Old friends will remember the "Hall of Shame" at the Armstrong's lake house. For years, Mandy, KC and their friends spent weekends there taking pictures along the way. Many of these made it into collage frames that were hung up on the walls of the basement hall. When Gary and Kathy remodeled 9 years ago, the frames all came down and have been sitting in a pile in Kathy's house until a few months ago when KC inherited them. He scanned the smaller ones on the flat bed scanner but some of these suckers were so big that no matter how it was turned, there was a section in the middle that the scanner could not get. KC had the idea that we could just photograph them to preserve them. He was going to do it but he procrastinated for so long because he didn't quite know how to takle the job. Finally, today he asked me if I could do it for him. So I set up my camera in the playroom. I knew I needed even lighting so I closed the blinds and took a few minutes to figure out how to use my Speedlight as a slave. Then I played around with the lighting; putting the SB600 in several different positions, using all manner of things to bounce and reflect light and this is the set up I eventually settled on. There is still a slight hot spot in the upper right hand corner but after 20 minutes of fussing, I decided that it just didn't matter THAT much and this was good enough.
I had to be a little creative, using the girls' white board, a giant pad of paper and the ceiling as reflectors, a beanbag to position the pad of paper, a chair as a light stand and text books to prop the white board into the correct angle. I taped the frames to the wall with masking tape and used my 50mm lens. I am still figuring out the whole slave thing since I thought I had my camera set so the on-camera flash was only a commander, thus it shouldn't have fired but it did so I had to set up the shot, then put my hand over the on-camera flash while pressing the remote to fire it. There were 20 frames total. This one came out the best:
What, you may ask, did I learn from all this? I learned that if I really want to get good at portraiture I need some real lighting equipment. I did get the SB600 to work as a slave but I'm still baffled about the on-camera flash firing when it shouldn't have. I have a loooong way to go to master the whole lighting thing. Always something new to learn.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun