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08/30/2007 04:29:02 AM · #1
Hi all,

My work place know that I dabble in photography and have asked me to take a photo of like the members of staff, sort of a group shot or something.

I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice?
I use a Nikon D80 with a 18-135mm lens.

The shot will be taken outside, prolly about 5.30 6 o clock tomorrow evening, it should still be fairly light from the sun at that point. More than likly to the backdrop of a Pub people maybe sitting down.

I know this is kinda a vague question, I'm just wondering like anything I should watch out for when taking group photos? should I try and make it natural or that fake all smiley thing. Do you think a tripod is necessary I dont think so as the light should be good.

Many thanks in advance.

Gachuk
08/30/2007 04:34:32 AM · #2
depends on how many people. i had to do a shoot of about 60, it was
difficult to get all the faces in.
some of their faces were darker than others, so i should have used
fill in flash, make sure they dont wear caps.
i'd say a tripod is necessary.
oh yeah say CHEESE :)
08/30/2007 04:56:47 AM · #3
I would totally use a tripod...heck it won't hurt any
-As mentioned by goodman, make sure no one is wearing hats or such, it tends to cause shadows on the faces or hide them altogether...and if at all possible no sunglasses (unless they're blind of course)
-Since it is more in the late afternoon any chance you can take them facing the sun? It will give you more lighting but might cause some squinting.
-TAKE A BUNCH of picures. There is a formula somewhere on here about being able to figure out how many photos you will have to take to get one with everyones eyes open, that mainly pertains to flashes but you know someone is gonna be looking a different direction or suddenly yawn or what not. If you do a slow burst of shots you might be able to catch a few that look good or can maybe even clone from one image to fix another. I even tend to snap a few off while everyone is getting settled in, with a flash it totally catches them off guard lol.
-I would also recommend having some fun shots, tell everyone but the boss that when you say a certain word they are supposed to make faces...the boss will be the only one that doesn't...or of course you could do this backwards so the boss THINKS everyone is gonna make a face but he's/she's the only one that does lol.

Have fun, I think you'll do fine.

Message edited by author 2007-08-30 04:57:17.
08/30/2007 07:07:55 AM · #4
Hmm good advice, I lack fill in flash (its on my 'to purchase' list), getting to face the sun may be tricky, they want to do it outside this pub we normally go to after work, as there is like benches outside and suppose its quite a posh pub. Trouble is not sure where the sun will sit, may have to investigate today.

Fun shots is a good idea I will see what the atmosphere is like.

I don't know how many people will turn up, id imagine its going to be around 20-30 but there are like 65 people in the company so who knows.

So generally its a case of keep snapping away and hope for a good one heh.

Thanks for the advice guys:)
08/30/2007 07:30:46 AM · #5
For me ... the bigger the group is, the more likely I am to shoot with a tripod and it has nothing to do with the light or my ability to hold the camera steady.

The problem is that, the more people there are, the more likely one of them will blink, or look away, or not smile. So I take several shots, on a tripod, so that everything stays as much the "same" as possible (understanding that people move, at least the background doesn't). Then, as necessary, I'll clone eyes or faces (or more, if necessary) from one image to another to get the best shot.


08/30/2007 07:58:40 AM · #6
Dave, do you usually use a remote when tripod mounted?

... er for this kind of shot specifically.

Message edited by author 2007-08-30 07:59:25.
08/30/2007 08:12:21 AM · #7
I often use a remote when the camera is on the tripod (just the little 2 foot cable remote that Canon sells). It lets me look over top of the camera, directly at the people. I often notice things this way that, through the viewfinder are too small to notice, such as.... kids that aren't paying attention, little girls seated in dresses on the ground that are showing things they shouldn't, ties that aren't straight, hair that is out of place, etc. Basically, stuff I'd rather correct before taking the shot because in photoshop it's not going to be so much fun to have to correct.
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