News pg. 1

LANDSCAPES part 2

These quick tips are not essential to every landscape picture you take, but bear them in mind and apply them judiciously to improve your scenic images.

* A foreground object will help to frame the scene and add a look of three-dimensionality.
* Frame the scene so that it contains a center of interest - an object that draws the viewer's eye into the picture.
* Placing the center of interest off-center, in accordance with the Rule of Thirds, will create a harmonious composition.
* Placing the horizon a third of the way down from the top or bottom of the frame is usually much better than having it in the middle of the scene.
* Scale can often be important to the understanding of a landscape, and can be achieved by including an object of a known size in the scene. People, animals or other recognizable objects that would naturally belong in the scene are suitable for showing scale.
* The quality of lighting is perhaps the most influential attribute of a successful landscape. Waiting for interesting lighting that is moody, dramatic or diffused usually pays off in a memorable photograph.
* Ensure that your camera's flash is turned off when shooting landscapes, unless you require it to brighten a foreground object. Flash in a dusty, misty or foggy scene may cause flare by reflecting off the droplets of moisture or dust particles.
* Use a tripod to ensure sharpness, especially in low-light conditions.
* Watch for unsightly or unnatural elements such as overhead wires, hydrants, poles and garbage cans, especially in the foreground. If you cannot easily move them, reposition yourself to a camera angle that eliminates them from the frame.

Continued in part 3


Kelowna Photography (older) News

Pocketwizard

Lighting : a new direction....


FEBRUARY 16, 2009-   New developments in digital cameras were progressing at a very exciting rate in the first half of this decade and continue to evolve with better features.   That progress has been supplemented with leaps in the new realm of lighting controls - particularly regarding wireless triggers for remote flashes.

The revolution began a year ago with prototypes from an independent photographer /inventor adding range and functionality to the infra-red systems developmed by the two largest camera manufacturers - Canon and Nikon.

Recently, some interesting counters have appeared from two other suppliers in the business - including the latest response from the venerable Pocket Wizards.  Here's a few links of interest introducing exciting new products in wireless flash technology.

Hi-speed radio-assist-IR controlled flash from a creative independent.

Upcoming commander providing on-camera control to varous studio monolights.

New technology just revealed from the stalwart of the remote wireless trigger industry.

First book from Kelowna Photographer

FEBRUARY 9, 2009 - Colour me proud. The first book filled completely with my photography has recently come off the presses. I was pleasantly surprised to see a fine layout created by Mary Suchocki in a hard-covered book. Unlikely to be seen on store bookshelves, it's a publication designed to showcase the fine commercial construction available from Chriscan Construction of Kelowna.

These images I shot can also be viewed online in the web galleries I created on this fine client's website Chriscan.com along with some updated text pages and indexes.

Kelowna Photographer - I shoot to thrill