CHICAGO
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

Architecture Photography

Architecture Photography

Saturday 16 March
West Wacker Dr., Chicago - 11am - 2 Hours
Caitlin KellyThompson
Architectural photography can be a great way of exploring and documenting a city, whether it's your home or on holiday. Its about capturing not only the design and accurate representation of a building, but to have the shots be aesthetically pleasing to the viewer's eye. An architectural photographer makes pictures, not takes pictures.

In this session, we will be covering how to better understand Architecture photography and we'll be looking at ways to take some impressive shots and the camera settings to use.
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$43      
Colors of Spring Photography

Colors of Spring Photography

Saturday 30 March
N. Stockton Dr., Chicago - 1pm - 2 Hours
Caitlin KellyThompson
Spring photography is a beautiful way to capture the renewal of life that comes with the arrival of spring.

Join this session for tips on how to use your camera settings to creatively capture nature in a visually interesting way. We'll be looking at composition, focus and colour in this Spring season!
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$43      

Nearby Photography Groups

Composition in the Park Meetup

Composition in the Park Meetup

Saturday 02 March
Raymond Drive - 2pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Unlock the potential of your photography by mastering the art of composition. Delve into the intricate balance of visual elements that transform a simple snapshot into a captivating story. Our workshop invites passionate photographers of all levels to refine their skills in arranging subjects within the frame, creating images that guide the viewer's eye and emphasize the essence of the scene.

With a focus on the timeless principles of composition, which find their roots in classical art movements, you'll learn to orchestrate light, shadow, color, and space - all the tools at your disposal - to craft photographs that resonate. Whether you're working in the digital realm or cherish the tactile feel of film, a strong composition is your key to creating impactful imagery.

Join us for a hands-on session dedicated to honing the crucial techniques of composition, and take a step towards elevating your photographic narrative.
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$43      
Capturing the Journey: Exploring with Cameras Meetup

Capturing the Journey: Exploring with Cameras Meetup

Saturday 16 March
Downtown - 3pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Embark on a captivating journey through the bustling streets of Downtown Naperville, where inspiration awaits at every turn. Explore the vibrant tapestry of city life, from the diverse array of people and pets to the intricate architecture and charming storefronts. Delight in the lush greenery of parks and discover the stories they hold.

Whether you're drawn to the intimate details or prefer to weave narratives from afar, each step promises a new perspective and a fresh canvas for your creativity. Embrace the spontaneity of the moment, for no two walks are alike, and our photographs should reflect our distinct viewpoints.

Our route will lead us through the enchanting shops of Downtown Naperville, across the iconic covered bridge, and into the serene embrace of Central Park, among other captivating locales.

Join us as we capture the essence of Naperville's urban charm and transform it into timeless photographic artistry.

We will walk along the shops in Downtown Naperville to the covered bridge and by central park and more.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 13 April
Plainfield-Naperville Rd - 12pm - 3 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Unlock your camera's potential and elevate your photography skills in an engaging educational event. Dive deep into understanding shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how these settings influence exposure. This opportunity provides hands-on experience, where a professional photographer guides you to put your newly acquired knowledge into practice. Enhance your creativity and leave the automatic exposure behind. Let your passion for photography guide you in this interactive learning journey.
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$84       3 places left

Dusk to Dark: Mastering Smartphone Photography in Low-Light Meetup

Dusk to Dark: Mastering Smartphone Photography in Low-Light Meetup

Saturday 20 April
Plainfield-Naperville Rd - 5pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Discover the magic of smartphone photography in our exclusive workshop designed for enthusiasts of all levels. Dive into the art of creating breathtaking landscape images as dusk falls and night embraces the horizon. With your camera phone in hand, our expert guidance will lead you through mastering techniques in composition, exposure, and lighting, perfectly capturing the mood and atmosphere of each scene. Learn how to utilize low light sources to enhance the interest and depth of your images, transforming everyday landscapes into dramatic masterpieces. Join us for an evening of creativity and discovery, where the night becomes your canvas.
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$43      
Colors of Spring Photography Meetup

Colors of Spring Photography Meetup

Saturday 27 April
Knoch Knolls Rd - 3pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Capture the essence of spring and the vibrancy of nature's awakening in a photographic celebration of life's renewal. Attend our photography session designed to enhance your skills in utilizing camera settings to their utmost creative potential. Learn the art of composition, mastering focus, and the vibrant use of color to create stunning visual narratives this spring season. Connect with nature and develop your craft; discover how to transform ordinary landscapes into extraordinary masterpieces through the lens of your camera. Join us and let this season's palette inspire your photography journey.
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$43      
Composition in Photography Meetup

Composition in Photography Meetup

Saturday 11 May
Downtown - 3pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Are you someone who prefers capturing moments with the convenience of your smartphone camera? This newly designed class is tailored just for you.

In this innovative course, we'll explore various composition principles that will revolutionize your smartphone photography. From mastering the rule of thirds to understanding leading lines, you'll learn techniques to transform ordinary shots into extraordinary captures. Plus, we'll delve into editing methods using your smartphone's built-in software, empowering you to refine your images effortlessly.

As a passionate photographer who embraces the versatility of smartphone technology, we invite you to join us on this journey. Together, let's sharpen your ability to perceive and capture the scenes that inspire you most.
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$43      

Golden Hour Gathering: Sunset Photography Meetup

Golden Hour Gathering: Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 01 June
Plainfield-Naperville Rd - 6pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Immerse yourself in the enchanting golden hour light just before sunset, and discover how the ever-changing illumination can define and transform your subject. This experience offers you a hands-on approach to mastering various exposure settings, enabling you to capture the mood and essence you desire in your photographs. Each sunset is unique, providing a fresh palette of colors and shadows for your exploration.

Venture beyond the technical aspects of photography and delve into what the setting sun symbolizes across different cultures and beliefs. It's not merely a natural occurrence; it signifies the end of a day's journey, marking a time for reflection and rest. Join us in capturing more than just images; capture moments that resonate with the universal significance of sunset's tranquil beauty.
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$43      

Other Nearby Groups

The Fundamental Structure of Human Face

The Fundamental Structure of Human Face

Saturday 09 March
West Granville - 10am - 2 Hours
Chicago Art Group
Geanina Zaharia
In this 2-hr workshop we will:
- learn and have a better understanding of human face in a drawing
- understand the line structure and different rules/ techniques of face elements
- learn how to measure and keep the face elements in harmony with the model reference

Don't miss your spot! Book now. :)
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$43      
Lilacia Park

Lilacia Park

Sunday 24 March
Lombard
Chicago Family Portrait
Do you need an updated family portrait? Come along to our mini photo sessions.

Mini-sessions are short 30 minute photo sessions for up to 6 people - perfect for families with little ones who can't sit still for too long.

book now       10:00am       $165

book now       10:30am       $165
ABOUT CHICAGO
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Chicago .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

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  • REVIEWS
    Weather was terrible, but I had a great time anyway! Caitlin is so creative and fun to shoot with.
    5/5
    Becca
    2023-04-30
    I really enjoyed the event. It was a great way to meet other photographers and was an activity that I wouldn't have thought to do on my own. Cailtlin was kind and knowledgeable. And fun to chat with.
    5/5
    Becca
    2023-03-05
    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Caitlin KellyThompson
    Caitlin Kelly Thompson is a portrait photographer that mixes street, documentary, and portraiture together to capture life. For her, the best thing about photographing people is the moment when the person posing relaxes and is themselves. Other than photography, Caitlin loves to travel, knit, and listen to podcasts.
    PHOTOS
    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-02-24
    Title or Location: Huntley, Illinois
    Night photography, like light bulbs, has always caught my attention, as well as my photographic interest in recording and seeing in a different way.
    Credit: Saulo moreno
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saulo2712

    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-02-15
    Title or Location: Milton Lee Olive Park Chicago, IL
    This photo was taken at Milton Lee Olive Park in Downtown Chicago, IL on 4/10/24 at 4:39pm. Chicago is home to the most magnificent skyline and a place I call home. I took this picture to capture the true beauty and structural essence of the skyline. This photo portrays an alluring midday cotton candy sky mixed with the golden hour sun hitting the skyscrapers at just the perfect angle. Camera settings included: ISO 200, f 5.6, 1/800s, 18mm using a canon rebel XSi. Editing was done to amplify th
    Credit: Amber B Photography
    Facebook: Amber Bailey
    Instagram: amberbphotography_
    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-02-14
    Title or Location: Millennium Park - Chicago, IL, USA
    This shot was taken on what had been a sunny day, as a ?back door? cold front swept in across Lake Michigan and caused fog to roll in across the city. It was a dramatic change in temperature and in the lighting and mood.
    Credit: Sarah Fallon
    Instagram: forestphotogldy

    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-01-28
    Title or Location: Lake Michigan north side chicago

    Credit: Kempes
    Facebook: Entol chairil achyar
    Instagram: Entol chairil achyar

    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-01-21
    Title or Location: Chicago, IL
    Frigid Night overlooking the Chicago River?also known as Chiberia in the Winter
    Credit: Judith Salstone
    Facebook: Judith Geisenheimer Salstone
    Instagram: magesticsky
    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-01-21
    Title or Location: Chicago, IL
    You know it?s cold in Chicago when theRiver starts to ice over.
    Credit: Judith Salstone
    Instagram: magesticsky

    Spokane Photography Group
    2024-02-27
    Title or Location: In my basement office/studio
    Working on trying new things! Plucked this Puff out of my front yard flower bed. Used a small compact mirror to create the shot using natural daylight thorough the window. The black and white spoke drama with such a simple subject. Taken with Canon rebel t7 and efs 18-55mm f/3.5-6.6Settings 1/60 f5.6
    Credit: Aleisha Jones
    Westchester Photography Group
    2024-02-27
    Title or Location: At a farm outside of Ponce, PR
    This was a shot among a field of beautiful pineapples in all different stages of growth. I loved the vibrancy of the coloriPhone 13 Pro
    Credit: Ellie K
    Facebook: Ellie Krolian
    Central Coast Photography Group
    2024-02-27
    Title or Location: Catherine Hill Bay NSW Australia
    I always love this location to capture the Milky Way. Its very peaceful at 3am. I wanted to get in early for the Milky Way season and was very happy with the way it turned out.
    Credit: Ben Stewart
    Facebook: Beautiful Blue Images Photography
    Instagram: beautifulblueimagesinc

    Hertfordshire Photography Group
    2024-02-26
    Title or Location: My back garden in Hemel Hempstead
    As a deep space photographer, I like to take photos of outer space targets that our eyes cannot see. These photos require a lot of patience and a lot of clear nights reason why my telescopes are working almost every night when it isn't cloudy. Astrophotography is very different from all the other types of photography, a single photo sometimes requires tens of hours under the clear night sky but the result is very satisfying.In this photo, I would like to present to you the California Nebula
    Credit: Emil Andronic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emil.Andronic.Photography
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ancient_light_by_emilandronic/
    Leeds Photography Club
    2024-02-26
    Title or Location: Under the Arches, Leeds
    This is part of a huge street art display, a real gem in Leeds. I loved the different displays of hands walking, creates a real sense of movement and intrigue. Photo was taken around 11am. The light you see shining on the hand is from a wall light. Camera setting - F4.2, 1/400 shutter and ISO 200.
    Credit: Ruth Rushton
    Victoria Photography Group
    2024-02-26
    Title or Location: Cape Breton

    Credit: Leah Gray (Spirithills.ca)
    Facebook: Spirithills.ca
    Instagram: Spirithills.ca

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