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Tony Reynes & Keith French with Out of Chicago

Tony Reynes

Tony spends a great deal of time in airports. He travels between 70 and 90 days a year. His love of landscape photography usually keeps him within the US, traveling from border to border. Tony has visited over 70 US National Parks and Monuments. His images tend to evoke a sense of quiet thoughtfulness in the viewer.

Tony has been serious about photography for the last 10 years. Five years ago he started a small side venture to sell his images and merchandise his teaching work. Three years ago he sold his national search company and became a full time pro. He has two companies that sell to industry: one that sells traditional imagery and one that sells room-sized panoramas. Tony is equally passionate about teaching composition and post processing. Although he has about 10 different presentations that he has given to CAPS, the Out of Chicago Conference and to local organizations, he would much prefer to lead a photowalk or teach one-on-one to a few committed students. His teaching philosophy is “if you are not having fun as you learn, we are wasting time”.

Currently Tony is an advisor to the Out of Chicago community, and host or co-host to Out of Chicago photo walks, and photography workshops. He also volunteers as a photography competition judge for the Chicago Area Camera Club Association (CACCA),  judging the best of the best images the Chicago Area photographers have to display.

 

Keith French

Many novice and amateur photographers begin their love affair with photography in nature. Keith was no different. A few years after learning how to control his camera Keith took a tour of the Smokey Mountains in the early spring, the camera opportunities were abundant in all directions. He was hooked. Not yet a full time photographer, Keith carried his cameras everywhere, Asia, Europe, Australia, both US Coasts, and the desert southwest and Canada. At the same time Keith was getting requests to photograph people, products, events, and saw each new opportunity to branch out into other aspects of photography.

After 18 years of self teaching and mentoring under professional photographers, Keith became the owner of an existing retail camera store and photo studio in 2002 and used that opportunity to accelerate his now professional career in studio photography.  It wasn’t long before camera classes were being held at the store to share the passion on a regular basis. Comfortable in front of a class from his military days Keith has had hundreds of customers take his beginning photography class. An experienced outdoors-men and land navigator trained by the Unites States Marine Corps, and an experienced teaching photographer make the transition  to this type of outdoor, moving classroom a natural progression.

Currently Keith is a full time commercial photographer specializing in B2B visual communication, product photography, and executive head shots.  He has been leading work shops since 2012 in the beauty of southern Il and is the  current president of his local camera club  for 3 years now. Keith is on the schedule to be a presenter for CAPS, and has been a speaker at Out of Chicago, and other local camera clubs.

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