I learned about flash by using statues as models… they’re more patient than real people, don’t get cold and available 24/7!
Just spotted this article about it here so thought I’d share
Unless you’re a particular fan of the carvings that decorate the tops of churches you’ll only need a standard zoom lens which means this is a project you can do with your DSLR or compact camera. If you want a little bit more stability take a tripod along but you can quite happily work hand-held.
As well as looking for the right angle to photograph the statue pay attention to the background as this can change the overall look of the image. A messy background’s distracting while a bright sky can affect the meter reading and leave you with a silhouetted statue. Metering from a darker part of the scene can wash the sky out completely so try using exposure compensation if you find metering to be a problem. If you’ve found an angle you just have to photograph but the background’s spoiling the shot, use a wider aperture to throw the background out of focus.
If your statue’s in a shaded area, such as under trees, make sure your flash is off as this will blast light into the scene and all the shadows which emphasis the statue’s shape will be lost. You may need to use a slightly longer shutter speed so make sure you hold your camera steady or pop it on a tripod to prevent camera shake.