90-Minute Introduction to Photography

(42 customer reviews)


Basic Camera Overview/Class Orientation, DSLR & Mirrorless Camera Operation, and the Principles of Correct Exposure.


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February 4th, 8:00 PM (Thursday) ONLINE
February 7th, 12:00 PM (Sunday) IN-PERSON
February 14th, 12:00 PM (Sunday) IN-PERSON
February 18th, 8:00 PM (Thursday) ONLINE
February 28th, 12:00 PM (Sunday) IN-PERSON
March 4th, 8:00 PM (Thursday) ONLINE
March 7th, 12:00 PM (Sunday) IN-PERSON


Each Sunday: A 90-minute Workshop/Orientation on use of DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras

Basic Camera Overview/Class Orientation, DSLR & Mirrorless Camera Operation, and the Principles of Correct Exposure

This energetic lecture is often imitated but never equaled. This weekly 90-minute workshop is designed to introduce people to proper exposure using their cameras.  We include Photographic Thinking in all of our programs; the only accent here is on learning. No camera? No worries! We have cameras to loan for this class (In-Person only). The class also includes a discussion of what to look for when you do buy a camera, so you can make an informed decision. If you have a new Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) or Mirrorless camera, need a refresher or have never attended a photography class, you should attend this workshop. Or if you are thinking of purchasing a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera, we will help you to understand what is important and what’s not important in cameras with interchangeable lenses. You will learn basic camera operation: an overview of your camera controls, use of your camera’s exposure meter, and a discussion about which lens is the best value. No worries if you have a film camera because those cameras are covered too. Be sure to bring a camera, as well as your camera manual if you have one.

Class Info

Class Length

90 minutes




Nick Sinnott

Denise Orlin

Jordana Wright

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4001 N. Ravenswood Ave.
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60613

42 reviews for 90-Minute Introduction to Photography

  1. dnassar86

    Informative ans hands-on approach that introduces you to your camera. Helped me understand the basics and got me excited enough to enroll in Photo 1. Would definitely recommend!

  2. Theresa S. Berry

    I have owned my camera for a few years and did not know half of the things shown to me today. The instruction was simple and easy to keep track of. My only request would have been to have a little more visual presentation to go along with the manipulations we were doing with the cameras. This way we could get a better understanding from the perspective of the photos the differences it made.

  3. Katelin

    Very informative and very interactive class. First class is free but worth paying for

  4. Maria

    If you have ever owned a camera and had no idea what half the settings mean- go to this class! Great basic info that expanded out into more advanced topics- all very well explained and understandable. Nick was knowledgeable, fun and made you want to participate. Looking forward to taking more classes here!

  5. Jasmine

    The instructor for this class was great and made it very intriguing! It was a very friendly environment and I’ll definitely be looking into taking other classes there!

  6. Denise

    I’m amazed at just how much I got out of this first free class! I’ve taken photo courses before, but Nick had a way of presenting the information that was fun & unique. Instead of just hearing about the “how” when it came to manipulating my camera, I came to understand more of the why and I liked the photo examples that were used to show the differences in settings. I would definitely be up for more classes here!

  7. Siobhan

    I believe is a great class for brand new beginners or even those who have built a hobby in the field without real trained knowledge. It runs through some very essential yet basic know-hows. I do believe some more examples of images and how certain settings helped to accomplish those images would be of more help.

  8. Marguerite

    Excellent introduction to DSLR cameras. Nick is a wonderful teacher. I can’t wait to start the Photo I class!!! I’m so impressed with the new (or relatively new) leadership at Chicago Photography Classes. If you’ve been meaning to explore photography as a hobby, I would recommend this class. And come to the session with questions. The instructors are happy to assist you. It’s really a learning community there.

  9. Mark

    I have been shooting for a dozen years and taught myself by reading and experimenting, etc. Up to this point, my technical knowledge was more ‘winging it’ and I had reached a plateau in my picture taking and knew there was more knowledge to be gained. This one session taught me things and made me re-think how I approach subjects and processes. We have enrolled in and are looking forward to starting Photo 1.

  10. jpulliam68.jp

    I did the Free 90-Minute Camera Workshop and Nick was great with giving us basic understanding. So I register for his class on May 6! The saff there was some amazing

  11. christine.hulse

    Excellent overview class! My dad and my uncle both tried explaining ISO’s, aperture, etc to me on separate occasions, but it still didn’t gel with me…until today. The way Nick explained things, along with the handouts, made things much clearer. I plan on signing up for the Photo I class very soon. Thank you!

  12. Oliver Restrepo

    Nick is an excellent communicator, the all class was easy to follow and made some of confusing things cleat to me, unfortunately can’t take the classes this July but hope to do it in September, thank you much.

  13. Deborah

    This class was exactly what I was looking for: the basics and helping me to find the courage to get out of “auto” mode. Explanations were clear and easy to understand. I plan on signing up for Photo 1 in the fall.

  14. jaykoepke

    Great into class to cameras, photography, and the school.

  15. Ebonee A.

    The free 90 minute photography class was awesome! Very informative, interactive and easy to understand. I look forward to enrolling in the Black and White Film class in the near future! Thanks, Rick for introducing me to the current student of the B&W Film class, she was informative as well! See you soon.

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you for attending. Looking forward to seeing you in the next B&W class.

  16. Lauri

    Excellent instructor ! I will continue the courses .

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you for attending. We look forward to having you in class.

  17. James

    I attended the 90 minute class yesterday and was very happy that I did. Every seat was occupied. The class was full of individuals wanting to learn more about the school and photography. Nick was great as he explained some of the basics of photography. He has a great personality and an excellent sense of humor. Patiently answered everyone’s questions. Without hesitation I signed up for the Photo 1 course. Very much looking forward to it!

  18. Tami Bevis

    I have a new Fuji and I’ve been struggling with it for months. Nick turned the light on for me!!! Now I can go out and shoot!

    • Nick Sinnott

      Thanks, Tami! It was such a pleasure to have you in the class.

  19. Pilar

    A super-informative class for the beginner that helped me to (really) understand my camera for the first time.

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you, pleased to have helped. Hope to see you in the future.

  20. Nicki Vitaioli

    Thank you for such a great informative Intro class. Nick made the “numbers” part of photography easy to understand. I am so looking forward to the next 7 weeks in the Photo I class.

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you. We look forward to continuing your photographic journey with you.

  21. rvesecky

    This class was very good. Beginners will gain a much higher comfort level with their cameras. Attendees with more experience will gain a great refresher on the exposure triangle, get helpful advice and always learn something new. More importantly, for those who wish to move forward and really learn photography, the class highlighted the school’s excellent teaching methods, the facilities resources and the flexible schedule for ongoing classes. My wife and I immediately signed up for the Photo 1 course in March. A great LEARNING experience – as Ansel Adams said, “It’s not the camera that makes a great picture – it’s the 12 inches behind it!”

    • Nick Sinnott

      We are happy that you and Mary enjoyed the class yesterday and thrilled that you will be joining us in March when we begin our next session.

  22. Fred Carmean

    Intro class today was very informative and enjoyable. Fantastic, concise, hands-on introduction to digital photography. I’m very interested in taking the next step. Thank you for offering this complementary 90-minute class.

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you for attending today, in spite of the weather. We look forward to continuing your photographic journey.

  23. Ashanti Cole

    I attended the free 90-minute camera workshop and it was great. Our instructor, Nick, explained the basics of photography and the cool/nerdy things you can do with your own camera. I was very impressed and interested to learning. I will be attending the Photo I class in March 2019. Thank you all very much!

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you for attending today. We look forward to continuing your photographic journey.

  24. Cam Wudtke

    Great introductory course. Encouraging for those who are eager to learn!

    • Nick Sinnott

      Thank you, we are happy that you enjoyed the class. Looking forward to seeing you in the future.

  25. Phranque Wright

    It was everything I was looking for in an introductory class.

    • Nick Sinnott

      We are happy that you enjoyed the class!

  26. Carly Hamilton

    Such a great experience! My goal is to get out of Auto mode and this class was a fantastic start to doing that. Nick went through so many different pieces of getting a great photograph and provided hands on/one-on-one attention throughout class. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to learn more about photography and their own personal camera. An amazing start to what will hopefully be a long photography journey.

    • Nick Sinnott

      Thank you for commenting on the Free Class. We are happy that you enjoyed your time and hopefully, we can help you through your photographic journey.

  27. Jennifer Merchant

    Nick was an excellent instructor and provided a bounty of information in a comprehensive and thoughtful manner. Looking forward to taking additional classes here!

    • Nick Sinnott

      Thank you for attending the Free 90-Minute Camera Session! We look forward to seeing you at school more often.

  28. Mars

    I learned so much in that 90 minute free class. Nick is a great instructor, he explains things in a way that anyone can understand and answers everyone’s questions throughly.

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you for attending the class. We hope to see you at one of our regular 7-week classes soon.

  29. Hector R. Colon

    I’m thoroughly impressed by the 90-minute free photography class. Nick did an amazing job in explaning the basic principles of your camera operation. He showed genuine interest in people learning about the camera. He went the entire 90 minutes and a little overtime where he barely even pitched the photography courses. I got a very good feeling of the quality of these courses.

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you for attending yesterday and your comment. We look forward to seeing you in future classes and following your photographic development.

  30. Whitney Anthony

    My brother, and I attended this class yesterday, and we really enjoyed it. It was a great introduction to better using our DSLR. We would love to take photo 1 in the future when timing works out, but we are excited to practice with the information we gained yesterday in the meantime. Thank you for a great class Nick!

  31. Yvette Meltzer

    The course offered a broad overview of technical information in a clear, concise and professional style with just the right dose of humor to keep things light.
    Taking this course was was well worth my time. And to top it off, we received a copy of the powerpoint slides in a follow-up email. How generous of the Center. Highly Recommended.

  32. Michelle

    Fantastic! So much information in 90 minutes, and the learning starts immediately at the beginning of class. Can’t wait to try everything out!

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you for your comment. We look forward to having you join our community.

  33. Michelle Dakuras

    I was duly impressed with Nick’s teaching style and knowledge. I sense a deep dedication to the students that illustrated the mission of the school which I really appreciate. I went there today to preview as I am interested in taking some classes in the future to help me with intermediate photography and Photoshop. Great presentation today!

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you for your comment. We look forward to having you join our community.

  34. Doug Bacon

    Loved it. Started with very basic stuff like straps and holding the camera, which were great for this neophyte then progressed steadily and comfortably into fundamentals of sophisticated elements of a camera. I loved it. Worth every minute. Went home and signed up for photo 1. Thanks, Denise — great job!

  35. Pamela

    Very nice, truly a professional efforts

  36. Eric Brocaille

    I really enjoyed the class, great location and very helpful staff. Definitely gained some knowledge to help my photography in the future.

    • Rick Katz

      Thank you for your positive comments. We hope to see you in one of our classes soon.

  37. Harsha Sunny

    Great class! This class covered the basics of digital photography and was really informative. Nick is a wonderful teacher and he really helped me to understand the concepts easily with real examples and made the class so much fun. Thank you for the opportunity.

    • Nick Sinnott

      Thank you for your comments, we are happy that you are part of our community.

  38. Maeve

    I attended a class with Nick. The class was super informative, and Nick was very knowledgeable and dedicated! Highly recommend it 🙂

    • Nick Sinnott

      Thank you for your comments and attending the class. We look forward to seeing you at the school again soon.

  39. Drew White

    Nick packed a lot of info into a 90 minute class. Lots of great stuff to think about. Looking forward to using what I learned. Thanks Nick!

  40. Yvonne Ochieng

    I have to say i was immensely impressed with Nick’s class – The free online class that he conducted. He was patient, very attentive to detail and thorough. look forward to using the knowledge he imparted to good use. i also look forward to more classes. Thanks Nick –

    • Nick Sinnott

      Thank you for your comments. I enjoyed meeting you yesterday and hope you remain safe and healthy in Dallas!

  41. Meeta Thompson

    So happy I took the introduction class! Looking to learn how to use my camera as I reignite my love for photography, learn all about my camera and how to take amazing shots. Nick is a really good teacher – he was informative, his teaching style was versatile to all the students, he’s patient and funny! I look forward to taking Photography 1 and onwards!

    • Nick Sinnott

      Meeta, Thank you for your comments and we look forward to you being back in the school!

  42. Judy

    Very informative and clear intro. Gave me enough basics to start playing with my camera. Looking forward to January classes.

    • Nick Sinnott

      Thank you for the review and comment, looking forward to classes beginning in January!

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