Garfield Farm – Homespun Holidays Craft Show & Sale

Richard Nagle of Night Owl Photography is a nature, wildlife, portrait, and event photographer in the Fox Valley area of the western suburbs. Richard grew up in his godfather’s darkroom learning the fundamentals of photography. 5 years ago, Richard started Night Owl Photography, where he attempts to preserve natures perfect moments in time, in photographs. He specializes in photographing the American Bald Eagle, and all of his photography is done right here, in our own back yard. All of his photographs are taken locally in the Midwest.

For more information about Night Owl Photography, please visit his website at:

Richard is one of the wonderful local artists who will be sharing his work at the Garfield Farm & Inn Museum’s Homespun Holidays Craft Show & Sale on December 4-5, 2010.


 Garfield Farm Museum
Homespun Holidays Craft Show & Sale

December 4th & 5th from Noon – 7PM both days
(Click for Map)

 American Bald Eagle

A busy day . . .

Soul StarWhew! Busy day. Ran tons of errands today, many of which were in preparation for an upcoming art show. Watch for news about where and when.  The show will be in the first weekend in December.

So anyway, now I’ve got my prints, my mattes, my calendars, and need to get busy assembling everything. I’m still waiting on my business cards, and still want to get some postcards printed.  Thinking about getting a banner done too.  I’d like to start doing shows more frequently. 

I’m proud of myself that a Logan 450 matte cutter I’ve been coveting for about year, was NOT purchased today even though it was 25% off at Blick Art Supply. Boy I want that thing though. I have this weird desire to matte and frame my own images instead of paying someone else to do it. It feels like it would mean so much more to do it all myself.

Where should I host my photos?

There are many sites all over the internet that will allow you to post photos and share them with the world. There are less that allow you to price your photos and sell them as a pro. When I did my research a few years ago, I picked SmugMug to host my photos. They’ve never dissapointed me. SmugMug has the best support team of any company I’ve ever done business with. Simply the best. (Cue Tina Turner song.) They have more help pages than I can even remember. They have an active community. Most importantly, the photos look outstanding when displayed on SmugMug, and the prints look just as good when you order them. I can’t say enough good things about SmugMug, for hassle free, customizable, professional image hosting.



My Last Day at Calumet Photographic

Yesterday was my last day at Calumet Photographic in Oakbrook.  Although I’m happy to leave, I’m also sad to leave the team of people I worked with.  I worked there for 2.5 years, and learned an insane amount of knowledge in my tenure.  My photography would not be where it is today, without that experience, and without the open sharing of knowledge by the Oakbrook team. 

My studio skills were improved by Roy Fleith and Steve DePaul, my Photoshop skills were cultivated by Jon Shaver and Michael Barton (not an employee, but a trainer who is in the store frequently), my speedlight knowledge was advanced by Barrett McGiveny, my minescule knowledge of video was increased by Ross Zuchowski, and the rest of the staff helped every day with tips, tricks, advice and so much more. 

One thing I liked about working there was teaching customers how to improve their photography.  One thing I hated about working there, was teaching customers how to improve their photography.  Often, I’d have to teach idiots how to improve their photography, so they could take business they had no business getting.  (“I’m doing a wedding tomorrow and I’ve never done one before.  Can you teach me how?” or “I bought this camera yesterday and I have a gig to do 50 headshots today.  I’ve never done that, can you teach me how?”)  About 80% of my work day, was spent teaching, over the counter, which I both enjoyed and hated.  I’ve taught countless people basic focusing skills, basic studio techniques, the fundamentals of aperature/iso/shutter speed/white balance.  You have no idea how many people own cameras that cost thousands of dollars, and have no idea how to use them.  Just because someone is holding an expensive camera, doesn’t mean they’re a professional.  P-MODE DOES NOT STAND FOR PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE!  Ok, I guess I ranted enough there.

So anyway, a benefit of working there was being surrounded by photography every day.  All aspects of it too.  Meeting photographers from all areas of the industry was really cool.  Talking to nature, wildlife, wedding, portrait, event, photojournalism, and every other aspect, was pretty neat to do.  I’ve met National Geographic photographers, Pulitzer Prize winning photographers, Master photographers, and so much more. 

Oh!  I also wanted to give a shout out to the manufacturer reps who helped train us, and who have supported me and encouraged me over the last couple of years.  Alan Gelman (Uncle Al), Mike Romeo, Dennis Nervig, and Steve Ostrander.  All of which were in the store frequently, and have always complemented my work, and encouraged me to advance my photography.  Thanks guys!

If you’re looking to make a photography purchase, no matter what type of equipment it is, buy it from the guys at Calumet Oakbrook.  You won’t find a better team of photography PROFESSIONALS anywhere.  The entire sales team are professional photographers.  Each has their specialty, but if you have a question about photography, someone in the store can answer it.


Blog Sharing

Just a quick note that I have enabled a cool service I just discovered on WordPress that enables sharing buttons at the bottom of a post, so you can quickly share something you like on my blog if you choose to.  You can share on sites like Facebook,  Twitter, and on many other social networking sites.  Oh, and if you’d like to get updates to this blog in your email, make sure to subscribe in the upper right hand corner of the blog.  Just enter your email address, and you won’t miss any of the updates.  So share away minions!

Smugmug, Facebook, Twitter

Recently Smugmug, the place where I host my images and website, implemented a neat new feature so that you can “like” an image by clicking a Facebook or Twitter button that appears below the image.  This isn’t available in all my galleries, but if when you’re browsing, you see a picture you like, just click the appropriate button to share it with all your friends on Twitter or Facebook.