Free 90-Minute Camera Workshop

(38 customer reviews)


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

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February 16th, 12:00 PM (Sunday)
February 18th, 7:00 PM (Tuesday)
February 23rd, 12:00 PM (Sunday)
March 1st, 12:00 PM (Sunday)
March 8th, 12:00 PM (Sunday)
March 10th, 7:00 PM (Tuesday)
March 15th, 12:00 PM (Sunday)
March 22nd, 12:00 PM (Sunday)
March 29th, 12:00 PM (Sunday)
April 5th, 12:00 PM (Sunday)


Each Sunday: A Free 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 free 90-minute workshop is designed to introduce people to proper exposure using their cameras. 

Starting each Sunday at High Noon (12 PM), this 90-minute workshop will keep your attention.  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. 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, Mirrorless or Film (SLR) 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. If you do not have a camera, don’t worry, be happy, a camera will be provided for you to use during the workshop.

Other art center’s try to Impress you with what they and others have done… We want to Impress – With what we will teach YOU to do 😉

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

38 reviews for Free 90-Minute Camera Workshop

  1. dnassar86 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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. (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

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

  15. Ebonee A. (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

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

  16. Lauri (verified owner)

    Excellent instructor ! I will continue the courses .

    • Rick Katz (verified owner)

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

  17. James (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

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

  19. Pilar (verified owner)

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

    • Rick Katz (verified owner)

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

  20. Nicki Vitaioli (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

      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 (verified owner)

      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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

      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 (verified owner)

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

  24. Cam Wudtke (verified owner)

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

    • Nick Sinnott (verified owner)

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

  25. Phranque Wright (verified owner)

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

    • Nick Sinnott (verified owner)

      We are happy that you enjoyed the class!

  26. Carly Hamilton (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

      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 (verified owner)

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

  28. Mars (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

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

  29. Hector R. Colon (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

      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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

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

  33. Michelle Dakuras (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

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

  34. Doug Bacon (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

    Very nice, truly a professional efforts

  36. Eric Brocaille (verified owner)

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

    • Rick Katz (verified owner)

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

  37. Harsha Sunny (verified owner)

    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 (verified owner)

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

  38. Maeve (verified owner)

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

    • Nick Sinnott (verified owner)

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

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