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F8 | The Photographers Perspective is the show where you connect with the world's most inspiring photographers. Join us each week as we go in-depth with the pros, get to know their personal perspectives and introduce you to new places and experiences that help you get the most out of your creative passion. Hosted and produced by Chris Smith, Out of Chicago.

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F8 | The Photographers Perspective is the show where you connect with the world's most inspiring photographers. Join us each week as we go in-depth with the pros, get to know their personal perspectives and introduce you to new places and experiences that help you get the most out of your creative passion. Hosted and produced by Chris Smith, Out of Chicago.

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Stellar work!

By BeccaB1994 - Aug 09 2016
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Great job! My weekly lesson in photography.

Chicago Photo

By Midwestbrook - Feb 19 2015
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If you love photography and the city of Chicago, this is the podcast to listen to. Thanks Chris !

iTunes Ratings

34 Ratings
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32
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Stellar work!

By BeccaB1994 - Aug 09 2016
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Great job! My weekly lesson in photography.

Chicago Photo

By Midwestbrook - Feb 19 2015
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If you love photography and the city of Chicago, this is the podcast to listen to. Thanks Chris !

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F8 | The Photographers Perspective is the show where you connect with the world's most inspiring photographers. Join us each week as we go in-depth with the pros, get to know their personal perspectives and introduce you to new places and experiences that help you get the most out of your creative passion. Hosted and produced by Chris Smith, Out of Chicago.

Art Wolfe, Post Processing Night Photos, The Old Seminary at UChicago: OOC Episode 6

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Post Processing for Night Photography

  • White balance is critical (make sure you were shooting in RAW!)
  • As with any image, it is absolutely essential that the black areas of your image are true black. Lower the black slider in Lightroom if you need to
  • If you want detail in the highlights, you may need to lower the highlights slider
  • Boost saturation selectively using the HSL toolbar in Lightroom
  • Eliminate distractions
  • HDR can bring out detail in shadows, but it can really mess with a night scene
  • Dodge and Burn

Interview with Art Wolfe

Art Wolfe will be presenting at Loyola University on July 12th. Don’t miss it! He must have thought that I was such a nice guy that he’s giving us a 20% discount off admission! Use coupon code “Chicago2014” for 20% off.

In this interview, Art gives us tips for photographing architecture and urban scenes, talks about what he does to improve as a photographer, and he talks about the seminar he’ll be giving on July 12th.

Photographing the old Seminary Building at the University of Chicago

If you like shooting the University of Chicago, then I’m sure you know that the old seminary building has been under construction for the past couple of years. It is almost complete and I found my way inside to give you sneak peek into what you can expect. I think that you’re going to like it, but it’s not going to be without some controversy.

Thank you to Matt Frankel for first showing me around to all of the amazing places at the University of Chicago. Check out his images on Flickr.

Pick of the week

I received a request to go through my current camera gear. Here it is!

Canon 6D

Sigma 15mm fisheye, Canon 17mm Tilt Shift, Canon 24-105mm, Canon 70-300L

Gitzo 3541LS tripod with Arca Swiss Z1 Ballhead and RRS clamp

Olympus OM-D E-M10, 17mm 1.8, 40-150mm

The post Art Wolfe, Post Processing Night Photos, The Old Seminary at UChicago: OOC Episode 6 appeared first on Out of Chicago Photography.

Jun 16 2014

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Matt Payne Discusses Nature First, When to Share Shooting Locations

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Nature First co-founder Matt Payne joins Chris to discuss the origins of the alliance, its principles, and to debate whether photographers should share shooting locations. 

Preserving nature is important to Matt and many other photographers, so he shares the questions you should ask yourself when you're thinking about giving someone else a shooting location. He also provides specific examples of locations that've been negatively affected by visitors.

Later, Matt discusses how he finds his own unique shots to differentiate himself as a photographer, what motivates him to shoot, and what he's learned from his own podcast, F-Stop Collaborate and Listen.

Matt will be at all of Out of Chicago's 2020 landscape photography events to offer guidance and lead discussions. Until then, you can find him at MattPaynePhotography.com and on Instagram.

Sep 28 2019

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Ryan Smith on Selling Prints, Ethics in Landscape Photography

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Chris is joined by landscape photographer Ryan Smith, who has his own annual event in the southwest, Outsiders Conference. The two discuss managing photography conferences and preview their respective events coming up in Oregon (October 13 - 17, 2019) and Kanab, Utah (March 20 - 22, 2020).

Ryan has a lot of experience with selling his prints, so he talks about what he does to close sales. He also discusses his field tricks: How he likes to stay put in one location, and if he thinks about marketable photos while shooting.

Later, Ryan and Chris chat about the responsibility photographers have to the environment, and the principles to remember when becoming a nature photographer (Visit NatureFirstPhotography.org for more).

They also discuss Ryan's favorite places to shoot like Utah's White Pocket, which appears to be featured on Apple's webpage for the new iPhone 11 Pro.

Visit CaptureIcons.com for Ryan's workshops, and RyanSmithFineArt.com for the photography he has for sale.

Sep 20 2019

56mins

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Night Photography Subjects, Max Wilson, North Avenue Beach: OOC Episode 5

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Night Photography Subjects

If you missed our last two episodes, go back to hear about night photography equipment and night photography camera settings.

Night photography in the city leads to subjects that wouldn’t be interesting during the day. Here are some of my favorites.

  • Long exposures without ND filters: fountains, the lake, people, car trails (bus and train trails too!) See my article 5 Advanced Tips for Light Trail Photography on Digital Photography School.
  • Reflections in water/rainy nights
  • Cityscapes, light pollution
  • The lights of the city (starbursts)
  • Silhouettes

An Interview with Max Wilson

Max Wilson is a timelapse photographer that shoots mostly Chicago timelapses. I joined him this week for one of his rooftop shoots and was able to interview him from the roof!

http://www.photoalbumarchives.com/

Chicago Timelapse Project

Announcements

Art Wolfe in Chicago

The Out of Chicago Conference

Photographing Chicago from North Avenue Beach

North Avenue Beach is one of the best spots to photograph the Chicago Skyline. It’s different than shooting from Adler Planetarium where you can see the entire skyline, but it gives an opportunity to see more interesting views of the city. It’s a great location at night, sunrise, or sunset.

  • Along the water’s edge
  • Out on the breakwater
  • Walk to Fullerton Beach, Lincoln Park, Downtown

Pick of the week

Lenskirt: A great tool for shooting through glass. I was going to recommend it to Max Wilson until I saw that he has about 4 of them.

The post Night Photography Subjects, Max Wilson, North Avenue Beach: OOC Episode 5 appeared first on Out of Chicago Photography.

Jun 09 2014

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Juan Pons Talks Wildlife Photography, Yellowstone, Sony Cameras

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Chris is joined by wildlife and landscape photographer Juan Pons, who hit pause on podcasting to start a YouTube channel for fellow photographers. 

In their wide-ranging chat, Chris and Juan discuss the state of Sony's camera offerings including the new a7R IV, and why he primarily shoots with the a7R III. 

They also discuss the benefits of shooting in Acadia National Park (including the best trails, outlooks, and what animals you can expect to see), and his favorite places to shoot in the world, including Yellowstone National Park. 

Juan is a huge fan of Yellowstone, especially in the winter, and explains why he's returned annually for the past 16 years. 
Learn more about Juan Pons by visiting his YouTube Channel and website.

Sep 12 2019

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Erin Babnik Answers Your Questions

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Chris talks with landscape photographer Erin Babnik to talk technique and answer your questions.  We discuss what it’s like being a woman out in the field, meeting fellow female photographers, her workshops around the world, color theory, her favorite landscape photographers, and if social media is negatively affecting creativity and natural areas.

Visit ErinBabnik.com to see her incredible work and learn more about her workshops.

You can also follow Erin on social:

See Out of Chicago’s upcoming conferences and join our newsletter at outofchicago.com.

The post Erin Babnik Answers Your Questions appeared first on Out of Chicago Photography.

Apr 25 2019

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John Kosmopoulos on Developing Your Own Style

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John Kosmopoulos joins Chris for a free-wheeling discussion on developing your own style of photography, and what makes his work different from others. 

John also shares how he experiments with color, how he decides what will be monochrome, and a trick involving a black and white adjustment layer. He explains how he guides a viewer's eye around an image, what happened to spending a long time looking at a photograph, and we hear his thoughts on galleries.

John shoots in both nature and urban landscapes. Chris asks him if the  environments feel similar to work in, as well as his favorite urban cities and how he captured one of his most well-known photographs, "Dreamwalking".

To see John's work, visit his website: SilverZenPhotography.com. You can also find him here on Instagram. He'll be at Out of Chicago which runs June 28 - 30, 2019.

Jun 20 2019

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Prepare for your next photo adventure with Jay and Varina Patel

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Interview with Jay and Varina Patel

Jay and Varina have been leading photography workshops for more than ten years. They’ll be the keynote presenters at the Out of Moab Landscape Photography Conference in October and here they share their best tips to prepare for any photo adventure.

Visual Wilderness

Visual Wilderness Guide to Landscape Photography

The Complete Guide to Landscape Photography

Visual Wilderness Blog

Updated three times a week

https://visualwilderness.com/articles

Sample videos

Leveling Your Tripod from Visual Wilderness on Vimeo.

How to Clean Your Tripod from Visual Wilderness on Vimeo.

Banff Video

Case studies

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Mar 16 2018

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Getting ready for Out of New York: OOC Podcast Episode 51

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In this week’s podcast, Chris Smith and Malinda Kavetschanky talk about October’s Out of New York Conference, the “Shootingest” Photography Conference on Earth!

Chris and Malinda introduce you to the world-class list of speakers who are coming, including Bryan Peterson, Rick Sammon, Lindsay Adler, Valerie Jardin, RC Concepcion, John Kosmopoulos, Frank Smith, Steve Simon, Gabriel Biderman and more! They also discuss the photowalks and Sunday On-the-Street Workshops.

If you’re already signed up for Out of New York, or are still considering attending, this is the podcast for you!

Don’t forget — you can get a FREE conference registration by posting your favorite New York photos to Instagram with the hashtag #oony2016. Submissions open until Sept. 1; winners will be chosen Sept. 2.

The post Getting ready for Out of New York: OOC Podcast Episode 51 appeared first on Out of Chicago Photography.

Aug 25 2016

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Photographing the Oregon Coast with Rod Barbee

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Rod Barbee is the author of The Photographer’s Guide to the Oregon Coast and he will be one of our instructors at our 3rd annual Landscape Photography Conference, Out of Oregon!

Learn more about Rod at rodbarbee.com.

Find out more about the Out of Oregon Conference at outoforegon.com.

The post Photographing the Oregon Coast with Rod Barbee appeared first on Out of Chicago Photography.

Nov 21 2018

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Michael Frye Discusses Photographing Yosemite, Ansel Adams, Composition Techniques

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Chris heads to Yosemite to talk with landscape photographer Michael Frye, who shares his best tips on photographing one of America's National Parks (it isn’t all about sunrise and sunset). Michael also shares his favorite Yosemite locations to shoot, and how to follow your passion rather than trying to compete with others or copying someone else.

As Chris preps for his winter conference at the iconic California location, Michael explains what small scenes to look out for in over the colder season. He also shares post-processing tips, how he shoots in black and white, his favorite places in America to photograph, and composition techniques that can make you as great of a photographer as Ansel Adams.

On following his passion: “I started to make better big landscape photos in Yosemite when I stopped worrying about [being someone else].”

On preparation: “It always helps to know an area well before you photograph it.”

On post-processing: “It really helps if you have a clear idea before you start with where you want to go with it.”

On Ansel Adams: “Ansel was one of the first to really do it so well that it caught people’s imagination, to combine the elemental landscape with a particular moment in time. A particular moment when the clouds, light, and weather were just so. That creates this of a particular moment, but also in a strange sense, a sense of timelessness.”

On composing: “The more specific you can be about what catches your eye, the better you’re going to be able to hone in on that, and find a composition that’ll work.”

Find his course and book on MichaelFrye.com. You can also sign up for his blog by e-mail, featuring regular photography tips and stories.

May 09 2019

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Michael Shainblum Shares Timelapse Photography Tips

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Chris heads to Menorca, Spain for PhotoPills Camp 2019 and chats with landscape and timelapse photographer Michael Shainblum. Considered by Chris to be the best timelapse photographer in the world, Michael shares timelapse photography tips, the differences between landscape and timelapse composition, how he uses Google Earth to find new places to travel to, his most fulfilling project, and the scariest moment of his life.

As someone whose only career has been photography, Michael also shares how to make it in this line of work, as well as the benefits and challenges of managing your own photography business.

May 30 2019

54mins

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Steve Simon on Street Photography, Emotional Metadata, and Mirrorless Cameras

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This week we're joined by street photographer Steve Simon, who just released a revised and remastered edition of his book, The Passionate Photographer.

After Steve kicks off the show by turning the tables on Chris, the discussion turns to the ever-evolving business of photography and how The Passionate Photographer fine tunes his skill set. 

Steve touches on the benefits of emulation and how stealing an idea won’t capture what the original photographer aimed for. Creating a unique image requires shooting personally, and Steve strives to find the best in even a bad image (One of many Simon-isms: “Not a deal breaker!”)Another Simon-ism is “emotional metadata,” which is when you look at an image and can’t escape that you were there in order to be objective. On a related note, Steve discusses if an image should represent what you’re feeling in the moment.

The conversation also turns to Steve's favorite cities for shooting street photography as well as the new Nikon Z6 / Z7, a mirrorless camera.

Visit ThePassionatePhotographer.com for portfolios and workshops, and pledge to his Patreon to receive more help.

Jun 13 2019

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Rick and Susan Sammon Discuss iPhone VS DSLR

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On this episode of F8 | The Photographer's Perspective (new name!), Chris is joined by landscape photographers Rick and Susan Sammon, who discuss their new book, "The Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip," all about points of interest and how to shoot the area. Rick will be a featured instructor at Out of Oregon this October.

The Sammons discuss the benefits of shooting on an iPhone instead of a DSLR, and the importance of bringing backup equipment (even if it means doubling the weight of your bag). They also share tips on shooting seascape photography (Safety first!) and the secret to shooting long exposure photos on an iPhone.

Rick also teases us about his next photography book, which will notably be void of any photos inside.

Be sure to visit Rick's website, his Costa Rica class on Kelby One, and Susan's InstagramHere are the NEOS Overshoes that Rick recommends.

May 23 2019

1hr 7mins

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Mark Denney Shares His YouTube and Instagram Strategies

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Mark Denney, who went from working at an unfulfilling job in corporate America to becoming a full time landscape photographer, joins Chris to talk about how he found success on YouTube and how he makes his living.

Mark also discusses how you can tell if you've over-edited your photo, what he still messes up when shooting (Edge control), his favorite tripod, and Sony versus Fuji cameras.

Join Mark and Chris at Out of Oregon later this year. Visit MarkDenneyPhotography.com to learn about his Skype post-processing sessions, and be sure to check out his Instagram and YouTube channels.

Jul 11 2019

1hr 4mins

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Creative Flower Photography Techniques with Charles Needle

Feb 22 2018

23mins

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Chris Reveals Out of Chicago's 2020 Events

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Chris is by himself this week to offer a candid preview of Out of Chicago’s 2020 events. He also shares what he’s learned from running Out of Chicago, and how he and his team have applied these lessons to future conferences.

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter (Visit the home page of our site) to become an Out of Chicago Insider. By doing so, you'll be the first to know when tickets for our conferences are on sale.

Out of Chicago’s 2020 conferences:

  • Out of Yosemite: February 5 – 9, 2020
  • Out of Chicago Botanic Garden: August 23 – 27, 2020
  • Out of Moab: September 13 – 17, 2020
  • Out of Acadia: October 4 – 8, 2020

Jul 18 2019

34mins

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Alex Noriega on Finding a Sense of Mystery

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Chris sits down with landscape photographer Alex Noriega, who shares how he created his award-winning (2016 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, and 2016 International Landscape Photographer of the Year) photographs.

In our wide-ranging interview, Alex talks about seeking a sense of mystery when he's out in the field, and why he loves shooting nature instead of architecture. 

Alex also offers his favorite National Parks to shoot in, how to escape the crowds that are found in America's natural wonders, and how he makes his photos about something. Listeners also get to hear his favorite equipment and post-processing techniques, particularly when it comes to contrast.

Alex will be at Out of Yosemite and Out of Acadia, where he'll help attendees with discovering small things to shoot in the field and post-processing.

To see his work, visit AlexNoriega.com and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Jul 26 2019

55mins

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Rad Drew Goes In-Depth on Phone Photography

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Chris is joined by Rad Drew, who'll be a presenter at next month's Out of Longwood in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. 

Rad will be teaching different ways to photograph flowers using your phone, and how to use the selfie camera to capture unique perspectives.In his chat with Chris, Rad discusses how to decide between shooting on a phone versus a traditional camera, what type of phone captures the best photographs, and his workflow when capturing on a phone.

Rad is also experienced with the post-processing software Topaz as well as infrared photography, so he shares tips on both.

As promised on the show, here's a link to Cogitap's Slow Shutter Cam app recommended by Rad.

Visit Rad online by going to RadDrewPhotography.com. To try Topaz, use Rad's discount code Rad15 for 15% off any Topaz product.

Jul 05 2019

51mins

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Don Komarechka Discusses Macro Photography, Capturing Snowflakes

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Chris is joined by "The Snowflake Guy," Don Komarechka, who discusses UV photography and macro photography.

Best known for his work shooting snowflakes, Don explains how he achieves these photographs (including tips on when to use focus stacking) and the Hollywood-level projects it's brought him.

Don also talks about how he sets aside time for shooting, his advice to landscape photographers on finding a unique shot, and details his upcoming book Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet, which will be released this December.

Follow Don by visiting his website, DonKom.ca. Visit SkyCrystals.ca to pre-order his book! He'll be at Out of Longwood later this month.

Aug 09 2019

52mins

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Rafael Pons Discusses his Photo Planning App PhotoPills

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Rafael Pons joins Chris to discuss PhotoPills, an app that helps you plan your shots during all hours of the day. The incredible app lets you see when and where the sun, moon, and stars will rise and fall, so that you'll never miss the perfect moment. 

Listen as Rafael tells us the first thing you should do after downloading the PhotoPills app, previews the forthcoming PhotoPills Camp, and teases the next big feature coming to PhotoPills: Meteor Shower Forecasts.

Visit PhotoPills.com to learn more, or jump directly to the iOS and Android store. You can also find the app on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Dec 05 2019

39mins

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Sean Bagshaw on Luminosity Masks, One-Click Post Processing Apps

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Chris is joined by Sean Bagshaw, who was at Out of Oregon and will join us again for Out of Acadia in 2020. They discuss everything there is to know about Luminosity Masks, including why someone may want to use them and how to avoid going too far in post-processing.

Speaking of post-processing, the two chat about replacing skies, one-click photo post processing apps, and why they both prefer to get granular in their editing. 

Before becoming a photographer, Sean was a middle school science teacher. He shares how this experience has made him a better teacher in his own workshops and online education courses -- the latter of which is his main income stream.

To follow Sean online, visit OutdoorExposurePhoto.com, PhotoCascadia.com, and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Dec 03 2019

50mins

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Toby Harriman on Aerial Photography, Marketing Yourself

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Toby Harriman, who will be a featured guest at Out of Chicago in June, joins Chris to discuss how he became a professional photographer, his aerial work, and how businesses research photographers before working with them, no matter their numbers on social media. 

As someone who spends a lot of time shooting in Alaska, Toby shares why he struggles to find a camera that can handle the northern winters, and the cameras he relies on. He also discusses how his background in website development gives him an advantage, and why everyone should have their own website for their work.

To learn more about Toby, visit TobyHarriman.com, PlanetUnicorn.com, and follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Nov 22 2019

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Live From Out of Oregon: Making Landscape Photography Profitable

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Chris hosts a panel with Ian Plant, Ryan Smith, Blake Rudis and Michael Shainblum at Out of Oregon 2019 to discuss how they all make a living in landscape photography and the evolving technology landscape.
The discussion opens with how they got started in their craft. Later we learn how they currently make money in landscape photography, how to handle social media, how to build an audience, advice for hobbyists who want to launch their own website, and the best ways to create an eBook -- if you should do it at all.

Oct 18 2019

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Charlotte Gibb on Shooting Intimate Landscapes

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Photographer Charlotte Gibb joins Chris to discuss what it means to shoot intimate landscapes, her favorite places to photograph in Yosemite, and why winter is her favorite season to shoot there.

She also shares her go-to lens, tips for photographing fall's colors, rules for shooting that may not come naturally, and how she turns a simple subject into a masterpiece.

Later, Charlotte explains why she prefers to shoot alone, and what she hopes to contribute to our Out of Yosemite conference this February. 

You can find her online at CharlotteGibb.com as well as at CharlotteGibbBlog.com, where she writes about her experiences, creativity, and new work. Her technical work can be found at Visual Wilderness.

Oct 09 2019

57mins

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Matt Payne Discusses Nature First, When to Share Shooting Locations

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Nature First co-founder Matt Payne joins Chris to discuss the origins of the alliance, its principles, and to debate whether photographers should share shooting locations. 

Preserving nature is important to Matt and many other photographers, so he shares the questions you should ask yourself when you're thinking about giving someone else a shooting location. He also provides specific examples of locations that've been negatively affected by visitors.

Later, Matt discusses how he finds his own unique shots to differentiate himself as a photographer, what motivates him to shoot, and what he's learned from his own podcast, F-Stop Collaborate and Listen.

Matt will be at all of Out of Chicago's 2020 landscape photography events to offer guidance and lead discussions. Until then, you can find him at MattPaynePhotography.com and on Instagram.

Sep 28 2019

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Ryan Smith on Selling Prints, Ethics in Landscape Photography

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Chris is joined by landscape photographer Ryan Smith, who has his own annual event in the southwest, Outsiders Conference. The two discuss managing photography conferences and preview their respective events coming up in Oregon (October 13 - 17, 2019) and Kanab, Utah (March 20 - 22, 2020).

Ryan has a lot of experience with selling his prints, so he talks about what he does to close sales. He also discusses his field tricks: How he likes to stay put in one location, and if he thinks about marketable photos while shooting.

Later, Ryan and Chris chat about the responsibility photographers have to the environment, and the principles to remember when becoming a nature photographer (Visit NatureFirstPhotography.org for more).

They also discuss Ryan's favorite places to shoot like Utah's White Pocket, which appears to be featured on Apple's webpage for the new iPhone 11 Pro.

Visit CaptureIcons.com for Ryan's workshops, and RyanSmithFineArt.com for the photography he has for sale.

Sep 20 2019

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Juan Pons Talks Wildlife Photography, Yellowstone, Sony Cameras

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Chris is joined by wildlife and landscape photographer Juan Pons, who hit pause on podcasting to start a YouTube channel for fellow photographers. 

In their wide-ranging chat, Chris and Juan discuss the state of Sony's camera offerings including the new a7R IV, and why he primarily shoots with the a7R III. 

They also discuss the benefits of shooting in Acadia National Park (including the best trails, outlooks, and what animals you can expect to see), and his favorite places to shoot in the world, including Yellowstone National Park. 

Juan is a huge fan of Yellowstone, especially in the winter, and explains why he's returned annually for the past 16 years. 
Learn more about Juan Pons by visiting his YouTube Channel and website.

Sep 12 2019

1hr 18mins

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Don Komarechka Discusses Macro Photography, Capturing Snowflakes

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Chris is joined by "The Snowflake Guy," Don Komarechka, who discusses UV photography and macro photography.

Best known for his work shooting snowflakes, Don explains how he achieves these photographs (including tips on when to use focus stacking) and the Hollywood-level projects it's brought him.

Don also talks about how he sets aside time for shooting, his advice to landscape photographers on finding a unique shot, and details his upcoming book Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet, which will be released this December.

Follow Don by visiting his website, DonKom.ca. Visit SkyCrystals.ca to pre-order his book! He'll be at Out of Longwood later this month.

Aug 09 2019

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Anne Belmont on Lensbaby Lenses, Flower Photography

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Chris and Out of Chicago team member Anne Belmont are in Costa Rica as discuss what Anne, who is a flower photographer, will be presenting at Out of Longwood later this year. 

In a laid back chat amongst Costa Rica's evening nature, Anne shares what she likes to help people with while they're out in the field, and talks at length about what a Lensbaby is.

Anne is so well-known for her Lensbaby work that she wrote a whole book about it: Creative Flower Photography: An Illustrated Guide to Lensbaby Lenses. She discusses how she came to write the book and previews her next.

Later in the chat, Anne discusses her Instagram channel and if she has doubts when posting images to a growing audience. She also shares her tips on shooting various flowers, including water lilies, dahlias, roses, ferns, and if she ever gets bored despite spending so much time at places like the Chicago Botanical Garden.

Visit AnneBelmontPhotography.com, where you'll find a gallery dedicated to Lensbaby images. See her aforementioned eBook and read her articles on Visual Wilderness for in-depth tutorials. Follow her on Instagram: @AnneBelmontPhotography.

Aug 02 2019

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Alex Noriega on Finding a Sense of Mystery

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Chris sits down with landscape photographer Alex Noriega, who shares how he created his award-winning (2016 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, and 2016 International Landscape Photographer of the Year) photographs.

In our wide-ranging interview, Alex talks about seeking a sense of mystery when he's out in the field, and why he loves shooting nature instead of architecture. 

Alex also offers his favorite National Parks to shoot in, how to escape the crowds that are found in America's natural wonders, and how he makes his photos about something. Listeners also get to hear his favorite equipment and post-processing techniques, particularly when it comes to contrast.

Alex will be at Out of Yosemite and Out of Acadia, where he'll help attendees with discovering small things to shoot in the field and post-processing.

To see his work, visit AlexNoriega.com and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Jul 26 2019

55mins

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Chris Reveals Out of Chicago's 2020 Events

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Chris is by himself this week to offer a candid preview of Out of Chicago’s 2020 events. He also shares what he’s learned from running Out of Chicago, and how he and his team have applied these lessons to future conferences.

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter (Visit the home page of our site) to become an Out of Chicago Insider. By doing so, you'll be the first to know when tickets for our conferences are on sale.

Out of Chicago’s 2020 conferences:

  • Out of Yosemite: February 5 – 9, 2020
  • Out of Chicago Botanic Garden: August 23 – 27, 2020
  • Out of Moab: September 13 – 17, 2020
  • Out of Acadia: October 4 – 8, 2020

Jul 18 2019

34mins

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Mark Denney Shares His YouTube and Instagram Strategies

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Mark Denney, who went from working at an unfulfilling job in corporate America to becoming a full time landscape photographer, joins Chris to talk about how he found success on YouTube and how he makes his living.

Mark also discusses how you can tell if you've over-edited your photo, what he still messes up when shooting (Edge control), his favorite tripod, and Sony versus Fuji cameras.

Join Mark and Chris at Out of Oregon later this year. Visit MarkDenneyPhotography.com to learn about his Skype post-processing sessions, and be sure to check out his Instagram and YouTube channels.

Jul 11 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rad Drew Goes In-Depth on Phone Photography

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Chris is joined by Rad Drew, who'll be a presenter at next month's Out of Longwood in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. 

Rad will be teaching different ways to photograph flowers using your phone, and how to use the selfie camera to capture unique perspectives.In his chat with Chris, Rad discusses how to decide between shooting on a phone versus a traditional camera, what type of phone captures the best photographs, and his workflow when capturing on a phone.

Rad is also experienced with the post-processing software Topaz as well as infrared photography, so he shares tips on both.

As promised on the show, here's a link to Cogitap's Slow Shutter Cam app recommended by Rad.

Visit Rad online by going to RadDrewPhotography.com. To try Topaz, use Rad's discount code Rad15 for 15% off any Topaz product.

Jul 05 2019

51mins

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Ugo Cei on Better Living Through Photography

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How can photographers lead happier and more content lives? Chris is joined by Ugo Cei, who teaches better living through photography.

Ugo shares why it's the best time to be a photographer, and what baselines you need to hit in order to turn it into a full time job. He also discusses how to step out of your comfort zone if you're hesitant to put out your work.

For those who are getting started, Ugo talks about what you should master first in three-hour practice sessions.

Visit BetterLivingThroughPhotography.com and UCPhoto.me to learn more about Ugo. Be sure to listen to his podcasts Closing the Gap and The Traveling Image Makers.

Jun 27 2019

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John Kosmopoulos on Developing Your Own Style

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John Kosmopoulos joins Chris for a free-wheeling discussion on developing your own style of photography, and what makes his work different from others. 

John also shares how he experiments with color, how he decides what will be monochrome, and a trick involving a black and white adjustment layer. He explains how he guides a viewer's eye around an image, what happened to spending a long time looking at a photograph, and we hear his thoughts on galleries.

John shoots in both nature and urban landscapes. Chris asks him if the  environments feel similar to work in, as well as his favorite urban cities and how he captured one of his most well-known photographs, "Dreamwalking".

To see John's work, visit his website: SilverZenPhotography.com. You can also find him here on Instagram. He'll be at Out of Chicago which runs June 28 - 30, 2019.

Jun 20 2019

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Steve Simon on Street Photography, Emotional Metadata, and Mirrorless Cameras

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This week we're joined by street photographer Steve Simon, who just released a revised and remastered edition of his book, The Passionate Photographer.

After Steve kicks off the show by turning the tables on Chris, the discussion turns to the ever-evolving business of photography and how The Passionate Photographer fine tunes his skill set. 

Steve touches on the benefits of emulation and how stealing an idea won’t capture what the original photographer aimed for. Creating a unique image requires shooting personally, and Steve strives to find the best in even a bad image (One of many Simon-isms: “Not a deal breaker!”)Another Simon-ism is “emotional metadata,” which is when you look at an image and can’t escape that you were there in order to be objective. On a related note, Steve discusses if an image should represent what you’re feeling in the moment.

The conversation also turns to Steve's favorite cities for shooting street photography as well as the new Nikon Z6 / Z7, a mirrorless camera.

Visit ThePassionatePhotographer.com for portfolios and workshops, and pledge to his Patreon to receive more help.

Jun 13 2019

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Alanna St. Laurent Talks Night Shoots and Drones

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Urban Explorer Alanna St. Laurent joins Chris to discuss her favorite places to photograph in Chicago and Detroit, and specific vantage points she likes to pursue. She also shares tips on safely roaming the streets of these cities, and what kind of gear she takes into the field.

A self-taught photographer who has found success through art fairs, Alanna offers tips on shooting at night in the city (including how she handles white balance). She is also a drone photographer, and shares her equipment and why she loves shooting this way. It's not all about going hundreds of feet into the air!

Visit Creative Vision Photography Workshops for her Detroit workshops and events.

To see Alanna's work and to find her art schedule, galleries, and workshops, visit DetroitCityPhotos.com.

Jun 06 2019

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Michael Shainblum Shares Timelapse Photography Tips

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Chris heads to Menorca, Spain for PhotoPills Camp 2019 and chats with landscape and timelapse photographer Michael Shainblum. Considered by Chris to be the best timelapse photographer in the world, Michael shares timelapse photography tips, the differences between landscape and timelapse composition, how he uses Google Earth to find new places to travel to, his most fulfilling project, and the scariest moment of his life.

As someone whose only career has been photography, Michael also shares how to make it in this line of work, as well as the benefits and challenges of managing your own photography business.

May 30 2019

54mins

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Rick and Susan Sammon Discuss iPhone VS DSLR

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On this episode of F8 | The Photographer's Perspective (new name!), Chris is joined by landscape photographers Rick and Susan Sammon, who discuss their new book, "The Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip," all about points of interest and how to shoot the area. Rick will be a featured instructor at Out of Oregon this October.

The Sammons discuss the benefits of shooting on an iPhone instead of a DSLR, and the importance of bringing backup equipment (even if it means doubling the weight of your bag). They also share tips on shooting seascape photography (Safety first!) and the secret to shooting long exposure photos on an iPhone.

Rick also teases us about his next photography book, which will notably be void of any photos inside.

Be sure to visit Rick's website, his Costa Rica class on Kelby One, and Susan's InstagramHere are the NEOS Overshoes that Rick recommends.

May 23 2019

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