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.
||tfttf672 – Leonard Nimoy, Photographer||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’m of course talking about Leonard Nimoy. And I’m sure as many of you did, I grew up with him on TV, obviously||2/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf671 – Don’t Trust Chris||Chris has a discussion with his guest C.J. Chilvers on why you shouldn’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 t||2/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf670 – Primes Are Great Teachers – Q&A||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 Li||2/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf669 – Highway Or Back Country Road||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 – ebook by C.J||2/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf668 – The Smallest Camera You Own||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||1/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf667 – Visual Storytelling||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 pic||1/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf666 – Manual Macro Selfie Stick||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||1/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf665 – Hit Me With Your Selfie Stick – Smartphone Photography||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’t we? Is it any less serious than shooting with a big DSLR? Chris discusses this and more quest||1/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf664 – Becoming A Better Photographer||Happy New Year! Chris kicks off the new year by answering some listener questions and making sure we don’t lose sight of the most important things in photography. Jose has a question about buying a computer for editing photos and videos, Graham nee||1/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf663 – Nightscapes vs Deep Skies||In this last episode of the year, Chris will touch on Deep Sky Photography vs. Nightscapes (and why he might have used that term slightly wrong). There are a few questions about zones (is it really the holy grail of exposure?) and Chris interviews Sina F||12/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf662 – Three Hundred Seventy Thousand Wide Angels – And Some Qs And As||Today Chris goes through a bunch of listener questions and feedback. Jonathan asks about deleting pictures in camera, Chris says he never deletes pictures in camera. Mark wants to know if it’s a good idea to switch from automatic mode right to manu||12/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf661 – Permission Or Forgiveness? On The Legalities Of Street Photography||Today we’ll hear feedback about Ethiopia from Nina, Michael from Sydney helps Chris with his English (yes, he blanked out on “udder”) and John has a question about the legalities of street photography. Chris tries to find some answers on this||12/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf660 – A Living, Breathing, Burping Organism||Chris tells about his Ethiopian adventure, about how divers the culture, history, people and landscapes are, about how colorful this country is and how little tourism he encountered while traveling Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, the Danakil desert, the salt fla||12/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf659 – Deep Sky Photography||Chris will do some night sky photography in Ethiopia. In this episode he goes over how he prepares for that, what lenses he’ll bring and how he applies the “600 rule” to get the right shape of stars. This episode includes a bonus part:||11/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ethiopia Update 1 – A chat with Trevor||Even while he’s in Ethiopia, Chris finds time for a quick episode. Show Links: Iceland in winter: 72 days to go » Download the MP3 for this episode The post Ethiopia Update 1 – A chat with Trevor appeared first on Photography Tips from the To||11/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf658 – Fanning The Flame And A Bovine Intervention||Sometimes it’s not just you who gets in a slump about photography, it can be entire groups. Kyle asks the question how to keep his photography club from coming and going like so many before. Also: let’s meet our bovine friends again. Show Lin||11/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf657 – Three Qs And Three As||Chris prepares for his Ethiopia trip and answers three intertwined questions by Gabriel, Dave and Brian, all around exposure, grey cards and zones (promise: I only briefly ramble about this). Show Links: Grey cards at B&H Grey cards at Enjoyyourcame||11/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf656 – Grover Explains Near And Far||Chris is about to travel to Ethiopia in Africa. This has brought up a few questions and triggered the main topic of an entire episode of TFTTF. Listen in to find out what the Africa trip has to do with Grover from Sesame Street and of course with photogr||11/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf655 – Useless Photo Gear||On this episode of Tips from the Top Floor let’s try to find out about the most useless pieces of photo gear that you’ve ever bought.. with contributions from Kyle, CarmineWorx, Michael, Lisa and Oliver. Show Links: 10 GB at10MBits/s –||10/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf654 – Shooting Morgan Freeman||NY photographer Richard Hutchings talks with Chris about his time working as a photographer for Sesame Street, about his time working with Morgan Freeman and the way the business has dramatically changed over time, resulting in the need to repeatedly rei||10/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf653 – The Big Pile Of Digital Guilt||Chris talks about building a pile of digital guilt that we build by delaying decisions in photography to the post processing phase. Not only does that move the issue from the front to the back of the workflow (and yes, there are ways to effectively deal||10/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf652 – Passion Come, Passion Go||How do we lose our passion for photography, and how can we get it back? That’s a tough question that many photographers wonder about, especially at the point when they are in a slump and don’t know how to get out of it. Chris asked the TFTTF||10/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf651 – Match Machines||Yes, you an I and everyone is a Match Machine! Today on the show Chris will discuss cliché cameras, and why people relate to some pictures more than others. It’s quite amazing actually. The pattern matching thing itself is pretty cool. Once you rea||10/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf650 – A Q and an A and an iPhone||Chris will briefly talk about the new iPhone 6 and how that relates to photography. He’ll also try to find the elusive value of art and let’s see if we can help brad to stylize his photos through post production. Show Links: (For the German l||9/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf649 – GAAAAH, NOT AGAIN! Cliché Photos And What To Do About Them||You take a sunset picture. Oh no, not again. HDR? Seen it all. Or maybe a color key where a red rose sits lonely in a sea of black-and-white? Clichés are everywhere in photography. Chris explores how bad it really is if you choose to shoot a cliché pic||9/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf648 – Your Biggest Mistake Ever||This episode is about one single panicked phone call from a photographer who wonders if he made a really bad mistake. Chris tries to find out if making mistakes can be avoided. Quote of the day: “Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not||9/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf647 – A Pan And A Stick Of Butter||Today’s episode continues the amazing journey – YOUR amazing journey – to become a better photographer. Chris also got an ice bucket dumped over his head.. for a very good cause. And yes, there’s video of it. Show Links: Chris Mar||8/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf646 – Your First Step On The Journey To Become A Better Photographer||Chris wants you to become a better photographer – come with him on a journey to explore photography and learn! The technical side is important, but the non-technical side is even more important – that’s where many photographers today wa||8/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf645 – Oh So Many Questions||Here comes the long awaited Q&A show! Allistair asks about filters, Gavin wonders about the focus on his lens, Joanne shot the picture of her lifetime and needs marketing advice, Satchin has a question about depth of field in full-frame and crop cam||8/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf644 – Toys, The Key To Photographic Success||Did hell just freeze over? Chris is talking about how gear and toys can help make you a better photographer. That’s unheard of.. unless you’re listening to this episode of Tips from the Top Floor! Show Links: Photo tour: Aurora Borealis ̵||7/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf643 – Here’s An Idea On A Golden Plate||Chris discusses the death of Aperture and what that means for photographers (hint: the future is not too bleak). He will also talk about shooting in the Dublin Docks with an iPhone and about the idea that was born from that. If you are a photographer, &#||7/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf642 – Blown Away By A Tornado – Interview with Dr. Mac||Chris talks with Bob “Dr. Mac” Levitus, author of great books (such as iPad for Dummies, iPhone for Dummies, OS X Mavericks For Dummies, and more), host of his soon-to-be-released tv show, who claims his middle name should be “paranoid&||7/3/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf641 – Turn Around With Your Camera In Your Hand||Chris reviews how he sometimes opens workshops and photo tours – with a list of great photography secrets he found last year. Show Links: 18 Things I’ve Learned – Mason Resnick Darjeeling First Flush Photo Tour 2015 / Aurora Borealis Ic||6/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf640 – Comfort Is The Wrong Concept||On today’s episode Chris talks about why it’s important for a photographer to make yourself uncomfortable, we’ll also dive a bit deeper into the flickr question from last week.. why on earth is it that some pictures get so many more fav||6/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf639 – Analyzing Flickr Favs||Chris tries to analyze why certain types of pictures in his photo stream get more flickr favs than others. Is it because he doesn’t shoot to accommodate the taste of the platform? Show Links: Everest Trek 2014 – Photography by Chris Marquardt||6/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf638 – My Greatest Fear||Chris talks about how to survive as a digital photographer while not being able to charge batteries for a whole week. Also find out about Chris’ greatest fear and how he overcame it on the 2014 Everest Trek. Show Links: Fill out the survey and get||5/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf637 – Interview: Don Komarechka on Sky Crystals and Pinholes||Chris talks with photographer Don Komarechka from Barrie, Canada about his Snowflake Photography, running a Kickstarter campaign, making a book, scrapping an entire print run and re-printing it, infrared photography and what you can do with pinholes. Sho||5/22/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Everest Trek 2014 – Update #3||A quick update from Chris from Gorek Shep on the Everest Trek Show Links: See Chris’s Everest Trek Photos as he shares them. Everest Trek Map » Download the MP3 for this episode The post Everest Trek 2014 – Update #3 appeared first on Photography T||5/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf636 – No Boring Postcards||Chris and Monika sit down to discuss some of the more creative sides of travel photography. For example: what can you do to avoid bringing home the same postcard pictures from the same locations that everyone else has already made? And how can you massiv||5/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Everest Trek 2014 – Update #2||Another update from Chris from Kathmandu about Everest Trek 2014 Show Links: See Chris’s Everest Trek Photos as he shares them. » Download the MP3 for this episode The post Everest Trek 2014 – Update #2 appeared first on Photography Tips from the T||5/10/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf635 – Interview: Jon Miller on Drones||Chris talks with videographer Jon Miller of The Rest of Everest about his latest tool to gather amazing footage: a quadrocopter that is capable of carrying motion-stabilized cameras and can fly at the high elevation of Mt. Everest Base Camp. In their dis||5/8/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Everest Trek 2014 – Update #1||A quick update from Chris from Kathmandu about Everest Trek 2014 Show Links: See Chris’s Everest Trek Photos as he shares them. » Download the MP3 for this episode The post Everest Trek 2014 – Update #1 appeared first on Photography Tips from||5/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||tfttf634 – The 2-Second Rule||Chris talks about cameras at 18,000 ft, about cold weather, weak batteries, camera attachment systems, yak poop fires, energy management while hiking, backpack choices, lenses at -4 degrees Fahrhenheit and about how wonderful it is to be able to now get||5/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||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 to build your muscle memory)||4/18/2014||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 it from the technical side. The Iceland posters||4/11/2014||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.