I have a job on sat morning. There is a charity walk, and they require a few group shots (and some other mini group shots, + whatever I want to experiment with, individual ones etc)
Location is here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantry
In the main square, as we can see there are around 3 major features there, the statues are 2 and the anchor is the other one. I will be talking to the person who is arranging things later today, to see if they have a preference for any of those landmarks to be in the shot (they might not want one, but I suspect they do)
Forecast is cloudy for sat morning, though a chance of a light shower..shouldn't be a major problem, time is early about 09:00
Around 20 people in the group
So here is the problem, I don't like group shots! And I am not afraid to ask for some help on this one!
What I am trying to do is get something decent, but avoid the "firing line" group shot I detest so much. I was thinking of a few variations such as:
1: The "huddle", in other words the group bunched up together, I find a higher vantage point (bench etc) and work on that, informal
2: Mini groups, around 5 people per group arranged near to each other, but not super tight, around one of the landmarks
3: Normal arrange around the statue or landmark evenly, with front people kneeling down etc, but maybe a curve to it rather than dead straight. Usual tall people inside small outside strategy
I admit I have avoided group shots in the past, and have done workarounds..aka take them in smaller groups or more candid shots. This time however I cannot, and I want to do something good, because they are paying me
Time isn't a major problem, they are not on a strict schedule, I would say I have 20-30mins if I need it. I know from past experiences, that you have to move people and set it up yourself, no problems on that, vocal commands don't work! I found that out the hard way.
If anyone has any ideas, or suggestions/advice etc, or even some examples, I would greatly appreciate your help!