I was trying to implement some new things to the site over the weekend and everything I tried to do was incompatible with the theme that I was using. So I upgraded to a new theme again. I know that there are still a few things that I need to fix, but if you see […]
I came up with a list of all the things that I’m thankful for in today’s modern cameras. That was kinda cute. But it’s not really about the gear, it’s about the images that we create. Actually, that’s not even that important in the whole scheme of things. I’m thankful for the friends that I’ve […]
Hot off the heels of the success of our last photo tour, Wendy Bright and I are leading our next tour together. It’s going to be epic! We will be photographing probably the most photographed part of Chicago, but you’ve never photographed Millennium Park with Wendy Bright adding historical and architectural perspective to your images. […]
Image by Christopher Foltz One of the best ways to get a great view of the city is to get yourself to the top level of a parking garage. I had the chance Saturday night to get out and shoot from one with some good friends. Read part 2 of Christopher Foltz’s Cityscape Guide, Location, Location, […]
Do you have insurance on your camera equipment? Do you assume that it is covered under your homeowners policy? Your homeowners policy probably has a large deductible if it covers your equipment. I recommend that you get a personal articles policy through State Farm. My equipment is covered by State Farm’s personal article policy. […]
If you have ever been up to the top of the Hancock Building to photograph the city, you know that they are extremely strict about tripods. my friend, Paul Williams, emailed me to ask if I had a recommendation for a suction cup mount. I told him that I use something even better. I use […]
I want to let you know what’s going on inside my head for the direction of Out Of Chicago. I started this site in 2011 because I had always looked for a site like this myself when I was starting out, but couldn’t find it. My plan was to share my favorite locations in Chicago, […]
Bahai Temple by Brian Koprowski Brian Koprowski of BKPhotograffi takes over the blog today with a few of his thoughts on the state of HDR photography. I think that you will enjoy his personality and attitude that show through in this post. Follow Brian at his blog, BKPhotograffi, and on Flickr. Read the interview with […]
Santa in Chicago If you missed my guest blog, 5 Myths of HDR, on Rick Sammon’s site yesterday, please take a few minutes to check it out. But if you thought that I would stop at 5 myths, you were wrong! Here are 5 more myths about HDR photography. Myth #6: You should […]
Enjoy the warm weather the next couple of days in Chicago. These will probably be the last days of the year where you can get out and shoot without your winter coat. Tomorrow I will be starting a 5 day series, How to Fix the Most Common HDR Mistake. For those of you that do […]
Blaaaaaaaah! This shot from Michigan Avenue was processed from one image in Lightroom with cleanup done in Photoshop. The Death of HDR This all started this spring at Justin Kern’s workshop here in Chicago. Lightroom 4 had just been released and I had only started playing with it. Justin told us at the workshop that […]
I started using Pinterest about a week ago and I love it! Pinterest was described to me as a place to collect recipes, fashion trends, and decorating ideas. But it turns out that it works just as well for collecting images of Awesome Architecture/Photography, Chicago Inspiration , and Impressive Post-Processing. I love collecting great shots […]
Cityscape Chicago from Eric Hines on Vimeo. If you haven’t already seen this time lapse of Chicago, take a few minutes out of your day today to be inspired, jealous, and downright amazed. How many locations can you identify? How many have you been to? How many are places that we’ll never get access […]
Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays are one of the best times to shoot Chicago. You can read about some of my favorite holiday shooting locations in my article, Top Ten Locations for Holiday Photos in Chicago.
Slow: The Magic of Long Exposure Photography I added a review of the latest eBook from Craft and Vision to the book review section. You can read it here. The March of the ??? To go along with the book, here is a 30 second exposure from a couple of years ago at […]
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