Thursday, July 19

Author: Chris Marquardt

As a photographer and educator he helps great people travel to the edge of the world to tell amazing visual stories and have amazing experiences. As an author he loves to dive deep, no matter if it's about film photography or in an entire book just about wide-angle. As a podcaster he explains how things work. As a consultant he helps businesses understand how to boost their visual presence in a world that's becoming more and more saturated with pictures. As a producer he enables business and individuals to pour their visions and ideas into pictures, sound and video. As a traveler he enables people to come with him, no matter if in person or through the images and stories that he brings back home.
Das DIY-Reprostativ

Das DIY-Reprostativ

Photography
Jochen Möller hat's entwickelt, Firma Dold hat es als Selbstbaukit für einen guten Preis in ihren Shop getan und wir haben jetzt eins davon in der Viewfinder-Villa stehen. Der Zusammenbau hat ca. 20 Minuten gedauert, als Werkzeug bin ich mit zwei unterschiedlich großen Imbusschlüsseln (Innensechskant) ausgekommen, einen mit 4 und einen mit 3 Millimetern. Was man separat dazu benötigt: Stativhalterung (eine Empfehlung ist in der Bauanleitung), eine LED-Leuchtplatte, ein paar Filzgleiter, wie sie unter Möbel kommen (2,5 x 2,5cm, Baumarkt), eine Kamera und ein Makro-Objektiv (oder ein normales Objektiv mit Zwischenringen).  Als nächstes hoffen wir, dass der Negativhalter pixl-latr möglichst schnell produziert wird. In der Kombination ist das alles dann vermutlich fast unschlagbar.   Hier

45 Seconds on the Castle

Photography
We spent the weekend at Berlepsch Castle in Germany to hold a photo workshop. It was the third time we were there and Boris had organized models, a modeling coach and a wonderful location ("Rittersaal"), the most beautiful room the castle has to offer. Always great to be there!  Here's a 45-second look at one of the photo sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1boxOeo3rlg Happy Shooting Workshops
Tilt Shift: Seven Lenses In One

Tilt Shift: Seven Lenses In One

Photography, Travel
I just returned from an amazing weekend teaching Tilt-Shift photography in New York City. The workshop was organised by Canon Live Learning, a division of Canon Inc. who made this a wonderful experience for everyone. This 3-day workshop was amazingly well organised and Canon provided a stunning amount of gear and technical instruction to everyone. Thanks everyone for pulling this off! Why tilt-shift? Well, Canon has the world's best line-up of these lenses, ranging from 17 to 135mm. These lenses are extremely versatile beasts. You get at least SEVEN lenses in ONE and I've been shooting several of these lenses for almost a decade now. Here's what they can do: A tilt-shift lens is a super sharp prime lens Shift lets you correct perspective. Or exaggerate it. Your choice...
78°N and Back

78°N and Back

Photography, Travel
It's not often that I get an opportunity like this. In May 2017 we chartered the Noorderlicht, a 100 year old two-mast schooner, to sail with a group of 16 photographers around Svalbard (aka Spitzbergen). We had an amazing time and when the owners Floris and Mariëlle announced they would cross the Barents Sea from Norway to Svalbard I got the chance to join the adventure as a quasi crew member. Tromsø Construction We spent three days in the open sea, sailing straight north as fast as we could, through strong winds and wild seas. While I was quite busy during my shifts (4-8 am, 4-8 pm) I managed to do a little filming and put that into a 7-part vlog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14JLHFlgquo The seven parts cover everything from stowing supplies to de-icing the ship while a
A sneak-peek at KodakCoin

A sneak-peek at KodakCoin

Bitcoin, Photography
Kodak is building their own blockchain. Or rather KodakOne is. With their own token Kodak Coin. Let me try to explain why I think this is an interesting move. I don't believe they are building their own blockchain, but they will likely piggy-back on an existing blockchain like Ethereum, which offers features that go beyond just a currency. They claim Kodak Coin will enable the following features: Image registration: register your images on the block-chain. Once it's on there, everyone can see it and it can't be taken off again. Used as proof of ownership. Rights management: records and confirms ownership and licensing terms. Accounting: that's the currency portion of the blockchain. Like Bitcoin, but with Kodak Coin as the payment token. Distribution platform: licensees and licensors can...
When Casey Neistat Starts A Podcast

When Casey Neistat Starts A Podcast

Podcasting
When A-list YouTuber Casey Neistat announces he wants to do a podcast, you know podcasting was the right thing to get into 12 years ago.  https://youtu.be/NGjcPQ05Fns?t=7m44s In his video update Casey Neistat says he needs to "figure it out first" ... no, wait, he says "we need this time to figure things out how to do it, best practises, ..." which of course means: someone from his team needs to figure it out, not Casey himself. He briefly touches on things like they need needs a studio, on sound quality and on figuring out a distribution method.   Sorry, but to a podcaster who has done this for 12 years, this sounds strange.  Of course, nowadays, if you use the term "podcast", it might mean any of 500 different things. It could be a cultural phenomenon or a distribution channel for radio
Magic Leap One

Magic Leap One

VR/AR/MR
Update: the two major sticking points right now are field of view and multiple focal planes. The first one is definitely not big, according to a piece in Rolling Stone magazine. The multiple focal planes are crucial to avoid convergence accommodation issues, something that has plagued 3D technologies forever. Rolling Stone couldn't get a clear answer on that one either. The highly secretive and well-funded Magic Leap has finally dropped the curtain. In today's announcement they introduce their Magic Leap One. No pricing and availability yet, but a better idea on how it looks and what it can do. According to them. Its official title is the "Magic Leap One: Creator Edition", and they're shooting for a 2018 release. Its main target are those who want to develop for the platform. Creators. I
“Auf den Punkt gebracht”

“Auf den Punkt gebracht”

Photography
Das Weitwinkelbuch ist jetzt im Handel, viele Exemplare sind bereits bei den Leserinnen und Lesern angekommen und was macht man da als Autor? Auf Amazon den Refresh-Button klicken und auf neue Rezensionen hoffen. Und davon tauchen gerade mehrere pro Tag auf. Ich bin ehrlich gesagt etwas geplättet und auch sehr erleichtert 😌, denn irgendwie hatte ich halt trotz des eigenen sehr guten Gefühls immer noch das kleine Teufelchen auf der Schulter, das mir ins Ohr flüsterte, dass das Buch entweder zu seicht oder zu tief oder zu unstrukturiert oder oder oder ... aber wenn ich in den Rezensionen z.B. lese "Selten wurde in einem Buch über Fotografie Unnötiges so konsequent weggelassen und das Wichtige so sehr auf den Punkt gebracht", dann plumpst mir trotzdem ein ganz schöner Klotz vom Herzen. Und d
Go Home Siri, Germans Don’t Boil Their Rooms

Go Home Siri, Germans Don’t Boil Their Rooms

Personal, Tech
Our house is partially automated. We started with lights* and a couple of power outlets**, then recently began to adda few thermostats*** into the mix. That's the extent of it. No locks, no blinds. Our automation system of choice is Apple's HomeKit. And it's been fun so far. And a lot more useful than I thought. "Set the living room to cozy" brings up a pre-programmed scene with dimmed lights, while "set the hall lights to brightest" is perfect if you're looking for your keys. Of course you can also give the lights percentages from 1 to 100. "Set the living room to 100" sets the brightness of all living room lights to their maximum. At least it used to, until we added the thermostats. Now the same command "set the living room to 100" results in the thermostats getting cranked up all the wa