Hi all... my daughter's college has asked me to recreate a picture that was done a few years back for their club sports. The idea is to have one player for each sport that they have in the club program represented in one picture to show the breadth of sports they offer. The usage is as a header on their website. The reason they want to recreate it is that they've added several new sports. I like the heavy side lighting for dramatic effect. When I first looked at it, I was thinking that it was shot with a strobe from one side; and I no longer have studio strobes that would be needed to do that. After further studying the picture I'm now thinking that it was a bunch of individual portraits that were photoshopped together. And to do that, I could use my speedlites offset to get the lighting effect.
How do you think this was originally created; and I'd love ideas on how to recreate it? Do it as one group; or individuals and photoshop together? What's the best way to accomplish either. I don't have a green screen backdrop or anything like that but could probably rent one or try to find a colored wall that would give me a solid color behind them to more easily edit out. Just making the background black with the speedlites would not help due to hair and black uniforms; so that's only an option if its a group photo. I could probably rent strobes if I wanted to try and do it as a group. The advantage of individual shots is of course that it could be edited later if needed.
Here is a link to the image in question: