The 2017 Svalbard/Spitzbergen tour is shaping up to be among the most impressive ones I’ve ever offered. Svalbard is as close as most of us will ever get to the North Pole and the wildlife up there is so diverse, they often refer to it as the Galapagos of the Arctic.
The amazing news: instead of our original plan of renting cabins on the ship, we have just changed this to a full charter. E.g. we will be the only ones on board, no other passengers, just us photographers. \o/ This also means we will have FULL CONTROL over where the ship goes and stops. Circle around that iceberg two more times? You got it! Get a bit closer to that polar bear? Sure.
The Noordenlicht has 20 berths, we are 2 instructors, so we can take a total of 18 photographers with us. We already sold 10 spots, so that’s 8 to go.
Chris has watched the space around Slack for quite a while and he’s willing to give it a go as a new hangout place for the TFTTF community. Long-time listeners will fondly remember the old TFTTF forum which was a very interactive and fun place to be. The new TFTTF Slack could act as the new TFTTF water cooler, a place to discuss photographic topics, a place to get involved with Chris’ show planning process and quite a few things more. Give it a go!
Jonathan tries to find out how to ensure that his photos maintain maximum sharpness when posting them to photo sharing services. Chris elaborates on how photo sharing sites like Flickr tend to resize photos and apply their own sharpening, making it difficult to guess what level of sharpening is appropriate for an upload. They also often delegate dynamic resizing to the browser, which gives the photographer even less control over the perceived sharpness of a picture. Many moving targets here.
Jeff has a question on which slide film to use for portraits. The answer is again not a simple one, but the first question Chris puts on the table is “why does it have to be slide film?” and his guess is that Jeff wants the ease of scanning that slide film provides. Find out why slide film might be a tough candidate for portraits.
Mike wants advice on posting pictures to Instagram and asks about a rule of quarters to help with a square composition. Chris dives into how he doesn’t really follow rules when it comes to photography and lays out a method to help create compositions that are easy to crop for Instagram.
Edward is planning a fish-eye project and he is very curious to find famous fish-eye photographers. Chris isn’t sure if there are any photographers out there who shoot only fish-eye. He might be completely wrong though. Maybe the community can help?
I’ve created a Slack for TFTTF and you’re all invited to join and discuss ideas around the show or simply hang out with other TFTTF listeners. If you want to join, shoot me a quick mail at [email protected] – it’s invite only for now, but I’m working on a way to make this easier to join.
Today’s topic cover travel photography scouting,tips for shooting a punk rock band under bad lighting, finding an older version of Lightroom and Google’s decision to make the NIK software suite free. Let’s find out what that means for those who depend on it.
Chris talks with David Salmanowitz, Marisa Marulli, Scott Heaton and Dave Recht, participants of the Lake Baikal photo tour, about the most amazing photo experience ever: Lake Baikal in Siberia. Learn about Siberia and the photo opportunities on the world’s largest and deepest freshwater body. Baikal is over 50 miles wide and almost 420 miles long.