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March 2, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #30

This was Challenge #29:
Where in the World #29

And here's the answer:
Royal Feast
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/8s shutter, f4.8

This was a tough one! By far, the most popular guess was Pirates of the Caribbean. However, the correct answer is that it can be found in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot. This little piggy is part of the Royal Banquet window display in the Sportsman's Shop across from the Rose & Crown.

Congratulations to Trygve Cumpston, this week's winner. Sharon Lee, Alan Broome, Heather, Theresa Ruicando, Heather Coursen, Linda Crosby, Kellie Carter, Lynda Champion, Ida Williamson, Noreen Rachuba, Jorge, Sarah Haas, Tim Rachuba, Chris Freeman, Jennifer Shipley, and Michael also all gave the correct answer by Thursday and will be entered in the March winner's drawing.

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Challenge #30: Where in the world is this?

Where in the World #30

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE!
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for a copy of Hidden Mickeys Walt Disney World by Steve Barrett and some special AllEars® goodies!

March 5, 2008

Light Meter: The 2008 Spring Line Part 3 - Conclusion

Hello my friends and welcome to the last segment regarding digital cameras hitting stores this Spring. Once the snow melts and the sun ventures out, you can show off your new super cool image capturing devices as you strut your way down Main Street all the while keeping an eye out for photo ops with celebrities like Pinocchio, Launchpad McQuack, and Cruella de Vil. With faster processors, today's cameras have the shortest lag time yet. Be quick on the draw or you'll miss Elliott before he turns himself invisible.

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Nikon has changed their S series camera designs and 4 out of 6 new models are from that series. All Nikons are Coolpix cameras with specific model numbers.

L is for Life. The L18 is an inexpensive camera at $140. For the price you get 8 MP, a 3x optical zoom, a 3" screen, autofocus lock and a choice of red or navy.

S stands for Style. Featured on the S520 is VR (vibration reduction), ISO up to 2000, voice recording, 8 MP, a 3x optical zoom, and a 2.5" lower resolution LCD screen. Suggested price is $230.00.

The S600 jumps up a level or two with 10 MP (megapixels), a 4x wide angle zoom lens, VR, a 2.7" TFT-LCD (thin film transistor liquid crystal display ), and 45 MB of internal memory. How much? $300.00.

P means Performance. Miss having a viewfinder? The P60 offers an electronic viewfinder, a 2.5" lower resolution LCD, 8 MP, 5x zoom, and ISO range of 80-2000 for $230.00.

Last but not least is Sony.

Sony is releasing 8 more CyberShots all with an estimated shipping date in March.

The DSC-S750 holds up to 10 minutes of QVGA movie. Face detection, 7 MP, a 3x zoom, and a TFT-LCD give it a $150.00 price tag.

For $200, the W120 has a 4x optical zoom, 7 MP, a 2.5" LCD, an ISO range of 100-3200, 9 point autofocus and comes in a choice of black, pink or blue.

The compact T series continues with the T300 available in silver, red, and black. 10 MP, a 3.5" LCD, 5x internal optical zoom, and the ability to create slide shows with music price it at $400.00.

High-end point and shoot cameras for those who want more control may look at the DSC-H10. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $300.00 for 8 MP, 10x optical zoom, a 3" screen, 9 scene modes, and various effects such as cross screen.

Well folks, there you have it, a brief look at 24 new cameras headed to stores soon. They won't all wind up in every shop. Some will go to camera stores, some to box stores and others to wholesale warehouses. For more details and extensive reviews, I recommend www.dpreview.com. Happy shopping.

March 7, 2008

Photographic Innoventions: In the Moment

Joe McNally is a photographer to be admired. He's been published all over the world and in such publications as National Geographic, Time, and Sports Illustrated to name a few. In over 30 years as a pro photographer, Joe McNally has been faced with capturing photographs in some of the most bizarre places on Earth (and New York City) and under some strange circumstances and still managed to come away with publishable work. What would you give to sit down with Joe and learn at the feet of one of the masters? Luckily for us, Joe has given us such an opportunity, with some encouragement from his friends, his book, The Moment It Clicks, came out to resounding reviews and sold out of it's first printing within days. It's now in a second printing and I'm sure many more will follow.

I recommend this book if you are past the beginning stage in your photography comfort zone. He does assume you have an understanding of photography. Anything beyond that he explains in footnotes or in the "How to Get this Shot" sidebars. The real charm of this book is in all the "nuggets". These nuggets are short bits of knowledge and photographic common sense he has garnered during his career of working with clients, photo editors, models and other photographers. You would spend hundreds of dollars to see Joe in a workshop give some of these nuggets. For less than $40 you have them, examples of some of the best journalistic photos he ever produced and how he did them to reference anytime you want.

If you are thinking of becoming a professional photographer in any field. This is a must read in my opinion. Someday I hope to meet Joe and thank him for this book. While it is inspirational, I enjoyed it for the mental and physical perspiration which went into each of the photos he presents and for passing on his knowledge in a straight forward and personable manner.

Now, in Joe McNally style, here's a self-assignment I gave myself on my last Walt Disney World trip. Pictured below are my two daughters and a friend riding Big Thunder Mountain. My daughters are both in college and I don't know how many more times they'll want to spend with Dad on vacation. I wanted to capture a moment of joy. One I can look back on and recall the spirit of what the Disney parks mean to me. It doesn't matter they were hamming it up. The fact that they did is a testament to Walt Disney, himself. This is one of those moments it clicked for me.


The Joy of Disney. © Scott Thomas Photography 2008
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/320s, f/9, 200 ISO, 18mm Focal Length

March 9, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #31

This was Challenge #30:
Where in the World #30


And here's the answer:
Dolphin Resort
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/60s shutter, f4.5

You just never know" I thought everyone would guess this one right away. Not a single person got it though. Challenge #30 is from the façade of the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. I took this in January when I was there for the marathon.

This is such an interesting building. It was designed by Michael Graves, who has won numerous awards for his post-modern designs. I am always drawn to take photos of this hotel. There are so many ways you can take really unusual photographs of it. Normally I tend to shy away from taking any photos that are perfectly centered, but in this shot I deliberately lined everything up in a very symmetrical pattern. When you take a photo like this it's important to be precise about the way you compose it. Even a slightly crooked line will ruin the effect.
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Challenge #31: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #31

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE!
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for a copy of Hidden Mickeys Walt Disney World by Steve Barrett and some special AllEars® goodies!

March 12, 2008

Light Meter: First Aid at Disneyland

Dear Readers,

I have just returned from my birthday adventures at Disneyland. While I had planned to blog from extremely sunny California, my plans fell through so I submit to you a bit of information until next week's regular blog.

Should you require medical assistance of any kind, Disneyland always has registered nurses on duty. You can locate the First Aid building just off of Main Street by turning right in between Main Street Photo Supply Co. and the Plaza Inn. You will be required to sign in with your name, signautre, date and time of your visit.

Personally, I had broken out into hives from the sun as I'm a fair skinned redhead. I asked for aloe or first aid cream and was taken to an examining room where the nurse handed me the first aid cream. She inquired as to how I felt, were the hives itchy or painful and at the time, they didn't bother me at all. As luck would have it, some 20 minutes or less after applying the cream, my arms did hurt and later became itchy. Such is life.

Peace out. Word to your mother,

Lisa

March 14, 2008

Photographic Innoventions: Before the Moment

Last week, I talked about Joe McNally's book, The Moment It Clicks. However, to start making photographs instead of snapshots, you have to think a bit before clicking the camera's shutter. It takes practice. So, when you are in a Disney park or an event and things start to happen fast or you are with family or friends and have to work fast, they become second nature to you to check the following:

1. Is my Shutter Speed correct to capture my subject properly?
2. Is my selected Focal Length or my Positioning optimal to capture my subject?
3. Have I chosen the proper Depth of Field to best highlight my subject?
4. Is my subject in Focus?
5. Have I checked the Edges of my frame to minimize distracting elements?

These were taken from 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Tripping the Shutter.

I would have put "Is my subject in focus" in the number one slot. For me, if the main subject of a photo is not in focus, it takes away from the impact. Sometimes it's not always possible to get all of your subject in focus. In that case, select the most important part to you. For example, for people or animals photos, always try and get the eyes sharply focused.

If you are photographing action subjects like sports, shows or parades. You want to capture the action at it's peak points. By using your camera's burst mode to shot many frames per second, you can shot an entire sequence. Later, you can find all the gems you got. Try this the next time you are photographing the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular action scenes. For something moving repetitively, like a themepark ride, it's easy to find a place and wait for the action to come to you.

In the photo below, while I like it, I wish I had waited for the light to fully fill the "rocket thrust". I'll get it next time!


Mission Space...To Infinity and Beyond. © Scott Thomas Photography 2008
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, 0 EV, 32mm Focal Length

Further Reading: More Questions to Ask Before Pressing the Shutter (Some of these are redundant but not all.)

March 16, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #32

This was Challenge #31:
 Where in the World #31


And here's the answer:
Bazaar
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/1600s shutter, f5.6

High atop the Agrabah Bazaar in Magic Kingdom's Adventureland is what looks to me like some kind of bird house. I wonder if that is really what it is though, or if it is something completely different. Does anyone know?

I was really surprised that no one got this answer. I thought for sure that everyone would have seen this, especially anyone who has ridden on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. That's two weeks in a row that I have stumped you. Let's see how many of you know this next one.
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Challenge #32: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #32

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE!
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March 19, 2008

Light Meter: Headroom 102

Picking up where I left off a few months ago regarding excess headroom, I will now go over what happens when you don't have enough.

While having too much headroom makes it look as though your subject is "falling" or "sliding" down in the picture having too little can render thoughts of decapitation and/or a lobotomy. Let's take a look at some examples, shall we.

Meet Jeffry, today's forced into posing for the sole purpose of my blogs model. It's good to have friends, isn't it?

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Here we see that the subject has lost part of his cranium. This is different than losing one's mind. While he looks happy, I'm certain he has a splitting headache.

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Much better! Not only is Jeffry's entire head in the photo, he's not with stupid anymore...

March 20, 2008

Focus on Disney World - April Calendar

If you read my December 25, 2007 blog, you know that my holiday gift to you is that each month I will post a photo calendar page that you can print out and use at home or work during 2008.

Wow - it's already time for the April calendar. Here it is, ready for downloading. This is Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Isn't it just beautiful at night? Boy does Disney know lighting!

I took this photo from the seating area behind Flame Tree Bar-B-Que. It's a long exposure, for which a tripod was necessary. If you look closely, you can just barely see the blur of the train as it enters the mountain.

Because Animal Kingdom normally closes earlier than the other parks, it's hard to get night time photos - especially in summer when it stays light later. If you want to get night shots here, you really have to pay attention to when evening Extra Magic Hours are and plan accordingly.

Here's another tip - don't forget your bug repellent. It's hard to concentrate on getting a good shot when the misquitos are chowing down on your ankles!


You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

April 2008 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

April 2008 Jewel Case Calendar

March 21, 2008

Photographic Innoventions: Kilimanjaro Safari Photo Tips

I was reading about some photographers who came back from an African safari the other day. They listed the equipment they used the most. Cameras costing thousands of dollars, lenses in the 500 to 600mm range which cost, you guessed it, thousands more. It got me to thinking about how wonderful the Kilimanjaro Safari is in Disney's Animal Kingdom. However, it does have it's challenges, too. With that in mind, I'd like to give you my list of equipment needed and other tips to get great wildlife photography in the Harambe Reserve.

I would recommend a camera or camera and lens combination which will reach out to 300mm or more. This will allow you to fill the frame with an animal or animals. Many Point and Shoot cameras do not do this. You can still get some great environmental photos of the savannah and when the animals venture close to your "jeep". For me, I'd recommend a high end Point and Shoot camera with an 8x or more zoom lens. If you own a digital SLR, a lens reaching 200 to 300mm (depending on your camera's crop factor) will work great. I have used a couple of different lenses on the safari with good results. A Nikon 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6D AF and the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom lenses. With my Nikon D70 crop of 1.5, I get a 300mm focal length with either lens. There are many economically priced zoom lenses in the 55mm or longer to 200 to 300mm range.

Now the part which separates the P&S from the dSLR, because the jeep was designed to give a bumpy ride and it does move, you have to set your camera to get fast shutter speeds to cut down on blurry pictures due to vibration. Anit-vibration technologies aside, those jeeps sway and bump even when stopped as people try to get to one side or the other to see the animals. I set my camera to Shutter priority mode and 1/500th of a second shutter speed. If it happens to be a very bright day you can set it even faster. You may have to increase your ISO setting to obtain these shutter speeds. I usually set mine to an ISO of 800 if it's an early morning or late afternoon safari and 400 if it's during the mid-day sun.

Due to the distance even with a long lens, chances are you will want to crop your photos as, again, it's hard to compose in a moving, bouncy vehicle. A 6 megapixel (MP) or more camera is probably going to give you the ability to do this. Lower MP cameras will not give you as much creative leeway. In the African Lion photo below, I cropped this from the original portrait orientation to eliminate some sky which was cloudy and the bottom portion which featured a fellow guest's arm.

I've ridden on both sides of the jeep and have found most of the good viewing is on the left side. They load you from the right side so you want to be the first one in a row. The hippos, giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, and many of the antelopes tend to be on the left side.

Time to get on your safari hat, shirt and shorts to go after some big game, Disney-style! Oh, don't forget to make sure you have extra batteries and they are all charged up before you leave your room. Nothing like having the perfect shot of a giraffe in your viewfinder, pressing the shutter and your camera tells you it's battery is too low. Don't ask me how I know this.

March 23, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #33

This was Challenge #32:
 Where in the World #32


And here's the answer:
 Big Thunder Mountain
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/800s shutter, f3.8

Yay! I was beginning to wonder if anyone was playing anymore. I'm glad to know you're still with me. The winner for this week was Angie Young. She was the first to let me know that Challenge #32 was from Big Thunder Mountain in the Magic Kingdom. You can see the scull at the base of the mountain, just above the train engine.

More than 200 readers knew the answer to this past week's contest and sent it in before the end of Thursday: Mike Kaczanowski, Tricia Dean, Jennifer Tremley, Michele, Mary Kuks, Allison Dibiase, Dana Schirnhofer, Heather Coursen, Kim Riley, Suzy Kozicki, Kelly Jean Clarkson, Dolly Dolores Guerrera, Lisa Ann Pompa, Anne Hainsworth, Michele Gaudet, Heidi Goodhue, Alicia Reimer, Margie Addington, Michelle Sergot, Alan Lichtman, Robert Flaherty, Mark Robertson, Barbara Turner, Kristi Humphrey, Mandy P, Melissa Rebelo, Meg Comeau, Ella, Betsey, Felice Ciccione, John Silvestri, Kate Fanning, Becky Myers, Noreen Rachuba, Elizabeth Squires, Melissa, Cathy Evans, Michelle O'connor, Jennifer Gatti, Kelli Vancil, Maureen Tavrell, Kimberly, Marcia Thompson, Chip Vermette, Melanie Woodall, Leslie Tischler, Patti Sturgis, April Haddock, Julie Ellis, Sherri Chavis, Kristi Marks, Walter N Clark, Jeremy Hardy, Trish Avery, Bev Carson, Lisa Hall, Tom Linder, Liz Moreau, Anna Eldred, Linda Kuehnle, Christina Rose Cooper, Aimee Hewitt, Kelly Geyer, Christine Mckay, Bill Sosebee, Mary Butler, Heather F, Janet Theriault, Natalie Covey, Amy, Stacey Magee, Sharon Leitgeb, Debra Kuklinski, Bob Sertic, Merry Shippee, Mary Ellen Domeseck, Todd & Lily Drebnisky, Eric Bouchet, Chris & Alison, Beth Dickerson, Sheila Saey, Barbie, Rhonda Foss, Kathy Mcneal, Paula H, Abbie, Amie Mumpower, Andrea Roberts, Kellie Carter, Jackie Purcell, Tyra Trueblood, Melesia Love, Jaime Thomson, Karyn, Patricia Ovesny, Megan K, Kristin Coon, Lisa Stamey, Chris Bertelmann, Chris Connors, Ann Carr, Bsherwin, Shirley Mclaughlin, Shannon Milair, Amanda Campbell, David Wickware, Amy Miller, Alyssa Nutter, Lora Myers, Hollie Hinton, Trish Babler, Nick Straka, Juliet, Holley Blyler, Richard Caprio, Gary Genteman, Melissa Blackwell, Diane Blanchard, Shiraz Biggie, Nicole Lassiter, Karen Dresser-Smith, Jason, Jude Toups, Melissa Mathias, Michael Gainey, Jennifer Spraker, Penny, Jen Campbell, Laura Pranaitis, Susieh1957, John, Ken Jackson, Sarah Smee, Brian Gallant, Bryan Timko, Tina Lefante, Becky Davies, Aruna Mohan, Ken Kleiner, Loretta Reed, Wendy Snelgrove, Bruce Lawson, Megan, PaulIgnudo, Lisal Hoffman, Carinne Kight, Eric Hoffman, Jessica Longdon, Jared Orth, Steve Benson, Trygve Cumpston, Ken Fischler, Rachel Sipes, Lynn Barber, Garland Cox, Sharon Lee, Barry Fisher, Lauren, Tim Rachuba, Deb Ragno, Gloria Martin, Michelle Ellis, William Ellis, Chris Thomas, Lisa Pompa, Heather B, Sabrina, Kris Dunkeson, Sharon Pierce, Brian Harrigan, Denise, Linda Mac, Christine Benoit, Jim Thompson, Hillary W, Jennifer Lalli, Leslie Budd, Katie Wetzel, Nora Beirne, Jon Ward, Kendall Huffman, Theresa Rucando, Kyle Carty, Jennifer Horst, Kelley H, Robin Fitts, Willie Tople, Kathy Lowe, Melissa Nute, Kathryn Hughes, Erica Andrews, Amy Schweizer, Maryann Eckenrode, Stacey Barboza, Emily Rogers, Judy Koslowski, Ann Fowler, Rob K, John Agnew, Caryn Schill, Rick Shea, Aaron Hale, Brittany Irish, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Karen Nelson, Patty Sindone, Evelyn Cowdell, Dan Record, Frank F Fincken III, Christina, Austin O'Blenis, Jane Bradley, Elisa Dillon, Brandy White, Darlene Harmon, Heather Young and Josh Rohrbach. Whew!

And now for the BIG winner of the month" Richard Caprio has won the March drawing for the Hidden Mickeys book and AllEars goodies! Way to go Richard!

Here's a special shout out to Brian Stake who wrote in to say, "In relation to your question of if that is a bird house or not... that is exactly what it is! I am currently stationed overseas in Baghdad, Iraq and we have a rather large birdhouse on Forward Operating Base Victory that looks very similar to that." Thanks Brian!
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Challenge #33: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #33

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE!
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for a copy of Hidden Mickeys Walt Disney World by Steve Barrett and some special AllEars® goodies!

March 26, 2008

Light Meter: Kids & Eye Level

They're short. They make noise. They eat things you don't want them to and when you turn your back, they've climbed to new heights. Kids! Raise your hand if you can hear Ray Walston as Pappy from the movie Popeye droning on and on about kids. Good movie, you should rent it. No, not right now. Wait until after you've read my blog, please. Thanks.

Anyway, there's nothing you can do about them kids so you might as well get the best pictures you can. While they do move around quickly and ignore you when you tell them to hold still, there's one thing you can do to help get the best shot. Bring yourself down to their level, literally.

If you take a photo of a subject who is shorter than you, you will get the top of his/her head and their nose. This angle doesn't offer vivid proof of a smile or laughter. Sure you can see them rolling their eyes at you but do you really need proof it happens?

By kneeling or squatting down so that you're at the same or just slightly above the kids' eye level you will see those big bright eyes and cute little button nose. It's the difference between a quick snapshot and a photograph.

If you are physically unable to lower yourself, there are some cool cameras with swivel screens to make your life easier. This way you can hold the camera down as low as you can and flip the LCD screen up towards you so you can still see what or who you're photographing.

If you'd like to see proof, check out this kid model who I also didn't pay. It's amazing how many models I get to pose without having to shell out a single dime, isn't it? Just think, come Magic Meets in July I'll have almost the entire All Ears staff around me. Muah ha ha ha ha haaa.

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In or out? This isn't a barn. What? It's not, it's a petting zoo.


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Now you can see that precious face. Hurry up! In or out?

Oh and by the way, this advice also works when photographing children.

Photos taken at Disneyland's Big Thunder Ranch.

March 28, 2008

Photographic Innoventions: Bounce Flash

Many photographers don't like to use flash. After learning all the ways of exposure, ISO settings and the use of the exposure compensation button, flash poses another learning curve. I'm here to tell you, learning to use flash is not hard and can give you another tool for getting professional-looking photos at home and in the Disney parks. I know what you are thinking, you can't use flash at many of Disney's shows and attractions. That is true but don't forget there are many places were flash can be used like restaurants, resorts, character meets and meals, and outdoor photography.

Before we get started, I would like to you meet my model, Shirley. Shirley doesn't get out much as she's been living in a box for the last 10 years. However, when I came up with the idea to do a blog entry on bounce flash, she was the first model that came to mind. Since this is a Disney blog, I let Shirley model some Golden Mickey Mouse Ears.


No Flash Bounce

Flash at 0 degrees
Here's the typical look of the straight on flash. Harsh light, flat features, washed out colors and shadows haloing the subject. Not a very flattering look for Shirley. If Shirley was a live model, you might also see the red eye effect.

45 degree Flash Bounce

Flash at 45 degrees
When you invest in a flash for your digital SLR, make sure the head of the flash can be adjusted both up and down and side to side. This allows you to bounce the flash off of ceilings and walls. This softens the harsh light as it spreads out from the surface it hits. By putting the flash at an angle of 45 degrees, you can see Shirley's facial features and color return. As an added bonus, the ears of the hat are now seen clearly as light is coming from above.

90 degree Flash Bounce

Flash at 90 degrees
To soften the flash even more, angle the flash a full 90 degrees. This spreads out the light even more. You can see the different light direction in the Mickey Mouse ears. The only issue I have with this one and the 45 degree angled photo is the shadow under Shirley's eyes. If you subject had on a baseball cap (which many young people wear these days), it would be really hard to see the person's eyes.

90 degree Flash Bounce with card

Flash at 90 degrees with bounce card
Many of the flash units, also called speedlights, have a small white tab that can be extended out from the flash's head. This will deflect some light in your subject's direction. If the subject is a person or animal, you'll get pleasant specular highlights or catch lights in their eyes. My flash does not have this tab so I used a white piece of cardboard and attached it with a rubber band. You can see how Shirley's features are still there and the shadow under her eyes have disappeared.

I have to warn you to look out for colored surfaces. The light of the flash will pick up the color. The best ones to use are white surfaces or shades of grey. Next week I'll show you how to handle bounce flash when you are outdoors or have no light surfaces to use.

Further Reading: Here's some more great articles on bouncing your flash.

Bounce Flash

Lighting tip - 4 ways to bounce a flash

Take better flash photos in one easy step

March 30, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #34

This was Challenge #33:
 Where in the World #33

And here's the answer:
Muppet Vision 3D
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/3s shutter, f3.5

Brandy White was the first one to send in the correct answer this week. Brandy knew right away that our photo was from Muppet Vision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios. These are the Great Gonzo Stunt Props from the pre-show area. I'd really like to know what's in the box of really weird stuff right below it!

Congratulations to all the readers who knew the answer to this past week's contest and sent it in before the end of Thursday: Jodi Fox, Danusia Rogacki, Andy Apple, Neil Taylor, Alan Lichtman, Carissa Totleben, Karen Pizzuta, Catherine Moore, Suzanne Davis, Traci Stocker, Bob Hite, Shannon Wright, Amy Rupp, Laura Heacox, Sharla Manglass, Kim Adams, Kathleen Mcgrath, Lisa & Tony Battaglia, Heather Coursen, J Albrecht, Kathi Allen, Wendy S, Aruna Mohan, Carrie Mcdermott, Marie Bertini, Bev Carson, Janet Kodra, Kim O'Brien, Ruth Fell, Sharon Dale, Trey Morris, Louis Grilli, Sarah Davies, Dana Hall, Lisa Edmonson, Tim Sayler, Christine Benoit, Kerri Schafer, Katie Fry, Eve Cunning, Alyse, Jennifer Tremley, John Sloboda, Jaca Rogers, Greg Gebhart, Chrissy Palmerlee, Kyle Buff, Sara Lewis, Allison Collins, Kelly Jean Clarkson, Jaime Thomson, Scott Button, Nick Straka, Marie Hodur, Katherine Gast, Tim Rachuba, Andrew Bentz, Baines Family, Kellie Carter, Bryan Timko, Chris & Alison, Erica Andrews, Kye Layton, Debbie Hicks, Kerry Ross, Charrissa Lin, Jullie Petrie, Stephanie Visco, Melissa Mathias, John Dupre, Christie Condit, Nora Beirne, Katelyn Palermo, Garland Cox, Dan Record, Hillary W, Josh Rohrbach, Jennifer Lalli, Beth Finn, Deb Ragno, Tina Lefante, Pollyanna Buff, Dave Wang, Mark Antry, John Pasqueralli, Dawn Bach, Craig Bendele, Curtis Bille, Tim Wingfield, Katie Wetzel and Monica Alderman.

Remember, to be included in the drawing you must send in your answer before the end of the day on Thursday.
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Challenge #34: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #34

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE!
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for a copy of Hidden Mickeys Walt Disney World by Steve Barrett and some special AllEars® goodies!

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