Photography

Video self-portraits by teens in the MCA’s Creative Agency.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is working with 17 teen artists to make self-portrait videos. Give them a look. They are interesting. Alejandro: I’d like to hear more of Alejandro’s interviews with MCA visitors. Alexis: Interesting piece asking strangers who she is. Seeing that she’s a photographer, I’d like to see people give her the …

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Encaustic photo tutorial

Wanna learn how to make encaustic photos? Here I’ll show you how to transfer photos onto wax! Far out! Gesso setup These are 10×15 inch pine boards. And yes, I have lots of storage in my shelf by the window. My dining room is really more of a studio working space. Waxing setup We space-time …

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Pop your photos with a $20 fisheye lens (and pretend you are a fish)

It’s lots of fun shooting with a new lens, especially a funky fisheye lens (from the super-fun photojojo). Everything looks all fun and curvy, especially on the CTA train where you got lots of layering of things. The reflections in the windows. The curving of the windows. Tack on some super sunset clouds and you …

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The giant turkey leg mission

I was on a mission to eat a giant turkey leg. A great Chicago tradition at the Taste of Chicago. During this mission, I discovered that Chicagoans love to talk to a guy photographing a turkey leg on a tripod in front of Buckingham Fountain. We got out of work early, so I went to …

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Barack Obama Inauguration jumbotron in Chicago 7

Why do we photograph our cities?

Walking down the corridor in Chicago’s Grand Avenue station, the train starts flying by. One of the windows on the train is totally smashed. The pattern created is incredibly exquisite with beautiful lines emanating out from one spot. I didn’t have time to take a photo, I continued to think about that wonderful window. I …

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100 Things I’ve Learned About Photography

100 Things I’ve Learned About Photography 53. No image is better than a bad one 54. Everyone has to start little 55. Your opinion about photography is important! 56. Leave a funny but thoughtful comment 57. Speak about your experiences with your photo buddies 58. Limit your photograph to the substance

Short and simple rules for photographing the CTA

Chicagoist recently made a long post about the photography rules on the CTA and how they are still convoluted. Here’s my short and simple interpretation of the rules: No tripods No cables No lights No obstruct transit operations No interfere with customers No blocking doors No blocking stairs No blocking the flow of traffic at …

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