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The great outdoors: OOC Podcast Episode 27

By |February 9th, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Photography Tips, Podcast, Travel: Way Out of Chicago|Tags: , , , , |

In this episode of the Out of Chicago Podcast, we talk to Chris Nicholson, author of Photographing National Parks, about what to expect when shooting the great outdoors, how to prepare and what to bring. He also discusses some of  his favorite and most-visited national parks. Nicholson, from Astoria, Queens (N.Y.), started visiting national parks [...]

Working the room during event photography

By |February 5th, 2016|Categories: Learn, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , |

I've been an event photographer for the past few years, photographing everything from small non-profit award ceremonies to the world's largest public art competition. And during that time, one thing I've had to learn is how to work a room when photographing. How to be that fly on the wall, but also how to engage event [...]

Staying motivated during the off-season

By |January 29th, 2016|Categories: Learn, Learning Resources, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Just like in Chicago, it gets cold in Michigan. Having lived here my entire life, I'm used to the lake effect snow, the cold temperatures and the wind chills that can reach -20 degrees. It's winter, sure, but it's also what I like to call the off-season. As many of my fellow photographers will concur, [...]

Get started in the Windy City with “Chicago’s Top 10 Amazing Photo Locations”

By |January 28th, 2016|Categories: Books, Chicago Location, Learn, Learning Resources, Locations, Photography Tips|Tags: , , |

Let's be honest, we all love Chicago. Whether it's our favorite parks, theatres or public art, Chicago has everything for everyone. Today, we're proud to announce our new eBook release — Chicago's Top 10 Amazing Photo Locations, written by Out of Chicago founder Chris Smith. You'll get ideas on where to go next in your photographic journey [...]

How I make Chicago “My kind of town”

By |January 27th, 2016|Categories: Locations, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Chicago, my kind of town! Every time I visit the Windy City I remember that Frank Sinatra song.  This city just has a way of making me feel new and energized anytime I visit. Be it in winter or in the heart of summer; in spring or the amazing colors and weather or autumn; it [...]

Shooting the Chicago fog

By |January 20th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Photography Tips|Tags: , , |

Fog is a common occurrence in Chicago, and it's easy to lose motivation because of the bad weather. But fog is actually a wonderful opportunity to shoot something different! Bad weather is a great way to add drama and mood to your images. Fog acts as a giant softbox, so your shots will lack contrast [...]

Announcing the Out of Chicago app!

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , |

We're proud to announce the Out of Chicago iPhone app, now available on the App Store! The app takes you to 100 of the best locations throughout Chicago, from tourist favorites to hidden gems. Each location includes details such as hours, admission fees, directions, restrictions and more. You'll also learn the insider secrets of each [...]

Wedding Photography Tips from Christopher Foltz

By |December 17th, 2015|Categories: Photography Tips|Tags: , , , |

Christopher Foltz has been shooting weddings for four years and has met some amazing couples along the way. He captures families and friends celebrating and sharing in something that is so very important to them, which in turn then becomes important to him. He believes that the greatest thing you can do when photographing a wedding [...]

Lauri Novak’s Holiday Photography Tips

By |December 11th, 2015|Categories: Photography Tips|Tags: , , |

Happy Holidays from the OOC crew! Our very own, Lauri Novak, has some great tips for capturing those magical holiday shots! *Think outside of the gift-wrapped box.  Have you seen those cardboard glasses that make your tree lights look like mini snowmen, Santas or Christmas trees?  Use them as a filter!  Hold or tape them [...]

Photographing Air Shows

By |May 31st, 2015|Categories: Locations, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

Article and photography by Keith French The arrival of mid-spring brings the airshow circuit back to life in the Upper Midwest.  For many, the sights and sounds of high performance jets and vintage war bird aircraft is enough to bring chills up and down their backs.  For others like me, the chills are only half the [...]