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)

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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.

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