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jepabst

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Tough LARGE group photo
« on: November 10, 2014, 04:10:37 PM »
One of the hardest shots I've been asked to take to date:
I had a bride this summer request to do a photo of ALL THE GUESTS during cocktail hour. I told her we'd try. I didn't make any promises. The wedding was at the Art Institute of Chicago and there is a huge atrium where cocktail hour is held. I knew I would need all the light I could get to even have a chance at getting a shot they'd be happy with. So I shot wide open with my 17-40mm at F/4.0 - then I bumped my ISO to 3200 - on the Canon 6D. I knew I could get good shots at that ISO on that camera. Then I put three Speedlites on full power in manual mode and aimed them straight up, next to me, so they could bounce off the ceiling. I use Godox VING 860C ; about equal to Canon 600EX. Keep in mind; it was pretty much DARK in the atrium at this hour. I should have taken a before/after; next time.

Here is the shot that resulted.

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Tough LARGE group photo
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2014, 05:05:43 PM »
Well done. From experience I know that can be a hair pulling moment. You've captured it really well.
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2014, 05:07:51 PM »
Well Done !!
Very tricky circumstances, large open space, not a lot of light.
Shows that using speedlites can make a real difference.
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2014, 06:51:29 PM »
If I was that sly about getting a logo in I'd be awfully tempted to ask the couple if they wanted that statuary out.  ;)

Jim

ETA - It is of course possible that the logo is physically present; I can't tell which.
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2014, 07:05:43 PM »
Good Job.  I'd take out the statue and the folk art banner, or replace it with test about the couple.


I have to photograph groups without flash, and its miserable.  Then, I print them as a 4 ft banner.

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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2014, 07:27:05 PM »
Very nice. It looks like a heart shape

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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2014, 04:35:48 AM »
Well done, great shot.

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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2014, 07:00:55 AM »
Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2014, 08:06:01 AM »
Well done jepabst.

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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2014, 03:54:39 PM »
Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

You face the issue of people moving around between exposures.

Jim
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2014, 05:01:56 PM »
Very good photo taking into account all circumstances! I have a question regarding your logo: is it Photoshoped or is really hanging on that wall ? ;)
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2014, 05:12:55 PM »
Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

People move.... sometimes a lot and you have them showing up in two places....
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2014, 06:33:29 PM »
pabst photo? that's my beer!(and the beer of hipsters, but i don't hold that against them, or the fact that they jsut sold out to russians)

I find myself doing this from time to time, and it sounds like you told the client what i always tell them with these things. You did very well, and i'd certainly be pleased with that result. I second what Mt Spokane says, but of course there almost always seems to be room for improvement with such things. I monday morning quaterback the hell out of my work sometimes.
  As for the guy talking about pano, i would have done it, but then i would have taken some single exposure stuff as a safety net. you would think that the people would know how important it is try and make it work for the photo guy, and extension the client(your friend) but people just don't behave. i don't have much faith that people can even post for a shot like this without giving me the finger, or some other sly move. maybe even pull a "Teen Wolf" type of background thing(it's a thing, google it). i wouldn't put it past many.
  anyway, good work, i'm sure they will be pleased.

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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2014, 06:33:29 PM »

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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2014, 09:02:12 PM »
Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

I took a group shot of 20 kids... and that was tough, because they move without knowing it... so a hand is here... and then it is here... it is just a big pain... not to mention, I don't think the focal length was the issue... but the lighting...
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2014, 09:24:18 PM »
Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

I took a group shot of 20 kids... and that was tough, because they move without knowing it... so a hand is here... and then it is here... it is just a big pain... not to mention, I don't think the focal length was the issue... but the lighting...

I decided one day to try and take a panorama shot of the inside of my gazebo. The cats moved.
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Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2014, 09:24:18 PM »