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New Camera Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Did you receive a camera as a gift recently? Is your camera still sitting in the box? This workshop will help you set up your camera and cover its basic operations. With hands-on instruction, you’ll learn the basics of camera operation. To get the most out of the class, you should own a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, mirrorless camera,...

Saturday Mar 14th, 9am - 12pm

  (2 sessions)
$124

2 sessions

Beginners Photography

at Discovery Center - Irving Park 4318 N Elston Ave 2nd Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60641

Nothing compares to the thrill of taking professional looking photographs. Learn photography in this comprehensive course specifically designed to have you taking incredible shots in almost no time at all. Step-by-step, you'll learn how to operate a camera to achieve maximum creativity. Topics will include in-depth knowledge of shutter speeds, metering,...

Monday Feb 24th, 6:30pm - 8pm

  (4 sessions)
$110

4 sessions

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Digital 101 in a Day

at Chicago Photography Academy - South Loop 329 West 18th St Ste 615, Chicago, Illinois 60616

The Fundamentals classes are, by far, the most popular starting point for photography classes in Chicago and are designed to give the complete beginner a solid understanding of their digital camera and the fundamental knowledge needed to embark upon a lifetime's exploration of photography. There are no 'hidden' or extra fees to pay for any classes...

Saturday Feb 1st, 10am - 5pm

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Beginning Digital Photography

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn the techniques and principles of photography. Explore the basics, including image composition rules, how the camera works, proper exposure, and the functions of lens aperture and shutter speed. Some minimal photo processing will also be covered. The course requires a digital SLR camera. No previous experience is required.

Friday Feb 7th, 9am - 12pm

  (4 sessions)
$299

4 sessions

Introduction to Digital Photography

at School of the Art Institute of Chicago - The Loop 280 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60603

This course focuses on the foundations of photography and the various ways to use a digital camera. Students examine how to choose and shoot subjects that are both personally meaningful in content and contemporary in context. Instruction includes capturing and printing images in both black and white and color, and investigating digital photo editing. ...

Saturday Feb 1st, 1pm - 4pm

  (10 sessions)
$585

10 sessions

Beginning Smartphone Photography

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, Illinois 60532

Remember, “the best camera is the one that’s with you.” Whether you are new to photography or new to smartphones, discover techniques for getting great nature images with your phone. This class will cover the basics of using your smartphone to capture attractive images, provide tips and tricks, and recommend a selection of good starter apps...

Saturday Feb 1st, 9am - 12pm

Macro Nature Photography

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

The natural world offers an infinite number of opportunities for close-up photography, though capturing these images can be challenging.  Learn how to take beautiful close-up images of plants and other life forms with more confidence and consistency.  Required Materials: Bring up to ten nature photographs in JPEG format on a jump drive...

Saturday Feb 22nd, 1pm - 4pm

Exploring Exposure

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Learn how to manually control your own DSLR camera’s exposure when making digital photos, learning how to control the 3 main components of exposure: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.  The first half of the workshop will focus on the technical components of exposure, while the second half will consist of an in-class shooting assignment. Leave...

Saturday Mar 14th, 1:15pm - 4pm

Learn Photography (Intensive 1 Day Workshop)

at Discovery Center - Irving Park 4318 N Elston Ave 2nd Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60641

This one-day intensive workshop will show you how your camera works and what you need to consider in order to take amazing photos. This class is for those who have a great desire to learn but little time. Topics include: composition, lighting, black and white photography, digital color photography, base aperture and shutter speed settings for a variety...

Saturday Feb 22nd, 11am - 5pm

Creative Fine Art Digital Photography

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Discover how to see and convey your creative vision of the world in photographs. In this introduction to fine art photography for beginning and intermediate photographers, you will learn to use the features of your camera and the principles of design to make stunning, creative images. Required Material: A digital SLR or mirrorless camera with manual...

Thursday May 7th, 9:30am - 12pm

  (6 sessions)
$349

6 sessions

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Capturing the Holiday Lights: Beginner

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60022

December nights are perfect for making outdoor holiday lights come alive. Begin with a review of camera settings and image-framing concepts, then proceed outside to photograph the festive color. Review and discuss the newly captured images. Learn how to transform your photo into holiday cards.  Digital cameras only. A tripod and shutter release...

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$62

Creative Fine Art Digital Photography for Beginners

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Have you ever wondered how to capture the wow moments in nature with your new digital camera? Learn the basics of digital photography in this introductory course.  You will practice the tools of the digital camera and how to capture fine art images in nature. Students will learn to see, using the methods of the masters of fine art photography....

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$289

5 sessions

Scenic Photography Workshop

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Libertyville 25779 N St. Marys Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60045

The morning begins with orientation to this magnificent 1929 manor house and grounds, where students receive suggestions for photo venues and camera settings. Students may then take pictures at locations of their choice. After lunch on the terrace and discussion of photographic techniques, we will explore other areas in the afternoon.  Students...

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$179

2 sessions

Photoshop 1

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a spectacular place to take photographs. Make your images even better with Adobe Photoshop Elements—a user-friendly photo editor that has the same concepts as the full version of Photoshop. Apply selection tools, layers, and smart brushes. Requirements for the course are a laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop Elements...

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$374

6 sessions

Workflow for Beginning Photographers

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Capturing a digital photograph is just one step in a multi-step process called the digital workflow, which is essential to managing and retrieving your photos. Students will learn methods of importing, storing, organizing, editing, and final polishing of images. Image sizing, card formatting, understanding differences between web and print...

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$199

4 sessions

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