End of Summer / early Fall is a great time to visit an outdoor farmer’s market. In New York City, most of the best is located in Union Square on the corner of Broadway & 14th St. Variety of colors and textures in natural sunlight are perfect for a weekend photo shoot!
Just remember a few simple rules:
- Where there is a crowd, there will be tourists with cameras. Just blend in and have fun.
- Photography at such outdoor events is usually allowed, but be considerate. The sellers are trying to make a living. Don’t get the the way of a sale.
- Stick to the fruit and vegetables. Do not photography the crafts or collectibles. (The sellers may think you are trying to “copy” their designs or report them.)
- Look for colorful arrangements. Stacked fruits and vegetables are very photographic.
- Sunlight and shade. Most vendors will have a canopy. You are photographing in available light. (A flash will create harsh shadows which are not as flattering. A flash will also annoy the vendors.)
- Plan at least two-passes around the market. The first time through, you may be a little “shy”. After a while, you will get into a grove and get your best shots.
It’s a great way to spend an afternoon!