View Full Version : Group Event - A bit of help needed

07-09-2009, 05:46 AM
I will be taking some pictures in a few weeks; I am somewhat of a beginner and am just learning my way around the camera. I will be stepping in as a photographer among other tasks. There will be about 50 - 60 cadets and around 15 adults. Shots I would like to take and equipment are listed below. I saw a few links that were very helpful when searching for the phrase “group photo” but would like a little more insight and some lens suggestions and just any ideas. I am looking to buy a new lens for the event. Thanks.

Nikon D40x
Nikon D50
Nikon D60

Nikkor 18 – 200
Nikkor 18 – 55 (standard kit equipment)
Unknown – Recommendation for a good wide angle

Shots I would like to take:
Group photo – total of around 75 people, this may be broken up in to two separate photos depending on groups but will not be an even number in each photo. But there will be some object they will be standing in front of (boat or plane)

Action shots – running, pushups, planes
Standard – Standard shots that will include no motion
I am thinking that I would like a wide angle lens because this will allow me to get up closer to the group allowing the cadets faces to be a bit more visible than the previous years. (please correct me if I’m wrong) (Pics from previous years: one (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=47497&stc=1&d=1247143517), two (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=47498&stc=1&d=1247143517), three (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=47499&stc=1&d=1247143517), four (http://www.dcresource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=47500&stc=1&d=1247143517) Images are also attached)

Crazy – I would like to do some sort of crazy shot(s). One that I was thinking of was to have the cadets look up towards the camera while I’m standing on a ladder/balcony/cockpit. I was also thinking of the reverse if possible (have the kids stand on deck and salute while looking out to sea, I would be positioned below them on dock.)

Background – this will be a military event so any ideas will be great and if we can tie in salutes, flags, marching that would be great!

Any help is greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post.

07-09-2009, 01:17 PM
Personally I think you don't need another lense for the job, but buy one anyway cause it's fun.

On the group photo's I would imagine that you have plenty of spots available to you with the boats. Why not get creative with them? I see to rows of ruffly 15, I don't see another row kneeing and another row standing on a form or buckets behind. No photos of the crew draped over a big gun, and I think you could fit a few into that shot.....

07-09-2009, 05:22 PM
Thanks for the ideas!!! I'm making a list so i won't forget which shots I want to take.

07-09-2009, 09:42 PM
You already have some 18 mm lenses. The only lens wider without getting into ultra wide territory is the Nikkor 16-85 VR lens. If you go wider than 16 mm (24 mm for Nikon digital) the people at the ends will be distorted.
I see you will have some problem with the darken faces with many of them wearing the caps, maybe you should advise them to wear a little higher so you can see the faces?

07-10-2009, 09:05 AM
great idea about the ball caps. thanks.

Gary Meissner
08-27-2009, 11:28 AM
Fill flash would also lighten the faces.