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Family photo shoot help!!!
My family (Brothers and Sister) are wanting to have me take photo's of all us kids and grand kids and great grand kids as a gift for may mothers birthday (she will be 80 yrs. young this new years eve). I feel confident enough to do it, but have concerns about what lens I should be using on such a very large group (about 40 people) and where should my focus point be? I have a Nikon D5100 with kit 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm lens. I don't mind buying another lens or two as I will always need them later. I'm thinking 2.8 but not sure of the rest. The place where the photos will be taking has a very good light supply as I have taken photos there before without any problems.
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Very nice you can shoot the family pictures. Try to shoot the little families apart too next to the big group image. And maybe its fun to put all the kids together in one image etc etc etc.
Well, i really think you do not need a F/2.8 lens for this image. I think your aperture should be around F/11 or maybe F/16 to get everyone in focus.
With that said! I know people will come up with other info that you CAN use F/2.8. My experience at this moment and at this face in my Photography, i know for myself i need a bigger aperture to be really sure i do not "f*ck"up the image.
Greg made a video about it. He says he uses F/2.8, but he knows his equipment.
Take you advantage out of it.
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