I'm just wondering if there's a rule of thumb when it comes to setting your aperature according to how many people are in the shot?
My parents have 5 grandchildren and my IL's have 4. This summer I'd like to try to get a nice photo of all the kids (not 9 together, one with 5 and one with 4). One kid is 11 yo but the rest are 4 and under (youngest turning 1 in July).
Anyway, as you can imagine, it's difficult to get them all sitting at once let alone getting them to look at the camera. So when I do have the opportunity I want to make sure I have the right settings and not have only one child's face in focus or something.
What's the absolute lowest aperature I can have when shooting 4-5 kids?
Good question! I wish I could help, but I am interested to see what others have to say. I have some really cute pictures of the girls, but I used too low of an aperature so they both aren't in focus. I was SOOOO dissapointed when I got them on the computer and saw that.
To be safe, I'd close it up A LOT. I'd probably start at f/8 and go from there.
My "babies" are Abigail (6/06) and Caleb (1/08 )
I hate to say it, but really ... it all depends.
I know, not a lot of help.
But it DOES depend ... on how close you are to your subjects, how close they are to one another, how far you are from your background, etc.
In general, for a group of 5 or more, I would start fairly closed up, say f/8 and then step my way down and see where I got the best results.
There is a pretty neat website:
That has some aps or an on-line calculator to help you figure things out. I just used the on-line calculator (not any of the aps), but I was pretty impressed with the info it gave back to me.
Best of luck to you!!!
You really don't need to close up that much. It really depends on how close or far from them you are and what glass you are using.
Camera Nikon D700 Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 800
Camera Nikon D700 Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 34 mm ISO Speed 1000
Camera Nikon D700 Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 1000
I rarely close up very far unless trying to create sun burst or flare. I like a bit of a distorted background pulling the subjects in as main focus from opening up my ap.
Another grouping and open even more:
Camera Nikon D700 Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125) Aperture f/5.0 Focal Length 70 mm ISO Speed 1250
Camera Nikon D700 Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250) Aperture f/5.0 Focal Length 70 mm ISO Speed 1250
Now it may be different if you have an enormous group like this:
But even then I was at 5.6
Camera Nikon D80 Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 60 mm ISO Speed 160
Now if it was a very very large group like for this wedding:
Great examples, Cindy!!!!