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Getting started with nighttime long exposures

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , |

I spent much of this week so far working on some long exposure techniques. I wanted to play around with some different angles and heights that wouldn't always be accessible. Lucky for me, I had access to a few rooftops from a client for one night, and Out of Chicago Conference instructor Michael Muraz was [...]

Three simple tips to combat reflections in glasses

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , |

As a corporate photographer, there’s one thing that gets me frustrated, probably more than anything else. Glasses. Nearly every headshot session I do, there’s always one person in the group who wears glasses that seem to be way more reflective than anyone else! But if you keep a few things in mind, you’ll be well [...]

Don’t make pictures that tell stories. Just make stories.

By | July 1st, 2016|Categories: Learn, Photography Tips, Street Photography|Tags: , , , , |

When you set out to make a great picture, there's a high chance that you'll fail. The light could be poor, your subjects could be having a bad day, you may be stuck in your own funk. There are so many things stacked against you, and no one likes to be a failure. So just [...]

Photographic exposure with Bryan Peterson: OOC Podcast Episode 43

By | June 29th, 2016|Categories: Learn, Photography Tips, Podcast|Tags: , , , |

In this episode of the Out of Chicago Podcast, Michael Novo sits down with Bryan Peterson to discuss photographic exposure. Peterson, who presented at the Out of Chicago Conference, is a photographer and author of several books, including "Understanding Exposure." He explains how he went about writing "Understanding Exposure," and why exposure is more complicated [...]

Drone flight: A new perspective

By | May 11th, 2016|Categories: Photography Tips|Tags: , |

Finding a new angle or outlet for your passion can never be a wrong move. Discovering unique ways to add back the inspiration that may have gone missing for one reason or another is essential to progress. Which brings me to the subject of this blog. There appear to be many restrictions when it comes [...]

Creating the fine art architectural photograph

By | May 4th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |

I love architectural photography. More specifically, I love fine art architectural photography. This begs a couple of questions. What is the definition of “fine art?" How do you make a fine art architectural photograph? The first question has been the subject of debate for centuries but for the purposes of this article I’m going to [...]

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 [...]

Creative twists on familiar places

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories: Photography Tips, Street Photography|Tags: , , , |

Chicago has many well-known landmarks and popular destinations that continue to draw photographers back no matter how many times they’ve been shot before. While there’s no right or wrong way to approach shooting these locations, it can certainly be a rewarding challenge to seek out a fresh perspective or a creative twist on what other [...]

The importance of educating clients

By | April 15th, 2016|Categories: Photography Tips|Tags: , , , |

In the over two years I've been shooting corporate and public events, I've learned a thing or two about interacting with clients. And in today's world of social media, educating and interacting with clients is more important than ever. You may have heard about the "wedding photographer from hell" on various photography blogs this week. [...]

Building transitional qualities into your images

By | April 13th, 2016|Categories: Photography Tips, Processing Tips|Tags: , |

In May 2017, Ken Koskela will be co-leading a photography tour to Guilin, China with Out of Chicago Summer Conference presenter Rick Sammon. For more information, check out their tour page at kenkoskela.com. Great photographs often incorporate a transition between opposite characteristics. Examples include light and dark, warm and cool, and moving and still. In [...]