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RSVP: Free Wide-Angle Webinar on Oct/3

RSVP: Free Wide-Angle Webinar on Oct/3

Photography
Heya, I will hold a free webinar on the challenges of Wide-Angle photography on Oct 3 2018 at 11am Pacific Time. Can't make that time? Register anyway, because that way (and only that way) you will get access to the free replay later. Again, everyone who RSVP's will receive both a link to the live webinar, and a link to the replay.   Did I mention it's FREE? The live webinar is on Wednesday, October 3rd at 11am Pacific Time / 20:00 Central European Time. » REGISTER HERE Looking forward to seeing you there. And please share this on your social media, here's the shortcut link: https://tfttf.com/webinar2018
Enterprise Car Rental Gone Wrong

Enterprise Car Rental Gone Wrong

Travel
My apologies, dear followers, for putting this here. I hate to use my platforms to write about things like this, but we've just been through the most ridiculous car rental experience of my life and by putting this online, I hope that it will help others when deciding who to rent their cars from. The short tl;dr version of our little odyssey: For a photo tour I rented a car from Enterprise rent-a-car in Ireland. The car (and several follow-ups) had issues and we needed to swap vehicles four times until we finally got one that was safe and not faulty. In the process we lost valuable time that was planned and needed for our photo tour and which annoyed our paying clients. In total it was a bit of a disaster, but Enterprise finally delivered a working vehicle and is trying to make up fo...
Lüftergestützes Podcasten

Lüftergestützes Podcasten

Podcasting
Es ist Sommer und es ist heiß. Zumindest so heiß, dass mein Studio mit Fenstern in Richtung Osten schon morgens hübsch warm wird. Das einzige was hier hilft ist Durchzug, egal ob durch offene Fenster oder mittels Ventilator. (Und keine Sorge, Durchzug ist nicht böse). Das offene Fenster ist hier auf dem Land normalerweise bei der Podcast-Aufnahme kein Problem. Es sei denn, die Bauern müssen wegen der derzeitigen Dürre ihr Getreide Noternten. Dann ist der Traktorverkehr und die damit verbundene Beschallung durchaus deutlich. Die Alternative ist also: Fenster zu und Ventilator an. Die Pustequirle sind aber meist nicht leise und das beißt sich wieder mit dem Podcasten. Da kam mir die Idee, statt des auf dem Boden in einiger Entfernung stehenden lauten Püsters einen 140mm kleinen leisen, rege
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

Crypto, 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