I was hired to do a 15 person family shoot, and as soon as I heard that number over the phone, I knew I needed a little more than my speed lights to light this group and get a decent amount of depth of field for everyone to be in relative focus.
A friend of mine lent me 3 Paul C. Buff Alienbees B800’s, and I can’t wait to get myself at least a pair of these! I was able to get the whole group lit, while keeping the aperture on my camera stopped down enough to get everyone in focus, and the lights were not even at half power.
I needed to do some testing before I called the group in, so I positioned my favorite subject/assistant (my lovely wife!) at the spot where the middle of the group would be, and I setup my camera with the same settings as I knew I needed for the group and took this shot:
I loved it! The only thing I would do different would be to use a wider aperture to get the background a bit more out of focus, and to pick a different background all together.
I can’t wait to get myself a few of these lights for the planned Glamour shoots I have, and for senior photography at the schools. Just having all that light intensity at my disposal opens up a few possibilities for my portrait shoots.
Thanks for looking!