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We have just returned from a major and exciting cruise assignment to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Viet Nam and Thailand and we already have more exciting world travels scheduled for 2009. Some of our new 2008 images from Morocco, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific have been posted to
our stock archives, so have a look to see our collection of over 5,000 travel, ethnic and modern lifetsyles and more! Hint - search by specific location. Images are being added every day, visit us
often! We will be adding new stories and photos to our blog - David & Anna's Excellent Travel & Photo Adventures- check for updates there regularly
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Our family has experienced good and bad transitions this summer and with our intensive travel schedule this issue of Images has been delayed until now. Anna's mother, Carole (my favorite mother-in-law!) had a chance to see our new-born grandson, Davis, just before she passed away. We now have 5
grandchildren and all under 7 years old, what a joy! Sleepovers at our place are absolute bedlam and we love it!
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW PHOTO ARCHIVES - INTERFACE IMAGES
We have selected a new photo archive service provider (ours went out of business while we were trekking through Thailand!). Photo buyers can easily search, create light boxes and download comps. Consumers and archive visitors can inexpensively license or print any of our
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ANNOUNCING OUR NEW BLOG
We have a new BLOG "David & Anna's Excellent Travel & Photo Adventures" . This Blog will have some of the same content as the newsletter plus more travel writing and
viewer participation. Anna and I can update it easily via email as we travel. Blog visitors can also add comments and subscribe on line. To visit our NEW Blog Click here
See below for our Photography Tips for new and enthusiast photographers.
A PHOTO THEME MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE
Join David & Anna on a photo theme Holland America Line cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean May 29-June 8/09. See details below or click here.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES & WORKSHOPS IN EARLY 2009
Vancouver, BC area photographers and travelers click here for our upcoming beginner and intermediate Digital Photography class schedule starting Feb 09.
New and Enthusiast Photographer Tip
CREATING FLASH IMAGES SO UNIQUE
NO-ONE CAN REPLICATE THEM, INCLUDING YOU!!
A Simple On Camera Flash Technique to
Amaze your audience!
I came across this technique 10 or 12 years ago by accident while I was playing with my camera settings at wedding reception when the lights were down low and the dancing started. The effect is really cool and I now teach this at most of my digital photo classes, seminars
Not to blow my horn, but I tutored this technique to a gal from Calgary last year and a guy in Vancouver a few months ago. They were individually on a trip to Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro and one saw the other using this technique (very evident to see because it looks
really weird to anyone watching you use it!) and in chatting, they found that they had both learned it from Dave the Rave (that's me!) in private lessons back in Canada. What a small world! Well here it is... and I gave it a name: Dave's Dynamo Effect(tm). I am certainly not the first person to uncover this trick but you may be
hearing this firsthand here.
Dave's Dynamo Effect (tm)
Facts: A camera flash will freeze close fast moving objects in low light and has a limited distance range beyond which it has no effect at all. The duration of flashes vary by type and model, off-camera or built-in/pop-up and is typically
between 1/1000 to 1/30,000 of a second. This is like a super fast shutter speed and when most or all of the light is from the flash (and not other sources) then you freeze anything to tack sharpness within the flash distance range, even if it is moving quickly. Objects that are beyond the flash range become more blurred if they
move quickly. Therefore, in low light situations and with a very slow shutter speed you will get a tack sharp close moving object and blurred far away objects. Well, if the far way object, or background is not moving then you will get a dimly lit blurred background because of the slow shutter speed - boring!. Solution to this: Spin
rotate your camera as you take the picture - this will cause the background to become ethereal looking, dizziness, spiral-like, wild and crazy. Background lights will create a variable "falling star" trail increasing with more distance from the camera's flash.
You can get this effect on ALL cameras by using any option that sets a slow shutter speed and forcing the flash on. A common setting to use on a point and shoot cameras is party mode, night portrait ot slow sinc found on dials or in Scene Mode and the best
setting to use on all SLR cameras and some Point and shoot cameras is Shutter Priority (S or TV) with flash forced on and shutter speed set between between 1/10 sec to 1/35 sec. If you can, vary the shutter speed as the effect and look will differ. Don't forget to rotate the camera bigtime as you take the picture
and everyone watching will think you are nuts! Try it. Some love this effect and some hate it! What's funky is that no-one, even you, can duplicate the image again because they will all be different.
Confused? Read the above again slowly, attend one of my classes or look at these photos below - all taken with Dave's Dynamo Effect. Email your images using this technique to Dave@imagebyinterface.com by
Jan.31, 2009 and the top 3 entries will receive a complimentary copy of my newly updated "Digital and Travel Photography CD Tutorial" and your images with credit will be published in our next issue.
A Bride and Father Dancing Cruise Ship Passengers on Deck
Cruise the eastern Mediterranean with Photography Team Leaders David & Anna Smith Ship: Holland America Line's new Noordam Sailing Dates: May 29 to June 8/09 - 10
days Ports: Rome(Civitavecchia), Dubrovnik, Olympia (Katakolon), Santorini, Ephesus/Kusadasi, Messina, Rome. Photo lectures, port photo shoots. Contact: Lenn Chan, Cruise Holidays email@example.com 1-888-245-1900 or 778-835-5026.
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