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    Default Best aperture for group shot

    What is the best aperture for group shot of more than 12 persons? Then they will be standing two locations, one under the sun, around 1pm. and the other one same time, but in shade. thanks...
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    Default Re: Best aperture for group shot

    If u line them up in one straight line all facing you, a f2 would do.
    If they are cluster togethre in a group, a f5-8 might work.

    Really depends on how you want to arrange them.
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    Default Re: Best aperture for group shot

    Hi Legoz, thanks for the reply. They will be positioned like a typical class picture.
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    Default Re: Best aperture for group shot

    f8 to f11, use tripod even the shutter is not very low,

    1pm under the sun is not idea, is hot, your subject will perspire within 5mins, you need to work very fast, you may get sun light casting on nose tip, deep shadow on eye socket, need to use fill flash.
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    Default Re: Best aperture for group shot

    correction, if you are using crop sensor body, you can use f5.6 for group photos of two rows
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    Default Re: Best aperture for group shot

    Thanks to evryone. Yeah I am thinking of using a direct fill flash using my sb-600 with diffuser to balance the photo under the sun. I will try to remove the shadow caused by the sun lighting through flash.. Correct need to work fast, too hot, they will perspire.
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    depends how powerful your flash is.....in which case even f/22 is possible.
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    Default Re: Best aperture for group shot

    Quote Originally Posted by pawpaw23 View Post
    Thanks to evryone. Yeah I am thinking of using a direct fill flash using my sb-600 with diffuser to balance the photo under the sun. I will try to remove the shadow caused by the sun lighting through flash.. Correct need to work fast, too hot, they will perspire.
    If you are already under strong sunlight, then there is no need to use the diffuser.
    Just fire the flash to fill in.

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    Default Re: Best aperture for group shot

    Still advisable to use diffuser to widen the spread of the flash

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    is focus stack a good practice here? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by baggiolee View Post
    is focus stack a good practice here? lol
    Yes...

    Given that your subjects stay perfectly still for at least 15 seconds for you to take a few shots to stack.

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    A-Dep mode....
    Just shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutesperm View Post
    A-Dep mode....
    True... the fastest solution

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    Default Re: Best aperture for group shot

    Thanks to everyone, i'll be shooting 3 sets tomorrow, although this is not an official company photograph, i find it a good practice also..

    btw, my flash is sb600, do i still need a diffuser?
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    Default Re: Best aperture for group shot

    I think F5.6 and above should be alright.

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