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Crossing off the bucket list: Photographing Arizona

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Travel: Way Out of Chicago|Tags: , , , , |

My "bucket list" has been growing — not shrinking — over the past several years. This year I have decided to start crossing items off of it. The first places I decided to cross off the list are Sedona and the Grand Canyon, both in Arizona. The great thing about choosing these locations is they [...]

The Out of New York Photography Conference: OOC Podcast Episode 32

By | March 15th, 2016|Categories: Conference, Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Podcast|Tags: , , |

This week on the Out of Chicago Podcast, Chris discusses the upcoming Out of New York Photography Conference. Out of Chicago will call New York City home from October 14-15, with on-the-street workshops available on Oct. 16. Located across from the Empire State Building, the Out of New York Photography Conference will be held in the heart [...]

Bridging the gap between Chicago and travel photography

By | February 24th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , |

Most photographers love to travel; given our curious nature we jump at the chance to explore other cultures and environments. There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your photographic travel experience is fulfilling and you come home with images that capture the mood and feeling of that destination while also staying [...]

What’s In Your Camera Bag?

By | January 28th, 2015|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

4 ½ pounds isn’t very heavy. In fact, any person in reasonable hiking shape should be able to carry 4 ½  pounds easily. The problem comes when you have another bag full of cameras and lenses that add up to another 30 pounds. That’s when that 4 ½ pounds begins to feel more like 40 [...]

Photographing The Calatrava In Milwaukee

By | October 18th, 2014|Categories: Architecture with Wendy Bright, Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Photographs by Angie McMonigal Living in Milwaukee when the newest Santiago Calatrava-designed addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum was built 1997-2001, I called it what all Milwaukeeans called it: The Calatrava.  Never mind that its official name is the Quadracci Pavilion.  Just like "The Bean" in Chicago, we locals gave it an affectionate nickname that [...]

Photographing Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

By | September 19th, 2014|Categories: Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Article and photographs by Keith French. A world away from the concrete mountains and steel-lined Chicago River is a rolling land filled with trees, rivers and streams, deer, badger, wolverines, moose, wolf and both black and brown bear. Roughly a 6-8 hour drive north of Chicago is the upper peninsula of Michigan, the UP as [...]

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Photographing Shawnee National Forest in the Fall

By | September 5th, 2014|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location, Weekend Trip|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The forecast for sunrise is light showers and overcast after an evening of heavy rain. It’s fall in the Shawnee National Forest (southern Illinois) where rain totals are usually light. During the evening planning session for the next day’s shoots, fellow photographers were thinking out loud about the feasibility of shooting in the morning. I [...]

Photo Destination: Japanese Gardens in Rockford

By | July 20th, 2014|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Article and images by Pat Coddington. If you like the Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden, you will probably enjoy the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford. This 12-acre site is only a 1-1.5 hour drive from downtown Chicago (there's currently construction on I-90, so plan accordingly). The Gardens were established in the late 1970s by [...]

Photo Destination: The Morton Arboretum – An Outdoor Museum

By | July 18th, 2014|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Article and images by Rich Flansburg. Summer, fall, winter, and spring - there is no bad time for photographers to visit The Morton Arboretum in west-suburban Lisle, IL. I’ve been visiting the Morton Arboretum since I was in high school when we had to hitch up the horses and take the buggy... not really.   [...]

A Monument to the Agricultural Crash of the 1980s

By | May 15th, 2014|Categories: Locations, Outside of Chicago Photo Location|Tags: , , , , , , |

Please welcome Erik Lykins to Out of Chicago. He has a really cool location that's new to me and some great images to prove it!   If you have ever taken a trip down to Starved Rock or Matthiessen State park down near Ottawa, IL you might have done a double-take on the wreckage of [...]