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Hi John, have just followed your third webinar on studio lighting with manfrotto, thanks for all the great advice from this and previous two. I hope I can put in into practice.
Thank you for taking the time to video the review of the PLM. I seek your advice on whether to get the silver or the white umbrella for the following shoot:
One Large group photo of 200 people in 6 rows stacked up one on top of the other.
About 30 persons side by side per row. Each row will be standing on a step higher than the previous row.
This is done indoor with a v high ceiling and with ambient light from outside.
Camera will be about 10metres away from the first row.
3 umbrellas using Elinchrom D Lite 4 (400ws) and PLM on. left, centre and right placement.
Should I use the extreme silver PLM or the white PLM (with black spill cover)?
I don’t see how the ambient light could be a factor at all. I’d want to be at something like 160/8 or 160/10 for this shot. I don’t know of any rooms where the ambient light would show up at all in those settings.
With that in mind, I’d want 2 white PLM umbrellas with a diffusion cover to really spread the light as much as I can. The silver PLM is more like a spotlight. It’s great for one person, but not great for shooting 30 people. It might help to shoot from a ladder to help you get all of the faces on the same plane. Best of luck.
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