Group photoshoot questions

DarkSideAccord

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My family is coming over this week and I'm thinking of doing a group photoshoot.. there will be 25 people total, and most likely will be shot indoors which would pose an issue due to the lighting... which lens should I use and how should I set it up..?

1. 16-45mm f/4.0 (wide enough to get everyone into the picture)
2. 50-200mm f/4-5.6 (good for headshots, but group shots?)
3. 40mm f/2.8 (good for potraits, but group shots..?)
4. 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (kit lens)

if none of these lenses work, any recommendations on what I should rent?

I have an external flash as well.
 

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i'd just use the 16-45 but dont open it too wide cause then the people on the edges might look distorted or fat(ter). i honestly wouldnt expect it to look great just cause of the lighting issue you're going to have
 

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as for the external flash, do i just hold it up high and use the the onboard flash as well?
 

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as for the external flash, do i just hold it up high and use the the onboard flash as well?

i would just leave the speedlight mounted on the camera and just point it toward the ceiling. if the ceiling's tall then you could increase the brightness of the flash or you just stand with your back close to a wall and point the flash behind you toward the wall at about 45 degrees upwards
 
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