Group Photoshoots are a fun and easy way to shoot models in a studio, without all the headache of arranging everything and setting everything up. They are an ideal way to gain experience and build up your portfolio.

Shooting in a studio is a bit different from shooting outside, as all your camera settings must be correct to work with the flash. Here are the basic settings to use - 

  • Set the camera on Manual Mode.

  • Shutter speed to below the sync speed of your camera with flash, if in doubt use 1/100th. 

  • Set the aperture to F8, of whatever I say for each set.

  • ISO to 200.

  • White Balance set to flash or 5,500K.

  • You will need a standard hot shoe to fit the trigger to fire the flash.

  • Mirrorless camera need to have the viewfinder set to show the scene as always correctly lit, not set to show an exposure preview. It is also very useful to set the viewfinder to show the actual picture taken for a second or so, so that you can see the actual flash picture after each exposure.

  • You don't need a fancy camera to shoot in the studio, providing you can set it as above. I shoot with an older camera and a standard zoom lens.

Just a note for anyone shooting on Panasonic or Olympus cameras. The flash trigger I use is universal, and will fit all cameras, but it seems that these cameras may be set up by default not to work this way, so I recommend reading your manual to check this out. You can always arrange to pop in to the studio and try your camera if you want to check this out. If all else fails I have a camera you can use. In the words of Chris Conway, who owns Trident Studio in Plymouth, and is very knowledgeable in this area "Those cameras have wonky settings by default to use electronic first curtain, silent shooting etc which at best causes the occasional misfire and at worst endless black frames."

You can arrive up to 15 minutes early if you wish, especially if you want to check your camera is working OK with the flash. Shooting will start promptly, with 5 minutes for each photographer. Anyone arriving late will be added to the end of the queue. 

To give you some idea of what fun a Group Photoshoot is I have produced a video of a Valentine's Day Shoot I did with Sammy. You can see the actual pace of taking photographs, the flashes firing and the image we created with each flash. This shows just how many photos you can take in a 5 minute slot.