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To learn more from Shari, be sure to sign up for the second annual Out of Chicago Winter Conference! Learn more and register at outofchicago.com/winter I sense a movement afoot — a subtle restlessness from a quiet portion of the photographic community. We've been there a while — we just haven't always known how to make our way into the conversation. I sense a growing yearning for a different conversation — for new ways to talk about photography. A yearning for permission to leave behind, at least for a bit, the technical terminology of megapixels, focal length or crop sensors. To leave

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This event is currently full, but Jeff is accepting waitlist registrations. If there is enough demand, Jeff will consider creating a second event. Please e-mail him at goldbergjeffa@gmail.com for more details. Just as winter takes hold of Chicago, it’s a great time to talk about a visit to the tropical environment of the Chicago Botanic Garen for the annual orchid show.  If you like to see 100’s of different orchids in natural and playful settings, this is the show for you to see. For photographers, shooting orchids at the show can be challenging. There is often a crowd (especially on weekends), tripods are

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This year marks the second annual Out of Chicago Winter Conference. We're headed back to the University Center of the College of Lake County in Grayslake, February 18, 2017. Winter Shootout Out of Chicago's mission is to help you get the most out of your photography. At every event we make sure that not only are you learning new techniques, but that you get a chance to practice them alongside your favorite photographers. Even though the conference is in the middle of February in Chicago, we're going to be shooting just as much as we do at the summer conference. In the afternoon, we are

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The whole working in series idea can be elusive and difficult to do, especially when you’re somewhat new to photography, or even not-at-all new, which was the case for me. The whole idea of creating series eluded me for years but it was something I felt was an important step in my photographic process. Something about being more intentional in creating images felt like a necessary evolution to taking this photography thing more seriously. However, I had no idea how to come up with an idea to create a series. Oddly, the first series or project I created came about in,

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I love to learn about photography and by far my favorite way to learn is to attend workshops and conferences. Books and online course are great, but nothing can beat being there in person to interact with the instructors and other students. One of my favorite conferences is the Out of Chicago Conference, and I’m not just saying this because I’m writing this blog post. I’ve attended OOC for the past two years and attended Out of New York just last month. My favorite thing about this conference is that it offers you the opportunity to dip your toes into many

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How did we choose the location for our first landscape photography conference? Besides being one of the most beautiful locations on the planet, we needed a place that would offer a once-in-a-lifetime landscape photography experience. Acadia National Park is that place. At the Out of Chicago Summer Conference, we're in the heart of Chicago so that we can walk to the best photo locations in the city. We want to replicate this experience for landscape photographers. Many national parks take hours to get from one side to the other. But at Acadia, most of the best locations are within 20 minutes

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Grand Central Terminal has been a landmark site in Midtown New York originally built in 1871. The site, which has experienced several renovations (major overhauls) over the past century. In 2013, the site celebrated its 100th anniversary of its rebuilding and continues to draw people to its architectural and functional beauty. Grand Central Terminal has over 44 platforms and serves over 200,000 New York commuters daily. Grand Central Terminal is not only a transportation hub but also a place of history and artists that cannot be found anywhere else. Every corner and angle of the property provides artistic views and photographic

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The Out of New York Conference is going to be a once in a lifetime experience. I know this because we are not going to repeat this event in the future. I’ve heard from people that they’re thinking they may come next year, but this is the one and only time we’re headed to New York City. The entire experience is going to be memorable, but we are offering some experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. We’ve chartered a New York Water Taxi for Thursday’s sunset. Hang out with the Out of Chicago crew, Rick Sammon, Bryan Peterson and many

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