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It's the last day for early bird registration for the 2015 Out of Chicago Photography Conference. Don't miss out!
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The Out of Chicago Podcast is Back! And we have hybrid photography superstar +Giulio Sciorio on the show!
The Out of Chicago Conference 2015 has been announced and we have a stellar lineup! My goal is to bring each of the presenters onto the Out of Chicago Podcast before the conference. We're starting ...
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Please share this with all of your photography friends! Today is the last day to sign up for the Out of Chicago Conference at the superearlybird rate. Go to to read about all of the classes, photowalks, and workshops available. The early bird special ends tonight at midnight! Use the code "superearlybird" for $150 off the registration price of $399. Learn, shoot, and hangout with all of these phenomenal photographers. +Bryan Peterson, +Thomas Leuthard, +Elia Locardi , +Marie LAIGNEAU, +Mike Moats +Valerie Jardin, +Levi Sim , +Jim Harmer, +Giulio Sciorio +Kevin Kuster, +Nick Ulivieri, +CJ Schmit, +Angie McMonigal, +Jason Peterson, +Jordana Wright, +Jamie MacDonald, +Mike Boening, +Max Wilson, +Dan Ablan, +Mike MacDonald, +Steve Neilson, +Brian Koprowski, +John Crouch, +Michael Muraz, +Daliah Saper , +David Crewe, and me! It's going to be the best photography weekend of your life!
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Hey Joe! This is the second year of the conference. Last year was great. This year is going to be even better. We have presenters and attendees coming from around the world. There are photowalks in the city, classes, and day-long workshops with the photographers. Look through the list of presenters. There are some big names in there. It will be worth the trip. And you get to photograph Chicago!
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Great article +Christopher Foltz and +Chris Smith 
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I'll be coming tonight. Who else is going to be there?
I'll be speaking at the Apple Store Oct. 20th. Stop in! 
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I've put together a list of the can't-miss places for photography at Open House Chicago this weekend. Who's going to be there? Where do you recommend that we don't miss?
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Doh! I don't know how I came up with Lawrence. Thanks. I may need to check out the Sky Line Club. Thanks for the tips!
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If you want to join me and +Angie McMonigal for an Out of Chicago architectural tour of Chicago you need to sign up today!
Angie McMonigal and I are leading a tour of our favorite architectural places to shoot on April 18th. We are getting a small bus to take a group of up to 20 people to our favorite buildings that yo...
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+Chris Smith​ , HAPPY BIRTHDAY !
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Save the date for the 2015 Out of Chicago Conference!
Save June 26th-28th, 2015 on your calendar. The Out of Chicago Photography Conference returns in 2015. This year we are expanding from one day to an entire weekend of photography awesomeness. I am ...
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Wouldn't this be the perfect way to spend a weekend or week? If you don't already know +Valerie Jardin, check out her site and these workshops!
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If you're hitting Open House Chicago, make sure you don't miss Perkins and Will from the IBM Building. The views are spectacular! My other favorite, The House of Blues is next door too. If you missed my guide to Open House Chicago, here you go.
It comes one weekend a year. And this is it. Open House Chicago. Chicago's greatest buildings open their doors to the public for free. I've compiled a list of some of the best spots to hit for phot...
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100% agree! Those two were an awesome combo back to back! Lakepoint Tower was also good from the top floor. 
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If you're in California, don't miss +Art Wolfe! We saw him in Chicago and loved it!
Hey California - What are you doing next weekend? I'll be in Los Angeles and San Francisco teaching my Art of Composition seminar, so if you live in or near either location I hope I'll see you in person. 

LA: 10/18

SFO: 10/19

And while in San Francisco I'll stick around an additional day doing the first presentation (and signing) of my newest book "Earth Is My Witness" at the Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences. This is going to be a great evening! 

Earth is my Witness, San Francisco October 20

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I run the site for anyone photographing Chicago. If you're visiting Chicago, check out my eBook, The Photographer's Guide to Chicago. When I'm not out with a camera, I teach high school physics in the Chicago suburbs.

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