Untangling the backup mess

By | February 19th, 2016|Categories: Gear, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |

One of the biggest struggles I’ve found any new photographer has isn’t related to shooting, post-processing or even marketing. It’s how to backup and take care of their digital photos over time. This was a struggle for me. Two years into my semi-professional photography career, my only backup was a single external hard drive that [...]

Blab recap: Choosing a tripod

By | February 1st, 2016|Categories: Blab, Gear, Learn, Learning Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

During last week's Blab show, we talked to Jim Welninski, Levi Sim and Nick page about choosing a tripod. A tripod is great for not only long exposure work, but also helping you slow down and think about the composition and shooting process. If you weren't able to catch it, be sure to watch the complete [...]

A Few of My Favorite Things. For Sale.

By | September 9th, 2015|Categories: Gear|

I'm not sure exactly what direction I'm headed right now with my camera gear. But I know that I have way too much stuff that I rarely use. I also may switch to go all mirrorless. So I'm selling some of my favorite camera equipment. If you're interested in buying any of it, drop me [...]

An Inexpensive and Awesome Mirrorless Camera Kit

By | August 8th, 2014|Categories: Gear|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Olympus E-M10 has been an amazing little camera. When I bought it, I knew that I wanted it to try some street photography and to shoot more detail shots when shooting architecture. So I got a 17mm 1.8 lens for street photography and the inexpensive 40-150mm for details. I figured I would quickly need [...]

A Go Anywhere Camera

By | June 4th, 2014|Categories: Gear|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome another new contributor to Out of Chicago, Pat Coddington! You've probably heard the saying, "The best camera is the one you have with you". It's run through my mind a few times recently when I found myself somewhere without a camera, wishing I had one. Sometimes it happens when traveling, or often when I'm [...]

It’s Not About Size – It’s How You Use It

By | May 31st, 2014|Categories: Gear|Tags: , , , |

Photography, like all of the other arts, is a medium. This medium essentially allows a person to communicate what they have in front of their eyes, interpreted through their mind, to another persons mind using visual information. The tool of this medium, the camera, is a technical instrument that can range from the alarmingly complex [...]

How Big is the Olympus OM-D E-M10?

By | March 26th, 2014|Categories: Gear|Tags: , , , , , |

Choosing a Mirrorless Camera

By | March 24th, 2014|Categories: Gear|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I have a new camera coming on the big brown truck today. I've been researching mirrorless cameras for about a year now. Here is the the current state of mirrorless cameras in my mind. I'm not sure why I haven't been approached to be sponsored by one of these companies :) but that leaves me [...]

Olympus OMD E-M1 Review From a Canon Shooter

By | December 12th, 2013|Categories: Gear|Tags: , , , , |

This isn't going to be your typical review. It's not even your typical real-use review. For a real, in-depth, learn-all-about-the-camera, review, make sure that you check out Gordon Laing's full review of the E-M1 at 6 Reasons to Consider the Olympus E-M1 over a DSLR 5-axis image stabilization in camera. Depending on the focal [...]

My Olympus E-M1 Review is Coming!

By | December 4th, 2013|Categories: Gear|Tags: , |

I've been working on a review of the Olympus OMD E-M1 since I rented it over the weekend. Am I giving anything away now by saying that I'm putting some of my Canon lenses up for sale? Is anyone interested in buying a Canon 70-300L, Canon 100mm L macro, Sigma 15mm fisheye, or maybe even [...]