Recently I photographed a series of group photos for a school client. I used my group riser system. Please note how I used the risers to get the most of each group photographed.
The major key to large group photography is manually focusing and large depth of field. Manually I focused on someone in the second or third row, never the first row. These images were taken at ISO 100, f:14, 1/200 sec using two Photogenic 600 watt second strobes on full power to fill shadows. Photos were taken between 9:30 and 10:15am. Sun was behind us.
For these two groups you see how I used my risers system. I used my entire riser system to capture everyone. My riser system is 5 sections wide and 4 steps high (16″). I could add a front row sitting on the ground. My system will accommodate up to 125. I can rent a system to accommodate larger groups. Also one of our photographers has a drone to photograph groups from the air.
This Group I placed each row on alternating steps on the risers. I could spread the group out but if ordering 8×10 format prints the group will fill more of the image. Same would apply to the group above.