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Defining Instagram with Nick Ulivieri: OOC Podcast Episode 49

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Podcast|Tags: , , , |

Michael Novo hosts Chicago-based photographer Nick Ulivieri during the Out of Chicago Conference, on this week's Out of Chicago Podcast. Ulivieri, who shoots travel, corporate and aerial photography, is also an expert at using Instagram. He discusses finding your voice and utilizing that on the popular photography social network, and honing in on a specific [...]

The business of photography with Scott Bourne: OOC Podcast Episode 47

By | July 26th, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Podcast|Tags: , , , |

In this episode, Michael Novo sits down with Photofocus founder Scott Bourne to discuss the business of photography during the Out of Chicago Conference. Scott, who was the closing speaker at June's Out of Chicago Conference, discusses his beginnings in Pit Alley as a motorsports photographer in Indianapolis, and how he evolved into a thriving [...]

Serving heartbroken families: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources|Tags: , , |

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (NILMDTS) is a non-profit organization that offers free portrait sessions for families that are about to, or have lost a baby. All photographers retouch artists and other roles graciously donate their time so that these families can have what are commonly considered remembrance portraits. This small act of [...]

Practice creating with intent to be a better photographer

By | April 27th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Learn, Learning Resources, Photography Tips, Thoughts|Tags: , |

Cameras are amazing today. With all their built in tools for exposure, focus and more they end up doing the technical heavy lifting that only a few years ago took years of training to learn. Since modern cameras — especially mirrorless — can live preview things like exposure, focus and color, the amount of time [...]

The customer service experience with Jerry and Melissa Ghionis: OOC Podcast Episode 37

By | April 18th, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week, Michael Novo talks with Jerry and Melissa Ghionis, a husband and wife photography team that splits their time between Los Angeles and Australia. The couple discuss how to work together, as well as how to get a head start as a new photographer. Melissa dives into her customer service philosophy, while Jerry talks [...]

Double your film fun with double exposure photography

By | April 6th, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Processing Tips|Tags: , |

A few weeks ago Bryan posted an article about personal projects and how important they are for us to learn, grow and have fun with our photography. I wanted to share a really fun and different project that involves collaborating with other photographers. Film. Yes, film. It’s popular again, didn’t you know? All the kids [...]

Social media for photographers: Part two

By | April 1st, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week, I’ll be writing about four social networks that you’ve probably heard of, but may not be a part of your daily routine — Twitter, 500px, Flickr and LinkedIn. Last week I talked about Facebook, Snapchat, Google+ and Pinterest. I’ve discussed Instagram in-depth in a previous post as well. As photographers, social media is [...]

Majestic beauty: Capturing the art of horses

By | March 30th, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Locations|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s almost that time of year again. Pretty soon, horses will be everywhere. Oh, you thought I was talking about spring flowers? Right. Those will be everywhere soon too but if you’re an equine photographer like I am, it’s all about the horses. If you’re planning on getting out there to shoot, here are a [...]

Camera shy photographer? Here’s the secret for getting over your fears

By | March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources|Tags: , , , |

Have you noticed this awkward moment at photo workshops? The presenter needs a volunteer model during a demonstration, but none of the photographers in attendance want to get in front of the camera. Grown-up professionals cower in fear, looking like school kids who don’t want to be called on. Everyone waits awkwardly for someone to [...]

Introducing “Inspirational Photography” magazine

By | March 10th, 2016|Categories: Learn, Learning Resources|Tags: , , |

Earlier this month, I launched a free monthly photography e-magazine called Inspirational Photography, available just for the asking (no strings attached) by clicking here. The magazine is designed for beginner/intermediate photographers, but also includes content for experienced photographers, such as advanced processing techniques. To give you an idea of what’s included, below are some features from [...]