It’s an all new “Out of Chicago” photography experience.

OUT OF CHICAGO

Architecture and Street Photography Conference

June 28 – 30, 2019 

Be transformed at this unique, 3-day, hands-on urban photography conference. Immerse yourself in Chicago’s urban landscape and learn side-by-side with over a dozen of the world’s best street and architecture photographers.

Open your eyes to wow. Go on photo walks, river walks and night walks. Capture architectural gems and more. Wake up, take a stroll and see the morning light. Discover vibrant, cultural neighborhoods. Build your street photography confidence. Find graffiti, artistic grit and more. Ride the rails and explore urban canyons. Take an architectural cruise on the Chicago river. Create images at night of fountains and fireworks. Learn new photo techniques and so much more.

Instructors

“The Out of Chicago Conference is quickly becoming the premier photography conference in the country with its multitude of highly accomplished instructors.”
— HAMISH, DETROIT

We’ve gathered an amazing team of some of the best creative, urban photographers in the world. Over three days, our curated lineup of instructors will give you a variety of perspectives and photography styles, including taking you to all the great places to photograph in Chicago.

Itinerary

“Chris Smith and his team have built a great conference with super content, great opportunities and pros you won’t meet anywhere else. I have learned a lot and made lasting friendships with pros and amateurs I respect.”
— RICHARD, CHICAGO
ALL NEW EXPERIENCE! Keep yourself immersed in photography morning, noon and night with hands-on, in-the-field photography classes, discussions, photowalks and small group critiques with over a dozen world-class professional photographers. Each day choose the classes you want and which instructors to learn from.
Day 1 – Friday, June 28, 2019

Afternoon photo classes begin (12pm).
Meet & Greet Reception.
Welcome by Chris Smith, founder Out of Chicago.
Keynote address by Thorsten Overgaard and Jason M. Peterson.
Evening classes, hands-on, in-the field, sessions with the pros.
Vendor displays throughout day.

Day 2 – Saturday, June 29, 2019

Morning classes and photo walks.
Afternoon classes, workshops and hands-on, in-the field, sessions with the pros. Review work and group critiques.
Evening classes and/or In-the-field night photography.
Hang-out with photographers and socialize.
Vendor displays throughout day.

Day 3 – Sunday, June 30, 2019

Morning classes and photo walks.
Scheduled time to work with an instructor one-on-one.
Afternoon photo classes and hands-on, in-the field, sessions with the pros. Review work and group critiques.
Vendor displays throughout day.

The experience

ALL NEW EXPERIENCE! We’ve listened and now you get a better opportunity to choose the classes you want and work with the instructors you want. This conference is limited to only 100 attendees so we can bring to you the best photographers from one photo niche, creating an ideal learning environment for you.

Explore one of the world’s great cities and learn side-by-side from some of the world’s best street and architectural photographers. Inclusive of bold architecture, iconic skylines, outdoor spaces and picturesque streets, this 3-day conference is structured around daily classes, hands-on workshops and interactive sessions. At the end of the day, enjoy critique sessions, getting feedback and post-processing help. Bond with a larger community of photographers, sharing stories and images with people you “click” with.

HIGHLIGHTS

Learn urban photography techniques from the pros • Opening presentation • Daily Presentations • Hands-on, in-the-field excursions • Workshops • Interactive Sessions • Group Critiques • One-on-one photography sessions •  Private Facebook Group and Engagement

GREAT LOCATION

Inclusive of bold architecture, iconic skylines, outdoor spaces and picturesque streets, explore the urban beauty of Chicago while learning side-by-side from the pros. From first-class conference facilities to stepping out your door for the first morning light, hang out over a weekend with new photography mentors and friends alike. Downtown Chicago is the perfect place to learn, interact and make new meaningful connections.

DEEP LEARNING EXPERIENCE


This one-of-a-kind event brings together over a dozen world-class photographers from across the country in all fields of photography. Spend the weekend immersing yourself in classes and interactive sessions, learning side-by-side from the pros.This means you can learn, shoot and play in your passion for over three days with others just like you.

HANDS-ON INSTRUCTION

Get three full days of personal, hands-on instruction in the classroom and in the field. We teach it. Then you practice what you learn, with your favorite photographers at the top of their game. Pro-level photographers will lead you on daily excursions and assist you in getting the perfect shot.

WORLD-CLASS PHOTOGRAPHERS

Take your photography to the next level with some of the world’s most creative photographers in their field. We’ve gathered over a dozen great photography instructors, each with their unique perspectives, to teach you what they know. This means we are all here with one purpose – to help you make great images

CRITIQUE & POST PROCESSING

Receive feedback from instructors during daily group critique sessions or get post-processing help during your session. Return home with gallery ready images you are proud of.

FRIENDLY COMMUNITY


Be part of a community that is as passionate as you are about photography. Get to know attendees and instructors over several days. Stay in touch afterwards on Instagram or in our private Facebook group. Come back the following year to connect again but, in a new location

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Classes take place at The University Center at the intersection of State and Congress in the heart of the South Loop. From first-class conference facilities to stepping out your door for the first morning light, hang out over a weekend with new photography mentors and friends alike. Downtown Chicago is the perfect place to learn, interact and make new meaningful connections.
 

Chicago is an urban photographer’s playground. World-class modern architecture, cultural neighborhoods, gritty streets and exquisite interiors all along the beauty of Lake Michigan’s shoreline.
— CHRIS SMITH, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S GUIDE TO CHICAGO

Register now!

Conference price: $1650

(We are bringing over a dozen photographers to create an experience you can’t get anywhere else, with over 50 classes, workshops and interactive sessions you can choose from. Compare this to a regular photography workshop with one instructor, for just as much or more cost.)

What’s included?

Welcome reception at the University Center
3 full-day photography classes, presentations and discussions at the University Center in the heart of Chicago’s Loop
3 full-day hands-on, in-the-field teaching sessions with world-class photographers
Small group photowalks to great locations by Chicago local guides and photographers
Group critique and help from the instructors throughout the day and evening
Mini workshops on post-processing
Morning coffee and pastries
Private Facebook group to connect with your fellow photographers and instructors
Vendor exposition with opportunity to borrow and test cameras and lenses daily.
Special photography deals by Hunt’s Photo
Social hour at Bar Louie to connect with photographers and attendees

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