Aperture for Group Picture


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katman

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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

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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
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.
 

kelccm

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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.
 

katman

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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.
If I use flash, do I still need a tripod?
 

katman

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

fotoudavid

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pump iso to 800 or 1200, set 1/60, f5.6 or maybe f8.
 

fotoudavid

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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 :bsmilie: ). Any doctor here for the BBB cure?
 

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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.
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.

Regards,
Arto.
 

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