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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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Airport News in YLW Magazine
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Vancouver Sun


Kelowna Photography News

Grand Photography

AUGUST 30, 2012 - The Okanagan's largest and most luxurious hotel needed some new photos this summer to update the company's website and marketing materials.
Purchased by Delta Hotels last year, the Grand Okanagan Resort is ideally situated on the shore of Lake Okanagan.
I enjoyed photographing a range of the suites for the company using my full-frame D800 with ultra-wide angle lenses and portable flashes.

Grand Okanagan


Kelowna photojournalism

Kelowna classroom turned inside-out

SEPTEMBER, 2012 - Technology and new trends have turned education around in some classrooms in the Okanagan this year. One biology teacher at Okanagan Mission Secondary School directs her students to her posted online video lectures for homework, opening up classroom time for discussion and lab work.
I recently captured images to illustrate this for a feature story in the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Architectural Art

SEPTEMBER, 2012 - The Art of Fine Living is alive and well in the Okanagan's largest city of Kelowna.
The comfortable lifestyle prevalent in the community is reflected in many artistic creations by the Okanagan's finest home builders.
Here is the open design of kitchen flowing to dining area, living area and beyond that I captured, among others, last month for one Kelowna builder. For now, I'll hold back on names, since there are potential awards on the line through the Canadian Home Builders Association..

Tommie Awards photography

Older items -

Beautiful Bride
Kelowna Ladies make News
Patio photos published
My Revolutionary new Camera
Artistic Architecture Fine Furniture
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