|Nancy L. Meggs Before & After photos using flash|
I soon learned through online blogs (Strobist) how to use a flash off camera for more pleasing light. There are different methods of triggering a flash off camera, but the one I chose for the Nikon D40 was a cheap wireless trigger purchased through Cowboy Studio on Ebay. This includes a wireless trigger to mount on the hot shoe of the camera, and a wireless receiver to mount to the flash. I use a Nikon SB600 speedlight with this camera. This flash, and others are capable of being used on a manual setting so you can power down the output of light.
|The gravestone on the left highlighted by flash|
I have also used a reflector on a stand to reflect sunlight across the face of stones with good results. The downside to this is when working alone the wind will blow the reflector away, and you need sunlight. By using a flash on a light stand I can photograph any time of day with or without the sun.
Greg Stewart is a retired Deputy Sheriff from Union County, North Carolina. He is currently a licensed Private Investigator in North Carolina specializing in pre-employment backgrounds. You will usually find him in a cemetery satisfying his hobbies of photography and genealogy.
Photos courtesy of Greg Stewart.