|The First Lady of Nevada, in her beautiful home.|
|These were difficult rooms to photograph.|
|The rooms were so large I needed all my umbrellas (and then some).|
|One of the beautiful dining rooms, this was my favorite room to shoot.|
|This many setups in one day would be a challenge even for a photo team, let along a D30 loner.|
|Mrs. Guinn was a most gracious host and very patient.|
|I needed much more than the three hours I had to cover it all. But it was fun trying.|
|Even the staff was generous with their posing.|
|A number of shots of the Mansion's outside showing lens and vantage points even slightly different yield very different results.|
|Lessons Learned:||Yipes, it's no wonder top interior photographers routinely
earn $1500 and up for a day's shooting. They earn every penny of it
(and do a far better job than I did). By the end of the shoot I was
completely exhausted from moving the three umbrella stands around -- and
it would have been impossible to do even a third of what I covered with
wired lights (thank goodness for the EOS wireless flash).
If I had to do it again I'd concentrate on fewer rooms with better setups. I was working fast because I knew I was taking up Mrs. G's very valuable time, but I was also trying to cover it all. I'd also take more available light shots -- with a tripod many of the rooms could have been covered this way and it would have made a nice change (note the large meeting room above was done with available light). The portrait of the cook in the kitchen was available light and |I think it works.