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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

Open up and     Say Awesome

OCTOBER, 2011 - A lot of growth in business has come to West Kelowna, or Westbank, B.C. as it's been known to Okanagan residents for many years.
Proliferation of new shopping centres have been most noticeable - while various professional services like Dental Offices have also added to the dyanamic of the burgeoning community.
A few weeks ago, I enjoyed photographing a new office for Aura Dental for Sinclair Dental Company.

Professional Office photography in Westbank


Tommy Awards entry by Kelowna Photographer

Artistic home up for Tommy Award

OCTOBER, 2011 - Some images are worth getting up at 5 am for. Twilight and sunrise provide beautiful light that suits some of the artistic creations by the Okanagan's finest home builders.
It took a very early morning to capture this handsome exterior image in Carrs Landing for one Kelowna builder. For now, I'll hold back on names, since there's a few potential housing awards on the line.

Sunny seat

The natural beauty of Okanagan Lake provides a ideal location for relaxation on an outdoor deck in the sunshine.
Carol Dodge recognized this when she set up SunCountry Furniture in Kelowna.
Doing my best to match the surroundings, I photographed another collection of the furniture she finds around the world to bring to our decks.
Composing such images is not too difficult, but it sure takes a lot of electronic flash power to match the sun's strength.

Commercial photography Professional in Kelowna

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Helping the ladies Big heart in little runner
Engineering projects Ogogrow on the grow
Skogie Cleaning Up Bear Guards new Park
Combatting Cancer Okanagan Olympians
Lighting technology improves 

Builder's book of my photos


Airport publication awarded

Forest Fires hit Westside