The Out of Chicago Podcast, Valerie Jardin, and Chicago’s Biggest Tourist Trap: OOC Episode 1

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Episode 1 of the Out of Chicago Podcast


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1. An introduction to the Out of Chicago podcast

I started the Out of Chicago podcast for the same reason that I started the Out of Chicago site, wrote The Photographer’s Guide to Chicago eBook, that I’m making the Photographer’s Guide to Chicago App with Craig Ellis, or that I’m running the Out of Chicago Conference this summer. I was disappointed that these things did not already exist. Podcasts are one of my favorite ways to keep up with the photography community because I can listen to them in the car when I can’t do much else.

Sorry to the Disney Podcast guys! It’s ISO5571, not whatever number I said. If you’re a photographer and you’re headed to a Disney park, I highly recommend the podcast. I just don’t really get the name. ๐Ÿ™‚

2. An interview with Valerie Jardin

I am extremely fortunate to have made so many amazing friends in photography, and Valerie Jardin is one of my most recent new friends. Valerie writes for Digital Photography School, is a frequent guest and sometimes even hosts the This Week in Photo Podcast, and runs street photography workshops all over the world. Learn more about her and her upcoming workshops at

3. Shooting from Navy Pier

There are five places that I recommend and describe in the podcast

  1. The Ferris Wheel
  2. The Navy Pier Parking Garage
  3. Pier Park
  4. Olive Park
  5. Navy Pier walkways

The Pick of the Week:

If you’re thinking about buying a mirrorless camera, go to to see images of your choice of camera and lens combination next to images of any other camera and lens combinations. It’s a great way to see how much bigger your current DSLR is. Here is a comparison of my Canon 6D with 70-300L lens and my new Olympus E-M10 with 40-150mm lens.

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