Friday, November 4, 2011

Broadcasting Myself with YouTube

There are so many different media at the fingertips of creatives, and many of which have been incredibly simplified.  So I have recently started taking an interest in video work again. Not to mention, having a mega-processing beast of a mac allows me to use programs I couldn't before.

Not to mention, I invested in a little pocket hand-camcorder, just to video tape some of my shoots. Sometimes for my own info ; how did I set up my lights for that shoot, and sometimes, so I can create little videos to advertise my work like I have been posting to youtube.

Hit the link below to see a campsite time-lapse from Fintry Provincial Park just last month.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New to the Blackberry World!

Do you BBM? Here I am!

Well this post is about two weeks overdue, but maybe that's because I've been trying to figure out having a great time using my new blackberry!
Maybe it's not designed to play games like apple devices are, but I have already felt the benefits of its task-managing and organizational abilities. Not to mention, the idea of BBM, or free messaging to other people on blackberry's is pretty cool.  Apparently that feature along with text and email hasn't been working for some lately - as I'm sure everyone saw on Facebook by now.  My phone worked seamlessly throughout this apparent 'catastrophe' it was made out to be.
My question is - did we not all check our emails on computers in the first place, maybe in the 'stone ages' now? When did everything become so ridiculously rushed that you need your email beamed from space to a piece of metal on your hip, instantly as you receive it, all day long?

Which brings me to my next point - I have an iPod touch, and now a Blackberry, so my new, mobile friendly, and flash-disabled version of Chris Gardiner Photography is undergoing rigorous testing with both platforms.  From a design perspective, I had a much easier time creating something that was going to work and react on a blackberry the way I wanted it to.  Apple's iOS was going to require some javascripting, which was more than I wanted my site to require. Its a photography site, designed for a mobile device. Best practices would say keep the file sizes minimum so it runs fast.  Expect to hear from me when it has been finalized.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sneak Peak: Adobe Unblur Filter

Do you or someone you know take pretty rough pictures - pretty often?  Well in our future of modern technology, there may be a solution for you! I stumbled upon a post today about Adobe's "MAX 2011" convention where they showed a potential filter which may one day be in future versions of their Photoshop program.

There is a youtube video accompanying this post, from user Peter Elst's Channel.  Click the 'read more' link.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ontario Bound!

Christmas is coming around, and with it - a special offer from me!
From December 21st, 2011 until January 3rd, 2011 I will be available for select portrait sessions in the Southern Ontario Region. Obviously, some days will be out of the question, like Christmas eve and Day, and New Years Eve and Day, but other than that, I will do my best to accommodate at a few clients.

Update: Spots are actually filling up quite quickly and may have only one or two more. 

What's the offer - why is it filling up so fast? Well, I'm not often in Ontario, so those who recognize that fact are possibly jumping on the opportunity.  And even if I did live in ontario, it would still be a great deal.
When was the last time a photographer offered to photograph you in your neighbourhood, or even inside you home, and then give you the proofs for the entire shoot to redeem your print credits on, any way you please?
That's what I am doing - Only two hundred dollars will get my undivided attention on you and your family or partner for two hours, and $75 in print credits! You can redeem print credits for any combination of digital files and photographic prints directly from my studio!
Check out my family gallery with flash enabled for more examples of the photos I can provide for you. Or if you are browsing from a mobile device, my newly launched (and still beta testing) mobile friendly website with family galleries! (Which will definitely not display properly on a desktop or laptop computer)

Facebook Event Link

Hit the link below for more info about what print credits can get you.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Overhaul the Pricing Scheme!

Well here it is; after much deliberation since I got my printer in July, I figured out how to best incorporate my new abilities into a pricing scheme. Two months later, I'm finally rolling it out, and in time for the Christmas Portrait season. This is the post you will want to check out if you have any questions about receiving your finished products from a photoshoot.

What does it all mean? Well, simply put - when I am lining up a photoshoot, instead of listing of x,y, and z amounts of web resolution, prints and high resolution photos that will be transferred to my client after a photoshoot - I will simply include a set amount of print credits which would get you a similar amount of finished products, but in this form - you can spend your print credits as you choose. Some on e-mail resolutions, some printed, and maybe a few favourites in high resolution to print again and give to friends for years to come.
Some other convenient features of the new system include;

  • All art prints (that is prints you would like to hang in your home/office, but are not of you or a photoshoot you commissioned) sized larger than 8x10 will include a signed Certificate of Authenticity. 
  • File sizes are measured for prints at 300dpi. For each shoot ordering files for printing, you will also receive a digital 'permission slip' which you should also request to have printed @ 4"x6" at your local Black's, Shoppers, or Wal-Mart photo lab. It should take care of any concerns that photo labs may have, preventing you from receiving your prints. 
  • Whatever you don't order with your shoot will still be available to order later, whenever you are ready, whether you want to add on more prints or more files. 
  • Prints are from a professional quality epson printer at 300dpi on acid free archival paper with Epson Claria Hi Definition Ink, which is smudge and water resistant.
The conversion rate for CAD to Credits will be $1CAD : 1Cr. Although the benefit of credits over dollars is that you can buy credits and hold on to them when they may be periodically 'on sale' and then decide on what you want to print later, while still taking advantage of the 'credit sale value'. 

  • Print @ 4"x6" : 4Cr.
  • Print @ 5"x7" : 7Cr.
  • Print @ 8"x10" : 14Cr.
  • Print @ 8.5"x11" : 15Cr.
  • Print @ 13"x19" : 40Cr.
  • File Web/Display Res : 5Cr.
  • File 8.5"x11" : 25Cr
  • File 13"x19" or  Larger : 50Cr
In order to purchase print credits they should be paid with paypal or through interac email transfer if your bank supports it.  Look for updates around the Chris Gardiner Photography Website rolling out the new purchasing system.

It says Read More >> still? what else could there be.......

Friday, September 30, 2011

Myra Canyon Trestles

Old Train Tunnel through the mountainside 
I recently had family visiting Kelowna for their first time.  When you are playing tour guide around town it's the perfect excuse to hit up some locations I haven't for a while.  One of the trips we made this week was to Myra Canyon and the Kettle Valley Railway Trestles.  A location I hadn't been to since May 2010, within my first month of living in Kelowna.

Hit the link below for some more photos

4 Things You Shouldn't Do

Four things you shouldn't do when getting your picture taken. Everyone is going to get their picture taken professionally at least a few times throughout their life. Some sessions will allow your photographer to work on a more direct and personal level. Like during a shoot at your home you may hire a freelancer who will come to photograph you and only you, opposed to some sort of school, workplace or team 'picture day' where one photog will shoot many many people throughout the day.
The points I'll go over are more specifically aimed to get the most out of your shoot.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Local Restaurant Food Photography

Hungry? Well if you weren't - you will be after this post.

I had the opportunity to do some food and beverage photography this week, which for me is always a treat.  Coming from a restaurant background, 'foodography' is what happens when my two professional worlds collide.

Does it give me an added bonus? I like to think so. Not only do I know what needs to be done as a photographer to have the food look its best, but I also know from the chef's standpoint, what should be represented, the focal point, and even how to get it styled on the plate.  Hit the link to see the goods.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Peachland Lake Recreation Site,

Star Trails at Peachland Lake
The summer of 2011 has been incredibly productive by way of camping trips. With more than six individual trips, that's about twice a month. This weekend we went looking for Brenda Lake, but wound up at Peachland Lake.  Not sure what Brenda is like, but I can't ask for much more than what Peachland has to offer - so why move. Especially when we arrived to a setting sun on Saturday  night. To be honest, with the weather, location and scenery so far, it may the best trip this season for many reasons. Here are a few more of the initial teasers from the weekend.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

My "Photoshooting" Process

This post is intended as an insight to my process of doing a photoshoot for you, my client, but can also apply to amateur photographers who wish to conduct business more effectively, professionally, or just more like me - for whatever reason that may be.

Friday, September 9, 2011


I'd like to share a story with you about Sam Abell, a National Geographic photographer who in this case, embodies passion, and dedication to his art. Although not all of us work for National Geographic, we can all take something from what he says.  Before I go on, here is the video:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kelowna Area Photo Op: Chute Lake

I love camping for many reasons. One of them being the spots you find, and the pictures you'll capture at these spots.  After a roadtrip to Osoyoos for an engagement shoot (more on that soon!) we took the road less traveled back to Kelowna, and made camp at Chute Lake.

Friday, September 2, 2011

It's Here!

I had a box of awesome arrive at my door on Tuesday. That would be the custom configured Mac Pro I ordered from the Apple Store online.

This is my mac pro! There are many like it, but this one is mine.  It even came in a "full metal jacket"!

What does it mean? Well I like to think I made a pretty good workflow and used every ounce of juice my geezer of a laptop had, but with more than triple the RAM, multiple cores of processing, and multiple terabytes in scratch disks - I may have just found my pandora's box.   

So, just letting you know to keep your eyes open because things are probably going to get a lot more awesome around here. 

Remember; like anything, its not the equipment - its who is using it. 

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kelowna Thunderstorms!

It was almost a year ago to the day I caught my first couple lightning photos here in Kelowna during a thunderstorm.  

Last night's thunderstorm did however come with significantly more damage to the area.  Roadways have been damaged, flash floods started, lightning triggered wildfires, marine rescues were required and who knows what people in their vehicles had to deal with.

But every cloud has it's silver lining, and actually the clouds last night had several!

Center of Gravity in Kelowna! Part 2

With the festivities over, I was left with no shortage of processing to do.  Luckily, I like to keep it pretty simple in the way of processing, if the picture didn't start off good in the first place, I won't ever waste my time trying to 'make it good'.
The sporting events ranged from freestyle motocross to volleyball, which translated into no shortage of non-stop action to be photographed especially at 7fps.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Center of Gravity in Kelowna!

Well if you remember my post from wayyy earlier this year about Kelowna and the Center of Gravity,  the time has finally come.   So what has happened after the second night of musical performances, and one full day of sporting events?  So much, about 1,800 frames actually.  Luckily, I dropped down to JPEG only for the weekend's events, otherwise I'd have a serious storage issue on my hands (as of about 6 hours ago).

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friendly Link Sharing: Eric Frigon

With Eric's launch of his first webpage this week, it's time to share his link and hopefully get him some exposure.  Eric Frigon is an old room mate of mine from Lake Louise, still rockin' it out, unlike myself.  Luckily I can still maintain a connection to the area through Eric's photos.

In-House Printing!

Exciting new addition to the already super-small and super-cramped Gardiner Photo office -- A hulking beast of an Epson Professional Photo Printer!  I miss having the desk space, but I love being able to print on a whim.  I let my friend talk me into buying this printer, after I heard his rave reviews about it for nearly a year now.  So what does it mean now that I have a pro photo printer at my disposal?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

NEWS: RE: Website

Well, been a busy bee over here lately. Not all of it fun stuff either.  Got a little website updating finished, and some much needed paperwork completed.

Wanna see whats new?

Lake Louise and Banff Trip 2011 Part 1

Well just this passed June I took a three day trip to my old home of five years, Lake Louise, in banff national park. In those three days I was graced with perfect June weather, which rivals September weather in the rockies (in my opinion).  This trip was one of the greatest Ive taken, for the simple reason that I captured in three days, nearly all of the 'iconic' Banff scenes that I failed to capture in my time as a resident. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fan Giveaway

Download Me!
Well, I made it to 700 fans before the end of June, and for that I have decided to make an image of Lake Louise available for everyone to download and print as a way of saying thank you!

This composition is from July 2007 and is likely one of my first with my (then) new Rebel XTi.
Shot: ISO 100 f/10 @ 1.3seconds

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NEWS: Posters and Prints

 New word in the Poster and print world of Chris Gardiner Photography.

Firstly, for a limited time only,  I got a sale going for prints on demand! Definitely check them out!  Of course there is always new photos being added to the collection too. Not to mention almost anything you have ever seen of mine, can be made available for printing on demand, with shipping to your doorstep!

Get this print (without all the wording of course)

Wedding Shooting With Willow

Well if you remember my post from April about Friendly Link Sharing with Willow, I finally have some photos from the Wedding I worked as her second shooter for.  

What did I do? Well Willow and I had communicated pretty well before hand what I would be doing at certain points of the day. With that proper communication, Willow ensured that at no point were we shooting two similar images at any one time.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Well, I still don't fully understand it, but I've become a part of it.  One of the many social networking crazes - twitter.

I am still a  little lost myself as to how I can use it to promote my photography work.  Like everything it will be a learning experience. Find me @CGardinerPhoto

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ever been to the top of a mountain?

Ever been to the top of a mountain before? Well if you said no, don't worry - I can help you get there from wherever you are, regardless of your climbing abilities - using virtual reality!
I fooled around once with 'images' but sorta more like 'videos' of this style before. They were nothing worth sharing with my valued fans of course. Following is something actually half decent, and one of the only full 360 degree sets of images I have taken.  It comes from the top of a place called Mount Fairview. A largest mountain that is closest to the shores of scenic Lake Louise.

Another Tool for the Trade

In an older post I talked about getting photos to your clients via CD and DVD copies.  Although this may still be the choice for large projects involving gigabytes of information, today's racing technology has some great new tools to save time, and money!

Art Print Giveaway Raffle

There it is! April 17, 2011 I announced the winner of my first facebook fan appreciation giveaway!

Alex S. is the lucky winner of a 22"x12" print of Kelowna Silhouettes by Sunset, shot from Knox Mountain.

I have many more ideas for giveaways and promotions to come in the following months. Make sure to follow my facebook page to stay current with them.
Thanks to all the participants! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Photography Fees - Breaking down an Invoice

Well, if you have worked with me in the recent months, you will have seen one of my invoices!   They will serve many purposes - namely - standardizing my rates.  Now, if you are reading this because you have been seeking clarification about your invoice - this is the post for you. 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Art Sales Coming to Kelowna

The sale of my scenic and artistic prints is something I have been trying to do for a long time. Although selling intermittently, it is nothing to support myself on.

It started with flipping through the archives and stumbling upon my forgotten beauties, like those from trips in Banff, Yoho, Revelstoke, Ontario and other locations across Canada. There have been loads of them hitting the storefront lately.  Which is now available on my facebook business page, directly underneath my profile photo under the title "Prints and Posters".

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Detailed Demographics

Lets talk about some demographics I have been paying attention to, whilst trying to figure out what appeals to my facebook fans. A definite bonus to facebook is the ability to grab detailed demographics based on each individual profile who connects with your page. Since everyone who uses it is signed in, you can get more detailed info on a per person basis, than regular website analytics.

Take for instance demographics for my C Gardiner Photography page. A little surprising to me is that nearly 60% of my viewers are female and 51% of the total are women aged 18-35. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Land of Opportunity!

I'd call Kelowna the land of opportunity for me so far. You gotta reach out and grab it when you see it!   I am going to have a great opportunity to work with the Center of Gravity tour in Kelowna this year doing mainly the action photos at some of sports events - I am hoping.
I started working towards my media pass this year as early as anyone could have started to be honest.  I can remember getting the e-mail ball rolling within a week of them posting the date for this year's tour.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

NEW: Service offering!

This is exciting.  A service I can offer to anyone, anywhere. If you can read this, and send an e-mail with attachments, from anywhere across the globe, I can turn a photo of you into an illustrated replica of your photo similar in style to some pictured in this post.
All have been done by hand with a graphics tablet. I have become increasingly comfortable with these powerful little computer accessories.  Especially with the amounts of layer masking done by hand at 200% view, thanks to my photo editing work as of late.

Read more below for details to the process

Monday, February 28, 2011

Portfolio Shoots and Trading

Well the start of 2011 has taken me in a direction I didn't expect - 11 model portfolio shoots since January 9th. That's more than I did all of 2010! Not to mention - it's keeping me busy! I'm not so sure its going to stop any time soon either.

Two individual professionals (sometimes agency represented) working together - so who pays who in this case?  Well oftentimes, shoots of this sort are done on a TF (or time for print/file) basis. As in trading.  How does it work?

read on to find out - but be warned, it's a long one....

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tracking the Stars

    I have been writing a fair bit about astrophotography and have neglected to mention a particular favorite tool I have. Best of all this tool is available to all, free to use, and has limitless foresight. Sounds like a pretty smart idea huh?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Killer Landscape Tips

Landscapes and scenic photos.  Usually all you would expect you need for that is the killer landscape in front of you.  Well it certainly helps, but there is a lot you can do to really step up those landscape photos.  I will cover some of the most popular tricks briefly here.  Including the ones about getting your photos to look like this one, straight out of the camera.

Protect Your Industry

Consider photography like any other industry. Although unlike most other industries, it is founded upon the many individual operators rather than the industries with massive workforces at any given workplace.   With this, it lacks structure and standardization that are certainly commonplace in other industries.  Not to mention that with improving technology, it is easier and easier for people to assimilate themselves into the industry, with or without any background education.

Where am I going here?  Well consider a grocery store analogy; what happens if everyone thinks they can go to their local grocer, and say 'Hey, lemme get these steaks for free today, and I promise I will tell everyone how good your butcher is!"  or similarly going to a hairdresser's for a cut and requesting highlights too at no extra cost.  It just doesn't work like that elsewhere and cannot continue to work like that in the graphic design industry.      

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Flexing the 'Photoshop' Muscle

Anyone who has seen my work on facebook lately will notice I've been 'doctoring' surgically removing most of their original being and replacing with transplanted organs of my other photos to form something completely different.

You may also have noticed that in general this doesn't fit with what I generally produce.  Well, someone said something not so long ago and it got me a little 'spooked'.

Read on to be transported to more 'unreal' compositions and the real deal explanation on why all the heavy editing...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Model Shoot: Kaylynn

I just had a shoot with a lovely, young, local model, Kaylynn. We themed our shoot around popular "Lange Girl" Advertisements. So I found it is a good opportunity to share some of my lighting that I used for these photos.

Portraits demand careful attention to the lighting, and studio portraits demand further attention to the lighting as you are responsible for controlling it all.   No ambient to balance for, just flash powers.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Product Photography

Product Photography - likely to remain a niche market of photography for as long as companies have products they want to make appealing in advertisement for sale - in my opinion of course.  Why? Read to find out.

I am not saying I know much on the subject, and I am definitely saying there are many better sources to go to. What do I bring to the table? I have a quick lighting example for black and white isolations with a model friend of mine that has been with me since the beginning. Some clear tips on setting up your own makeshift product studio with nothing but a tripod and a camera, and a few regular household items, after the link...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Look! I'm on TV!

January 11, 2011.  I had my first image make it onto a popular Canadian Network TV show, broadcasted around the country.  It must have a piece of work exhibiting my keen artistic talent, showing signs of great skill, blah blah blah, right? 

hahaha.. you will have to hit the jump if you want to know whats going on here.