Chris Tin - Photographer Spotlight

Chris Tin - Photographer Spotlight Chris Tin - Photographer Spotlight

Name: Gaelen Norman | Company: Big Boy Media | Location: Coquitlam, British Columbia. Canada


Who is "Gaelen Norman"?
I'm a 29 year old car nut.  If it has 4 wheels and an engine I generally want to drive it and push it to it's limits.  That being said I picked up the photography bug from my grandfather (one of the co-founders of the Toronto Camera Club) and since a young age have been learning more and more about that life.  I've been very lucky to be able to combine the 2 on many occasions and gotten to know many fantastic people along the way.


Where are you from?
I grew up in Ontario and moved out to BC when iI was 9. It's been 20 years and I love this place!  

Chris Tin - Photographer Spotlight

Did you go to school for photography or was it something you picked up yourself?

No, I originally went to school to be a draftsman and ended up designing playgrounds for a few years.  Once the recession hit I went back to school to become a web developer and I love every minute of it.


How did you get into it?
I originally picked it up from my grandfather who was a fantastic landscape photographer.  As I grew older and got into cars I picked up my first DSLR and ended up shooting every local drifting event I could drive to.


How long have you been a photographer for?
6 years

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What's your style?
Wide. I shoot a lot of wide panning shots at drifting events and even a lot of other events I see more wide shots than most.


What kind of equipment do you use?
I shoot with my Nikon D700 and my 24-70mm 90% of the time. 

Chris Tin - Photographer Spotlight

Do you have any favourite locations for shooting?
On track.


What has been your most memorable assignment?
I got hired to shoot a collection of rare exotics very early in my career. It was a long day of almost 20 cars to shoot but I got the chance to drive a Countach, Testarossa and two jaguar E-types.

Chris Tin - Photographer Spotlight

What would you say to other enthusiast photographers out there who aspire to become a great photographer?
When you're starting out take as many opportunities as you can.  Find some better photographers than you and ask a lot of questions.


List your experiences and credentials
Cellblock D Official Photographer : 2009-Present NWN Official Photographer:  2008-Present Big Boy Media Owner: 2010 - Present Shot Formula D Seattle: 2009 - Present.

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Any final words?
I'm always around to answer questions if you see me on track or off feel free to stop me and say hi.


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