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10-06-11, 09:15 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Thanks for all your input, guys. It's much appreciated. I highly doubt (and certainly hope) that I won't be shooting group shots outside. I forgot to mention, that I live in the Middle East, and temps of 100-120F are not unheard of for the first few months and last months of the school year. That leaves me with a school meeting room or the gym, I guess.
@ Kezpock: That's actually not a bad idea. I'll try and figure out how best to do it. The good thing is that "local tradition" pretty much guarantees that there's be some pretty strong normal ceiling light available. Bad thing is, it's pretty harsh, but maybe I could use a few stands to spread out a thin diffusing fabric, and then fill in with the flash heads.
@ Dan: You're correct. I think the key point is to find out what kind of shots the school expects, and more so; what kind of quality they're used to in this region. And, yeah, the softboxes I have now will do great for the individual portraits.
@Wavemachine: The backgrounds you've linked in your post will not be big enough for a whole class. However, I really like the HiLite from Lastolite a lot. That will be perfect for the individual shots. Thanks for the links.
@Cathus: The big softbox you're mentioning (I think it's an octabox) is a very nice piece of kit, but you're right, it's a ot of juice in order to get the 30-40 feet distance your talking about. I don't that suit my purpose right now. BUT, if this takes of, it'd be perfect for graduations.
Finally, sorry for the late reply from me, but I thought I was supposed to get a mail, when someone replied. Nevermind, thanks for taking your time to share your input. It's much appreciated.
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