Friday, January 29, 2016

Taking Photos at Night : A Compendium (sorta)

A night photo to illustrate the techniques in this how-to to capture night time photographs by chris gardiner www.cgardiner Iimage circa 2008

I feel like I've spoken, or written anyways, at great length about shooting Night Photos here on my blog. The problem is that today, my sister asked for advice on shooting night photos and I wanted to link her one great blog post of my own that says it all, but truth is - if it's there - I couldn't find it. So that is the purpose of this post - a semi-compendium to shooting night photos.  She is making a trip to see some of Scandinavia, and at this time of year, its a basic guarantee that you'll see northern lights.  She went to Iceland a few years ago - and did see the Northern Lights - wasn't happy with the way she caught them. I tried at that time to explain a bit about night photos, but I clearly needed a better delivery since she asked again for this next trip.

And to go with this compendium I am including a whole bunch of probably never-seen-before night photos I shot in 2007 and 2008 back when I was a beginner, to maybe provide some extra inspiration.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why I Don't Have a Drone Yet

advice for photographers and cinematographers on using a drone in canada
Why I Don't Have a Drone Yet : Some information about using a drone for photo and video in Canada.

Before I start, I've got to mention how often I am at a shoot, mainly video, and a bystander will ask why I am not doing the same thing with a drone, and sometimes I just want to laugh..but I don't.  Instead, I'm going to lay it all out once and for all about my relationship with drones.. Get ready, this might be a semi-long one…  But the info I share will likely be a great insight for just about everyone who is new to the idea of drones.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 Design Trend Predictions : By Shutterstock

Every year, shutterstock releases an updated info graphic of what they predict will be the biggest design trends for the upcoming year.  For stock photographers, that information is super-helpful - some sort of inclination to what will sell well for the coming year can go a long way.  Who is shutterstock? Oh they're only one of the largest stock photo agencies out there. That means their clients are thousands of real designers searching through their 50 million plus image library.   With numbers like that, they can get a pretty accurate feel for what is trending. Take a look at this info graphic just released for 2016.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Your Stock Photo Workflow

This article was originally featured on the blog, written for stock photographers regarding a specialized micro stock photography workflow to maximize efficiency.

We don't get paid for micro stock photography by the hour so being efficient with your time is the most important thing of all. 
One of the important things to consider as you dedicate more time to stock photography is the workflow you use to do it. There are no right or wrong answers - a workflow will either work for you or it won't. All you need to worry about is what works for you, but here are some things that work for me, and may help you out; 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Do You Tsu?

What is Tsu?  Basically another social media platform but they pay you to be on it, is the short answer.  If you want the longer answer, read on!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Video : Exploring An Ontario Autumn

2015 was a great year. It was the first full autumn season I spent in Ontario since 2009.  In our beautiful, prolonged and very colourful autumn I shot a whole bunch of video, and then compiled those clips earlier this week into a short video linked above.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Using Creative Commons to Source Music for Your Video Project

Closeup view of piano keys with title for sourcing music with creative commons licenses, photo and article by chris gardiner photography
Sourcing Music with Creative Commons Licenses

When I initially started off making short videos with my clips to share with friends and family via YouTube, I quickly found I didn't have as much control as I would have liked over my video because I was using popular music.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Creating a Matte Painting aka a Composite Landscape

the steps involved with creating a realistic composite landscape in photoshop.
A cold, composite landscape creation
I had some fun with compositing landscapes earlier this week. It's a technique that has been around for ages, known as 'matte painting' and was used in the film era to create movie backdrops that would be too expensive or difficult to do otherwise.  Of course, its all done digitally now.   So the photo above is a composite landscape made with photoshop. It's made up of five smaller original images that helped to build the final version.
Read on for some info about choosing and blending your images.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Picture of the Day : Thousand Islands

A winter time scenic of dock extending into frozen water at Thousand Islands National park Captured by Chris Gardiner Photography
A view from within Thousand Island National Park.
This picture of the day comes to you from Thousand Island National Park in South Eastern Ontario, Canada. Maybe you're familiar with the salad dressing of the same name?