Rank #1: 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 #2: 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
See Out of Chicago’s upcoming conferences and join our newsletter at outofchicago.com.
Apr 25 2019
Rank #3: Art History and Landscape Photography with Erin Babnik: OOC Podcast Season 4 Episode 2
Erin Babnik is one of my favorite landscape photographers. I can’t wait to have her teach at the Out of Acadia Landscape Photography Conference!
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May 11 2017
Rank #4: Michael Frye Discusses Photographing Yosemite, Ansel Adams, Composition Techniques
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
Rank #5: Night Photography Equipment, ChicagoLoopBridges.com, and the Chicago Theater: OOC Episode 3
Out of Chicago Podcast Episode 3
Coupon Code for 15% off: “Chicago 2014”
1. Equipment for night photography in the city
Over the next few episodes I’ll be giving advice for night photography in the city. Today we start with equipment for night photography.
- Tripods: Put your money into a good tripod
- Camera: Any camera will work
- Lenses: You don’t need fast glass. 70-200 2.8 vs. 70-300L
- Filters: Take your filters off! ND? Grad ND?
- Lens Hoods: Keep streetlights from creating flare
- Cable release: 2-second delay, cable releases, smart phone apps
- Lens cloth/blower
- Flashlight: I use the Petzl Zipka Plus 2
- Apps on your phone: Rick Sammon’s Photo Sundial
- Migraine Medicine
2. An Interview with Jim Phillips and Pat Armell of ChicagoLoopBridges.com
Jim Philips and Pat Armell have been running the site ChicagoLoopBridges.com since 2008 providing great information about the history of the bridges as well as updates on bridges lifts and construction. This is where I go to get information on the bridges if I want to photograph them. Jim and Pat also offer guided tours of the bridges at their touring page. Jim and Pat give some great tips for photographing the spring and fall bridge lifts or just shooting the bridges any other time of year.
3. Chicago Location: The Chicago Theater at Night
Put those night photography tips to use at a classic Chicago photo destination; The Chicago Theater. There are some obvious places to shoot the theater from, but I share a couple that you may not have tried before too.
Pick of the week: The Adobe Creative Cloud Photographer’s package
For $9.99 a month you get Photoshop, Lightroom, and Lightroom Mobile. A year ago it would cost hundreds of dollars to buy just Photoshop. This is a fantastic deal that you should jump on if you haven’t already.
May 26 2014
Rank #6: Photographing Open House Chicago with Eric Rogers: OOC Podcast Episode 21
I had the opportunity to talk with Eric Allix Rogers, Program Coordinator for Open House Chicago. He works with Garrett Karp to put together Open House Chicago happening October 17th-18th.
Follow Eric on Instagram @ericallixrogers.
Open House Chicago
Photographers will have the opportunity to go into buildings with amazing architecture, 200 sites in 18 different neighborhoods, that are not normally opened up to the public. Last year, it was estimated that 75,000 visitors attended and this year is the 5th year, with many new sites to see! It is an opportunity to shoot interesting vantage points from skyscrapers, theaters, churches and cathedrals, ballrooms and lobbies of hotels, architectural firms, and much more. Visit the full list of sites at the all-new Open House Chicago website.
Eric Rogers discusses equipment and techniques needed for some of the locations, from lenses to camera settings. It is always important to check with security on the rules for photography for each location.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation
Open House Chicago is October 17th-18th and is free, however, for just $70, you can become a member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Being a member has the added benefit of priority access to the Open House Chicago sites to avoid lines, as well as exclusive entry to members-only sites. Click here for more information.
The Out of Chicago Architectural Photography Seminar
We are offering a limited-time special deal on the architectural photography seminar. Sign up by October 1st to receive $50 off registration! Click here to sign up today.
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Sep 22 2015
Rank #7: Street Photography with Thomas Leuthard: OOC Episode 18
Huge apologies to Thomas Leuthard. We recorded this podcast in August and it’s been sitting on my hard drive since then. But it’s worth the wait! Thomas Leuthard is coming from Switzerland and will be part of the Out of Chicago Conference this summer. Sign up at outofchicago.com/conference.
Get 40% off Thomas’s Udemy courses with the code “outofchicago” or use the link above to automatically apply the discount.
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Jan 26 2015
Rank #8: Olympus E-M10 Review, Mike Stephen, and Photographing Reflections: OOC Episode 9
This Saturday is the seminar with Art Wolfe. Use the coupon code “Chicago2014” for 20% off. We may do an Out of Chicago walk or tour after the seminar to put some of these composition tips to use.
Olympus E-M10 Review
It’s a lovely camera! It’s a great compliment to a DSLR. I love it for family photos. I love it for shooting discreetly. I’m not the biggest fan of it for night photography. Their repair service is not good. It took almost 30 days to get it back. Overall, I’d get it again, but it I had more money, I might consider the Fuji X-T1 instead.
Interview with Mike Stephen
Mike Stephen runs the Outside the Loop show on WLUW 88.7 in Chicago. You can listen to all of the episodes at www.outsidetheloop.com.
Mike and I talk about some of the best places and events to shoot in the summer in Chicago and he shares tips for some awesome food photography.
After all of the rain we’ve had the past few weeks, I’ve been shooting a lot of reflections in puddles. You can also get great reflections in windows and even granite park benches. I give you some tips for shooting these. Get some inspiration from Seth Oliver’s Flickr site.
Some of my reflection examples
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Jul 07 2014
Rank #9: 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 #10: A Walk with Mike Moats: OOC Episode 13
I spent a morning with macro photographer Mike Moats. Mike and I walked through one of his favorite places to shoot and recorded our entire walk. He shares his insight on everything from how he shoots, to the equipment he uses, to making money in photography. You’re going to love the interview.
Follow Mike Moats at www.MikeMoatsBlog.com
Aug 04 2014
Rank #11: Building a community through photography classes: OOC Podcast Episode 25
In this episode of the Out of Chicago Podcast, Chris talks to Nick Sinnott of Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes, about the benefits of taking classes in order to build a photography community.
Nick is a partner at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes, which offers classes for all skill sets. There are several classes to be taken, outlined at chicagophotoclasses.com.
The company offers a free, introductory 90-minute class open to the public on Sundays. From there, seven week classes are available at various levels, ranging from printing, organizing, showing, as well as basic and advanced photography skills.
Nick is providing a free Adobe Lightroom quiz to Out of Chicago listeners. Please click the button below to claim your free copy!
You can also text “SINNOTT” to 44222 to receive the quiz on your mobile device.
Nick will also be speaking at the Out of Chicago Winter Conference, held February 20. If you use coupon code WINTER50, you’ll get $50 off your registration.
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Jan 25 2016
Rank #12: 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 #13: The Best Parking Garages for Chicago Photographers: OOC Episode 11
Chicago Parking Garages
One of the best places to find a new vantage point to shoot the city is a parking garage. Here are my top 7 parking garages in Chicago for photographers, in no particular order. If you know of any that I’m missing, let me know!
If you haven’t used SpotHero.com, here is a link that will give you $5 free credit. You haven’t used SpotHero? It’s awesome. Put in the the place that you want to park and it will show you all the nearby garages and their prices. You reserve it through SpotHero and you’re all set!
Get details and photo tips on the first five spots in The Photographer’s Guide to Chicago.
- UIC Harrison Street Garage
- Navy Pier
- Mart Parc Orleans
- Mart Parc W ells
- Lake and Wells
- Hilton South Loop Garage
- Batman Garage 200 W Randolph
- Rush University Medical Center Parking Garage
Pick of the week
A circular polarizing filter! The best of the best are B+W. Whatever you do, don’t by a cheap filter for your expensive lens. Here’s what I use. Don’t forget that you can get step up rings so that you can use one filter on multiple lenses.
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Jul 21 2014
Rank #14: 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 #15: Night Photography Camera Settings, Interview with Levi Sim, Buckingham Fountain: OOC Episode 4
I am going to get a podcast out for the beginning of each week. Every Monday morning there will be a new podcast waiting for you in your podcast player.
Tony Reynes and Anne Belmont have been leading a lot of photowalks on the weekends for the Garden Photographic Society. That’s a fancy term for the Chicago Botanic Garden Camera Club. They have invited followers of the Out of Chicago site to join them on these walks. Stay tuned to Out of Chicago for future walks.
This week on the Out of Chicago site
I was on Digital Photography School! Read my 5 Advanced Tips for Light Trail Photography
Mike McCawley wrote about Street Photography Do’s and Don’ts in Chicago
Keith French on Photographing the Shawnee National Forest
Camera settings for night photography
- I shoot RAW
- I typically shoot at ISO 400 at night
- Manual exposure
- Choose aperture and change shutter speed to set exposure
- I use Live View to set my exposure-metering modes
- White balance-I choose cloudy or auto!
- Manual focus-always!
- Image stabilization/Vibration Reduction off
- 2-second delay
Interview with Levi Sim
Levi on Photofocus: http://photofocus.com/author/levicsim/
Levi on Twitter: @PhotoLevi
Chicago Photographer’s Adventure Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChicagoPAC/
Photographing Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain is one of my favorite places to shoot in the summer
There are light shows on the hour every hour from 9am until 10pm with one last show at 10:35.
Details at the Chicago Park District site for Buckingham Fountain
Pick of the week
The new Flickr app for the iPhone and Android
Jun 02 2014
Rank #16: Enter the CameraLabs with Gordon Laing: OOC Podcast Season 4 Episode 4
Chris interviews Gordon Laing from CameraLabs.com
Read Gordon’s Sony Alpha A9 review
In Camera: Perfect Pictures Straight Out of the Camera
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Jun 02 2017
Rank #17: 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 #18: Storytelling in Street Photography with Marie Laigneau: OOC Episode 14
Images by Marie Laigneau
Don’t miss out on Wendy Bright’s Out of Chicago photography tour of the University of Chicago on August 23rd. Get more details here.
Get Marie’s street photography eBook, here.
Follow Marie Laigneau at MarieLaigneau.com
Pick of the week: The Olympus E-M10 with the Olympus 17mm 1.8 lens
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Aug 18 2014
Rank #19: Deconstructing Art Wolfe on Composition with Tony Reynes: OOC Episode 10
Welcome Wendy Bright as our new editor of the Out of Chicago site. If you’re interested in contributing to the site, email Wendy at Wendy@OutofChicago.com.
I think that the Art Wolfe seminar helped me to realize why I sometimes am not in love with my new E-M10. I am just not as comfortable with it as with my Canon equipment.
Tony Reynes and I talk about Art Wolfe’s presentation, The Art of Composition. We really go deep on this and talk about way more than just composition. I hope that you enjoy it. I know I enjoyed the conversation. Check out Tony’s images at his new site.
Out pick of the week is Wendy Bright’s website, www.wendycitychicago.com. You’ll love the history, architecture, and photos on the site. Wendy also gives great Chicago tours. Check it out!
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Jul 14 2014
Rank #20: 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.
Visual Wilderness Guide to Landscape Photography
Visual Wilderness Blog
Updated three times a week
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Mar 16 2018