In August I was approached by the management team of Rugby Town Football Club to create a never attempted before photograph of all six hundred club members. For me this was a daunting task and something I had never done before, in fact I think up until the day of the photograph on 5th September the most people in a single photograph was about one hundred and fifty.
Although the task at hand was daunting thankfully the football club had given me enough notice to come up with a plan. My first thought was what resolution would I require to photograph that many people in a single photograph. I thought through many options before deciding that I would need to double my standard camera resolution, so I decided to get my hands on a fifty plus mega pixel camera.
The next aspect was working out the best position for the photograph be to taken, the team at the club had given a time of 13.00 for the photograph to be taken, with this in mind I was able to establish where the sun would be at that time of day and then recommend where the group should be placed to avoid the sun shining in the groups eyes (as it turned out it wasn't sunny on the day but it is always better to be prepared in my opinion).
I also had to establish my chosen lens field of view, to establish this I visited the football ground before the event and was able to give the club guidance on where I would like to stand and where the limits of the group would be in order to see all the banners and the members plus the club house in the background. The final consideration was a 3 metre high scaffold tower provided by the club for me to stand on. Now I am not keen on heights and with all the prep work done and the clubs coaches helping out with arranging the group into the position, my only worry became falling off the tower.
In the end though we had a very successful photo opportunity with everything going to plan and a happy customer.