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"RE: group portait"

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Mon 15-Jul-13 01:10 PM

I do a lot of small group shots in adverse conditions and find the Lightsphere quite effective in energizing the room along a plane parallel to the floor at the height of the flash. If the room is small and you aee close to the group, you might want to reduce forward facing light a little to reduce a hotspot in the center. I do that by placing my hand up near it, with a couple fingers blocking light directly to the front. It also warms the light a little.
Do not go too wide, those on the sides will look significantly heavier, women tend to not like looking heavier when they are not. I would not go wider than 35mm which could get two rows in your distance preference.

If luck is with you, using a single on camera flash pointed up and to the rear towards the junction of the rear wall and ceiling. That can create a very large apparent source for a flattering wrap-around lighting with minimal hotspots. But that requires luck that the location is light color and can be used with a custom white balance. As JRP said, don't leave to luck. If conditions are really good for it, use the rear ceiling, if not, use diffusers like the G. Fong Lightsphere, or multiple strobes with large umbrellas or softboxes.
And do not bounce flash towards the front, you are too close so the reflected light will create dark eye sockets and harsh shadows. The reflected light needs to come in at low enough of an angle to fill the eyes.
Will this be a full length shots or primarily just upper torso? If full length, get your camera down a bit so it is below their eye level or else distortion of their lower bodies will not be appreciated, again, mostly by the women. A good rule of thumb that applies to many things but particularly photography: make the women happy and everyone is happy.
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