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best setting for group photos?

by nancydiann / July 27, 2007 11:27 AM PDT

Hello-

I have a Fuji Finepix S7000, but it's being fixed, and am now using my mother's Fuji Finepix S5200. I will be taking some wedding photos this weekend and am curious what setting is best for group shots? I always use the portrait setting for single or couples, but wonder what's best for groups of people? Anyone have any experience with this? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Group Shot
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 27, 2007 12:15 PM PDT

If this is an indoor photo, your main limitation will be the flash.
That camera has a maximum flash distance of 13 feet (if you are not using any zoom).
Less distance if you are using any zoom.

I suggest you not use any of the mode settings.
Just set the camera to Auto and go with that.

And get as close to the people as you can.

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group shot
by nancydiann / July 27, 2007 11:09 PM PDT
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hopefully, weather permitting, it will be outdoors. I will do as you suggest, my concern is the focus, and making sure that all subjects are in focus. Thanks!

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Group Shot
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 28, 2007 12:50 AM PDT
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Outdoor shot of a group.

For maximum "Depth of Field" with a group, you definitely do not want to use Portrait.

I would still use the "Auto" mode.
If the people are standing in the shade and it is very bright behind them (such as under a tree),
you should use "forced flash" too.

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