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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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Okanagan professional photographer

Stuart Park is
"Great Place in
Canada" 2015

NOVEMBER 2015 - The "Great Places in Canada" were selected among public buildings and parks across the Country recently. This year's National award for the Best Outdoor Space goes to Jim Stuart Park on Kelowna's waterfront.
Congratulations to Stantec Consulting -a local firm involved in the design and engineering of the project, which hired me to photograph the first phase of this project a few years ago. For this shot, I climbed a 8-metre tall ladder that I leaned up against a tree and steadied my camera on a branch for the 3-second exposure.


Commercial photographer in Kelowna

Toast to Tommies

NOVEMBER, 2015 - Kudos to some of my clients who design and build homes and work spaces in Kelowna and the Okanagan.
Silver Awards went out for the 2015 Tommie Awards in the last week of November (including this bar renovation on the left). I won't name any yet as they are waiting to see which among these will be named the Gold winners in January.


Kelowna Photography

Scenic Splendor

OCTOBER, 2015 - The beauty of the Okanagan takes a lovely turn in autumn. While valley trees become orange and red from their leaves, the higher country becomes speckled with yellow as the larch tree needles change hue before shedding.

The Myra Canyon trestles - enormously popular through summer - made for a cool ride in between photos for me (right). The pretty rider on left is Evelyn.

Desmond Murray Kelowna Photographer

Older items -

Say Ahhwesome
UPS growing
Homes for the Summer SunRype Shines
Grand Photography
Classroom in a Click
Beautiful Bride
Patio photos published
Kelowna Ladies make News 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