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Focus on an eye. Exposure: all of them! This is a staged event and a must-have shot. Figure out the general idea using a digital camera where you can see the result right away. Then start with those settings on the good camera. Shoot bursts of 3 on each shot, so you have 3 identical pictures with tiny differences in people's faces, to choose from. ...


Where should the focus on the group be? A good rule of thumb is that you get 2/3s of your depth of field behind the focal point, and 1/3 in front of it - so pick the extreme points you want in focus (probably the middle of the front row of people and the ends of the back row of people, unless you want the Christmas tree in focus) and focus 1/3 of the ...

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