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PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FROM THE TOP FLOOR

60 EpisodesProduced by Chris MarquardtWebsite

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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899 The Future of Photography Education

June 27th, 2020

In this episode Chris looks at creativity, how it often depends on the right puzzle pieces to come together at the right time, and how a little bit (or a lot) of pressure can bring this all together and allow you to …

898b A Few Words, 05-JUN-2020

June 5th, 2020

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The world is a crazy place right now.. and I’ve been struggling whether I should say something here, whether I should use this …

898 Pick One Photo

May 3rd, 2020

Check out Chris’ new video series Pick One Photo that feature Filmmaker Jon Miller, photographer Ibarionex Perello, photographer and thrower of axes Sean Galbraith, photographer and podcast co-hosts Adrian Stock and …

897 Stuck at Home

March 22nd, 2020

Chris looks at the impact of this BLEEPING virus .. on the photo industry, on this show and on my own business and of course on YOUR photography, … …

896 Travel & Corona

March 9th, 2020

Chris talks about the Siberia photo tour in February and how to shoot ice. While Chris was in Russia, the coronavirus and the news about it have almost exploded and it is having a big impact on the travel industry and …

895 Voices (Slice)

February 29th, 2020

In today’s TFTTF Slice, Chris runs you through his daily routine while on a workshop. Chris also interviews his tour guide and some of the attendees of the Lake Baikal trip.

You’re listening to a slice of Photography …

894 On the Lake (Slice)

February 22nd, 2020

Chris and the group are making their way across Lake Baikal, the world’s largest lake by volume. It holds 20% of the planet’s liquid fresh water …

893 Moscow Extension (Slice)

February 18th, 2020

Chris takes a break from packing for his trip to share some additional details of the Moscow Extension of the Lake Baikal workshop. And then adds a little sound-seeing from the Moscow subway.

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892 To New Heights

February 9th, 2020

This episode is all about challenging yourself to new heights… of course with a challenge or two. Also Alex wants to know what’s up with those terms and conditions where some photo businesses seem to make you sign …

891 Snips from the Top Floor? (Slice)

January 31st, 2020

Chris gets a voicemail from a listener (Brenie) discussing the new show format. And Mark helps Chris encourage more engagement for the alphabet …

890 New Format (Slice)

January 29th, 2020

I am testing this new format for when I travel. So here are, as a test, my ramblings from the Viewfinder Villa kitchen table.

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889 It Only Takes 5 Minutes

January 26th, 2020

This episode comes at the end of a well-needed break. Actually a break that I didn’t even know I needed. But here we are. Back in the saddle with restored energy and ready to shake things up again. This episode is …

888 Bye bye … ’til 2020

December 26th, 2019

It’s the last episode for the year 2019… and we’ll talk about what I do around the holidays. This episode is also about giving your photos titles. …

887 Heartwarming

December 20th, 2019

You’re an amazing community. And a big welcome to the new patrons who have decided to support an independent creator. I’m humbled by your support. Let me say a quick thank you to the new patrons: Sid, Jeffrey, Gerald, …

886 The Joy of Photography

December 13th, 2019

Chris discusses the Joy of Photography. Can we define it? What makes you pick up your camera? And Matt has brought us a new Slack Challenge… so we’ll review the last one and kick off the challenge for the year.

For …

885a Protecting My Listeners and Surviving at the Same Time

December 11th, 2019

Warning: This is not an official photo episode, but rather some background on what’s going on in the world of independent podcasts. So if you’re here for the photography, please skip this episode.

I’ve hinted at it …

885 The Biggest Misconception in Photography

November 14th, 2019

Chris looks at wind speeds, slow drones, a mini assignment AND you’ll learn that telephoto compression isn’t really a thing.

This week’s assignment is Aperture. Post your photos online and use the hashtags #tfttf …

884 Let Me Talk You Out of the Mavic Mini

November 5th, 2019

Let Chris talk you out of buying the new Mavic Mini, the sub 250g flying camera that I KNOW a lot of you are eyeing right now. Chris puts it in …

883 The Man Machine Connection

October 29th, 2019

Are you one of those people who have given their camera a name? If the answer is yes, .. this might be one of the most normal things in the world. Today i’d like to explore the emotional relationship between us and …

882 Photo Editing in VR

October 13th, 2019

On this episode Chris dives into a couple of topics that might as well be at home on The Future of Photography, including Sony’s new layered sensor and lenses that are 1000 times thinner than current ones. Chris also …

881 Falling in Love

October 6th, 2019

It’s Slack Challenge Time! We’ll also take a photo together (post on your favorite social media with #tfttfnow) and Chris shares a beautiful love …

880 Perspectives and Frameworks

September 29th, 2019

Let’s go a bit deeper into two aspects of the last episode: frameworks and how they can help you with your photography and perspectives.. but not just those that we photographers love so much.

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879 The Picture Is Not Enough

September 19th, 2019

Sometimes the picture alone is not enough to tell the whole story. Special guest Monika Andrae shares her experience and her issues when doing …

878 Don’t Matter Where You Go

September 13th, 2019

Chris has a special guest on today’s episode. HP Kaggerud is in the house and while you might not have heard about him in the context of photography, chances are that as a TFTTF listener you have heard his music many …

877 Smaller Cheaper Sharper Lighter

September 6th, 2019

We’ve been making lenses for thousands of years, but someone just now discovered the formula to let you make lenses that have zero (ZERO!) …

876 Photography Means Stress

August 30th, 2019

Chris has spent months and years to get a grip on this: photography stresses us out. Let’s explore what we can do about it. Also Roger has a dying …

875 One Leg at a Time

August 24th, 2019

Today’s show is about origin stories (what made YOU interested in photography?). Also a story about Edward Weston that taught me how the best of …

874 The Search for the Missing Color

August 9th, 2019

Joshua wants to transfer digital photos onto an analog medium and Robert is curious about why color is sometimes shown in a linear way and …

873 The Flowers and the Bees

August 2nd, 2019

Chris checks in with Eimear King, the new voice on The Future of Photography and answers a question on photographic travel preparations, including camera time zones and some really nifty Lightroom stuff, so you can …

872 The World’s Smallest Full Frame

July 23rd, 2019

Chris takes a closer look at the world’s smallest full frame mirrorless digital camera: the Sigma fp. He also asks the question if a full frame …

871 Frozen-UV-Macro-Stereo-Photography

July 11th, 2019

Don Komarechka is back on the show. This time he tells us about macro photography and about his latest book. The Kickstarter for it is almost …

870 Almost a Terabyte for 10 Bucks

July 7th, 2019

Chris talks with film directory Jeremiah Chechick, he is one of the two new voices on The Future of Photography. Chris’ Wide Angle Photography book is now available in Chinese. And Chris got a great deal to buy over …

869 Home Automation and Photography

June 28th, 2019

Chris answers some audience questions about Lightroom: How to backup and restore Lightroom and how to select and export thousands of photos over …

868 Never Touch a Photo Again

June 23rd, 2019

Which would you prefer? A manual workflow that requires you to deal with your photos every day, or the fully automated version that will …

867 Camouflage Pets

June 7th, 2019

Chris talks about black pets, brindle dogs, how perspective will change background and light. Also: confusing Lightroom photo imports and what to …

866 Tiny Biggest Mountain

May 31st, 2019

Chris looks at shooting directly on photo paper. Mt. Everest is too small on a photo and the May Slack challenge is over: it’s the big reveal of the photos that Chris has chosen to talk about.

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865 Agree or Disagree

May 16th, 2019

Today Colin from Scotland has a Tilt/Shift question and Darren disagrees with what Chris said on the last episode and Chris agrees that Darren is …

864 DAM It’s Hot

May 3rd, 2019

Chris has a few announcements: 1) YOU could become the next big podcast star! 2) There are two new spectacular photo tours on …

863 The Auto Button

April 22nd, 2019

Florin wonders if automating the tone editing of your photos is worth doing it or if you’re better off doing it manually. Chris takes the opportunity to talk you through parts of his photo editing workflow. Don’t miss …

862 A Million Cameras a Month

April 12th, 2019

Chris takes a closer look at the future of print. Print in magazines. Print in advertising. Print in books.. and of course print in photography. He also discusses the dramatic drop in mirrorless camera sales despite …

861 Get Out and Get Low

April 7th, 2019

It’s time to review some of the listeners’ greatest photos. It’s slack challenge time and Chris will look at three selected pictures that say …

860 Cracking Explore

March 30th, 2019

Chris recently had a photo in Flickr Explore that got quite some attention. He takes a closer look at what it takes to get your photos noticed onto the prestigious Flickr Explore gallery. Al is red/green blind and he …

859 Drone Ship (Repost)

March 24th, 2019

(Repost due to a publishing issue) Chris takes you through the dangers and rewards of flying a drone on a moving platform in the ocean, aka, a …

859 Drone Ship

March 24th, 2019

Chris takes you through the dangers and rewards of flying a drone on a moving platform in the ocean, aka, a ship. Joe wants to know how reciprocity …

858 Limits

March 17th, 2019

Chris looks at what extreme limitation can do to your photography and why it works at all. Chuck wants to know how to prepare for an extreme Himalayan winter journey.. and Chris talks about how a big walk-in freezer …

857 One Second

March 10th, 2019

Chris takes you above the Arctic Circle trying to shoot the Northern Lights on a moving ship. Also Wilson wants to move his photos to a different disk and Tom is trying to take pictures of his black dog.

856 Togo Talk

February 22nd, 2019

Chris is on the MS Togo, a comfortable expedition vessel in the Arctic, where he takes a group of 12 photographers to the Lofoten archipelago. They …

855 Demolition World

February 16th, 2019

Chris and Monika discuss Demolition World, a place in Invercargill, New Zealand, that is full of stories and a photographer’s dream. Check out the

854 My Eye Is Okay

February 1st, 2019

Chris had an issue with his left eye, which in turn triggered a discussion with Monika regarding loss. Loss of eye-sight, loss of gear and loss of creative mojo.

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Photo by Manuel Meurisse

853 Sheepish Photography

January 26th, 2019

Monika is back on the show to, among other things, discuss why New Zealand mailboxes might be one of the big creative outlets over here. Chris and Monika also go into why she hated her sheep shearing photos and how …

852 New Zealand

January 17th, 2019

Chris and Monika discuss their New Zealand adventure, Larry has a follow-up regarding subscription models and friends don’t let friends shoot …

851 Visual Workflow

January 3rd, 2019

Happy New Year! FINALLY FINALLY the November challenge review. Chris also takes a quick look back over the last year and he talks to his guest Ibarionex Perello about the visual workflow.

Photo by Caleb Woods

850 Up Your Run-and-Gun Video Game

December 14th, 2018

Professional film maker and host of The Two Hosers Photography Show, Allan Attridge, joins the show to help us still photographers up our game in videography. He shares his personal experience and provides some simple …

849 Subscription Model

December 7th, 2018

Chris takes a look at the frustration people have around Adobe’s subscription model. Especially as it concerns us photographers. The Adobe …

848 High-Speed All the Things

November 30th, 2018

Chris spent time in Rochester, NY, at the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences, where associate professor Ted Kinsman showed him around and …

847 The Flickr Situation

November 16th, 2018

Flickr is about to change its business model, limiting free subscribers to 1000 photos and doing away with their free 1 TB storage space. Chris looks at how bad the new Flickr situation really is. Frank wants to know …

846 The Camel Secret

November 10th, 2018

Chris talks about how to get the perfect silhouette shot of camels (hint: there’s a trick). He also review the latest TFTTF Slack Challenge (REFLECTION) and Matt presents the new SILHOUETTE challenge. Last but not …

845 Half a Terabyte

October 19th, 2018

Aubrey has a tip regarding Digital Asset Management, Rafael wants to shoot flat architectural drawings and wonders what camera and lens to use and ONE of the cameras that were announced at Photokina peaks Chris’ …

844 Owl Baiting

October 11th, 2018

Chris received follow-up on the the ethical exif debate, this time about the practice of owl baiting. Joe wonders if he can use his LR hard drive …

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