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| p.1 #9 · Paul Buff's PLM umbrellas to light a 15 person wedding group |
I've used 2 43" westcott shorts to light 25 people groups.
You'll be fine with those large sizes. Gel to match ambient if you have to. Get the stand up as high as you can, aim in down like a 45 or so.
The approach I take to lighting group portraits is to get light in all of their eyes, and reduce shadows cast as best as I can. Sometimes you can't do that and there will be a lack of space or factors that make is so that you cannot do this, so you make the best you can. Get everyone smiling, and not blinking and keep light in all of their eyes...especially the bride and groom.
Also, you want to try and position your lights so that they do not have your subjects in the first row metering at f/8 and then your subjects in the back metering at f/4 or f/2.8