portrait lens for group

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  1. dwarren

    dwarren TPF Noob!

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    I have been using a sigma 50mm EX DG lens for portrait work. It's great except when photographing a group. The depth of field is shallow.

    Next week, I'm photographing a group of 12 and I need greater depth of field. Any suggestions of a better lens to work with.

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    I am not up on Sigma lenses, but I would assume that they work like every other lens on the planet. If you need more depth of field, choose a higher f-stop. For example, if you are shooting a single subject with an aperture of f8 and you want more depth of field for a group, try f11 or f16.



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    A shorter focal length will give you more depth of field, but as AOC said for enough to include a group of 12 people a 50mm at f16 should be plenty.

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    it also depends on your distance from the subject. if there is only two rows of people, at 20 or 30 feet, f4 would probably suffice, but f8 is a good median to use.
     

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