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929 No Drama in Photo Land

January 27th, 2023

Today we’ll touch on the Adobe content analytics issue, a bit of Flickr pro drama, big movies shot on film and a really interesting firmware from …

928 One Minute Six Hundred Pics

January 20th, 2023

TFOP 245 discusses a new camera purchase and a conversation about historical photos and gold-plating photography on glass || Neurapix is a German …

927 Resolution: 14k

January 13th, 2023

Today we’ll look at social media, massive full-resolution space imagery, weird lenses and the cautionary tale of big corporations vacuuming up …

926 Digitizing 88-Year-Old Photos, AI Protests, Relaunches

January 5th, 2023

On this episode: JUST RELEASED: the third edition of The Film Photography Handbook. JUST RELAUNCHED: (now offers information …

925 Where Pilsener Is From

December 11th, 2022

Oh look, it’s a new episode! Reframing shots in 3D, a relaunched website, listener feedback, a look at NeRFs (no, not the toy guns) and the …

924 You’re Hoarding It Wrong

November 27th, 2022



November 18th, 2022

(Photo by Jon Tyson)

This is an important episode. Probably more important than other episodes. And more urgent too. Why? You need to prepare yourself for a dramatically and very quickly changing creative landscape. …

922 Free Camera Choice

October 27th, 2022

Convenience always wins. That’s why the iPhone camera app is by far the most used one. Not because it’s the best but because it’s the quickest to reach from the iOS lock screen. Not any longer. Chris presents a method …

921 Video Editing Game Changer

October 19th, 2022

Chris’ main workstation is still out, but a replacement is getting closer, in form of a fan-less compact laptop that will outperform the previous iMac Pro by a decent margin. This is mainly possible thanks to your …

920 Death of a Workhorse

October 12th, 2022

Chris brings you a bit of a different episode today because his main production machine has just died. Want to support? Go to

919 And I Froze

September 28th, 2022

Chris invites you into the world of building new neural pathways by talking about one of the biggest learning experiences he had in a long time. …

918 Getty Bans AI

September 23rd, 2022

Chris is catching up on the latest developments in the world of camera makers (Nikon goes 3D printing?!), new papers (awesome noise reduction), a train set with 10 miles of tracks (and photography thereof) and of one …

917 Are Starlink the Good Ones?

September 14th, 2022

A look at exponential growth (it’s the smartphones), an update about the state of satellite streak mitigation to keep the astro photographers happy, two history lessons (hello Lytro, hello Magnum) and a ground-breaking …

916 12K to the Moon

September 9th, 2022

Image style transfer, 12k motion picture scan, a different kind of photo bomb, the moon photo conspiracy and of course the new iPhone 14 with its …

915 A Cambrian Explosion

August 31st, 2022

We’re at the verge of a truly fundamental shift in creativity. AI is seeping into a lot of visual fields, including visual medicine. Also Sigma’s …

914 The Willingness to Lie

August 24th, 2022

Chris is back from the Eastern Europe Photo Road Trip Scouting Tour (EEPRTST ) and if you haven’t watched his vlog about the tour, what are you waiting for?

Today’s episode includes the re-issue of 1 Hour 1000 Pics – …

913 Epic Episcope

August 17th, 2022

As Chris is on his way to Transylvania (you can follow him on his vlog), he talks about face fixers, an amazing photo and headline combo, re-dubbing …

912 The Locksmith’s Paradox

August 10th, 2022

What do locksmiths have to do with photography? How about expoplanets? Find out on today’s episode.

(Episode artwork: DALL-E 2)


911 All Things Interesting In Photography

August 3rd, 2022

The James Web Telescope is arguably the best camera.. not on the planet though. Chris looks at zoomable content, at being there and how that’s different from the limited senses that we can capture with our photography. …

910 Welcome to Dongle Town

July 27th, 2022

Let’s talk about photo road trips, dongles, an exercise in spotting humanity, smartphones closing in on us, astrophotography and big satellite constellations. Plus: Where is TFTTF really located on the spectrum of …

909 Generator Chris

July 20th, 2022

Chris has now received the magical tool to generate photography out of thin air. But OpenAi’s DALL-E 2 is turning out to be quite a learning curve …

908 AI in Photography

July 13th, 2022

AI is going to enrich our lives and at the same time it’ll pull the rug out from under some people’s legs. Let’s explore things.

Feedback? Reach …

907 Peek-A-Boo

July 6th, 2022

Hi, it’s Chris. Remember me? Photography Tips from the Top Floor is back and better than ever. I’ll still talk photography, but the show will also branch out into other topics here and there, where I discuss things …

906 Virtual Production

May 3rd, 2021

Chris takes worldwide pinhole day as an excuse to talk a bit about the oldest photography technique. The discussion with director, writer and …

905 Starlink

April 26th, 2021

Today: Starlink, Apple’s new webcams and Don Komarechka. Enjoy!



904 Evacuated (Are we obsolete?)

April 17th, 2021

Chris talks about a profound realization he had a few years ago. It’s about the way we learn and why we might benefit from a bit of Dunning Kruger Syndrome in the process.

Guest on today’s show: Allan Attridge. We …

903 Ten Years Invisible

April 8th, 2021

The Invisible Camera is now 10 years old. Chris and Allan discuss how things were behind the scenes at the time and what came of it. If you don’t …

902 Wild Service Tree

November 28th, 2020

Chris talks about wearing multiple hats, he’s bringing back the MIP, a project that was 10 years in the making, and he talks with his guest Don …

901 360 Degrees of Freedom

October 9th, 2020

Chris and Jon discuss the latest in 360 degree video, exemplified by Jon’s latest video series VIRTUAL 360 Everest Trek


900 UFOs Are Key

August 12th, 2020

Watch this episode on YouTube

UFOs (as the knitting community calls their UnFinished Objects) are projects that you put on hold. And hopefully dig …

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

video version

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.


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.


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.


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 …

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