If you want to take a group photo involving more than four people, get a ladder. That’s right. Using a ladder and shooting down on a group posed in a circle – particularly larger groups, gives you a chance to make the faces shine. All the faces will be relatively evenly lit. Differences in height are easier to control.
It’s also more flattering to the subjects since they will be looking up at the camera, hiding double-chins etc.
This portrait of the staff of Broadcast Supply Worldwide appeared on a poster they sent to customers and in their catalog sent to thousands of radio stations across the world. I guess they liked the idea.