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FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

There is probably no type of photography that is more disappointing to the beginner than flash photography. Unlike natural-light photography, where what you see can often be what you get, it is difficult to visualize what the effects of using flash will be. Flash is shut off until the moment of exposure, and then its illumination is too brief to visually evaluate what it does to your picture.

Many just hope for the best, and are frequently surprised by the disappointing appearance of those in which we used flash. Shadows can be harsh due to the high contrast from direct flash, and images can look stark; sometimes facial lighting is flat or subjects have red-eye; foreground objects are often overexposed, looking bleached out, while background objects are darker than we expected.

This is primarily due to the small size of the light source. If you bounce the flash off a wall or ceiling, you will get a softer, more even distribution of light.

Taking the flash off the camera and putting in towards one side, you will change the angle of shadows that will add more depth and texture to the image.

Using a slower shutter speed in darker interiors will allow more ambient light to create a closer balance to the brightness of the flash. Be wary of using a shutter speed fast enough to avoid camera movement. You may also need a coloured filter over the flash unit to match the red-yellow hue of incandescent light bulbs, or the greenish hue of flourescent bulbs.


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Kelowna Photography News


Airport soars with new publication

AUGUST 15, 2009 - Congratulations to one of my clients on recent accolades for a new publication. The innaugural YLW Connection magazine created by Kelowna International Airport was awarded first place from over 250 entries in the 2009 Excellence in Marketing and Communication Contest among North America Airports.

Images from a couple of events I photographed for the Airport were assembled with informative stories and dynamic advertising features in the quarterly publication. Kudos to Airport manager Sam Samadar, assistant Jenelle Turpin, and to freelance designer Sandy Magee.


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Forest fires in Okanagan

Forest Fires renew fears of 2003 devastation

West Kelowna forest fire

JULY 19, 2009 - Kelowna's scenic surroundings are making national headlines again - for a sad reason.
Two Forest Fires have forced evacuation of almost half the homes in West Kelowna, and closed the highway disecting the town of Westbank.
Recalling the devastation in 2003 when over 200 homes were consumed by fire in the Okanagan-Mission region of Kelowna, national media have quickly descended upon the city.
Fortunately, nobody has been injured and it appears only two homes have been lost to the blaze that began Saturday afternoon.



JUNE 14 - Over $175,000 was raised in the annual 24-hour relay.  I was glad to again be a part of the fundraising event for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and Easter Seals Camp with on-site photography and attempting my first ever Charity Auction.



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