Rank #1: Street Photography with Valerie Jardin: OOC Podcast Episode 38
This week on the Out of Chicago podcast, Chris sits down with street photographer Valerie Jardin, who will be presenting at both June’s Out of Chicago Conference and October’s Out of New York Conference. She also runs the Street Focus Podcast for the This Week in Photo network.
Valerie talks about her recent trip to Rome, where she taught a street photography workshop. She also discusses her favorite spots for street photography in the world, including Paris and New York City.
In discussing street photography, Valerie mentions that it’s important to “find a style that fits you best.”
She also talks about some of her favorite gear for street photography.
Valerie is coming out with a street photography eBook in May, and recently published a course on Lynda.com, titled “Street Photography: Two Hours in a Neighborhood.”
Finally, Valerie is judging a Call for Entires for the MPLS Photo Center.
Learn more about Valerie, and see her workshops offered around the world, at valeriejardinphotography.com.
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Apr 25 2016
Rank #2: Business, photography, and creativity with Corwin Hiebert: OOC Podcast Episode 40
“Business Manager to the Photography Stars” Corwin Hiebert sits down with Chris Smith to discuss business and creativity practices for photographers.
Corwin, author of the Business Action Planner for Photographers and Living the Dream, discusses how he helps photographers work through issues and barriers to success. He alludes to some of the pain points in the industry, pulling from his experience as an agent and representative to several photographers.
Corwin will be teaching two classes at June’s Out of Chicago Conference — “Making a Living” and “Drawing a Crowd.” You can register and learn more about the conference by visiting summer.outofchicago.com.
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May 10 2016
Rank #3: Rick and Susan Sammon Discuss iPhone VS DSLR
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 Instagram. Here are the NEOS Overshoes that Rick recommends.
May 23 2019
Rank #4: Charlotte Gibb on Shooting Intimate Landscapes
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
Rank #5: Erin Babnik Answers Your Questions
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:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/babnikphoto
- Twitter: twitter.com/ErinBabnik
- Instagram: instagram.com/erinbabnikphotography
- 500px: 500px.com/erinbabnik
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Apr 25 2019
Rank #6: John Kosmopoulos on Developing Your Own Style
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
Rank #7: Matt Payne Discusses Nature First, When to 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
Rank #8: The great outdoors: OOC Podcast Episode 27
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 with his family when he was just 1-year-old. He’s been visiting ever since, being published in over 30 magazines and books. He’s photographed Arcadia, the Everglades, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Shenandoah and Yellowstone parks a combined 26 times, and has visited roughly half of the 59 national parks.
Chris is currently working on a project called “National Parks at Night,” with four other photographers, where he hosts photography workshops at five national parks per year — only once.
Feb 09 2016
Rank #9: Defining fine art photography: OOC Podcast Episode 26
We welcome Michael Novo to Out of Chicago, who sits down with fine art photographer Thom Rouse in this episode of the Out of Chicago Podcast.
Thom is the author of After the Camera: Digital Transformations for Conceptual Nude & Portrait Photography, discussing the creative process behind his portrait work. In this podcast, he discusses his transition to the digital world, and his influences during that change.
In talking about being labeled as “fine art,” Thom notes that art is defined by how you purpose it. It has to be true to yourself. He mentions that you have to draw on something personal, and allow that to show throughout your process.
Thom is teaching at the Out of Chicago Portrait Conference, and is offering a $50 discount when you use the promo code “thomrouse50” during registration. Visit portrait.outofchicago.com to get started.
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Feb 01 2016
Rank #10: Prepare for your next photo adventure with Jay and Varina Patel
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.
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Mar 16 2018
Rank #11: Alex Noriega on Finding a Sense of Mystery
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
Rank #12: Abstract architecture and cityscapes with Angie McMonigal and Michael Muraz: OOC Podcast Episode 46
Despite both being architectural photographers, Angie and Michael focus on vastly different subjects. Angie focuses on the fine, abstract details on both the exteriors and interiors of buildings. Michael, on the other hand, focuses on cityscapes as well as commercial exteriors and interiors.
Angie and Michael discuss their collaborative on-the-street workshop at the Out of New York Conference this October, focusing on skyline and detailed architectural photographs. They’ll also be teaching their own classes prior to the workshop. You can find out more at outofnewyork.com.
Both photographers recommend getting ready for a shoot as well as their favorite gear.
Angie will also be joining Chris Smith for an upcoming On the Water Architecture Workshop on August 28. Be sure to sign up today!
Jul 19 2016
Rank #13: Mark Denney Shares His YouTube and Instagram Strategies
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
Rank #14: Off-camera lighting with Steve Neilson: OOC Podcast Episode 33
This week on the Out of Chicago Podcast, Michael Novo talks with Steve Neilson about different lighting setups. Steve, who will be presenting at the Out of Chicago Portrait Conference and the Summer Conference, discusses flat lighting, the bouncing of light as well as full off-camera flash.
He also recommends some great starter equipment, and how his lighting workflow typically goes. Steve takes us beyond the world of TTL, and introduces us to manual lighting setups.
Listen in, and don’t forget to register for the Out of Chicago Portrait Conference, held April 8-9 at the University Center in Chicago. For a limited time, you can receive $49 off by using the code “portrait49” during checkout.
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Mar 21 2016
Rank #15: Ryan Smith on Selling Prints, Ethics in Landscape Photography
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
Rank #16: Juan Pons Talks Wildlife Photography, Yellowstone, Sony Cameras
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
Rank #17: Angie McMonigal on Working with Art Consultants
Chris talks with fine art architecture photographer Angie McMonigal about her favorite buildings to shoot in Chicago, which cities are on her wishlist, and how conference photo walks help participants improve their skillset. Plus, is there a right amount of time to be spending at a location?
Angie has sold her work to places like hotels, hospitals, and offices. She discusses how she gets discovered by art consultants, who connect her to these businesses, and what that experience has been like. Finally, Angie discusses how she grows her photography business through cold-calls, research, and networking.
Michelle and Chris scouting Out of Oregon venues with Angie’s work hanging on the wall
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May 02 2019
Rank #18: Alanna St. Laurent Talks Night Shoots and Drones
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
Rank #19: Speedlights, education and social media with Nick Page: OOC Podcast Episode 34
In this episode of the Out of Chicago Podcast, Chris talks to Washington-based photographer Nick Page.
Nick, who will be presenting at the Out of Chicago Portrait Conference, specializes in photographing weddings, portraits, architecture and fine art landscapes. He also co-hosts several podcasts for Improve Photography.
He discusses his speedlight setup, leading into his conference workshop discussing on-location event lighting. He discusses the Yongnuo line of budget speedlights, including the YN-568EX II, YN-560 IV and YN-622C-TX flash controller.
In addition to his client work, Nick offers photography workshops and 1-on-1 Skype teaching sessions. His 1-on-1 sessions highlight using editing platforms to learn new skills and using it in a tasteful manner. He also offers free technique instruction on his YouTube channel.
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Mar 28 2016
Rank #20: Anne Belmont on Lensbaby Lenses, Flower Photography
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