tfttf646 – Your First Step On The Journey To Become A Better Photographer

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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 want to improve. From now on, in every episode, Chris will pick a new video for you to watch to help expand your horizon – and don’t forget to discuss it in the comments below or on the TFTTF community at tfttf.com/community

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
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tfttf645 – Oh So Many Questions

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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 cameras and John is a fan of Michael Kenna’s photography and wants to learn about long exposures.

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
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tfttf644 – Toys, The Key To Photographic Success

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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!

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
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tfttf643 – Here’s An Idea On A Golden Plate

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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, “Straight Cam” might literally change your perspective. If you are an iOS developer, make sure you don’t miss this unique idea for an app, and it even includes marketing!

Quote of the day:
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” – Don McCullin

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Workshops with Chris Marquardt
Feb 1-7 2015: Aurora Borealis, Iceland
May 2014: Mt. Everest
May 2015: Darjeeling First Flush
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Aperture development stopped by Apple. What now?

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Aperture goneApple just announced that they will stop development on Aperture and instead concentrate their efforts on the new Photos app, which will also replace iPhoto. On the one hand it makes sense to consolidate efforts, on the other hand losing Aperture makes me sad.

I have been a Lightroom user from day one, actually from the first beta. I know Lightroom in and out and whenever I used Aperture it felt a bit foreign. My connection with Lightroom goes so far that I have released several video workshops to make it easy for beginners to get up to speed with Lightroom.

But still, monopolies are bad and competition is good for product quality. Competition is what keeps both, Apple and Adobe on their toes. So I really hope the new Photos app that Apple announced on the 2014 WWDC keynote will be a worthy successor to Aperture that has the potential to keep Lightroom in check.

Still, Aperture will not disappear from your computer right away. It won’t evolve any further, but according to TechCrunch “Apple says that it will provide compatibility updates to Aperture that allow it to run on OS X Yosemite”. And Adobe announced that they will provide a migration path for users who want to switch.

In the meantime, if you are an Aperture user who is now searching for a new home, let me point you to two products that I made and that I’m very proud of:

  • Discover Lightroom – a Lightroom video workshop that takes you from the first steps to proficiency. Over six hours of DRM-free 720p HD video.
    DRM-free H.264 (watch free sample videos)
  • 1 Hour 1000 Pics – Supercharge your Lightroom Workflow – how much is your time worth? This highly rated ebook (and free audiobook!) explore and explain why a solid workflow is key and then provides you to the point with a fail-safe method that allows you to quickly boil down that pile of images to the essence, to your very best photos

Both sites give you a ton of free demo content to help you decide.