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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 [...]

Boudoir photography techniques with Jen Rozenbaum: OOC Podcast Episode 35

By | April 5th, 2016|Categories: Photography Tips, Podcast|Tags: , |

Long Island, Queens-based photographer Jen Rozenbaum joins Michael Novo this week on the Out of Chicago Podcast. Jen, who will be teaching at this weekend's Out of Chicago Portrait Conference, discusses some of the keys to getting started with  boudoir photography, approaching the business side of things and keeping the confidence up in your subjects. [...]

It’s a big, small world after all

By | March 17th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , |

Urban photography. It conjures up visions of street photography, architecture, cityscapes, lights and lines, and occasionally the abandoned warehouse or alleyway filled with graffiti. Our minds turn to the bigness, the vastness and the expansiveness of the city. We see images of skyscrapers and corporate offices soaring above our heads, bridges and the light of [...]

Shoot with the birds at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: Chicago Location, Locations, Photography Tips|Tags: , , , |

As warmer weather comes back to Chicago, so do the migrating birds to mix and mingle with our local resident avian population.  Naturalists, birders and photographers don’t have to leave Chicago to experience one of the most diverse environments for bird watching...Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary.  This is a relatively small area between Montrose Harbor and [...]

Take to the skies with new perspectives

By | March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Learning Resources, Photography Tips|Tags: , |

Aerial photography is one of the best ways to change your perspective — especially if you're an in a creative rut. That said, the shooting conditions are challenging, and I can’t deny there’s a big expense. But if you’re up to the task, and willing to invest in updating your portfolio with some unique images, [...]

Finding the photographer’s vision with Giulio Sciorio: OOC Podcast Episode 30

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Photography Tips, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , |

This week, Chris sits down with Giulio Scriorio to discuss finding your true voice and vision as a photographer. Giulio is a Lumix Luminary, and will be teaching at the Out of Chicago Portrait Conference, held April 8 and 9. In this podcast, he talks about finding out who you really are as an artist through [...]

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 [...]