Here’s one of the shots taken during the live shoot shown in the previous post, of our model Debbie Stephenson (who is actually our Seminar Team Leader, so she works double-duty during the seminar). Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for Photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. A big group of kids or adults is getting together… and you need something to keep them busy.
We did these at a family reunion, but they would also be great for group picnics, scout pack meetings or church parties.
To play this game you will need, Smoothie Straws basically just large straws, makes it easier to get the spitball into.
The next thing I do is to arrive at the location in plenty of time to set up and do some test exposures. In this image, I lit the group with two umbrellas and used a normal reflector placed behind the group and aimed up, to light the background.
After setting up the lights, the hardest part of doing a large group is arranging the people. Once all the people are arranged satisfactorily, the next step is to make sure that everyone’s expression is good. If I am on a location such as at a wedding or corporate office, I try to find a spot where I can do some creative lighting with hair lights or additional background lights. Photographer and photo teacher with over 30 years experience photographing people and things for advertising, public relations and private use.
This Old South Chic styled shoot was inspired by the historic church building in Nashville dating back to 1874.

The original bell tower turned whiskey tasting room is a highlight of the venue and makes a great photo spot.
Blackberry mint juleps put a twist on the normal Southern tradition along with the old fashioned layer cakes for the dessert table.
Styling the beautiful wedding venue with whisky barrels, cotton branches, mercury glass, and vintage books and medicine bottles enhanced the natural beauty. I lit it with just one light; a Westcott TD-5 SyderLite positioned in front and to my right. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. Whenever I have a large group to photograph, the first thing I do is to try to scope out the location to make sure I can set up my lights as necessary. Most of the time, shooting large groups will make lighting the background necessary (unless the shot is outdoors). The inspiration shoot today created by a number of amazing Tennessee wedding vendors shows how you can pull together elements of the Old South with bright pops of color and modern touches for a chic and elegant look. It features an open floor plan, exposed beams, and soaring windows flooding the room with natural light. Thank you so much to all the vendors that worked so hard to pull this awesome Old South Chic wedding shoot together. We're a wedding blog with practical advice, amazing vendors, and beautiful real weddings for Memphis area couples and beyond! Your main lights, no matter if they’re portable or studio lights, just will not be able to light up the background and  the people at the same time.

I also like to have everyone in his or her own space so that they are not standing in a line. You may not get everyone to laugh, but you’ll at least get some good smiles and pleasant expressions. It served the purpose of getting everyone on different levels as well as provided a spot to hide the accent lights.
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Therefore, I’m always looking for things people can sit on or stand on to vary the heights of the heads in the photo.
Sometimes you can achieve this with a bounce flash, but when you’re in a large space with high ceilings, it may not be possible. I even bring boxes and sometimes ladders for them to stand on and stools for them to sit on.
We had to teach them how to chew on the paper,  and make it the perfect size to fit into the straw.

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