Settings for Taking Group photos


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lancer75

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HI there,

Very new to DSLR world. Just got mine 1 week ago.
I am just wondering, is there any advise or tips as to what kind of settings on the camera is ideal for Group photo taking?

Assuming lighting & all is adequate.
I would like to know, how to get everybody's face in focus etc.

Thanks.
 

Blur Shadow

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Assuming that lighting is adequate, you'd just have to watch your aperture to get everyone in focus. There are a lot of (somewhat minor) factors to consider, but generally, a f/5.6 onwards should get everyone in reasonable focus. When in doubt, just use P mode. I'd say the Program mode produces an adequate picture most of the time.

Of course, the problem comes when there is insufficient ambient light, uneven lighting, light of various sources etc..
 

ortega

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make sure that the DOF is deep enough to cover everyone

actual aperture setting will depend on how many rows of people there are and the lens in use.
 

Headshotzx

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My general guideline.

With a 50mm equivalent lens (set your lens to 30mm on 1.6 crop, for example):

1 row: f/4 or smaller
2 rows: f/5.6 or smaller
3 rows: f/8 or smaller
4 rows and more: Find a higher angle to shoot from, and use f/8 or smaller

Cheers,
Zexun
 

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