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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:53:20 +0000
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"
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:45:07 +0000
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"
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:38:21 +0000
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"
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:22:22 +0000
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"
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:09:20 +0000
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?"
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:01:44 +0000
John Michael wonders how to speed up his Lightroom and Chris goes into the intricacies of setting up and using different preview sizes, smart previews and how the right setup can make Lightroom much faster. Chris also answers the question on why he upgraded to the 7D Mark II – the answer might be surprising. … Continue reading "768 Lightroom Speed Boost"
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:33:51 +0000
Joan isn’t quite happy about the sharpness of his photos of people and Chris does a few sophisticated guesses on what he means and how to counter it and get sharper photos of people. Kevin wonders how to tame the flood of RAW and JPG images in his Lightroom and if he needs both at … Continue reading "767 What is Sharpness?"
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:43:43 +0000
Today Chris will tackle the tough questions. Terry wonders about photography in science and Chris elaborates on a few techniques and wonders how it relates to the arts. And Kevin wonders about the ethics of photography at a women’s protest march. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: 2018 Photo Tours with Chris: Ladakh, Ireland, Norway, … Continue reading "766 The Tough Questions"
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:36:32 +0000
Chris talks about HDR and about carrying two heavy cameras on a frozen lake. He also has a little favor to ask from you: please fill out the podcast listener survey at podsurvey.com/topfloor High Dynamic Range Photography Chris also dives into High Dynamic Range and takes a closer look at the ins and outs. The … Continue reading "765 All Things HDR"
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:04:22 +0000
James wants a camera that can shoot movie-like quality. Chris explains how to evaluate cameras and that the movie-like qualities of movies are not necessarily only due to the cameras. The soft factors include anything from lighting, color correction, editing, pacing, music, and last but not least: story. Thomas is a self-confessed can’t-delete-photos-aholic and Chris … Continue reading "764 Can’t-Delete-Photos-Aholic"
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:30:44 +0000
Ravsitar brings us a new slack photo challenge (if you’re not on the slack, get on board here), Simone wonders about vignetting caused by leaf shutters and how that is different from focal plane shutters, T.J. wants to exercise his photo skills indoors during the dark winter season in Minneapolis and Mark asks about switching … Continue reading "763 The long dark winter"
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:20:25 +0000
Tour participant Jeff scored in a photo contest, Michael and Thomas wonder about how robust their cameras are, Mario needs a motivational boost for his photography and Paul wonders if you can enter a photo contest with an unprocessed RAW file. Is there such a thing as an unprocessed RAW file at all? RECEIVE EMAIL … Continue reading "762 Because we have good taste"
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:53:24 +0000
Listener Chris wonders about weather sealing and condensation on his camera, Niels tries to micro-adjust the focus on his lens and Ray is looking for opinions on Art lenses. Oh, and we take a quick look at Kodak’s new announcement to bring their 10 year discontinued slide film Ektachrome back. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES … Continue reading "761 How Robust Is Your Camera?"
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:35:48 +0000
Happy New Year everyone! Chris looks back at 2016, looks out to what 2017 will bring and even takes a peek into his 2018 plans as his calendar already begins to fill up. Including some brand-new tours: Morocco and the Chadar Trek in Ladakh, Kashmere. Ben is curious about exposure modes and how they affect … Continue reading "760 Do only Canon and Nikon make PRO Cameras?"
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:15:33 +0000
Doug wonders why we use red green and blue for our photography and not something else and Chris goes a bit into trichromacy and how our eyes work similar to the sensor on our cameras. Bill wonders about the colors on his screen vs. the colors on his prints and Chris visited a massive photo … Continue reading "759 The Colorful Episode"
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:57:56 +0000
Todd is trying to find ways to bend his lens, George wonders what it takes to make sure that his photos don’t get lost when he’s gone and Chris will try to find out if the new AI-powered camera RELONCH is a threat to professional photography. Hint: it isn’t just yet. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW … Continue reading "758 How dangerous is AI to professional photography?"
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Thu, 15 Dec 2016 23:17:27 +0000
Sawyer calls in with a great tip on focusing with an ND filter and Chris has a few thoughts on the focus trap and how to reliably determine distance without autofocus. Jim wonders about the camera gear to bring on a photo tour and Chris gives an example based on some of the previous photo … Continue reading "757 Affinity"
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:05:41 +0000
This is a quick-fire episode – three questions, three answers – Mark wants to downsize his camera and is looking at mirrorless, Bob has a hard time to focus with a 10 stop ND filter and Chris discusses live view, zooming in, manual focus and Ryan is thinking about going more wide angle – hear … Continue reading "756 To Downsize or not to Downsize"
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:53:04 +0000
Today’s episode is about overcoming fears, about doing something you haven’t done before and about repairing a shutter. Chris also does a quick detour into photo history, talking about Prontor and Compur shutters and how they defined a standard that has been part of many cameras and still is even until today: the PC Sync … Continue reading "755 I Fixed My Shutter"
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:22:02 +0000
Andy listens to TFTTF under ground, Adam wonders how to test for maximum dynamic range of your camera and Chris dives right in, to the point where he gets out the camera and does a live test on the show. Holger calls in from Mexico and wonders if what he’s doing with his polarizer is … Continue reading "754 Gut Feel Testing"
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:22:21 +0000
Chris discusses 4k video on the Canon 5D Mark IV, we hear from a lawyer turned wedding photographer, how to make your wide angle lens even wider and why most cameras end their automatic exposure at 30 seconds. Also, find out how you can become an instant hero for the rest of the TFTTF community! … Continue reading "753 Fake ISO"
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:42:54 +0000
Every time I prepare a photo tour that centers on landscape photography, there are questions on what photo equipment to bring. The most common theme regarding lenses is: the wider the better. But while that’s a natural instinct, a super wide angle is not necessarily the best choice for your landscape photography. Our eyes Let’s … Continue reading "The secret to making your wide angle lens even wider – for free"
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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:51:37 +0000
Chris does some speculating on the future of photography, especially in light of the next big wave of computing: Augmented and Mixed Reality – this will impact photography on many different levels. There will be new technical possibilities (think 3D sensing), there will be new ways to present photography (virtual displays), new ways of teaching … Continue reading "752 Augmented Photography"
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 21:30:16 +0000
Get the eBook 1 Hour 1000 Pics – Supercharge your Lightroom Workflow for free. David wonders what shutter modes Chris uses and prompts him to go deep into his reasoning for or against certain modes. Chris will also look into why over- and underexposure are absolutely fine and sometimes even necessary in some of his … Continue reading "751 Giveaway and Modes. Guest: Valerie Jardin"
Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:54:24 +0000
Chris tells you which new laptop he just bought.. and why he made that specific choice. Hint: it’s not the new Apple MacBook Pro. You will hear from Barry who bought a refurbished lens and how he loved the experience, and Rob wants to know if it’s possible to spot edits in a photo, which … Continue reading "750 Should you buy the new MacBook?"
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:55:56 +0000
Something different on this episode of Tips from the Top Floor.. let’s do a quick-fire episode.. Three questions, Three answers.. one about filter therapy, one about sharpening grain, and the question of all questions: what on earth is an f-stop. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: The Apocalypse of Lens Dust [Lensrentals.com] The TFTTF Slack … Continue reading "749 Filter Therapy"
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:38:15 +0000
Chris listens in in on the Accidental Tech Podcast with John Siracusa, Casey Liss and Marco Arment and tries to bust a few myths around dust in your camera. He just released a video that takes you behind the scenes of a photo shoot with a band. Also Jeremy wonders how much of a disappointment … Continue reading "748 Bust The Dust"
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:13:00 +0000
When I did the photo shoot with musician Joo Kraus last year, he and the Tales in Tones Trio were still in the process of mixing their new album JooJazz – and I believe that album name was actually coined during that photo session. For me, shooting with a band is always a treat. Shooting … Continue reading "Joo Kraus: The JooJazz Photo Shoot"
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:54:07 +0000
Chris talks about shooting the aurora from a moving ship, what the challenges are and how to overcome them and incorporate them into your photography in a creative way. Thomasz asks why not just do long exposures from a tripod instead of buying a new camera. Also Chris finally gets around to review the September … Continue reading "747 Aurora From A Moving Platform"
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:04:27 +0000
Richard wants to shoot the northern lights in Iceland with a 12 year old DSLR and you can hear Chris finally say that sometimes it’s in fact the gear., Andy points us to a cause that’s worth volunteering for, Joe reports back on his brother-in-law’s successes with his box camera and Ryan wonders about the … Continue reading "746 An Embarrassing Story"
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:42:08 +0000
On this special Photokina episode of Tips from the Top Floor, Chris talks gear with his guest Allan Attridge of the Two Hosers Photo show. They go over anything that they find worth mentioning, including Nikon’s new KeyMission action cameras, the Leicas Sofort (how do you pronounce that in the US?), the new GoPro Karma … Continue reading "745 Photokina 2016 Special"
Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:37:51 +0000
Chris is back from his travels to the east coast of Greenland and to Donegal, the northwest part of Ireland. On today’s episode Bob asks about shooting trains with reflective elements and John has a tip (coating tripod feet against corrosion) and a question about photo exercises that give you some real exercise. Chris also … Continue reading "744 ICEBERG!!!"
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 03:59:40 +0000
Chris listens in on a TED talk by adventure photographer Corey Rich to learn why he thinks embracing discomfort is important to photography. Matt has a question on how to get confident focus with his fish-eye lens. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Embracing Discomfort | Corey Rich – YouTube Online Depth of Field Calculator … Continue reading "743 Confident Focus"
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:33:00 +0000
Let’s watch Adam Savage look at some amazing artifacts of photography and visit the model he built for a Stanley Kubrick exhibition. Jon wants to know about Back Button Focus – what is it, why would you want to use it, what are its advantages and its pitfalls. Also find the answer to the question … Continue reading "742 Learning to Move Sideways"
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:55:27 +0000
Chris looks into Magnum photographer Joseph Kudelka’s philosophy of photography and John wonders about rolling shutter. You can also still win a book and join a discussion. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Rocky Nook and Tips from the Top Floor Giveaway Thirty Minutes with Josef Koudelka Rolling shutter explained Download the MP3 for this … Continue reading "741 Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’"
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:14:29 +0000
Chris discusses the own-backyard-syndrome – is the grass on the other side really greener? Jim tries to find a good way to switch from Apple Photos to Adobe Lightroom and we take a closer look at Getty Images who lately seem to have gotten into a little bit of trouble. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES … Continue reading "740 The Own-Backyard-Problem"
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:54:09 +0000
We’re opening yet another Slack photo challenge, Ted has a word to say about an interview that Ibarionex Perello did with Chris on The Candid Frame, Joe got his family into discussing photography by using box cameras and Ed wonders about getting a CLA, a Clean-Lube-and-Adjust. Oh, and bumblebees… RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: … Continue reading "tfttf739 – The Bumblebee Principle"
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:48:31 +0000
Andy has the feeling of missing out of some of the cool features his camera might have – because he’s using older lenses. Jack wonders how a photo he once saw could have such an incredible depth and Chris explores what depth cues in a photo can do to your perception. Also, friend of the … Continue reading "tfttf738 – With One Eye Closed"
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:47:19 +0000
Chris discusses over-engineering and over-tooling the creative process There is some great follow-up on the show regarding “crunchy legs” and how to fix that .. and it involves a dentist. Chris will also discuss 360-degree-photography with his guests Jon Miller and Herb Saperstone. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: SPONSOR: The Great Courses Plus – … Continue reading "tfttf737 – 360 – Where Every Shot’s A Selfie"
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:39:08 +0000
On this episode Frank has a question about protecting his tripod investment, Tim can’t decide which tilt-shift lens to buy and we’ll take an interdisciplinary look into how the job of a music mixing engineer isn’t that much different from someone who’s editing photos. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Twice Only: Newsletter by Chris … Continue reading "tfttf736 – Crunchy Legs"
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 15:06:34 +0000
Chris took a Zodiak ride over the very same Mælström that Edgar Allen Poe and Jules Verne wrote about, Bob isn’t sure when or if to delete his photos, Darren wants to know more about lenses that keep their focus while zooming (parfocal lenses) and Mike wants to optimize his backup strategy for when he … Continue reading "tfttf735 – A Ride Over The Mælström"
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:27:31 +0000
Learn about how to make sure you can use use photos you took of other people for your own advertising. Chris talks about the quality of film and you’ll learn everything about Anita’s popular fishburger, which you can get in Sakris?y, Lofoten, Norway. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Links: Donegal Dreamscapes 2016 – Ireland with … Continue reading "tfttf734 – Anita’s Popular Fish Burger"
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:19:38 +0000
Let’s listen in on Adam Savage’s podcast on how constraint furthers creativity. We discuss a contest and hear Thiago ask about setting up shop as a freelance photographer in Europe. Travis is interested in finding out how to travel with photo gear and Chris has a few words to say about that while he packs … Continue reading "tfttf733 – Shabby Luggage"
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:00:48 +0000
Jose is trying to start a portrait photography business, Chris thinks back to the time when he started his own business and what his challenges were – and how he overcame them. The TFTTF Slack July Photo Challenge is up and Ryan wonders how to future-proof his photo management solution. RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES … Continue reading "tfttf732 – Starting A Photography Business"
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:00:01 +0000
Let’s review Ravsitar the Release Pixie’s TFTTF Slack May Photo Challenge – aka RRPTSMPC. Bill wants to import his old photos into Lightroom while creating a date-based folder structure, Joe wonders about low-budget professional photography and prompts Chris to get on one of his major soapboxes – don’t miss this 😉 RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW … Continue reading "tfttf731 – Low-Budget Pro Photography"
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 02:50:33 +0000
Chris declares you all makers on this episode. Another Chris has some old film in the fridge. Find out what bokeh and double-act comedy have in common and learn about the connection between Star Wars and Donegal in Ireland. Dave has a question regarding printing and there’s a new slack photo challenge for all you … Continue reading "tfttf730 – Star Wars, Makers and Double-Act Comedy"
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Fri, 27 May 2016 17:24:37 +0000
RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES Chris talks about MakerFaire and Arduino in the context of photography. Dan has a question on high-speed sync flash and how it would work on his Pentax in a sports photography situation. Troy wonders if variable ND filters are any good and Jeremy has a question regarding picture style settings … Continue reading "tfttf729 – Makers, Filters and Styles"
Thu, 26 May 2016 19:47:22 +0000
You might have been to Ireland, but have you seen Donegal? This landscape in the northwest of Ireland is a dream for every photographer. The light is soft and ever-changing, the people and culture are among the most inviting I’ve ever experienced and the spirit among photographers is wonderful. Coming up September 4th 2016: a … Continue reading "Featured Photo Tour: Donegal 2016"
Fri, 20 May 2016 01:02:43 +0000
RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES A great tip by Dave on how to save tons of time when shooting at night. A few thoughts on Tripods by Chris based on Brian’s question. An interview with Broui Wang, the founder of Polarr.co. Phil has a question of getting his first roll of film developed and wants … Continue reading "tfttf728 – RISK"
Fri, 13 May 2016 16:50:42 +0000
Bruce has problems shooting in the forest and Chris has a few recommendations on how to tackle these kinds of photos. Elie is concerned with the resolution when scanning his medium format negatives and Chris does some simple math to find out that you could print them at billboard size. Sina proposes something that’s slightly … Continue reading "tfttf727 – Glitch Free"
Tue, 10 May 2016 21:29:44 +0000
Here’s the first one. Really really excited! Seen here. (Get it at a 35% discount here using coupon CMFILM35)
Sun, 08 May 2016 21:58:07 +0000
RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES This is with the fixed audio. It was entirely my fault, I messed this up in the edit. My apologies – Chris 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 … Continue reading "tfttf726 REPOST – The Speed of the Curtains"
Thu, 05 May 2016 22:53:51 +0000
RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES 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 … Continue reading "tfttf726 – The Speed of the Curtains"
Thu, 05 May 2016 20:26:07 +0000
Here are the Film Photography Handbook Coupon Codes! Yes!! The hardcover version of our book is finally available! To celebrate the occasion, you can get both the ebook and the hardcover version for a whopping discount! Here are the discount codes: Coupon: EBOOKFILM: get the ebook for $20 Coupon: PRINTFILM: get the hardcover book for … Continue reading "Hardcover: The Film Photography Handbook – Coupon Codes"
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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:09:49 +0000
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 … Continue reading "tfttf725 – Diamond In The Rough"
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:24:24 +0000
RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES 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 … Continue reading "tfttf724 – Solar Charging Camera Batteries"
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:46:31 +0000
RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES +++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 … Continue reading "tfttf723 – Less Is So Much More"
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:36:07 +0000
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 … Continue reading "Something amazing just happened: the ship is ours now!"
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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 22:18:23 +0000
RECEIVE EMAIL FOR NEW EPISODES 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 … Continue reading "tfttf722 – Slackers"
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 07:46:50 +0000
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, or find out more about the TFTTF Slack, here’s the place that has all the answers.