Photography Tips from the Top Floor
By Chris Marquardt
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Tips from the Top Floor is the free award-winning weekly show about all things photography. It is also the longest-running photography podcast in existence. The show is hosted by photographer and instructor Chris Marquardt. No matter if you use a DSLR or a point-and-shoot, with a good sense of humor, Chris Marquardt manages to convey tips for the beginner as well as the professional photographer.
||tfttf633 – Magical Muscle Memory||Chris briefly explores a 40-year old film format, the 110 pocket film. He has a few observations on what’s the best time to buy a new camera (hint: not two weeks before an important vacation as you won’t have time … Continue reading ||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf632 – f/213||Chris teaches you at least three ways why using a hole instead of a lens to take pictures can really make you a better photographer – and why with the analog taste to it, it is still easy to approach … Continue reading → The post tfttf6||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf631 – The Adapter Matte||Chris explains why we see a 3D effect in photos without 3D glasses, Rob thinks Chris might be selling the show a bit short and goes to the solar system, until April 8th 2014 you have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to … Continue reading → The p||3/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf630 – Camera Shame||Chris talks about camera shame, that’s when you feel inferior to the other photographers around you when you don’t have the latest and greatest camera. David is looking for a camera for real-estate photography. Alan learns about skin tones in||3/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf629 – Smurfs In Iceland||Today we’ll hear from a pilot, Rohan asks about auto focus (AF) accuracy and Chris will take you LIVE to a night photo shoot in Iceland. Show Links: Aurora Borealis – Iceland tour Feb 1-7 2015 1 Hour 1000 Pics … Continue reading →||3/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf628 – Black and Whitebalance||Show description: Chris plays catch-up with his friend CC Chapman, Tom wants to know what the dead sea has done to his colors, Rich has an interesting question about WB when shooting black-and-white and Denis from Montreal has an interesting … Cont||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf627 – The Tin Parachute||Chris reports on his photoshoot with a band and how he got to take pictures of “sole music”, Denis from Montreal has questions about the missing bits in JPG, Alexander is awesomely giving away a freebie extension to 1 Hour … Continue re||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf626 – Exploding Comments||Pauline asks a question about the Canon SL1/100D, Chris tries to find out why the comments for the last episode exploded and George wants to know how to find the great photo locations when on vacation – and yes, there’s … Continue readi||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf625 – Finally: Chris Got A New Camera||George from Colombia is looking for the magic solution to his crop sensor issue (hint: the solution is probably to get a wider lens), John brings up a very interesting thought about the difference between music and photograpy: why are … Continue re||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf624 – Who Owns The Photons?||Chris clearly needs help. From you. To decide about something important: what compact camera to get. Nick needs his camera serviced and Andy goes all philosophical on us when it comes to the question: who owns the photons… Show Links: … Continue re||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf623 – 1000 Pictures in 1 Hour||Chris presents his latest project: 1 Hour 1000 Pics – Supercharge your Lightroom Workflow. He discusses travel to exotic places and what that means for your camera gear, presents a method to customize the fonts and font sizes in your … Contin||1/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf622 – Behind The Scenes: Video Production||Gordon tells us a horror story with a happy ending, Jay has a hint for us about a customer response gallery, George tries to find out how to shoot in bad weather in Lyon, France and Chris finally pulls the … Continue reading → The post tfttf6||1/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf621 – Special: Brothers and Mountains||TFTTF Special. It’s the new year, and one of the bit things coming up is the Everest Trek in May 2014. On this tour Chris, Jon and Monika will take photographers up to Everest Base Camp, through the gorgeous Gokyo … Continue reading → T||1/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf620 – Horrible Lens, Great Pictures||Join Chris to do some detective work finding out why the Sony RX100 seems to use a really bad Zeiss lens. Look into a smart phone picture and ask yourself seven questions before upgrading to a new camera. Show Links: … Continue reading → The||1/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf619 – Five Things That Changed My Life In 2013||Not that much photography in this episode, even though everything is kind of inter-related. In this last episode of 2013, Chris talks about his five biggest things of 2013, and it’s not about gear: Chris lost 40 pounds of weight, … Continue r||12/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf618 – Adam Savage On Point-And-Shoots||Chris reviews a black and white image, Rob wants to find out why they still build crop sensor cameras, and let’s find out what Adam Savage of the Mythbusters thinks about digital point-and-shoot cameras (hint: it’s not just love). Show …||12/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf617 – Photography Makes You Dumb||Does photography make you dumb? Chris tries to get to the root of the discussion. Also: photo borders, the quickest way to mark a photo location on a map and the usefulness of small sensors. Show Links: Get TFTTF push … Continue reading → The||12/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf616 – Great Great News||This episode of TFTTF is full of great news! Chris just finished recording a Lightroom Video Workshop, the new push notification system is online, so from now on you’ll never again miss important TFTTF news and the Marquardt International Pinhole &||11/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf615 – New Full Frames from Sony and Nikon||Find out the easiest way to take care of dust on your sensor, Chris revisits a model photoshoot and now that Sony has the A7 and the A7R out and Nikon just announced their retro Df, let’s talk full frame … Continue reading → The post tf||11/7/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf614 – The Mysterious World of Fashion Photography||In this episode Chris tries to answer Gil’s question “How do I shoot in the style of Vogue?” – he takes you on a journey through what is important when shooting fashion: hair, makeup, posing, lighting, composition and post product||10/31/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf613 – It’s ALL Computerized||The Focus Ring is back, George wonders if it’s worth getting a 24mm prime lens, and Chris helps Charlie to decide what grey card to get. Show Links: new website: discoverthetopfloor.com new website: chrismarquardt.com The Focus Ring Is Back TFTTF &||10/18/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf612 – Disposable Lenses||Dave from Atlanta tells us about his love for analog photography, Antonio from Brazil plugs his podcast, Simon from Farnborough tells us how to find Tips from the Top Floor on a Sonos system and George from Barrachia Colombia has … Continue reading||10/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf611 – Computational Photography||A small island, a quick look at computational photography and its implications. Also, the 2014 Everest Trek IS A GO!! Grab the last few spots on the 2014 Everest Trek! Show Links: Magical Software Produces High-Quality Prints From Crappy Lenses … C||10/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf610 – Walla Walla||Nick wants to know about sensor dust, Release Pixie Ravsitar has a question on bracketing and post processing and choice of picture and Chris talks about shooting a dark warehouse in downtown San Francisco – and about a large format … Continu||9/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf609 – No Need To Learn Photography, Apple Got You Covered||Phil Schiller, Apple’s VP of Marketing said you wouldn’t have to learn the craft of photography anymore, the new iPhone will do everything for you. True? Also, Michael has a question about 24mm and John wants to shoot in a … Continue re||9/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf608 – Secret Yaks||Find out why black-and-white pictures can sometimes be stronger than color photography, learn how to choose the right tilt/shift lens. Also, Mason has a question about photographing plays. Special guest on today’s show: Jon Miller of The Rest of Ev||9/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf607 – Rock My Boat||A discussion of tension when taking pictures and how to alleviate it, giving your photography a regular workout, an “orb” picture review and tips on shooting pictures on a boat. Show Links: The Tübingen, Germany Workshop Sep 14-15 2013 Photog||8/21/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf606 – Farnborough Abbey||Yet another workshop episode, this time from St. Michael’s Abbey in the heart of Farnborough, England. We meet a great group of people who are having a ton of fun learning everything about things like light, architecture, exposure, colors and ̷||8/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf605 – Liverpool||This episode is coming to you right from the Liverpool workshop in the UK. Beatles, cathedrals and the docks! And a group of enthusiastic photographers who joined in, including release pixie Matt “Ravsitar” Armstead himself. Show Links: Photo||8/7/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf604 – Supernatural Orbs||This week Chris talks lens flare, shooting without post processing, two meet-ups in the UK on Fri, Aug 2 and on Fri Aug 9th. Also: the illusion of depth of field and …. Supernatural Orbs. Show Links: The August 2013 … Continue reading →||7/31/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||UK Workshop Get-Togethers Aug 2 and Aug 9||Just a quick post today (with no Chris) to let everyone know when and where the get togethers for the upcoming UK workshops will be held. Liverpool 7PM Friday August 2 The Pumphouse Albert Dock Liverpool L3 4AN Please » … Continue reading → T||7/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf603 – Synolgy, Chamonix, Drobo||Chris believes that there’s an alternative to shooting wide open, he’ll touch on external storage solutions for photographers, including Drobo and Synology and he will shine a light on when you need what kind of auto-focus mode on your camera||7/17/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf602 – I Hate Watermarks! I Love Watermarks!||Chris share his personal version of “getting it right in camera”, hear about the silhouette of a tree (or “I have no idea why I shot that picture”) and Saura has a question about watermarking your pictures. Show Links: Learn ̷||7/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf601 – The Four-Letter F-Word||Klaus has a question on rechargeable batteries, Simon gets Chris to philosophise about the 4-letter F-word and Tifani tells us what it’s like to be a photo model at one of the most fun photo events ever.. Show Links: Photo … Continue reading||6/21/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf600 – Six Hundred||Here we are, episode 600! Enjoy. Greetings for episode 600 by: Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad of Radiolab Sam and Chris Miller (and Jon of The Rest of Everest) Ibarionex Perello of The Candid Frame Simon Taylor of Phooto Timo … Continue reading &#||6/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf599 – The Show’s Greatest Fan||Today: an interview with Photographer Ben Shirk, we’ll meet the youngest fan of TFTTF, there’s a quick hello from the folks at Radiolab and Chris will talk about Macro Ratios on crop sensors. Show Links: Video: St. Louis City Museum … C||5/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf598 – Giggle Like A Child||Today Chris shows you two ways to get your creative juices flowing: The St. Louis City Museum and After Dark, a unique photo event. Also listen in as Chris talks with After Dark mentor Mike Ridinger about how to take … Continue reading → The||5/1/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|38||Videotfttf598 Video – Miller’s Professional Imaging||Chris Marquardt takes a quick break from teaching at After Dark in St. Louis and gets a factory tour at Miller’s Professional Imaging, one of the world’s best professional print service providers. Video: Jon Miller (The Rest of Everest) @rest||4/24/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf597 – Dropping Cameras||The one and only Julien Smith, about 7 years ago. Steve dropped his camera and tries to find out what to do, we’ll look at a picture that’s mixing it up and Chris explains what Highlight Tone Priority (aka D-Lighting) … Continue reading||4/17/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf596 – Ultrawide Creative Juices||Chris takes a look at the lighting at the German parliament in Berlin, Steve has a question on ultra-wide lenses and how to compose with them, and we’ll look at an important way to keep your creative juices flowing: mix … Continue reading ||4/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
A photography podcast for everyone
Whether you're just starting off in photography, or you've been around the block a few times, this is the show for you! Host Chris has a knack for explaining photography jargon in a way that anyone can understand. Hone your skills and have a good time doing it with photo assignments, sound seeing tours and Photoshop tips.
Excellent photography lessons for free!
One can learn more from just a few of Tips from the Top Floor episodes than attending a weekend long photography workshops that may cost hundreds of dollars. This podcast clearly explains everything you need to know about digital photography in a fun and quick way. Most shows are about 15 minutes, a perfect length which doesn't waste or eat up your free time. If you must listen to only one photography podcast this is it.
What more can I say...
When I started to listen to TFTTF I wasn’t aware of all settings, modes that a camera could have and the ones that I knew I didn’t know how to use them. I have learned so much from the 84 shows in 2005. Chris, please continue with this wonderful, educational, and fun podcast. Oh! And please everybody join us in the forum and you will see that even the first time camera user will be posting articles in no time.