TIPS FROM THE TOP FLOOR

TIPS FROM THE TOP FLOOR

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The show about all things photography with Chris Marquardt

Episodes

761 How Robust Is Your Camera?  

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?"

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760 Do only Canon and Nikon make PRO Cameras?  

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?"

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759 The Colorful Episode  

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"

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758 How dangerous is AI to professional photography?  

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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757 Affinity  

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"

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756 To Downsize or not to Downsize  

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"

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755 – I Fixed My Shutter  

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"

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tfttf754 – Gut Feel Testing  

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 "tfttf754 – Gut Feel Testing"

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tfttf753 – Fake ISO  

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 "tfttf753 – Fake ISO"

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tfttf752 – Augmented Photography  

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 "tfttf752 – Augmented Photography"

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tfttf751 – Giveaway and Modes. Guest: Valerie Jardin  

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 "tfttf751 – Giveaway and Modes. Guest: Valerie Jardin"

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tfttf750 – Should you buy the new MacBook?  

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 "tfttf750 – Should you buy the new MacBook?"

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tfttf749 – Filter Therapy  

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 "tfttf749 – Filter Therapy"

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tfttf748 – Bust The Dust  

Chris listens in in on the Accidental Tech Podcast with John Siracusa, Casey Lyss and Maro 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 "tfttf748 – Bust The Dust"

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tfttf747 – Aurora From A Moving Platform  

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 "tfttf747 – Aurora From A Moving Platform"

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tfttf746 – An Embarrassing Story  

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 "tfttf746 – An Embarrassing Story"

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tfttf745 – Photokina 2016 Special  

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 "tfttf745 – Photokina 2016 Special"

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tfttf744 – ICEBERG!!!  

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 "tfttf744 – ICEBERG!!!"

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tfttf743 – Confident Focus  

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 "tfttf743 – Confident Focus"

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tfttf742 – Learning to Move Sideways  

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 "tfttf742 – Learning to Move Sideways"

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