What F-stop for an outdoor family portrait

Started Sep 7, 2008 | Discussions thread
David Nall
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Re: What F-stop for an outdoor family portrait

Debbie wrote:

I am taking a family portrait for a friend today. They will be
outdoors in a shaded area. I will probably have them in 2-3 rows,
depending on when doing the whole group (11) or individual families
(4-5). I would still like the backgroud trees to be blurred because
it has been very dry here and there are a lot of brown/dead leaves.
Anyway I would of course like the subjects to be sharp. What F-stop
would you recommend?

If I were doing the shoot, I think I would take several at different F stops and also with fill flash. I would probably start out with the aperture at around 5.6 and move up to f8 duplicating the effort with flash. Be sure to take your tripod. Dave
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