Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Photo of the Day : Some Illustrations

a digital illustration of a camp scene from a photograph I took
Early last week I received a package in the mail, as I often do. This one had my new Wacom Large Intuos Pro tablet.  I've been lucky enough to have a drawing tablet since 2009 but this one is a significant upgrade.  So here's a look at some of the illustrations I've made so far, and the photo this illustration is based off of.

Friday, December 4, 2015

It's Official - It's Never Been Easier to Profit From Your Photography!

A piece of news was released yesterday from a major micro stock agency that could change everything up for regular, hobbyist, or even non-photographers, that would allow them to make a residual income from a little time and some decent images.  Definitely read more

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Photo of the Day : The Jellies

sea nettles in the aquarium captured by chris gardiner photography www.cgardiner.ca
Steph admiring the jellies at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto.

As soon as I walked up, all I could think of was Crush, my favourite character from Pixar's Finding Nemo, about taking on the Jellies, with a dude or two thrown in there.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Picture of the Day : Sunset from the Summit

Scenic sunset from the top of blue mountain with colourful fall foliage captured by chris gardiner photography www.cgardiner.ca
Sunset from the Summit of Blue Mountain
Here's a photo of the day I to share from a few weeks back.  All the leaves are down where I am we have had the cool weather set in so this is me, remembering warmer times.

This one was shot one leisurely evening we went out sight seeing to take in the fall colours during their prime. We were out all day shooting photos and the sunset was just the icing on the cake for us. 

Read more to find out where it was captured and some of the shooting data.

Getting Hacked : Volume 1 : An Intro to Cyber Security

Just going to recount a personal experience however unpleasant it may have been.  It was still a learning experience, and may help some other readers out there.   I wish I could say I only got hacked that one time, but I can't.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

4K UHD Video from a Cell Phone?

So if you've seen a recent post of mine about a new phone I just got, this is a little companion to that.  That one was all photos, this one.. well its all video as the title would suggest.
Just wanted to share a little look at some of the UHD footage I can capture now, as easily as I can pull a cell phone out of my pocket.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My Stock Video Footage

Thumbnail for a new YouTube video highlighting my Stock Footage Work

As a result of video coming with nearly every camera these days, I've started a transition into a lot of video work to complement my still photography.
Video takes a lot of hard drive space, time to edit and work with, the right project to match it, and a whole world of other things for it to fit seamlessly into a story.
I don't tell a whole lot of stories with the clips I make but I don't want them burning holes in my pockets keeping up with hard drive storage.
So selling stock footage is a great logical alternative, read more for the video presentation of my stock footage.

Mobile Phone Photography

Photo Captured with Samsung Galaxy S5 and edited on phone with Instagram by Chris Gardiner Photography www.cgardiner.ca
Sunset Landscape Photo Captured with Samsung Galaxy S5
I visit some photography forums on the internet periodically, and there has always been those voicing concern over 'camera phones' and their 'death to the photography industry'.  I have always looked at them the same way the rest of society looks at the people shouting apocalypse in real life… They're crazy folk… and then I upgraded to a new phone..

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Picture of the Day : Not Yet Winter!

scenic winter view on the shore of lake Huron in Ontario Canada by Chris Gardiner Photography www.cgardiner.ca
Wintery scene on shore of Lake Huron
I bet you're thinking "what's he doing sharing a winter photo already", so we probably don't share the same appreciation for snow.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Secret Weapon for Landscape Photography!

Overlooking the landscape. 

Fall! A perfect time of year to be in Ontario.  Took a little walk the other day and happened upon this lookout.  Actually, I don't know what they are called, so I attached a pic at the end of this post.  I've seen them and understood their use for hunting, but wow. What an idea for photography to get an elevated view.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Difference a Few Days Makes

A fully green giant maple tree, viewed from the edge of the driveway a week and a half ago. This is a before photo of the fall foliage change. by chris gardiner photography www.cgardiner.ca
A big maple tree in front of our place on October 7th at Sunset. (the Before Pic)
Fall. Blink and you may miss the colours change.  I used to try to fly home from the west for the changing of the leaves, but it's always peaking at slightly different times of the year, and is not around for long when it does happen.   This post will show you a before and after style comparison of just how quickly it can go from a late summer feel to a deep fall feel.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Picture of the Day : Fall Foliage

a background texture image of a stand of trees changing colour in the autumn season captured by chris gardiner photography www.cgardiner.ca with a canon eos 6d and 70-200 lens.
Some beautiful fall foliage by Chris Gardiner
There are so many things to love about this time of year.  Whether its the changing trees, the quieter parks, or the dropping temperatures.
I got out for a few scenic excursions this autumn and here is one of the frames I came back with.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Picture of the Day : Fall in Full Effect

Photo of a beautiful stretch of straight road in autumn and massive Georgian Bay in the background by chris gardiner photography, ontario canada
A nice stretch of road, Ontario, Canada
Fall is in full effect here and barely have had time to jot down this little post.  Too many beautiful places to see.
This is when Ontario is truly at it's prime.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Picture of the Day : Apple Picking

Basket of freshly picked apples photographed outside, and backlit by the setting sun captured by chris gardiner photography www.cgardiner.ca
Apple basket, shot into the setting sun behind some spruce trees

It's that time of year! And for the first time, we have trees on the property we can pick ourselves.  We gathered about 40 lbs of apples in ten minutes of ground level picking. Still loads more up high!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Picture of the Day : From Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls View from Up Close by Chris Gardiner Photography www.cgardiner.ca
Niagara Falls View from up Close by Chris Gardiner Photography

Another one from Niagara Falls. I've shared a few before, and this likely won't be my last.  You can go there and feel like you have been tourist-trapped from the moment you park, or you can go in search of those views where you block out all the rest of civilization.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Time Lapse : Post Processing

Here's a little clip showing something new I tried in the time-lapse realm of things.  I haven't really heard of or learned it from anyone, just related to blending layers and exposures in photoshop I guess really.

So read on for the what, the why, and all that stuff.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Promaster 5111 Gimbal Head GH-10 Demo

Here is a post specific to a piece of information.  Like a review, but I don't go over every component of it, just how it is most useful to me, and how it could be most useful to yourself.

It's about the [PRO]Master 5111 Gimbal Tripod head.  Typically gimbal heads like this are made for long telephotos. They through off the centre of balance for your camera so much that on a regular tripod, you can be liable to smash the lens against a tripod leg.
So a gimbal head like this one allows you to pan and tilt smoothly when you have a large lens attached - normally attached by the lens mount for the tripod.   I don't always use things they way you're supposed to.  I found a specific use for spherical panoramas with my gimbal head.  Read on for more about how, why and a video example..

Creative Commons Contribution

100+ Photos Contributed to the CC Library by Chris Gardiner

The title says it all - I've made a contribution to the Creative Commons Library.  Not entirely sure what that means? Let's talk about Creative Commons.

Monday, August 17, 2015

GoPro : ProTune : Working with your GoPro Protune Footage

It wont take you long to stumble upon your "protune" setting within the gopro menus after you get one.  If you're like I was when I first got my GoPro Hero 3 Black in 2013, you may even avoid tinkering in there until you know what the deal is.  Well this is a little post to give you example of what protune is and isn't and what it can allow you to do, and hopefully help you decide whether or not you need to shoot in it. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Photobooth Fun! How to Set Up An Awesome Photobooth

I had an awesome time running a photo booth for a massive retirement party inside a beautifully decorated equestrian barn.  Now, I just want to show you a little bit of what we did there, and take a few moments to talk about the fun with photo booths, as well as some lighting info for any photographers who set up their own booths.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Rant : This "Project" about "Perceptions of Perfection"

I stumbled across this post from buzz feed about a woman who had her body photoshopped by editors in 18 different countries across the globe.  She asked them to edit her portrait in a way that would make her more attractive to other citizens of their respective countries. I remember seeing the one that inspired this, done with the woman's portrait.
It was a project in order to "better understand potentially unrealistic standards of beauty and to see how such pressures vary around the world, called "Perceptions of Perfection" by https://onlinedoctor.superdrug.com Check it out now before you read the rest of my rant if you are interested.

The images in question and more after the jump;

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Picture of the Day : The Wedding Dress Photo

If I could lengthen the title of today's post, I would call it "The Wedding Dress Photo is only as good as the place you have to hang it".  So when we arrived at this wedding last month, I was so pleased to see a nice frosted glass door in the bathroom connected to the master bedroom.  Sure its nice to go with the old faithful, "hang in front of the window" but what about when there is too much near the window, ugly hotel curtains, other objects that take away the balance.  
Let's talk about what I love about being able to shoot the bridal dress this way and look at the full dress.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wedding Photography and Video : What to Pack?

What I Like to Pack to Shoot Photo and Video at a Wedding

I occasionally get asked by other photographers what kind of equipment I shoot weddings with.  I wish there was a single 'right' answer for that, but truth is, it really depends on a number of variables.  Do I need air travel to get there? Is it a full day? Do I shoot photo and video or just photo or just video?  Is it an indoor ceremony or an outdoor ceremony? and the list goes on.

With the wedding I shot this last week, I decided to a little 'unpacking' video of my gear to show you all what comes along with me.  Packing well for a wedding, to me, means that a) at no point I was looking for a piece I didn't have and b) I used everything or almost everything I brought.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Picture of the Day : Moving To the Country

A Photo of the Galactic Center of the Milky Way captured in the darkness of the New Moon on June 16, 2015 by Chris Gardiner Photography
The Galactic Center of the Milky Way in the Night Sky on June 16th's New Moon
Moving to the country came with a whole lot of changes.  One of the most welcomed ones has been the ability to see the stars at night, and not just the stars, but the ability to see the Milky Way with my naked eye.  Something that was normally reserved for well-timed camping trips in the backcountry under a
new moon - is now a reality once a month as long as the cloud cover co-operates.

Interested in the camera settings for this shot? Read on;

Behind the Scenes : Where it All Happens

You often get to see where the camera brings me, but how about where the rest of it all comes together? Take a look at two spherical panoramas I made showing my studio and office in the hundred year old farm house I now live in.

In case you're wondering, no, it was not my intention to show everyone what my messy office and my messy studio look like.   I was testing out new methodical approaches to shooting spherical panoramas for the real estate I've been doing and decided to practice / test it out with my own real estate. haha.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

How to Make "Tiny Worlds" and Spherical Panoramas

Another spherical panorama from the Grotto Area on Georgian Bay
So I had just shared a couple of these 'tiny world' photographs the other day when I thought I would share exactly what goes into the process of making these.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Picture of the Day : Tiny Worlds

I had a little fun with some spherical panoramas this weekend when I made a little visit to Cyprus Lake Campground on the Bruce Peninsula near Tobermory, Ontario.

Cyprus Lake Campground, Birches Site 108
Near the Grotto on Georgian Bay by Chris Gardiner Photography

Monday, June 1, 2015

Time-Lapse with your DSLR : The Easy Way

What is the easiest way to put together a time-lapse video? It's best to focus on the instructions you need to give your camera first, and then when you know those in and out, start figuring out how to move your camera in the process. There are a few important pieces to making a time-lapse, and most are fairly inexpensive so you can start in no time.
Read on for more information.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Five Essential Pieces of Behind the Scenes Camera Gear

When you're deciding on what camera gear to buy next, you may think about this body or that lens that will push you to new creative limits.  But it's often forgotten, the little things that are used behind the scenes that help to make sure the shoot you're at runs smoothly!

This is a small collection of some of my favourite BTS (behind the scenes) camera gear that in retrospect - I don't know how I lived without.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Picture of the Day : Cabo San Lucas

Sunset on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you're not following me on instagram, or Facebook, you may not know that I just returned from an amazing trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  So you can expect me to share a few photos of my trip over the next few weeks.  
I shot this one at sunset from the beach in front of (or maybe its behind?) our hotel, the Riu Santa Fe all-inclusive resort.  There aren't many places I have been that have great placement for both sunset and sunrise, but Cabo is one such place.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas

Whale breaching the water in Cabo San Lucas
I want you to learn from my mistakes - if you go to Cabo San Lucas during whale watching season, most definitely bring yourself a telephoto lens!  I was already at my quota of photo gear to pack into the country for the equipment I needed to use to photograph the wedding, so I didn't risk any issues with customs/immigration.  And if it were an option, I'd have rented a lens down there, but.. it wasn't. To be honest, I didn't even know I was going to go on a whale watching tour in Mexico before we got down there, which makes planning for it kind of difficult. 

Read more to find out which of the plethora of whale watching tours we chose, and another photo.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Word of Mouth

In this day and age, easier than any other before, the actions you take have real value. Every single thing you do online is monetized on somebody's behalf.  Whether its a Facebook page like, or sharing a post, it all helps someone somewhere with their work. I am now asking for your help with that on my behalf.
So if you want to help me support myself with my passion for digital imagery and help more people to find me and my work, please continue to read this article.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Final Cut Pro X Tips and Tricks

I've been working my way into video related work more and more lately, and with that I've decided to share a few things about the Final Cut Pro X software I use through two YouTube videos.

I didn't find much on the subject of the software stabilization found within Final Cut Pro X, so I decided to put together a little demo of the effect that software has.  If you've browsed the internet on the subject, you'll find that most people prefer to use Adobe Premiere and it's 'Warp Stabilizer' filter for stabilization, but for people like myself, and maybe you, that's not a luxury that everyone has.

And for anyone who shoots with a GoPro, you may or may not appreciate the barrel distortion you get in most FOV settings, so I've also discovered a quick little way to reduce some of that distortion without any third-party filters.

So if some FCPX tips and tricks interest you, read on.