The Eau Claire Memorial senior football players allowed me to take their picture with their moms at Carson Park.
This was the first time I ever took a group photo beyond my extended family, albeit I think it turned out well.
The challenges included lots of cement staining, rust on pipes and of course the big one, we started the shoot about 30 minutes before sunset, with the entire shoot taking less than 10 minutes. My wife helped place people and it was shot using a Canon EOS R with a 70-200mm f/2.8 at about f/5.6 70mm, and 125-ish shutter speed while I was standing on the very top of a ladder (which surprisingly, wasn’t scary after a while being on it).
If I take another group shot, I will setup on a tripod, shoot the seating before anyone is seated, have position markers (painter’s tape) where each should begin to position, and use a smaller relative focal distance to minimize barrel roll (which I reduced, albeit not enough out of fear of face and/or body distortion). I would also lower a white background down another seat level or two, and “plant” some trees off to the left so the tops show up where the stairs are (thinking it would be an improvement over as much gray as we have).
While I’m comfortable using Gimp, I used Photoshop for the first “real” time with this image and I have to say, Photoshop was a great improvement, even though I had (and still have) a significant learning curve.