Big additions, changes, and your last chance for Out of Chicago 2016!

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We’ve made some big additions to this year’s conference. We’ve added Matt Kloskowski, Steve Simon, Blake Rudis, Satoki Nagata, and James Maher to our lineup. They are all teaching classes and workshops at the event. Get all of the details below.

If you’re already signed up for Out of Chicago 2016, you can make changes to your schedule through the link in your confirmation email. If you can’t find it, email

If you’re not signed up, this is your last chance to get the early bird price. The event has sold out but we’ve reconfigured things to make room for 15 more people at the event. The early bird price ends at midnight, May 1st. That’s Sunday night. Go to to register.

If you can’t make it to the full conference, you can still make it to a pre-conference workshop. When you register choose “workshop only”

Here are all of the changes and additions. There are a lot. Some additions that a lot of you guys have been asking for aren’t listed until the end. FYI. 🙂

Matt Kloskowski

We have added a workshop on Friday, June 24 with Matt Kloskowski. His workshop is The Complete Landscape Experience. You guys know Matt. He is an amazing instructor and great guy. We can’t wait to have him in Chicago!

This is your chance to spend the day with Matt and learn how to photograph landscapes from beginning to end. Each participant should bring up to 10 photos to be critiqued within the class, as well as one photo that Matt will edit in front of the class.

You don’t want to miss opportunity! If you want to sign up for Matt’s workshop, go back into your registration and choose the drop down for Friday workshops and it will pop up. This workshop will be an additional charge of $299. Website:

Steve Simon

We’ve added the passionate photographer, Steve Simon to our lineup for Chicago and New York. Steve is one of the world’s most popular street photographers and he’s leading workshops, photowalks, and speaking at the event. Don’t miss it!

Wes Maggio

Wes is a passionate photographer, educator and digital imaging specialist. He photographs a variety of genres including sports, portraits, landscape and commercial products. Most importantly, he is the senior Evangelist for Creative Products and a global product trainer at Wacom Technology.

Wes has a workshop on Friday, June 24 from 1-5 p.m. This is a hands-on workshop using Wacom’s latest professional tablets with your own laptop. You will be guided through how to effectively use Wacom’s tablet to professionally edit and enhance images. This workshop is limited to only 20 participants and will be a one-of-a-kind experience. Website:

Derrick Story

Derrick produces TheDigitalStory podcast and has more than 20 videos on  He’s a very sought after speaker and his Friday workshop is sold out. The good news? We’ve opened up a second workshop on Thursday, June 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. that still has one spot available.

His classes and workshop were one of the first to fill up quickly as soon as we announced the conference. In his workshop you will learn how to lighten your load and expand your creativity. Then you will put these ideas into practice and go out shooting with Derrick. This is an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often and his Thursday workshop is going to fill up quickly so don’t delay. Website:

Steve Brokaw

Steve Brokaw is an experienced agency model, editorial and commercial fashion photographer. He has a workshop on Thursday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that will focus on planning and how to set up for a fashion model shoot. He will also bring in models for you to get hands-on experience.

If you love fashion photography this is a must-have workshop, as there will only be 10 participants. Website:

Blake Rudis

Blake Rudis is a self-published author with his passion in HDR photography. He is passionate about mentoring others and teaching how to post process images in photoshop. In his workshop “Photoshop Unplugged: Harness the Power,” he will discuss the importance of refining your workflow to maximize your post production efficiency with Photoshop.

He will discuss how to use Photoshop to master noise reduction, sharpening, color grading, artistic effects and much more. This workshop will take place on Thursday, June 23 from 6-9 p.m. If you are unable to attend the workshop, he has several classes and he will be joining the panel discussion about the state of HDR editing. Website:

James Maher

James Maher is a fine art street photographer. He is a lifelong New Yorker where he uses the people in the city as his muse. This workshop will be on Friday, June 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  It will start with a short presentation and then you will go out shooting with him for the rest of the day.

You will learn how to setup your camera to get the highest technical quality shots, how to capture strangers in a candid way without being overly intrusive, how to work with light, how to compose, how to capture city landscapes and backgrounds and how to see and take interesting photos. He is coming all the way to Chicago for this workshop, so don’t miss this opportunity. Website:

Jimmy McIntyre

Jimmy McIntyre was recently named one of the top photographers on and is followed by 200,000 people on social media. He specializes in advanced exposure blending and post-processing, and he will teach these techniques during his workshop. He will lead you through full workflows that are designed to help you get the most out of your RAW files in any situation. Jimmy’s workshop is on Friday, June 24 and class size is limited. Website:

Abbe Lyle

Abbe Lyle has been a professional photographer for over 15 years and is a private pilot. She will be teaching about how to fly drones safely and all of the rules and regulations that have been added. She will also teach you about the anatomy of a drone and how it flies. If you have a drone or are ready to buy one, sign up for this class and learn everything you need to know! Website:

Ben Hutchinson

Ben Hutchinson is an award-winning photographer from Portland, Ore. He’s also a Lensbaby expert — a manual lens that twists and turns to give you complete control over you creativity. Ben will have these lenses with him for you to try out. For even a better experience with the Lensbaby you can join Ben on his photowalk and get the full experience with the master. Lensbaby Website:

Tim Wallace

Are you interested in exotic cars and wonder how this can tie into your photography? We are so excited to have Tim Wallace coming all the way over from the United Kingdom. Tim is an award-winning photographer and his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic.

Tim works internationally with many high-end brands and clients, such as Aston Martin, Jaguar, Audi and Peugeot throughout the world. He’ll be doing a live shoot at Mancouso Motorspots in downtown Chicago. If you want to see Tim in action and learn all about how he creates such dramatic and amazing shot you can sign up for his workshop on Friday, June 24.  

On the day of the workshop you will meet at our venue, The University Center, for a 2 hour class from 8-11 a.m. in which Tim will prep you for the car shoot. Then we will all meet at Mancouso’s at 11 a.m. for the car shoot. Tim will be showing you how to look at shape, form and light and how they relate to each other, the issues that we are faced with when lighting a multi-angled reflective surface at a professional level. There are only a few spots left.  Website:

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We’re also offering something we’ve never offered before — a 1-on-1 with an instructor. Almost all of our instructors are offering this opportunity, where you can sign up and have a 1-on-1 with your favorite instructors for over an hour! You can use this time to have a portfolio review, go shooting, work on post-processing or talk business. Near the end of May your instructor will be contacting you to discuss how you want to spend your time together, and set up a time for you to meet. There are already instructors with waiting lists, so don’t delay! You can add this to your registration at the very bottom of your schedule, under the classes.

Here’s a list of instructors that still have open 1-on-1 slots:

  • John Crouch
  • Levi Sim
  • Jim Harmer
  • Dan Ablan
  • Valerie Jardin
  • Molly Porter
  • Satoki Nagata
  • Ken Koskela
  • Michael Muraz
  • Jim Welninski
  • Jamie MacDonald
  • Steve Brokaw
  • Angie McMonigal
  • Steve Nielsen
  • Corwin Heibert
  • Marie Laigneau
  • Derrick Story

For more information, visit

More photowalks!

We’re excited to announce that we have added an instructional photowalk with Rick Sammon on the morning of Saturday, June 25. It is limited to 12 people.

Additionally, due to popular demand, we have also added an additional instructional photowalk with Angie McMonigal, also taking place the morning of Saturday, June 25.

Gotham is calling

If you haven’t heard, we’re headed to New York City this October! If you have already signed up for the Chicago conference in June, but would rather go to the New York Conference, we are opening up the option for you to switch your registration. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Michelle at We can assure you that NYC is going to be at least as amazing as Chicago! You can learn more at

Need to make changes?

If at anytime you want to change your schedule you can go to the confirmation email that was sent to you right after you registered. On the right hand side under “Actions” you will see a “Manage Your Registration” option. When you click on this link it will take you back into your agenda, where you can adjust your schedule accordingly.

For more information about any these instructors please visit

See you in June!

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