tfttf724 – Solar Charging Camera Batteries



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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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Photo tours with Chris Marquardt:
» Sep 2016: Donegal
» Feb 2017: Lake Baikal, Siberia
» May 2017: Svalbard/Spitzbergen
» Nov 2017: Bhutan
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tfttf723 – Less Is So Much More



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+++BREAKING+++ The 2017 Svalbard/Spitzbergen tour is now a full charter! More information

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.

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Photo tours with Chris Marquardt:
» Sep 2016: Donegal
» Feb 2017: Lake Baikal, Siberia
» May 2017: Svalbard/Spitzbergen
» Nov 2017: Bhutan
» all photo tours

Something amazing just happened: the ship is ours now!

The 2017 Svalbard/Spitzbergen tour is shaping up to be among the most impressive ones I’ve ever offered. Svalbard is as close as most of us will ever get to the North Pole and the wildlife up there is so diverse, they often refer to it as the Galapagos of the Arctic.

The amazing news: instead of our original plan of renting cabins on the ship, we have just changed this to a full charter. E.g. we will be the only ones on board, no other passengers, just us photographers. \o/ This also means we will have FULL CONTROL over where the ship goes and stops. Circle around that iceberg two more times? You got it! Get a bit closer to that polar bear? Sure.

The Noordenlicht has 20 berths, we are 2 instructors, so we can take a total of 18 photographers with us. We already sold 10 spots, so that’s 8 to go.

EIGHT

Want to be one of them? This way please: tfttf.com/svalbard2017


The Noorderlicht has 20 berths in 10 cabins.
The Noorderlicht has 20 berths in 10 cabins.

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tfttf722 – Slackers



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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!

» the TFTTF Slack

Today’s Q&A:

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?

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Photo tours with Chris Marquardt:
» Sep 2016: Donegal
» Feb 2017: Lake Baikal, Siberia
» May 2017: Svalbard/Spitzbergen
» Nov 2017: Bhutan
» all photo tours

Slack!

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I’ve created a Slack for TFTTF and you’re all invited to join and discuss ideas around the show or simply hang out with other TFTTF listeners. If you want to join, shoot me a quick mail at [email protected] – it’s invite only for now, but I’m working on a way to make this easier to join.

Click here to find answers to these questions: What is Slack? What is the TFTTF Slack?

I’m also holding a workshop over the weekend, so bear with me in case I’m a bit slow with my responses.