PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FROM THE TOP FLOOR

By Chris Marquardt

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Get your questions answered and learn to see, no matter if digital or film or if you shoot mirrorless or with a DSLR. You use Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, Lightroom? Come in! Exposure, composition and the creative side

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827 A Selfish Challenge

Chris talks about taking pictures out of a flying plexiglass (perspex) window at 150 mph. It’s also the reveal of the latest Slack Challenge. Let’s look at the winner photos (links below). Also someone tried to sell Jay a new camera, which made him wonder about sensor size. Chris goes into why a bigger sensor … Continue reading "827 A Selfish Challenge"

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Jun 17, 2018
826 Stabilization and Circles

Today Chris tries to answer one single question and it has to do with your camera’s in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and the size of your lenses’ image circles. Will the added motion still fit inside the image circles of lenses that have been designed long before it was possible to move sensors? Is the image … Continue reading "826 Stabilization and Circles"

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Jun 08, 2018
825 Starting in Photography

Chris goes back to the Arctic in 2019 and you can come! Kevin got a 13 year old camera as a gift from his dad and wonders if it’s any good in today’s landscape and Matt is torn between the 50 and the 35mm lens for his D90. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: New … Continue reading "825 Starting in Photography"

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Jun 04, 2018
824 Drones

Today Chris talks about flying cameras, drones. About the requirements to fly them, some of the tech, image stabilization, cameras and sensors, regulations, travel and especially about what to keep in mind from the creative side when doing remote controlled aerial videography and photography. Photo by Antoine Beauvillain RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Baum, … Continue reading "824 Drones"

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May 25, 2018
823 Tilt-Shift

Tilt-shift photography is surrounded by a lot of myths. Chris has used tilt-shift lenses for almost 10 years and he just returned from teaching a class on T/S photography in New York City. On this episode Chris shows us how a tilt-shift lens is actually seven lenses in one (actually more), how you get the … Continue reading "823 Tilt-Shift"

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May 21, 2018
822 Are My Pictures Any Good?

Susannah asks a seemingly simple but really essential question: Are my pictures any good? Chris goes on a deep dive into what makes us appreciate photography and how people choose their criteria to judge photo quality. The goal is to find the answer to the biggest question in photography: What makes a good photo? Photo … Continue reading "822 Are My Pictures Any Good?"

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May 11, 2018
821 Digitize It!

When Chris mentioned digitizing negatives using a camera on one of the last episodes, he received lots of feedback and questions. On this long awaited episode Chris finally goes into detail on how to ditch your scanner and start digitizing your negatives and slides using your camera and a cheap light table. Chris looks into … Continue reading "821 Digitize It!"

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May 04, 2018
820 13 Years of Change

Chris takes a closer look at what has changed in photography since he started making this podcast 13 years ago. From Cameras to screens to editing to storage technology, some changes have been gradual, some have been more revolutionary. Photo by Patryk Grądys RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: SPONSOR: Format.com, the online portfolio you … Continue reading "820 13 Years of Change"

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Apr 27, 2018
819 13th Anniversary

This is the 13th anniversary edition of TFTTF. Chris goes over what has happened during those 13 years, and how TFTTF has enabled an entire new life for him. Also Simon has two questions regarding scanning of negatives and Chris suggests to ditch the scanner and instead switch to taking photographs of the negatives. Photo … Continue reading "819 13th Anniversary"

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Apr 20, 2018
818 Spinning Heads

Chris and Adrien look at some futuristic stuff around photography with a peek into another podcast on this network: The Future of Photography. Also, Colin is planning to do a fun pinhole camera build project with children and Chris goes into some detail on how to build one and why this is such an amazing … Continue reading "818 Spinning Heads"

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Apr 13, 2018
817 Alaskan Summer

It’s time for the Slack March Challenge review! We’ll have a closer look at photos by Kyle, Andreas and Brendan. You can watch the review video here. Also Andrew wants some photo tip for his upcoming Alaskan summer cruise. Photo by Matt Artz RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Pre-order now: Wide-Angle Photography: Capturing Landscape, … Continue reading "817 Alaskan Summer"

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Apr 06, 2018
816 Gale-Force Winds

Chris tries to find out what STYLE in photography really means and why and if you should develop one. We’ll look at how to shoot video and do photography at minus seven degrees Fahrenheit while being on a ship in wind force eight and 16 ft waves. Talk about a challenge. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW … Continue reading "816 Gale-Force Winds"

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Mar 30, 2018
815 Sizeable Pixels

Chris brings out the pixel buckets again to discuss the difference between larger and smaller pixels on your sensor and why they aren’t as crucial for image quality as you might think. Photo by Vlad Tchompalov RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Become a member of the amazing TFTTF Slack community SPONSOR: WeTransfer.com. You make. … Continue reading "815 Sizeable Pixels"

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Mar 23, 2018
814 Star Trails on Film

Chris looks at how photo booths have changed over the years, from the vintage film-based ones to the fun-packed and prop-packed digital systems that you can find on weddings and other events these days. Also Mike wants to know how to shoot star trails with his film camera and Chris does some digging to find … Continue reading "814 Star Trails on Film"

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Mar 16, 2018
813 The Five Lines of the Histogram

Chris looks at the five important lines of a histogram and how you can use your knowledge of these lines to get more details in your photo’s highlights. Photo by Liane Metzler RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: TFTTF 810 Desert Island Challenge Submit your photo to the TFTTF Slack photo Challenge, become a member … Continue reading "813 The Five Lines of the Histogram"

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Mar 09, 2018
812 Recommendation Impossible

Paul got $1500 from his grandma and tries to figure out which film camera to invest in. Chris explores the universe of medium format cameras and comes to the conclusion that making a recommendation is not as easy as it sounds. Cameras mentioned: Mamiya 645, Mamiya RB67, Leica M3, Nikon FE2, Hasselblad, Holga, Voigtlaender Bessa … Continue reading "812 Recommendation Impossible"

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Mar 04, 2018
811 Film Noir

Alexei did a photographic exercise that Chris considers one of the most important ones. He took the same photo 136 times. Benjamin wonders how to replicate the style of Film Noir with the right type of lighting and Chris helps analyze what Film Noir is, what its typical look is and how you can achieve … Continue reading "811 Film Noir"

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Feb 23, 2018
810 Desert Island Challenge

Let’s discuss how to avoid reflections in glasses and shadows from glasses in portrait photography. The Tips from the Top Floor Desert Island Challenge: Spend an entire weekend with one focal length, post your best photo on Twitter with Hashtag #tfttfdesertisland and Chris will review some of your shots on one of the next episodes. … Continue reading "810 Desert Island Challenge"

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Feb 16, 2018
809 Up Your BW Game

It’s the BIG TFTTF SLACK CHALLENGE REVIEW .. with a little twist, it’s also on video. Chris also looks into how film converts the color spectrum of light into black and white and how you can benefit from that knowledge when you convert your digital photos and get much better results this way. RECEIVE EMAIL … Continue reading "809 Up Your BW Game"

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Feb 10, 2018
808 Wildlife, Models and New Zealand

The last piece of Chris’ new mirrorless studio camera puzzle is solved, the English translation for the wide-angle book has started, Daniel has a question on model releases, Chris will come to visit New Zealand and that’s not the biggest piece of news: Chris just received confirmation that he will co-host THE most amazing and … Continue reading "808 Wildlife, Models and New Zealand"

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Jan 26, 2018
807 My New Mirrorless Camera

Chris has streamed video for ages, but he was never happy with the way the video from his webcam looked. So he went on a bit of an odyssey to finally get to a setup with a decent camera, a decent sensor, decent bokeh and really good video quality. All for under 500 bucks. RECEIVE … Continue reading "807 My New Mirrorless Camera"

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Jan 19, 2018
806 Why Bother Being a Photographer?

In a world where it seems that everything has already been photographed, why bother becoming a photographer at all? Chris tries to find the answer to motivation in photography. Photo: Ricardo Gomez RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Download the MP3 for this episode Receive TFTTF updates via email Photo tours with Chris Marquardt: » May … Continue reading "806 Why Bother Being a Photographer?"

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Jan 13, 2018
805 Setting The Right Goals

Happy New Year everybody!! On this episode Chris talks about goals when it comes to presenting your work in public and what they entail. Tom is interested in a sharpening workflow and Chris spills the beans about his own (barely existing) sharpening workflow. Also, the little robot from the podcast The Future of Photography finally … Continue reading "805 Setting The Right Goals"

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Jan 07, 2018
804 GEAR GEAR GEAR

Here’s the GEAR SHOW! Chris answers audience questions. Wayne wonders if Luminar could easily replace Adobe Lightroom. Derrin wants to know if he should be worried about 30 dead pixels on his new camera’s sensor. Also, Fred prompts Chris to discuss how Sony A7 Mk III, Canon 5D Mk IV and Nikon D850 stack up … Continue reading "804 GEAR GEAR GEAR"

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Dec 24, 2017
803 Bubble Sort Your Photos

Chris looks at three very different methods to select the best photo from several that are equally good: 1) the nerdy method, 2) the work smarter method and 3) the get over it method. What are your plans for May 2018? Here’s the New York Tilt-Shift Architecture and Street Photography Workshop Photo by Sebastian Pichler … Continue reading "803 Bubble Sort Your Photos"

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Dec 15, 2017
802 Ice Packs

Chris talk about the ice packs on his cheek, he looks at the photos of the November challenge winners (thanks Chris, Cedomil and Roan), Bob wonders about web photo consistency (is there any at all?) and Chris is giving Anchor another shake and … we’ll have to talk about Patreon. Photo by Evan Kirby RECEIVE … Continue reading "802 Ice Packs"

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Dec 08, 2017
801 The Cult of Done Manifesto

Let’s look at a philosophy that can help you get your photo projects done, the Cult of Done Manifesto. Daniel needs help with release forms, Tony wonders about camera settings for shooting video and you can win a t-shirt by helping find a name for our little robot. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: The … Continue reading "801 The Cult of Done Manifesto"

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Dec 02, 2017
800 The Future of Photography

Robert tries to take photos with good colors at a camp fire, Raja wonders about what the switch to Full Frame could do to his speedlights. Also Chris introduces his new podcast The Future of Photography where he and Adrian Stock (of Sunny 16 fame) explore the ways new technology can help you make fantastic … Continue reading "800 The Future of Photography"

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Nov 24, 2017
799 Deep Space Color

Chris does a quick wrap-up of the latest Bhutan photo tour (hint: it was a wonderful experience all around). He will NOT talk about phalluses this time 🙂 Dan has a question that prompts Chris to try to explain what a color space is and where you should be and where you shouldn’t be worried … Continue reading "799 Deep Space Color"

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Nov 17, 2017
798 Phalluses and Film Photography

In this special episode that was recorded during the 2017 Bhutan photo tour, he talks with Adrain Stock aka Ade of the Sunny 16 podcast who brought two Nikon film SLRs to this tour. Topics include Bhutan, the phallus cult, the Divine Mad Man and of course traveling with film through one of the most … Continue reading "798 Phalluses and Film Photography"

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Nov 11, 2017
797 An Imaginary Color

Find out the truth about the top floor and nothing but the truth. Marcalia has a question about synchronizing LR catalog & settings between two computers and Robert wonders about what Magenta really is.. because unlike any other color, Magenta is not part of the rainbow. Photo by Ken Treloar via Unsplash RECEIVE EMAIL FOR … Continue reading "797 An Imaginary Color"

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Nov 03, 2017
796 Camera Benchmarking

After Marques Brownlee discussed the DxOMark and its problems on his YouTube channel, Chris takes a critical look at benchmarking in general and also at the DxOMark. Also on the show: Corey cannot decide if he should upgrade his gear before the vacation and Chris chimes in. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Download the MP3 … Continue reading "796 Camera Benchmarking"

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Oct 27, 2017
795 The Future of Web Photos

Little post mixup this morning, we made a mistake and had to re-post the episode. Sorry for the inconvenience. Now that Apple decided to adopt the open HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format) for their photos, let’s take a closer look at what that means for the future of our photography on the web. When … Continue reading "795 The Future of Web Photos"

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Oct 20, 2017
794 An Upside Down Weekend

Find out what unusual place Susan listens to the show at (hint: it has to do with water), Nikolaus asks for a primer on manual exposure and Chris reviews the FOOD challenge. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Challenge entry: David Mann: Two Apples and a Plank Challenge Entry: Eran Pinhasov: Holiday Dinner Challenge Entry: … Continue reading "794 An Upside Down Weekend"

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Oct 13, 2017
793 No Attribution Please

Jon wonders if the 50/1.8 is a gimmick or if there’s more to it. Allan Attridge of the Two Hosers Podcast returns to the show to discuss a really interesting follow-up question regarding attribution: what if your photo gets published but you DONT’T want attribution? RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: The Two Hosers Photo … Continue reading "793 No Attribution Please"

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Oct 06, 2017
792 The Journey Is Your Choice

This episode is about a question that many of you have probably asked yourself at one point or another in your photographic learning process. Why do we have to edit our photos? Or do we have to at all? RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: SPONSOR: Audible – get a free audiobook with your 30-day … Continue reading "792 The Journey Is Your Choice"

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Sep 29, 2017
791 For Business and Ego

Chris and Allan Attridge discuss attribution for photography, how the situation is today and if it’s more about business or more about the photographer’s ego. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: The Two Hosers Download the MP3 for this episode Receive TFTTF updates via email Photo tours with Chris Marquardt: » May 2017: Svalbard — … Continue reading "791 For Business and Ego"

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Sep 22, 2017
Why Pocket Chris Has to Go

Photo by Andrew Branch Now that many of you are updating to iOS 11, you’ll notice that a few of your older apps don’t work anymore because they don’t support 64 bits. The Pocket Chris apps are among those. It wasn’t an easy decision to let Pocket Chris go, but unfortunately a necessary one. Making … Continue reading "Why Pocket Chris Has to Go"

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Sep 20, 2017
790 Love the Camera You Shoot With

Chris talks about a literal bug in his computer, about Pocket Chris, about why it’s so important that you love the camera you shoot with and Bill visits Dresden, Germany and Chris chimes in with a few travel photo tips for that area of our beautiful country. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Moritzburg Castle … Continue reading "790 Love the Camera You Shoot With"

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Sep 15, 2017
789 Photos on the Villa Walls

Francois wonders about how Lightroom presets make sense and Chris has a deeper look at how he uses them. Dave has a few questions about the photos that are up on the Viewfinder Villa walls.. so Chris takes you on a little tour of the house. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Download the MP3 for … Continue reading "789 Photos on the Villa Walls"

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Sep 08, 2017
788 Tricks of the Press Photographers

Let’s look at how a spaghetti strainer can help you learn about photography. There are three new and probably a bit exotic lenses on the horizon and Chris explains what they are good for. He also looks at the tricks of the press photographers to help you take better hand-held low light shots. RECEIVE EMAIL … Continue reading "788 Tricks of the Press Photographers"

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Sep 01, 2017
787 The True Foundation of All Photography

Chris spills the beans on the big secret of how to make you a better photographer, Derrin asks about Depth of Field and Limon64 wonders why some cameras are easier to focus than others. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Download the MP3 for this episode Receive TFTTF updates via email Photo tours with Chris Marquardt: … Continue reading "787 The True Foundation of All Photography"

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Aug 18, 2017
786 Rich and Famous

Danny wonders how to make money with his travel photography and Chris explains his personal story around that topic. Chris has been interviewed by Photo Live Magazine and takes a closer look at the great photos that the listeners submitted to this round of the Slack Photo Challenge. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Slack … Continue reading "786 Rich and Famous"

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Aug 11, 2017
785 Canon, Nikon, I’m Looking at You

Let’s look at how a DSLR shutter works, with its spring-loaded bladed shutters and its electro magnets and how it’s possible to program and run a shutter using an Arduino. We’ll also dive into keywording strategies and have a look at where photography might go from here with the new developments in image recognition and … Continue reading "785 Canon, Nikon, I’m Looking at You"

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Aug 04, 2017
784 Homemade Lenses

On this quick-fire Q&A episode Terry wonders about print sizes & aspect ratios, Michael has questions about prisms and mirrors in cameras and Oliver is looking into experimenting with home-made lenses. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Build your own lens More about building your own lens Homemade lens Download the MP3 for this episode … Continue reading "784 Homemade Lenses"

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Jul 21, 2017
783 Why are Lenses Round?

On this quick-fire question and answer episode, Andy wonders why lenses are round and Chris talks about how lenses are made and how the round shape makes most sense. John has a LR workflow question and Mark is curious about digital medium format. Chris goes into detail on why medium format isn’t clearly defined and … Continue reading "783 Why are Lenses Round?"

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Jul 14, 2017
782 – Recovering from the Cloud

Oliver has some follow-up regarding cloud backups, David wonders about air travel and the electronics ban and Joe wants to shoot infrared black and white film and digital. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Bumper Car Light Painting [Video] with Chris Marquardt Chris Marquardt on Patreon SPONSOR: Get 20% off at Shutterstock.com Download the MP3 … Continue reading "782 – Recovering from the Cloud"

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Jul 07, 2017
781 Physical Backups

This episode features questions on broken links, printing your photos as a physical backup, the whereabouts of the Marquardt International Pinhole project, lens elements and groups and an SD card tester for Windows. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Arq: cloud backup for Mac and Windows Marquardt International Pinhole – 4×5″ Large Format Pinhole Camera … Continue reading "781 Physical Backups"

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Jun 30, 2017
780 Tarantino’s Lens Artefacts

On this rapid-fire Q&A episode: Adam is interested in avoiding losing his photos in times of ransomware and Chris lays out his strategy from shooting through editing to archiving, to make sure he never loses a single photo. Hampus goes whale watching to Iceland and wonders what focal length makes the most sense and Heramb … Continue reading "780 Tarantino’s Lens Artefacts"

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Jun 15, 2017
779 David DuChemin: The Soul of the Camera

On today’s episode Chris reveals the winners of the last TFTTF Slack Challenge (join the Slack here)- and Release Pixie Ravsitar reveals the new one. Chris and David DuChemin discuss what’s more important, the tech, or The Soul of the Camera (which happens to be the title of David’s new book too). David duChemin is … Continue reading "779 David DuChemin: The Soul of the Camera"

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Jun 08, 2017
778 Arctic Sirens

Chris is back from his Arctic photo travels on the s/v Noorderlicht around Svalbard, together with a wonderful group of photographers and he brought home some stories. Learn about Spitzbergen, the world’s biggest laboratory, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (and if it’s really flooded from melting permafrost), Ny-Ålesund, Barentsburg and Longyearbyen. Hear about the Svalbard … Continue reading "778 Arctic Sirens"

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Jun 01, 2017
777 Too Much Light

Chris takes a closer look at ND filter systems and helps you determine what you need – and what you don’t. To make sure you have ample time to practice until this summer .. let’s do an early start and talk about how to shoot a solar eclipse. Also if you send in a question … Continue reading "777 Too Much Light"

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May 25, 2017
776 Making Dead Pixels

In this special episode we’ll find out if “having something” is better than “needing something”, we’ll learn what’s so magic about dipping your fingers in chemistry, and you get to listen in while Chris talks to a particle physicist at the Large Hedron Collider project about how to produce dead pixels on your camera sensor. … Continue reading "776 Making Dead Pixels"

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May 11, 2017
775 GoPros in Space

TJ sends in a follow-up on his extension tube story and how he solved it.. Chris takes a look at SpaceX and how they make use of cameras and Doug had a creative experience with fireworks and wonders if there are more creative things you can do with photography. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: … Continue reading "775 GoPros in Space"

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May 05, 2017
774 Standardizing On Black And White

Chris takes a look at what you can achieve with an extension tube, why you should know that there are different kinds of extension tubes and how the professionals do their macro photography. There’s talk about Nikon CPU and non-CPU lenses and Chris will also use this episode to bring you something that he just … Continue reading "774 Standardizing On Black And White"

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Apr 28, 2017
773 The Economics of Film

Chris takes a closer look at the economics of monobath developer, an exploration why the Lab Box is still a great idea and how to avoid sticky fingers when trying to coax a roll of 120 film onto a development reel. On the digital side, Chris looks into free image editing tools on Windows, Mac, … Continue reading "773 The Economics of Film"

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Apr 20, 2017
772 Lens Resolution

Kade asks about lens resolution (is there such a thing?), Chris discusses the Lab Box for film development, Gerald wonders which lens to buy and Chris gives some general lens buying advice. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Support TFTTF on Patreon Great ways to support Tips from the Top Floor The Film Photography Handbook … Continue reading "772 Lens Resolution"

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Apr 14, 2017
771 Chris Dun Goofed

Chris messed up and answered a question that wasn’t even asked. Let’s fix that and discuss the difference between circular and rectangular ND filters. TFTTF gets some online recognition, Chris posted a 360 degree video of Lake Baikal, and double-goof: Chris had the new challenge introduction all along. Well, it’s never too late. Also a … Continue reading "771 Chris Dun Goofed"

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Apr 07, 2017
770 The Biggest Failures

Chris has a closer look at failed photo-related crowdfunding campaigns, Job needs advice on a 3D camera and Gerald wonders about the difference between a linear and a circular polarizer. Plus: the review of the current Slack photo challenge. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Become a Patreon supporter and keep this show independent Failed … Continue reading "770 The Biggest Failures"

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Mar 31, 2017
769 Does Beer Develop?

Chris analyzes the claim that you can develop film in beer and comes to the conclusion that that’s unlikely. But he knows how it was done. There’s a recap of the question on color-blind photography (more in the episode linked below). Also some conclusions about the ongoing Anchor experiment.. it’s not looking rosy. RECEIVE EMAIL … Continue reading "769 Does Beer Develop?"

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Mar 23, 2017