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Family photo shoot help!!!

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4 years 8 months ago #1993 by Matt
First off I'm not sure where to really ask this question so I'm posting it here. If need be, a mod are move it to where it belongs, also thanks in advance for those of you whom help people like me.
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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4 years 8 months ago #1994 by Roy van Ommen
Hi there Matt!,

Welcome to the Forum.

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.



Greetings,
Roy

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4 years 8 months ago #1997 by Matt
Thanks for the reply

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4 years 8 months ago #2003 by Bill
check out this link www.tawbaware.com/maxlyons/calc.htm , scroll down to Dimensional Field of View Calculator. It will give you the field of view for a given focal length at a given distance. For example with a 50mm lens with a 1.6 crop factor and standing 10'away. You get a field of view of of 5'4.9". This should help you determine how wide a lens you need to photograph your family.

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4 years 8 months ago #2005 by Matt
Thanks Bill that helped a lot.

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4 years 8 months ago #2006 by Roy van Ommen
Hi there Matt,

I am wondering, did the Family Photo Shoot already took place? Or is it still upcoming?

Greetings,
Roy

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4 years 8 months ago #2035 by Matt
It's Dec. 29th this year Roy

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4 years 8 months ago #2042 by Roy van Ommen
Ah okay Matt..

You have got some preperation time in that case..

Greetings,
Roy

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