Free 90-Minute Camera Workshop

Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 14 customer ratings
(14 customer reviews)


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

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Aug 19th, 12:00 pm
Aug 26th 12:00 pm
Sept. 2nd 12:00 PM
Sept. 9th 12:00 PM
Sept. 16th 12:00 PM
Sept. 23rd 12:00 PM
Sept. 30th 12:00 PM
Oct 7th 12:00 PM


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 more than 12 DSLRs to loan out. And take advantage of our FREE Camera-Buying Service so that when you do buy a camera, you will make an informed decision.

Workshop each Sunday starting at 12:00 PM.
FREE Parking.

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 on Sunday at High Noon.

Or if you are thinking of purchasing a DSLR, Mirrorless or Film (SLR) camera, our experts will help you to understand what is important and what’s not important in cameras with interchangeable lenses. Take advantage of our FREE Camera-Buying Service so that when you do buy a camera, you will make an informed decision. We know where the best prices are in the country, and if you want to save some money and buy a used camera, we know which ones to stay away from.

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

Rick Katz

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

14 reviews for Free 90-Minute Camera Workshop

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 4 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 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. Rated 5 out of 5


    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. Rated 5 out of 5


    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5 (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    jaykoepke (verified owner)

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

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