When photographing a group of people sometimes it's much easier to get a lots of variety by zooming with your lens or 'zooming with your feet' rather than having all the different groups of people move around. Once you have everyone standing together, you can take a photo of the entire group and then while everyone is still standing together, quickly focus in on smaller groups or individual people and grab these closer-up portraits.
This is an awesome opportunity to capture candids and to create a collection of images that compliment each other (perfect for albums and side-by-side photo displays). When the group shot is presented beside the zoomed in portrait, it helps the viewer to pay attention to details they might have overlooked in their larger group picture. Happy big group shooting! - xx Chamonix
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