This Thursday (tomorrow!), Matt and Alison from Take a Hike Photography are presenting “Trekking Patagonia” at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Matt and Alison plan all year for one huge photography adventure in the summer. In this presentation they will be talking about their trip to Patagonia. If you’ve ever wanted to travel to […]
December 19th at 7PM I’ll be presenting at the Skokie Library for the Garden Photographic Society Camera Club. Come hear me speak about one of my favorite topics; photographing Chicago! I’ll share some of my favorite places to shoot in the city (including some hidden gems), tips for capturing great images, and even a little […]
The weather has turned cold, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put your camera away. For me it usually means the start of post-processing season. A time when I go back through my images from the previous year and spend more time working on them on the computer. Yet, at the same time, fall […]
I hope that you’re going to make it to Open House Chicago this weekend. It’s my favorite photography event of the year! Here are a few tips. If you’ve got your own please add them to the comments. Some places allow tripods and some don’t. I bring a travel tripod so that when I can’t […]
This may be the biggest weekend for Chicago Photographers. It’s Open House Chicago. Many of Chicago’s usually private buildings are open to the public. It’s a dream come true for architecture fans and photographers. Read about all of the sites at the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago site. People have been emailing me asking […]
CAPS 2013 is coming to Elgin Community College November 17th. The Chicago Area Photographic School is a can’t-miss photo event that only occurs every other year. In 2011 Rick Sammon was the keynote speaker. This year the speaker is Roman Kurywczak of Roamin’ with Roman Photo Tours. There are 22 one hour seminars taught by […]
Hey all, Nick Ulivieri here guest blogging on behalf of Out of Chicago. I’m honored to get an invite from Chris to detail my tips and tricks for photographing my favorite event of the year – The Chicago Air and Water Show, going down this August 17-18 at North Avenue Beach. It’s no secret that […]
I know that you’re always looking for something new and exciting to shoot. Here’s something. Tonight is the first night of the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. http://www.lcfair.com/ Last summer I went to the fair to shoot the motocross. Check out the images that I got and some tips on how to shoot the motocross […]
Are you familiar with Centralia, IL? When you think “Out Of Chicago”, think way out of Chicago. Centralia is located approx. 60 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri. It is on the border of south-west Marion County with portions of the city located in Clinton, Washington and Jefferson counties. Centralia is one of those mid-west towns […]
I’ve been spending some time going through my old photo collection on Lightroom and I came upon a set that I had done two summers ago during the Fourth of July fireworks in Wilmette. I was trying to find some example of long exposures. As I went through this collection, I realized that every shot […]
Slow Rise This is another shot from the beach at the Evanston Art Center and Grosse Point Lighthouse Beach. I was almost lying down on the beach trying to frame the sun between these old pier pilings. Exhibit by Eric Holubow at the Chicago Cultural Center I’ve mentioned this guy before. He’s got a […]
Big Sister’s Watching This is a shot from a few weeks ago when I was borrowing the Canon 8-15mm fisheye, shot at 14mm. I am always admiring those shots from guys like Seth Oliver of reflections off of park benches and other objects around the city. When I saw this puddle in Crown Fountain, I […]
Chicago at Night From Northerly Island After the photo walk last weekend, Howard and I stopped off at a new location for me. Rather than drive out to the tip of the peninsula to Adler Planetarium, we turned South, down the road past the parking lots. From here, you can shoot back at the city […]
Daily Photo: Guarding the Rookery Building The Rookery Building has always been a difficult photo op. The guards here do their job very well. Tripods are not allowed and access is limited to the lobby during business hours. If you want to climb the stairs, you need to pay for the tour. Read more about […]
Don’t forget to get out and shoot for the “What’s Your Idea of a Good Time?” photo contest from Chicago Detours. You can win a tour valued at $1000 for you and 12 of your friends. Drinks, appetizers, iPads, historic bars. Sounds like an epic night. Marilyn would approve. The contest ends January 21st.
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