll probably be shooting both indoors and outdoors. I'm alittle confused at the appature setting if I want to get everybody's face in focus.

    Thanks for reading and contributing.

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    If its your first time, splurge for a studio shoot and see/record how its done. Feel free to ask the photographer when not busy.
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    We are actually having a family gathering, thus taking the opportunity to put the camera to use...keke... I think it will also be quite fun....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravtrax View Post
    We are actually having a family gathering, thus taking the opportunity to put the camera to use...keke... I think it will also be quite fun....
    get a dedicated wide angle lens if possible either buy, borrow or rent. If using kit then may need the people to kinda squeeze together depending on number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashbulb View Post
    get a dedicated wide angle lens if possible either buy, borrow or rent. If using kit then may need the people to kinda squeeze together depending on number.
    using a wide angle to take humans result may be abit weird maybe u can define ur wide
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    Default Re: advise needed on family portrait

    set your aperture to get enough DOF to cover everyone
    make sure there is enough light, if not get an external flash and learn how to use it.

    take more than one shot in case someone blinks or looks somewhere else
    choose a suitable background that is not too busy

    don't use too wide a lens or the people at the sides will become distorted and will not like you anymore
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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    set your aperture to get enough DOF to cover everyone
    make sure there is enough light, if not get an external flash and learn how to use it.

    take more than one shot in case someone blinks or looks somewhere else
    choose a suitable background that is not too busy

    don't use too wide a lens or the people at the sides will become distorted and will not like you anymore
    smile and have fun
    well noted... thanks!

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    For group photo, do make sure if the aperture is small enough to have more depth of field.
    Lighting should be your next concern. Built in flash may not be your best option if the ambient lighting is not good enuff.

    IMO, taking notes from a studio shoot is not a good idea as studio comes with studion equipment. Being new, I wouldn't think you'll have studio equipment, right. So the settings won't apply.
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    For DOF, here are tried and tested settings that I use as guidelines.

    Using a 50mm equiv lens (that means about 30mm)

    1 row group = f/4
    2 rows group = f/5.6
    3 rows group = f/8
    4 rows or more = Try to shoot from an elevated position using f/8 to f/11 with flash

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    thanks headshotzx & sherchoo for the tips....

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