Ok every year we take a timed family group photo with various family member cameras. Every year the photos suck. Dark. Busy. Crap. This is the situation: We are all supposed to line up the cameras approximately 20 feet from where the "action" is. In the group photo are 22 people, one line sitting, one kneeling and one stranding. It is in front of a dark brick fireplace with big brass attachments, and two huge windows on either side. That is the only light besides household lighting that is inside the room. This scene of people spans about 8ft wide and about 4 ft. deep. It would be nice if we can move the location, but they have been doing it that way for 50 years......blah, blah, blah. I can't get closer because everyone else has small compact digitals and no wide angle at all. I have a new camera this year, but I don't even know if it will help in this situation. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I have a Canon 7NE, a sigma lens set (70-300 and 28-90) various filters including floresent and orange-In case B&Ws the ticket. Setting and lens suggestions would be great.