Challenge #29: A Study In Paper

2018 has hit in full force, and although I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions, we have been iterating towards some pretty big changes of the ECO variety.

Today we embarked on the eco-friendly change that’s going to involve the most effort: Making logs to burn on the fire out of paper destined for the recycling bin. And what better excuse to get my camera out than to get Little Whirlwind and Long Suffering Husband do all the hard work while I fulfil my Weekly Challenge?!

To watch my intro to today’s challenge, click here.

Challenge #29 is all about doing a mini documentary-style photoshoot of the industrious shredding of paper, in really, really rubbish light. 

The main part of this challenge is to capture good photos in really rubbish light. Our lounge lighting situation is truly dreadful, so it was a good excuse to get some flash practice in.

I can’t use a flash for most of the photoshoots I do (it’s severely frowned upon during wedding ceremonies, and it’s really off-putting for children & their grown-ups when they’re supposed to be having fun and forgetting I’m there!). So it’s good to keep my hand in with it.

Techie Details:
   Camera: Canon 5D Mk III
   Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f2.8
Other Kit: Speedlight Flash 430EXIII-RT (on camera), with flash reflector

I used the flash on-camera as this is my usual set-up when I do use it. It’s not the best way to make use of a flash, but with my style of photography I’m constantly moving around to get the best shot of the action, so the flash stays on the camera. To make the most of it, I use a special reflector that attaches onto the flash so I can bounce the light. (Helpful hint: Never, ever take a photo with the flash pointed directly at your subject!).



Avoiding the inevitable clutter around the room was a bit tricky, but overall I think we all had a lot of fun with this challenge!

I always shoot in manual mode with my camera (this means setting the shutter speed, aperture and ISO for each photo), and this has led me to operating the flash in manual mode too. I think it’s the way my brain works… I just don’t get along with TTL mode.

Because the room isn’t that big, once I’d got my flash settings right it was just a case of choosing my position and trying to think three steps ahead of Little Whirlwind to get the timing right. In the end most of the photos that made it into the final cut were from the same location.

I hope you enjoy the photos!


The log-making device is an Eko-Mania Paper Log Maker, available through Amazon. 

To enjoy Little Whirlwind’s Instructional Video, click here!

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