Talking National Parks and More on the Out of Chicago Podcast

Do you like national parks? Do you like photography? Do you like listening to people banter about those topics for nearly an hour? Then check out this week's Out of Chicago Photography Podcast, with our very own Chris Nicholson as the featured guest.

Chris Smith, who hosts the podcast, invited Nicholson onto the show to talk about national park photography, camera gear, night shooting and more. Specific topics included:

  • Why Acadia and Olympic are two of Nicholson's favorite national parks
  • All the different things that parks offer for photography subjects
  • What cameras and tripods he uses (spoiler: Nikon and Gitzo)
  • National Park Service centennial events of interest to photographers
  • And, of course, National Parks at Night workshops!

They also talked about Nicholson’s 2015 book Photographing National Parks, along with some tips for other photographers who might be entertaining the idea of writing their own book. (Hint: Stay with it!)

Bass Harbor Marsh and Buttermilk Brook, Acadia National Park. © 2014 Chris Nicholson

Bass Harbor Marsh and Buttermilk Brook, Acadia National Park. © 2014 Chris Nicholson

Led by Smith, Out of Chicago has been running photography tours, workshops and photo walks in the Chicago area since 2011. Moreover, they bring together more than 300 photographers for the annual Out of Chicago Photography Conference, and this year they’re running their first conference away from their home city: Out of New York, which be held in NYC October 14-15, 2016. Nicholson and fellow National Parks at Night instructor Gabriel Biderman will both be speaking at that event. (Stay tuned for details when they're announced.)

To hear the podcast, visit here: “The great outdoors: OOC Podcast Episode 27.”

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