Sunday, April 23

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.
I don’t often get political here…

I don’t often get political here…

Politics
Jonathan Pie's take on who is to blame for Trump winning. I'll just put this here. It made me think. Strong language, but I think it touches right where it needs to."How do you think, people are going to vote if you talk to them like that?! When has anyone ever been persuaded by being insulted or labeled." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLG9g7BcjKs
Brace Yourselves, A New World

Brace Yourselves, A New World

VR/AR/MR
Update 2017-02-17: seems that Magic Leap isn't quite as far as they made seem. Some current perspective here. I'm still 100% in on AR/MR though. We ain't seen nothing yet...No, I'm not talking about the US elections, I'm talking about a profound change in technology that lies in our not too distant future. It will impact almost anything in our lives, the same way smartphones do. Just more profoundly.Since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, things haven't been the same. Now almost everybody carries one of those devices and they changed everything. Everybody now carries a camera all the time. Communications and social interactions have dramatically changed. Even seemingly disconnected things like film photography see their fair share of influence from smartphones. Physical rolodexes
AI, you still got a long way to go…

AI, you still got a long way to go…

Tech
...either that or my photography is boring.Enter: Keegan, the photo coach. Keegan is an AI that will critique your photos and give them ratings. I uploaded a few of my favorite pictures to test it:Keegan doesn't like detail in photos. Keegan loves blur. I get a ribbon. Must. Do. More. Blur. Oh, first time Keegan calls it my colors pleasant. At least that. Yep, they're hiding in the shadows. Those buddhist monks. Okay Keegan, I'll keep trying... My colors are weird. *sniffle* Yeah, the colors are off. The guy is all orangy and yellow. đŸ˜‚đŸ˜‚đŸ˜‚ Did I mention Keegan loves blur? Oh, and guess I better apologize for the guy in the background. 
Kurzentschlossen? 2 neue PlĂ€tze fĂŒr "Die Macht der Bilder"

Kurzentschlossen? 2 neue PlĂ€tze fĂŒr "Die Macht der Bilder"

Photography, Travel
Im August wird Psychologe Alexander Waschkau gemeinsam mit mir hier in der Viewfinder-Villa mit einer kleinen Gruppe Besucher und Besucherinnen ergrĂŒnden, was es mit Bildern auf sich hat. Wie und warum sie funktionieren und wie wir unsere visuelle Sprache verbessern können, damit unsere Geschichte bzw. unsere Nachricht beim EmpfĂ€nger besser ankommt.Dazu beleuchten wir das Thema Fotografie sowohl aus Perspektive der Bildgestaltung als auch mit der Brille der Wahrnehmungspsychologie. Ein spannendes Wochenende ist garantiert!  Ort: Viewfinder-Villa HannoverDatum: 6.-7. AugustGastgeber: Alexander Waschkau und Chris Marquardt» Anmeldung hier 
Bloggers and podcasters: I say "no thanks" to affiliate marketing

Bloggers and podcasters: I say "no thanks" to affiliate marketing

Politics
Many bloggers, podcasters will happily use affiliate links to make some money. I don't, because it puts 100% of the risk onto your shoulders and none on the advertiser.Here's how affiliate advertising works:You sign up as an affiliate with the advertiser. You post special links to products on the advertiser's site or to the advertisers' store. Every time people follow the link and spend money there, you receive a fraction of that money.Here's a concrete example:You sign up with Amazon partnernet. You post a link to the Amazon blog on your homepage. If someone clicks the link and then shops on Amazon, you receive a percentage of that sale.The height of that percentage depends on a few parameters (type of product, amount of sales, etc). As of writing this,...
Dynamit

Dynamit

Other
"Oft reicht die andere Straßenseite nicht aus, um so viel Distanz zwischen uns und das GebĂ€ude zu bringen, dass es komplett aufs Bild passt. Als Fotograf fragt man sich da spaßeshalber schon mal, warum eigentlich die Dynamitstange nicht zur Standardausstattung der Fototasche gehört. Weniger destruktiv geht es allerdings mit dem Weitwinkel."– Ein Satz aus dem aktuellen noch unbetitelten Buchprojekt
In die Zange genommen: die Viewfinder-Villa ist in Gefahr

In die Zange genommen: die Viewfinder-Villa ist in Gefahr

Politics
Der Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030 sieht vor, eine ICE-Trasse mit nĂ€chtlichem GĂŒterzugverkehr quasi durch den Garten der Viewfindervilla zu bauen. Okay, nicht ganz durch den Garten, aber nur ein paar hundert Meter davon entfernt. Der Grund: um auf der Ost-West-Achse ein paar Minuten zu sparen.Dass das hier keiner möchte ist klar. Das bestehende Schienennetz ist leistungsfĂ€hig genug. Außerdem hĂ€tte das massive Nachteile fĂŒr die gesamte Region Calenberger Börde.LĂ€rm ist ein Hauptanliegen:im Norden fĂŒhrt die A2 vorbei ĂŒber uns liegt die Einflugschneise des Flughafens Hannover in wenigen hundert Metern entsteht ein Gewerbegebiet mit LogistikzentrenAber auch eine Zerstörung von Landschaft, FFH-Gebieten, und sozialen Strukturen wĂ€re Folge der neuen Trasse.Und wir wĂ€r
VR: Lighthouse

VR: Lighthouse

VR/AR/MR
(photo: htcvive.com)Now that more and more virtual reality (VR) products are coming on the market (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive for now) I've begun to look into VR a bit deeper. And it's really intriguing. Especially the HTC Vive looks great to me, with its rock-solid tracking un space of both the headset as well as the controllers. And there's some really exciting (and surprisingly simple) tech behind it.» this article explains how the HTC lighthouse technology worksAnd here's a video where the architect of that technology explains it in detail:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrsUMEbLtOs
Ridiculously Fast Paradigm Shift

Ridiculously Fast Paradigm Shift

VR/AR/MR
Let me say it right in the beginning: in 10 years we won't need screens anymore. Actually, let me revise that. It's likely going to be much quicker than that.During the last two weeks, I've spent some time exploring what's going on in the VR and AR scene and I'm simply blown away.Some quick definitions:VR is Virtual Reality where you put a headset on, which obscures everything else and gives you a 3D experience. Think 3D entertainment, 3D environments.AR is Augmented Reality where "holograms" (for lack of a better word) are overlaid over the real world, so you see everything around you, but with augmentations. Imagine being able to see your GMail on a virtual computer screen hovering in space right in front of you. Now imagine you can put that virtual screen on the desk in ...