Friday, December 15

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.

Absolut Analog – drei neue Workshops – sechs Termine

Absolut Analog – drei neue Workshops – sechs Termine

Photography
Unser Buch Absolut Analog: Fotografie neu entdecken wird im September erscheinen und um diesen Anlass gebührend zu feiern, haben wir drei Analogworkshops konzipiert und werden diese auf insgesamt 6 Terminen veranstalten: Okt 2015 & Feb 2016: Analog für Ein- und Umsteiger Dez 2015 & Feb 2016: Hybrid für Ein- und Umsteiger Nov 2015 & Apr 2016: Großformat erleben Im Workshoppreis inbegriffen ist jeweils ein handsigniertes Exemplar unseres Buches. » weitere Informationen und Anmeldung
[Updated] Amount Due €115,504.27

[Updated] Amount Due €115,504.27

Politics
What a great letter to start the week... I own of a small business in Germany. I sell two ebooks (one of which is a fundraiser for the Nepal earthquake victims) and a couple of wallpaper packs (in effect digital photos). Those are officially called "digital goods". Since the beginning of 2015, small businesses in the EU that sell digital goods are required to collect EU VAT on behalf of every EU country. There are two ways to deal with this. 1) pay tax to each EU country separately (=nightmare) or 2) use what’s called the VAT MOSS system (Mini One Stop Shop, also a bit of a nightmare) - It’s a mess (some say it’s a VATMESS), it’s complicated, it’s inefficient, it's expensive, it creates an enormous amount of bureaucracy and it has already forced many small businesses to stop selling to
Do we really need the Apple Watch?

Do we really need the Apple Watch?

Tech
Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns - used under a CC-BY-2.0 license Seriously dude, do we really need the Apple Watch? (substitute with your favorite wearable device) Not really. Actually not at all. Your iPhone (substitute with your favorite mobile platform) will do almost everything the watch does. It’ll show you notifications, it’ll tell the time, let you reply to messages, allow you to make video calls, track some of your health stats, allow you to cross items off your shopping list. And you can use it to watch TV. All you have to do is pull it out of your pocket. Your iPhone will even do a lot of things that your Apple Watch can’t do. But do we really need the iPhone? Not really. Actually not at all. Your Macbook (substitute with your favorite portable computing platform) will do almost eve
bossjock jr.: starting your own podcast has never been easier!

bossjock jr.: starting your own podcast has never been easier!

Tech
The people who brought you the original Bossjock Studio app have now released bossjock jr, a free and wonderful little podcast recording app. When I say “podcast recording" I actually mean “a frigging full-featured podcast studio with jingles and all in one free app" - it does everything, from recording your voice, allowing you to add in jingles, pause when you need a second to think of what to say next, export to all sorts of formats, include artwork and meta data in your recordings. It’s brilliant! It even comes with an Apple Watch extension. There’s not a single excuse not to start a podcast now. » bossjock jr (iTunes link)
Botox und mein Blasenhals

Botox und mein Blasenhals

Personal
Männer, das hier ist für euch. Immer wenn ich glaube, dass andere Leute von einer meiner Erfahrungen profitieren können, dann gebe ich die weiter. Schriftlich im Blog, mündlich auf diversen Podcasts, in Kurzform auf Twitter, manchmal sogar ungefragt bei einem Kaltgetränk. Irgendwie zieht sich das seit einigen Jahren bei mir so durch und ich habe immer wieder Dinge öffentlich gemacht, die viele lieber verschweigen würden. Eines habe ich in der Zeit ganz sicher gelernt: falsche Scham bringt überhaupt nix. Im Gegenteil, sie kann schädlich sein. Dinge aus blöden und unnötigen Peinlichkeitsgefühlen zu verschweigen oder zu verdrängen macht’s für einen selber und für die anderen nicht besser. Darum schreibe ich das hier. Dieser Beitrag ist speziell für die Männer unter euch. Spätestens wenn der
WordPress is the new Windows

WordPress is the new Windows

Tech
Judging by the amount of effort that you nowadays have to take to keep your Wordpress blog at least partially clean and safe from hacking, it really reminds me of the days of Windows XP (that’s the last time I seriously used Windows) and the numerous measures you had to take to keep it free from malware. Similar to Windows in the 90s, Wordpress is pretty much a mono culture at this point. And monocultures attract vermin. All my Wordpress instances have recently been infected. The goal of the infections was never to bring the sites down though. Destruction doesn’t help those who infect the sites. They want to either boost someone’s Google rank by creating more back links or they simply try to spam others through links or spam mails. In the case of my Wordpress instances, I began notici
Podcast-Analyse: 97,5% Webplayer vs. 2,5% Abonnierer

Podcast-Analyse: 97,5% Webplayer vs. 2,5% Abonnierer

Tech
Interessante Beobachung zum Downloadverhalten. Fast niemand abonniert unseren neuen Podcast. Trotzdem stimmen die Hörerzahlen. Von vorne: ich habe kürzlich den neuen Podcast Glutenfrei gestartet, den ich mit meiner Mutter produziere. Für den Feed und die Website benutze ich den Firtz. Um es den Hörern und Hörerinnen leichter zu machen, den Podcast zu abonnieren, ist er zum einen in iTunes gelistet, zum anderen verwende ich den Podlove Subscribe Button, um auf der Website selbst einen möglichst einfachen Abo-Prozess bereitzustellen. Soweit erst mal das meiste richtig gemacht. Um die Abonnenten einfacher von den Websitehörern zu unterscheiden nutze ich folgenden Trick: es gibt nämlich zwei Feeds. Der Firtz macht das in Zusammenspiel mit Auphonic recht einfach. A) der MP3-Feed füttert den Pl