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On The Topic Of Photography

Various stories or information sharing related to photography

5 Tips For Reintroducing Yourself to Big Cities and Urban Environments

Reopening is happening! You are eager to travel again (YAY!) Does the thought of visiting a big city and the urban environment give you a bit of anxiety? Maybe before COVID, you felt a bit intimidated by the sounds and tall buildings but comfortable sticking to the tourist maps…and now? Now, the thought of crowds and touching things lots of people touch and being close to others and…well, you get the idea.

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Out Of The Fog and Into Restart

It’s March 2021. Period. If you’re reading this, you and I made it through 2020, though not even a little bit unscathed. Feeling that head fog? From lockdown or shut down to gradually reopening but still unable to operate to now, I’ve had all the emotions. I’ve doubted whether I’ll have a business at the […]

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How to Kick the Clouds Away – Photography Inspiration Tips & Tools

It’s a new year and wintertime in Chicago. So far, that combination has cast clouds over our New Years resolutions and stuck our feelings of new hope in the debris of the curbs. We’ve all heard it enough to gag: “Gray days are great for photography.” We’ve also heard “Everything in moderation.” Unlike the same […]

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How Chicago Changed Me – And How What I’ve Learned Can Help You

Do you ever think how a place changes you over time? February 28th marked the 18th anniversary of my arrival in Chicago, and I find myself reflecting how this city has changed me, good or bad. Take a look at a few specific areas and let my growing pains help you avoid mistakes 😉 FOOD […]

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Indoors or Gloomy Days, Guide to Kickstart Your Creativity

Today, I’m hoping to inspire you to keep photographing the world around you, even if that world is gloomy or indoors and the motivational wind has been knocked out of you.

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TTAL Shopping Ideas and Cautions For Your Holiday

In the U.S., today is the Thanksgiving holiday, a time to be thankful for all we have, those in our life and reflect on what’s important. For many, it’s also a day of American football-watching or the official kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. Some stores are open today to be followed by Black Friday, […]

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Music From The Inside

I love music. I love live music, mainly because I prefer to sit close to the musicians and watch them work their instrument to create the beautiful sound. This photographer took that to a different level for me…. Instruments From The Inside

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Exciting News About Tour Through A Lens!

  If you’re not following Tour Through A Lens on social media, you missed the exciting news this past week. No worries, I made a little video to share with you all! (No, I’m not reading a card. You’re allowed to chuckle…not too much. Videos make me nervous!)     I must say it again…Tour […]

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More Than A Photo…And Why It’s Important To Your Photography

Have you ever noticed how much you remember about a photo you took so long ago? Ever wonder why? Let’s start with a little exercise: Choose one photo from a trip or outing taken a year or longer ago and ask yourself Where was I? What stopped me to take this photo? Who was I […]

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How To Hold Your Camera Properly And 3 Reasons It Matters

Nearly all of my clients hear me use the phrase “Cradle your lens” when we’re out on a tour and, if they’re reading this, they’re probably laughing a little like we do when they hear me softly remind them. What does the phrase mean? Well let’s start by assessing how you currently hold your camera when […]

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