I was at an event this weekend shooting my son's band competition performance. I was set up for video and, while I took a few stills, I got what I needed from that setup.
The venue was supposed to provide a professional photographer to take group shots for later sale but, due to a death in the family, the pro didn't show.
At the very last second I was asked to step in to get a group shot of our band for the families...
I think I did okay considering, but, after having this sudden experience, I have to ask: how the hell do y'all do this?
I had maybe 5-10 minutes between events to get 60 people lined up, eyes open, face front ("everyone look at the dead kitten!"), smile, nobody block anyone else, nobody in radically different lighting, etc. The band instructor was nice enough to set the kids up while I worked on the technicals and then my wife and I moved folks around a bit for a better shot. Then I had to get the shots with 3 dozen other parents clicking away with everything from SLRs to iPods.
What are your tips, tricks, shortcuts and so on for getting something like this to work?
CMEA Group Shot F2 by ekklein1, on Flickr
NOTE: This is the quick-and-dirty post processing effort; basically just a raw conversion. I've got more to do...