On Sunday, I had a picnic with a large group of new friends. More on that later in the post. First, I want to talk with you about how you would shoot your food outdoors at a park for a picnic. The techniques are similar to the ones that I used while tailgating, but in this situation, I got to choose where I wanted to set up.
So we have assessed that direct sun is not going to be ideal. We need some shade. I could bring a diffusion panel out into the open sun, but I don’t want to bring out light stands a panel and set all of that up. I am here to enjoy myself, so I will have to look around and find a place that works. Notice the areas circled in yellow.
Do you see how the picnic table and the pine tree on the right are both in the shade? Those are the best areas to shoot.
Unfortunately, the table was not completely shaded. There where areas where the sun was able to shine through (notice the areas in red). The solution to this is to use a small diffusion disc.
Much better. The light falling over these cupcakes is a nice diffused even light. Delicious!
Now that I have explained my method, here are some results.
In the beginning of the post, I told you that this picnic was with a group of new blogger friends. These friends and I are apart of Charlotte Food Bloggers. In attending my first food conference back in January, I realized how much fun it was to hang out with food bloggers in person. Blogging is an incredibly social activity, but at the same time it is incredibly isolating. You develop connections and make friends with people who care about food just as much as you do, but you are limited to comments or 140 character conversations as forms of conversation. I might be old school, but I prefer talking in person far more than writing. The majority of my friends don’t care too much about food photography, wordpress, or recipe development. They will gladly eat when I cook, but when conversations fall to the topics of new plugins or what lighting I used on that shot, or looking at new props, I pretty much find myself alone. I needed to find a group of people just as interested in these topics as I was.
So, I contacted my blogger friend Julie, and we decided to start a group in Charlotte. Our first meeting was what you see above, and I couldn’t have been more impressed with the amazing bloggers and talent that showed up. I will definitely be blogging more about the group as more happens with it, but after 1 meeting there isn’t too much to say other than I was amazed at the turnout and the talented individuals I ate and talked with today. I am very much looking forward to future meetings and what will happen.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, and are wanting to hang out with other food bloggers in you area, start a group. You will be surprised to find what people in your city share the same common interests as you do.
If you live in Charlotte,NC, and are interested in the group check out the Charlotte Food Bloggers Blog (yes we did start a blog haha) or on twitter Here is a link to the post on Charlotte Food Bloggers about the Picnic