We'll set up a bunch of tables to display what everyone brings, so everybody bring something to contribute to the tables. We'll have four or five stations for shooting. We'll gather into groups. Each group will agree on a set of objects to display at their station and collaborate on a set up and lighting scheme, then all will take turns lighting and shooting this set up. When done, you can then revisit the display tables and work on creating another set up.
Post your ideas here so others can collaborate with you to add to a theme.
For lighting, we want everyone to volunteer some sort of lighting if you can. It can be as small as a desk lamp to full sized studio lighting. Last time, table and desk lamps ruled. So, if you have a nice brass lamp or something cool, that will work. Please don't bring priceless or antique items, as there may be a danger of mishandling or damage.
Bring a backdrop if you have one. If you have backdrop supports, bring them as well. Black and other dark colors seem to be the best, though, we do want diversity.
Everyone should post here what sort of backdrops, supports, and lighting they can bring, so that we make sure we have sufficient supply in that department.
As far as props goes, in the past, we had great success with food products (fruit, flowers, vegies, pasta, etc.), and wine with glasses. We did several interesting desktop type setups with books, spectacles, lamp, and assorted accoutrements. There was one interesting idea with maps, books, globe, telescope, etc. which deserves another go. Anything of interest like old bottles, utensils, unique bowls and other dishes.
There were also some interesting dayglow objects set up with dark background as well.
The sky is the limit. Be creative. Bring off the wall stuff and bring typical stuff. Old stuff is cool and good.
Here's a link to some of the shots from last years still life shoot.