Monday night I volunteered at a Seattle SmugMug event, and it was fun! Ryan Matthew Smith, photographer for the Modernist Cuisine cook-book, was there to show us some photos and talk about his process. It was really cool!

Then, after his presentation, we set up stations around the room with food cooked by some amazing chefs, and everyone came around to each station to take turns photographing the setup. I had a ‘strobe’ setup: I used one large soft-box with an Alien Bees AB-800 light as the light source behind the food, added a bit more diffusion with a tri-grip diffuser, and then filled the front in with foam-board. The image on the left shows the basic setup and the image on the right is a quickie I did in-between photographers going at it.

A huge thanks to everyone who made this possible!