Monday, May 22

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.
Bye Bye Mac Pro – Hello 5k

Bye Bye Mac Pro – Hello 5k

Tech
Sooner or later it’s time to say goodbye to old friends. This is about my good old 2007 Mac Pro. It has served me incredibly well for over seven years. It only needed two upgrades during that time: one to bring the original 4GB RAM up to 8GB and the other one being the replacement of the spinning root disk with an (albeit smaller) SSD.Extending The Life Span When I did them, both of these upgrades have extended the Mac Pro’s life span by at least a couple of years. And what great years those were! I could throw pretty much anything at this 4-core beast. It would chug along rendering video while at the same time downloading files from an FTP server, checking integrity of an external disk, backing up its root drive to Time Machine and recording a podcast. Plus surfing the web would still
One-Click Sharing Wanted!

One-Click Sharing Wanted!

Tech
Now that Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite is here and I’ve played with its sharing extensions, I think down the road this might provide a way to hugely simplify one of my always recurring tasks: Take any piece of information (a web page, an order form, a mail attachment), and save it as a PDF to a specific folder on my system. This needs to be a one-click operation. Is there anything like out there? Does any existing app provide such a service? I’m not looking for a process that requires multiple steps and goes through Evernote, Instapaper or similar, I’m looking for one-click simplicity.Any ideas?Update: I’ve been asked “why not just use print/save as pdf" and my answer is that I believe it should be even simpler and straightforward. The above is a keyboard shortcut (⌘-P in most apps) fol
Two Milestones

Two Milestones

Personal
I'm talking about two episodes of TFTTF that feel like a personal breakthrough. I've lately achieved so much more clarity on a few big and underlying topics of photography and life in general, and I'm sharing them with youIn Tips from the Top Floor episode 652: Passion Come, Passion Goand in Tips from the Top Floor episode 653: The Big Pile Of Digital GuiltLet me know what you think.
Was übrig bleibt

Was übrig bleibt

Photography
Am Wochenende war in Hamburg unser Event zum Thema “Gestaltung und Wahrnehmung" - zwei Tage, in denen wir die Fotografie mit dem zusammenbringen, was im Menschen dabei so vorgeht. Und zwar sowohl im Fotografen, als auch im Betrachter.Mit von der Partie waren Alexander Waschkau (bekannt von Hoaxilla , der für uns die psychologische Seite beleuchtet hat) und Monika Andrae (bekannt von Monis Motivklingel), die sich zwar selbst als Workshop-“Maskottchen" bezeichnet, aber viele wertvolle (und sehr kreative) Beiträge beigesteuert hat.Das Ziel, den teilnehmenden Fotografen eine andere Sicht der Dinge zu ermöglichen, haben wir erreicht. Das schönste Lob bekamen wir per Twitter zwei Tage später von Sven: “Der Workshop [...] hinterlässt Spuren im Hirn. Sehr empfehlenswert!"Was am Ende
KFZ-Versicherung: sparen durch 5 Minuten am Telefon

KFZ-Versicherung: sparen durch 5 Minuten am Telefon

Personal
Es ist wieder die Zeit im Jahr, wo ich zum Telefon greife, meine KFZ-Versicherung anrufe und folgenden Satz sage: “Hallo, ich würde gerne mal mit ihnen über meinen Versicherungsvertrag gehen und schauen, ob es da noch irgend welche Einsparmöglichkeiten gibt." Da ich meinen Vertrag auf den 1. Oktober kündigen kann, haben die Versicherungen tatsächlich Interesse, mich als Kunden zu halten und sind deshalb immer sehr kooperativ. Dieses Jahr war es nicht wirklich viel, aber in vergangenen Jahren sind da durchaus mal Einsparungen von 100 und mehr Euro pro Jahr raus gepurzelt. Der Anruf dauert 5 Minuten und rechnet sich fast immer.
Alle Tassen und Gläser im Schrank?

Alle Tassen und Gläser im Schrank?

Personal
Irgendwie ist das ja schon seltsam, da stellt man eine Frühstücksfrage am Sonntag und fragt sich anschließend, warum manche Leute so ticken wie sie ticken.Es ging um Tassen und Gläser. Stellt man die nun mit der Öffnung nach oben oder mit der Öffnung nach unten ins Regal? Ich persönlich habe das mit dem "Öffnung nach unten" ja noch nie so wirklich verstanden. Das Argument an dieser Stelle ist immer: Staub. Öffnung nach oben heißt anscheinend, dass Staub in die Tasse fällt. Öffnung nach unten soll das verhindern. Nur, was eine nach unten gerichtete Öffnung nicht verhindert ist, dass in Abwesenheit der Tassen die Regalböden eben auch staubig werden. Und dann stellt man da den Tassenrand drauf. Also den Teil der Tasse, den man beim Trinken direkt mit den Lippen berührt. Ob man also die Tass
Aging TV Audience

Aging TV Audience

Politics
I just came across a tweet by Marc Andreesen (@pmarca):"Median age of Bill O'Reilly viewer: 72 years old. Fox News 68 years old, CNN and MSNBC 62 years old."I knew that the younger generations don't watch tv anymore, but I wasn't aware that it's *that* bad. Time for change.Andreesen links to this article on politico.com
Bitcoin: iOS Hot Wallet And Android Cold Wallet With Bither

Bitcoin: iOS Hot Wallet And Android Cold Wallet With Bither

Bitcoin
Here’s my new hot/cold wallet setup. After a few days of testing I based it on Bither which allows for a cold/hot wallet setup on two separate devices and which is available for both iOS and Android.My hot wallet (Bither in hot mode) runs on my iPhone. I keep some bitcoin change on that for small every-day payments. My cold wallet (Bither in cold mode) runs on an unlocked (MySaga C1 entry-level) Android phone that I just bought new for that exact purpose. It set me back € 65 including shipping. The Android phone that holds the cold wallet is offline. Wifi off, Bluetooth off, Airplane mode on. All it does is run an offline Bither cold wallet. That’s its only purpose. It is locked away until I need access to some of my cold wallet funds. In addition it’s locked with a strong password. I’m
iOS Bitcoin Client: Bither

iOS Bitcoin Client: Bither

Bitcoin
An interesting iOS bitcoin wallet has just hit the app store: Bither.You can use Bither as a regular hot wallet for your day-to-day pocket change, or you can use it on two separate devices in two different modes: one will act as the hot wallet that's connected to the net and the other one is run in cold wallet mode and only runs when the device is offline (e.g. in airplane mode), adding some additional security. In that mode you would keep larger funds on the (offline) cold wallet while doing your day-to-day transactions from the hot wallet. You can keep an eye on the contents of the cold wallet by adding a watch-only address to your hot wallet. Spending from the cold wallet is also possible by following this workflow:Hot wallet: initiate a send from a cold wallet watch-only address. T...