Tuesday, December 10

Photography

512GB microSD for $6 – Too Good to Be True

512GB microSD for $6 – Too Good to Be True

Photography
What you see above is the output of a flash card testing tool called f3read. File 15.h2w is where the corruption sets in... Let's step back. About a month ago a friend of mine enthusiastically told me how he ordered a super cheap 512GB microSD card for his camera. Just a few dollars, no shipping cost. From China. Of course I was more than skeptical, having fallen prey to at least a couple of cases of fake flash cards before. But for the sake of the greater good, I went ahead and bought not one, but two cards. One with 512MB and the other with 256GB (allegedly). Together they set me back a whopping $10. Let me tell you how it went. Here's How They Do It Let's first look at fake cards and how they come to be. I'm vastly simplifying here, but in general this is what...
🇬🇧 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
🇩🇪 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...
🇩🇪 “Auf den Punkt gebracht”

🇩🇪 “Auf den Punkt gebracht”

Photography
Das Weitwinkelbuch ist jetzt im Handel, viele Exemplare sind bereits bei den Leserinnen und Lesern angekommen und was macht man da als Autor? Auf Amazon den Refresh-Button klicken und auf neue Rezensionen hoffen. Und davon tauchen gerade mehrere pro Tag auf. Ich bin ehrlich gesagt etwas geplättet und auch sehr erleichtert 😌, denn irgendwie hatte ich halt trotz des eigenen sehr guten Gefühls immer noch das kleine Teufelchen auf der Schulter, das mir ins Ohr flüsterte, dass das Buch entweder zu seicht oder zu tief oder zu unstrukturiert oder oder oder ... aber wenn ich in den Rezensionen z.B. lese "Selten wurde in einem Buch über Fotografie Unnötiges so konsequent weggelassen und das Wichtige so sehr auf den Punkt gebracht", dann plumpst mir trotzdem ein ganz schöner Klotz vom Herzen. Und d