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| p.1 #2 · Help with group shots (football, but could be applied to any sport) |
Since you are in South Korea, when you say football, do you mean American style Football or the beautiful game (what people in America call soccer)?
Check out how Robert Beck (photog for SI) did it here
From reading your post it looks like this will be a set photoshoot just for this picture, not during a game, which makes it easier.
In any case, I would rehearse ahead of time using a group of friends instead of the football team to make sure you get the shot right the first time (and you don't piss off the coach by wasting the team time... coaches can be particular about that, especially during the season).
If you do it during the day, you might not need any lights. I would do it early or late in the day. Not only that's when the light is "best", but having the main light at an angle will produce more shadows which I think will create a more interesting photo. You might also be able to use a couple of big reflectors to soften some of the shadows.
If you use strobes and don't go directly overhead, you can use tall stands. Alternatively you can use some home made poles (I usually buy some metal electrical conduit at my local hardware store) and rig something to attach your lights to the ends and use "assistants" to hold the lights.
You can use the same type of setup for the camera: just attach it at the end of a long pole, use a wide angle and a remote trigger.
If you want to get fancy, you can tether the camera to a laptop with a USB cable, set it in Live View to frame your shots and review the results as your shoot.
Finally, I don't know about South Korea, but here in the US that's the kid of stuff you don't do unless you have some liability insurance... With a setup like that it's easy to drop a light or the camera on your models.
Hope this helps and keep us posted on how you go about it and the results.