Photo I: A Seven Week Class

(4 customer reviews)

$400.00$480.00

Online & In-Studio

Photo I is a comprehensive class about the fundamentals of photography.  You will learn about correct exposure, what makes the “right exposure” and why. You’ll discover the meaning of shutter speeds and f-stops and how to stop motion or let a “subject’s motion” blur in just the right way. You will also learn about depth of field: how much of the picture you should have in focus and how to use “out of focus” in just the right way. PLEASE NOTE:  While attending the 7-week class, you also attend 5 Digital Labs (1 per week, beginning on the second week of class).  Attending the Digital Lab will teach organization, editing, and printing of your digital images.  If you are attending the class online, there are online labs as well.

COVID-19 Guarantee: If you register for the In-Studio Class and the class does not occur due to COVID-19 Metrics and/or Tier Mitigations, you may choose to transfer your registration to the next In-Studio Session or transfer to the Online Option.  If there is a price difference between the two, you will be refunded the difference.

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January 3rd, 2:30 PM (Sundays) IN-STUDIO
7
January 4th, 7:00 PM (Mondays) ONLINE
9
January 5th, 10:30 AM (Tuesdays) IN-STUDIO
7
January 5th, 7:00 PM (Tuesday) IN-STUDIO
6
January 6th, 10:30 AM (Wednesdays) ONLINE
9
January 6th, 7:00 PM (Wednesdays) IN-STUDIO
7

Description

Photo I is a comprehensive class about the fundamentals of photography. You will attend once a week for class and once a week for computer lab, both available online as well. While digital imaging is new to photography, “digital” refers only to the way the image is captured and stored. Digital chips replace film. Most of the other facets of photography are more than 150 years old.

In Photo I, you will learn about correct exposure, what makes the “right exposure” and why. You’ll discover the meaning of shutter speeds and f-stops and how to stop motion or let a “subject’s motion” blur in just the right way. You will also learn about depth of field: how much of the picture you should have in focus and how to use “out of focus” in just the right way.

In the Lab (In-Studio or Online), you will learn the right way to save your images permanently. You will learn how to convert your color images to black & white and how to print using a high-quality, archival inkjet printer or email and export the correctly sized images. The computer program we use to manipulate photographs is called Adobe Lightroom Classic. It is a program you can afford, and it is much less complicated than Photoshop (we do not teach Photoshop in either Photo 1 or Photo 2).  There will be at least one teacher for every five students in the lab.

In Photo I, you will also learn about composition for photography and ways to approach the “critique” of photographs – your own and the work of others.

Each week, you’ll get a “shooting” assignment, and in each Lab, a corresponding “print” assignment.

After completing Photo I, each student who attended all of the classes and Labs should be able to reliably photograph and print with success and confidence.

Photo I lays the proper foundation for the more technical Digital Photo II and Photo III classes.

If you are able to, please attend one of the Free Intro to Photography Classes (available In-Studio & Online) prior to beginning your Photo I class.  Doing so will introduce you to the basics of camera operation and a number of shooting basics, including f-stops and shutter speed.  You’ll also have a chance to meet our instructors and ask questions about your camera.

Instructor

Nick Sinnott – Program Director

Mark Hensel – Sunday 2:30 PM

Danny Howard – Sunday 5:00 PM

Bill Sineni – Monday 7:00 PM

Denise Orlin – Tuesday 10:30 AM

Wendy Love – Tuesday 7:00 PM

Kambua Chema – Wednesday 7:00 PM

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Location

4001 N. Ravenswood Ave.
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60613
872-529-2272

Lab Schedule

At the first week of class, you will pick your first and second choice from the following available lab times.  Labs will typically last between 2 and 3 hours and there is no additional fee.

  • Tuesdays @ 7:00PM
  • Thursdays @ 11:00AM
  • Thursdays @ 7:00PM
  • Saturdays @ 9:30AM
  • Sundays @ 11:00AM
  • Sundays @ 2:00PM

4 reviews for Photo I: A Seven Week Class

  1. Maura Stephens

    This is such a great course. The instructors are knowledgeable, patient and truly care about helping students understand all of the concepts taught in Photo I. I feel like my photos have improved tremendously over the past several weeks and I feel so much more comfortable behind my camera. Classes were informative and engaging. I would recommend to anyone looking to expand their knowledge and improve their photography in a heartbeat. Thanks, Chicago Photo Classes Team! See you in Photo II!

  2. Mark Wilder

    Photo I will teach you everything you need to know about aperture/f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, and how to get a good exposure in your pictures. Perhaps more useful, however, is the lab work with an overview of Lightroom and how to make your photos look great. I’m looking forward to Photo II.

  3. Trisha Daniels

    Photo I was an amazing in-depth introduction to all of the features of my camera I never knew how to use. Nick and Danny made learning Lightroom fun and exciting and did an incredible job of moving our in-person class online when it was necessary. I recommend to anyone who has a camera sitting around and has the desire to use it! I am excited to take more classes through the school and continue to learn with this knowledgeable and supportive community.

    • Nick Sinnott

      Thank you for kind words! We are happy that you enjoyed the class, we always want to make sure that our students are receiving the best education possible!

  4. Sara Cerne

    Photo 1 made me comfortable with my camera and got me to get over my fear of the technical side of photography. I loved that the weekly assignments encouraged creativity, but were also carefully structured to systematically teach key concepts and components from exposure to shutter speed and aperture to composition. I learned a lot, but never felt overwhelmed since Danny and other instructors were always so helpful and supportive. I also appreciated the collaborative environment, which helped me connect with my classmates outside of class. I highly recommend this course to all beginners out there!

    • Nick Sinnott

      Sara, Thank you so much for the review! It was a pleasure having you in class.

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