David has some great points about muscle memory and how resetting your camera after you used it will make you a faster photographer. Robert wonders how he should manage and rename the photo files on his hard drive. Brad wants to know how old the light on the top of the frame is compared to the light on the bottom of the frame and Charles has read about a strange beast called the “Technical Camera” and Chris sheds some light on what it is, who uses it and how it works.
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Frank is interested in color spaces and wonders which one to choose in the camera, Hampus calls in from the Himalayan trek and needs some hints regarding what to see in Ireland (hint: Donegal) and Iceland. Ben finds weird artefacts on his flash photos and wonders if it has to do with shutter speed and Terry relays her experience taking wonderful photos of her grandkids because she knew her camera in and out.
Rusty says hi to the “Top Floor Cyberspace Slackers” and asks why we should post process. Chris has some ideas about this. Volker does a road trip in California and wonders if it’s the right decision to leave half his gear back home in Germany. Chris has learned to travel light, so you can guess the answer on that one. Joe wants some guidance on how to buy a box camera and Chris elaborates on the differences between 120 and 620 film, the different kinds of box cameras, where to get them and what to look out for. And last but not least, Kade suggests to use solar chargers when on a trek. Chris has done some research into that area.
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On this episode: Wilson asks about the 2-3 most essential Lightroom functions, Kade is a binge listener and and makes us better photographers with a toy camera, Casey wonders about printing without intermediate files and Brian tries to find a way to compare the pictures from his camera with the RAW versions.
Chris has watched the space around Slack for quite a while and he’s willing to give it a go as a new hangout place for the TFTTF community. Long-time listeners will fondly remember the old TFTTF forum which was a very interactive and fun place to be. The new TFTTF Slack could act as the new TFTTF water cooler, a place to discuss photographic topics, a place to get involved with Chris’ show planning process and quite a few things more. Give it a go!
Jonathan tries to find out how to ensure that his photos maintain maximum sharpness when posting them to photo sharing services. Chris elaborates on how photo sharing sites like Flickr tend to resize photos and apply their own sharpening, making it difficult to guess what level of sharpening is appropriate for an upload. They also often delegate dynamic resizing to the browser, which gives the photographer even less control over the perceived sharpness of a picture. Many moving targets here.
Jeff has a question on which slide film to use for portraits. The answer is again not a simple one, but the first question Chris puts on the table is “why does it have to be slide film?” and his guess is that Jeff wants the ease of scanning that slide film provides. Find out why slide film might be a tough candidate for portraits.
Mike wants advice on posting pictures to Instagram and asks about a rule of quarters to help with a square composition. Chris dives into how he doesn’t really follow rules when it comes to photography and lays out a method to help create compositions that are easy to crop for Instagram.
Edward is planning a fish-eye project and he is very curious to find famous fish-eye photographers. Chris isn’t sure if there are any photographers out there who shoot only fish-eye. He might be completely wrong though. Maybe the community can help?