I've been working on my "open all army builders" project for a while now. I've just completed my first phase, ROTS republic army. My army is displayed on a 3x6 table with just over 300 troops. I know enough about photography to know that I do not have sufficient lighting to take focused photo's. The real estate of the table top renders a flash useless (hot spot in the middle with drop off on the ends) and the 500 watt halogen lamp I tried out still gives out insufficient light. I'm probably going to have to rent a 1K light, but want to avoid having to spend money to take clear pictures of my army(s.) My camera is digital, so I have little control over the exposure time (at least I think I have little control.)
Any suggestions? Questions to help render suggestions?