Thursday, June 29

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.
Husky Puppies

Husky Puppies

Travel
Traveling always bears the risk of getting stuck somewhere for longer than anticipated, missing a connection flight or getting in some other form of trouble. If you have a ship going at a designated time and no way to catch up, planning a day or two of buffer time to get there is advised. If that ship takes off from one of the most remote ports in the world, then doubly so.So we arrived in Longyearbyen, Svalbard two days early and we had to make use of the time. Which we did. Monika is now trying to find space in her luggage to bring back that husky puppy..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPq-nc6nXfMThis afternoon we will board the s/v Noorderlicht and sail the coast of Svalbard for 12 days. We will go on land whenever possible and capture beautiful photos of ice, snow and a lot
To become good, you’ll have to create a lot of garbage first…

To become good, you’ll have to create a lot of garbage first…

Personal, Photography
... subtitle: quantity equals quality.Yep, I know, sounds wrong. But the way to becoming good at something is to produce lots of crap first. I look back at my photography 20 years ago and it was worse than my photography 10 years ago, which in turn was worse than my current photography, which I'm confident is worse than my photography in 10 years from now.It has to do with some of the ideas from Art & Fear (awesome book, definitely recommended).I find the "50 pounds of clay" idea from that book especially compelling in that context. In short: a teacher splits the kids in a pottery class into two groups, the first ones get rated on the quality of their work. The second group gets rated on quantity and nothing but quantity. Turns out, the second group consistently ends up als
The world’s most efficient podcast production pipeline

The world’s most efficient podcast production pipeline

Podcasting
Creating a new podcast and getting it online can be super easy if you use a service like libsyn.com - there are also many wordpress-based solutions (Podlove Podcast Publisher for example) but having done this podcasting business for 12 years, I like to take a bit more control while reducing the post-produciton time per episode to as little as possible.I've seen many podcasts come and go and I believe one of the reasons a lot of people don't stick with it is that they burn themselves out on the post production. All the making-it-sound-pretty and the shownotes and the promotion and the constant search to optimize the tech.My approach is a little more like putting a puzzle together into a well-oiled machine that I feed a fresh recording and let it do the rest for me.And as I j
Documentation creates value

Documentation creates value

Personal
Today's tools (like Apple's Clips app) make it incredibly easy to document the things you do. And having things documented adds more perceived value. Look at the last four days in my life: there was a two day photo workshop here in the Viewfinder Villa, I did an electronics project and started a new podcast.Thanks to just a few seconds of video here and there and the easy tools to put them together, I now have two documents (video of the workshop and a video of my electronics project) - both are short to the point and they give a sense of what was going on.The new podcast (about film photography, sorry only in German) is self-documenting, but sooner or later I might shoot a short video documenting the process of how it's made.By the way, just for kicks and giggles, I'd love ...
AR Showcase: Stair Lift

AR Showcase: Stair Lift

VR/AR/MR
Well, stair must be one of the most boring things, but here's an interesting showcase for how to use AR in a construction context. Spacial awareness means our devices will be able to do so much more than they can do now.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgtHnCJJUMU
Things photographers do on a Sunday afternoon

Things photographers do on a Sunday afternoon

Personal, Photography
It started with Monika and myself standing outside in the garden the other day, looking at how several plants of lemon balm were taking over the herb section. So I decided to brew up an infusion. Lemon balm, mint, glass jar, boiling water. Let seep for an hour: super yummy.I noticed how awesome the leaves looked when swirling around in the glass jar, so I decided to film that. And then I decided to film myself while filming it. Here's the result:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TEVyL26E0M
Standing at Stage 3 of Augmented Reality

Standing at Stage 3 of Augmented Reality

Tech, VR/AR/MR
Photo: Samuel ZellerBenedict Evans is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, an investor company who has their money in a good number of well-known tech businesses. And in Magic Leap, who I've written here about before. He just released an interesting article regarding Augmented and Mixed Reality, in which he talks about the first decade of augmented reality and where he sees this going.Among other things he makes a good comparison with the mobile phone transition from keys to slabs of glas and multi-touch.Here are a few excerpts from his article......on discovery of what AR/MR is/will be:"In the late 1990s we argued about whether 'mobile internet' devices would have a separate radio unit and screen, plus an earpiece, or perhaps a keyboard, or a clamshell with a keyboard ...
AirPods – My Verdict

AirPods – My Verdict

Personal, Tech
When the AirPods were finally out in December 2016, I got my order in for the first batch. The cabled EarPods always fit my ears well, so they've got that going for them. While they don't cover all use cases, they worked well for me and so my expectation for the AirPods was to do pretty much the same, but without the cable mess.I have two main things to say about the AirPods:they are probably the most convenient and comfortable pair of earphones that I've ever owned. Seemingly endless battery life if you're willing to give them a quick rest in their tiny charger box after several hours of listening. And I've had several occasions where I was walking around the house searching for them, just to realize that I was wearing them all along. they have one really big quirk that's
You go, Mastodon!

You go, Mastodon!

Personal, Tech
Another social network. Open. Decentralized. Getting a bit of hype lately.I'm there. Dipping my toes in.As chrismarquardt@mastodon.network - giving it a fair shot. I'm a fan of open and decentralized, so I wish it all the best. You go, Mastodon!Ping me here.