It’s Thanksgiving: Put the Camera Down (Sometimes)
Are you a photographer and a foodie? Do you want to take pictures this Thanksgiving?
You run the risk of ruining your family’s holiday by trying to get the perfect shot. PUT THE CAMERA DOWN. Use your camera only and for family pictures, that is it. Nothing else, show some restraint. I know it is difficult but Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends, not work. There is an alternative.
Thanksgiving part two.
Get a few of your photography friends together a week before or after Thanksgiving and have a food photography party. Set up lights, product shot tables and really get those perfect shots. With multiple photographers, you can pool your gear, really compose some Norman Rockwell style shots, and not annoy your family.
For a shoot like this, I would suggest a DSLR with a prime lens like a 50mm 1.8 or and 85mm 1.4. A flash, with a Gary Fong light sphere and reflectors to balance the light and if you want to go all out, Umbrella’s, soft boxes and strobes so you can really manipulate the light. Lots of cleaning cloths too, foods involved.
Plan the shoot
Know who is going to come. Be familiar with what gear they have. Everyone should know what type of shot’s they would like to get. Therefore, no one is stepping on each other’s toes. Sketch out ideas ahead of time so they can be made into a shot list. This will help things move smoothly through the day and make sure everyone gets the desired images. If people want particular plates, they can bring them.
If you are cooking, figure out the menu, you want for the shoot, so you can do as much prep as possible. You can make a shoot out of the whole day from cooking, plating, and eating. If you follow recipes meticulously, everything should come out just right. If you have a friend, that is a cook or a chef, use them to your advantage, and talk them into helping.
This is for fun and enjoyment with your like-minded friends, a reward for not annoying your family. Be flexible and willing to experiment. It is all about having an amusing time and relaxation in the end, something we can all be thankful for.