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It would be one large group (12-15 people) and maybe one small group (4 people) shot. I'd at least have the large group arrange in tiers on the steps of the building, hopefully on a sunny day when they all can be together.
Here's the equipment I have available:
Nikon D600 w/remote shutter release
Lenses: 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4, 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G kit lens (not my fave)
Nikon SB-910 speedlight plus off-camera extension cord
60" and 33" shoot thru or reflective umbrellas
I realize some of these are questions of preference, but here goes:
1) Given the equipment I have, can I/should I use the 50mm (great lens) or defer to the kit lens since it has a broader range?
2) I've seen Greg's video where he shoots a group at 1/5000 at f2.8, but I'm thinking something like f8 in this instance would suit this better. I'm more concerned about sharpness, not background bokeh.
3) should I go ahead and use the tripod or hand-hold?
4) If I did a shot outside with sun on the steps the building, should bother with an umbrella, or just shoot for a time of day with adequate sunlight and maybe use a fill flash if necessary?
Thanks for any tips or thoughts!
Disclaimer!!!I am not a professional. This is just my opinion and what I would do if I were the photography.
Strobe modifier use depends on the scene, distance, available light, etc. There are no cut and dry rules. I would use the strobe as an on camera fill and not worry about using a second strobe as a main light. Best time of day to shoot it would be when the steps are in shadow.
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