The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it an assortment of large family gatherings. I have seen some of the impressive group portraits posted here and on the web by accomplished banquet photographers such as The Great Galli, Phil Kember, and most recently Scootermm; see
Most of these portraits were done outdoors, in warm weather. Can any of the esteemed contributors to this forum shed any light (pun intended) on the best illumination to use for an indoor holiday portrait of 25+ people with a banquet camera? Strobes? Flash bulbs? Flash powder? Bare bulb? Soft box? Umbrellas? Two minute exposures? Or just wait till next summer?
How did the traditional banquet photographers do it?