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<p>As Monika prepares her next episode of Monis Motivklingel (her photography podcast in German) Chris talks to her about the topic of this episode: anger in photography. Marcus wonders how to price his photography and it&#8217;s a bit more involved than one might imagine. You&#8217;ll have to think ...
<p>Warning: this episode might be a little bit morbid. Chris talks to his guest lawyer Mike Diamond about what happens to your digital photos when you die, especially if most of your photos live in the cloud. It&#8217;s harder than you think to retrieve digital assets from Yahoo, Facebook or others if ...
<p>This episode explores if there&#8217;s such a thing as &#8220;photoshopped to death&#8221; &#8211; Chris opens up his top secret before and after comparisons, the Nepal fundraiser has made over $10k and that&#8217;s just because of you (THANK YOU!!!) Chris will also do an unplanned surprise visit ...
<p>In April 2015, Nepal was hit hard by a devastating earthquake that brought down buildings and killed and injured thousands of people. Chris Marquardt and Monika Andrae have visited and photographed the people and places of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhakthapur and other areas in and around Nepal from 2009 ...
<p>IT&#8217;S 10 YEARS OF TIPS FROM THE TOP FLOOR!! Dave is curious about sensor dust, how bad it is and what you can do about it. Chris doesn&#8217;t really worry too much about dust. Modern cameras do a good job in shaking the dust off the sensor, but if you have something seriously stuck to &#8230; ...
<p>Lisa wants to know what filters to take on her trip to Nepal, Kathmandu and the Khumbu valley in the Himalayas. Chris goes over the three most recommended ones: the protective filter, the polarizer and the ND grad filter &#8230; and why he&#8217;ll leave all three at home. Pauline wonders how she ...
<p>Chris talks about Apple&#8217;s new Photos app and if it&#8217;s fit to replace Apterture (hint: not really) of if it&#8217;s even a Lightroom replacement (hint: you&#8217;ll have to wait). Also: a deep dive into an interesting thread on the photography subreddit. Show Links: Photos App Q&#038;A on ...
<p>Chris talks about using color filters on your black and white camera. This goes back to the oldest recorded methods of creating color pictures and it has been done way back when there was only black and white film. He has also started to do short photo Q&#038;A sessions on his Periscope video live ...
<p>Chris discusses how misunderstood sharpening is. Sharpening is often perceived to be a necessity in the digital world. Partially that&#8217;s right. The anti aliasing filters and the de-mosaicing process will reduce the sharpness and detail in a picture. By increasing edge contrast, sharpening will ...
<p>Chris and Allan (of The Two Hosers&#8217; fame) dissect the rule of thirds and its implications on your photography. What many of you might see as a bland and boring topic that could be discussed within five minutes turns into an engaging discussion of over half an hour. Plenty of new insights here. ...
<p>Chris gives you some advice on buying a camera, he&#8217;ll look into the specific problems of working with clients who don&#8217;t know anything about image composition and it&#8217;s time to take a closer look at concert photography. Also another chapter from CJ Chilvers&#8217; book: How to read ...
<p>Learn what makes us like pictures from certain cameras better than from others, find out about Chris&#8217; new watch this video recommendation, including the story of a picture taken on the top of Rockefeller Center and let Chris hand you the one thing that will make you a much better photographer. ...
<p>He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, he played one of the most iconic roles on TV and directed movies. And he died this morning. I&#8217;m of course talking about Leonard Nimoy. And I&#8217;m sure as many of you did, I grew up with him on TV, obviously in Star Trek as Mr. Spock.. and I &#8230; <a ...
<p>Chris has a discussion with his guest C.J. Chilvers on why you shouldn&#8217;t trust someone like Chris telling you how to do your photography. Also a look behind the scenes of how to build a wall paper pack with 20 images at 12 different crops, making this a whopping 240 individual files and another ...
<p>Chris shares his most important tip on buying a smaller camera, Paul wants to find out what the deal with prime lenses is, Ryan asks about composition guidelines for panorama pictures and Tony wonders what the best photo backup strategy might be. Show Links: Iceland 2015 &#8211; Photos by Chris Marquardt ...
<p>Chris gets on a tiny little soapbox and talks about tools. How they are there to be a means to an end and not the main purpose of photography. He provides plenty of examples to illustrate this point. Show Links: A Lesser Photographer &#8211; ebook by C.J. Chilvers 2015 and 2016 Photo Workshops with ...
<p>Chris talks about Donegal, Ireland, about speeding up Lightroom on the new 5k iMac and Sonny Portacio of Pocketlenses.com joins the show to talk about shooting with your smartphone. Show Links: Support the show on Patreon Workshop: Darjeeling First Flush &#8211; May 2015 Workshop: Donegal Dreamscapes ...
<p>Finally the detailed version of how to tell visual stories. Chris has been experimenting and now added a second layer to his Lightroom workflow, not just boiling down photos to the best of the best, but also sorting them into stories that can include pictures from all quality levels. He then uses ...
<p>Chris talks about visual storytelling, selfie-sticks (yes, again), finding the right macro lens (or faking it) and finally: how to do manual exposure the right way? Follow along with his walk-through to learn something today. The Oatmeal: Should you buy a selfie stick? Russian Space Selfie &#8211; ...
<p>Well.. isn’t it all photography? Doesn’t it feel kinda wrong to look down on those who shoot with a smartphone? And honestly, we’re doing it all, aren&#8217;t we? Is it any less serious than shooting with a big DSLR? Chris discusses this and more questions. Also: Hit Me With Your Selfie Stick&#8230; ...
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