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06/08/2013 11:10:03 PM · #1
I'm shooting our son's team photo for soccer tomorrow and was wondering if you guys had any tips. I've done team photos before (on my own) and class photos, but they asked me to do this one and I just want to do my best.

- sun: it will be 11:00am, so the sun will be up although it may be cloudy
- camera: 6D
- flash: Canon 430 EX II (for fill-in to help with shadows on faces, etc - I've actually never show a group photo with flash)
- tripod (or should I increase the shutter speed and do handheld so I can reposition more easily?)
- lens: 50mm 1.4 or 24-105... ?
- DOF: 11 (?) (shot my daughter's team photo this morning and forgot to switch the aperture - it was way too shallow)

I'll be glad to do individuals if anyone wants them, although I've been posting action shots of all the boys to a website all season (for years) so not sure if anyone would prefer a posed shot vs one of the action shots. If so, I'll probably switch to a shallow DOF.

Any tips? If there is an existing thread, please point me in the direction and I'll be glad to poke around there. My biggest question is which lens.

Thanks so much for any advice!
06/09/2013 04:10:16 AM · #2
This is something i have done before a few times..

Use your 24-105, shoot it at f8, you wont need a flash, I have only used a tripod because Im also the manager and need to be in the shot hahahaha.

Don't stress it, it is easy, enjoy the fun of trying to get them all to sit still and look at camera, take about 10-15 shots at least, you will need many options (closed eyes etc)
06/09/2013 08:43:07 AM · #3
Thank you...!

The reason I asked about the flash: there have been pictures in the past where the sun cast severe shadows on part of their faces. I may shoot with and without.

06/09/2013 06:45:12 PM · #4
I didn't get many responses so I'll post a few things I learned from this morning, in case it helps anyone else:

1) background: I chose the goal near the wooded area vs the goal near other ballfields. Much simpler and less distracting background.
2) front row: have everyone kneel with the same knee down, with hands either behind back, on one knee, or at the side (whatever - just all the same)
3) back row: hands behind the back
4) eyes: make sure they all on the camera. I took many many shots and in only two are all eyes at the camera. Just looks much more professional and less snap-shottish.
5) flash: I did use the flash and I'm glad - a little crisper and the team stands out a bit more from the background
6) coach/adults: on the end(s) (and boys by height - tallest in center)
7) assistance: I had my husband and the team mgr helping me - just having one extra person to go move someone around and help get everyone focused will help a lot.
8) settings: f8, 24-105 @ 67mm, 1/125 sec

I took one composition before the game and one after due to a player showing up mid-game. The pre-game shot is much better, not just because they're not as sweaty but also their expressions are more pleasant -- they were hot and tired and hungry afterwards. I know team shots aren't usually done after a game, but just wanted to throw that in there. (I think everyone else will get the pre-game photo and the late kid will get the last photo. That's how much different it is.)

Message edited by author 2013-06-09 18:59:34.
06/09/2013 07:13:16 PM · #5
i've never done this large of a group and im not sure how effective it is on kids, but i usually have everyone close their eyes and I say "open" count 1, then snap the shot.

some people when they first open blink and also to give them a second to find the camera. its usually effective.
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