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In my imagination, picnics are tightly connected to golden roasted marshmallows. Having a sweet tooth, I have no strong feelings about barbecue, but I love the idea of cooking on an open flame.

If you can’t find some time to have fun outdoors, why not bring a little adventure right in the studio and shoot a camping still life with tasty roasted marshmallows? And eat the props!

But first, an IMPORTANT NOTICE!

Though shooting flames is great fun, it is still dangerous to do indoors. So keep a fire extinguisher handy and put any flammable items away (and don’t wear flammable clothes). Always treat fire as serious business. Even a small one.

1. Gear and props

We won’t need anything fancy, just a couple of usual things like:

  • A light source (two speedlights in my case, but a window will also do)
  • Marshmallows and a roasting stick
  • Means to fix your roasting stick vertically (I used a brick of floral foam)
  • Matches
  • Camping-themed still life items (like a checkered napkin, knife, flask, or compass)
  • Since we’re going to use a relatively long shutter speed, a tripod will come in handy too.

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