CHICAGO
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

Headshot Photography Meetup

Headshot Photography Meetup

Saturday 04 May
N Humboldt Dr, Chicago - 12pm - 2 Hours
Caitlin KellyThompson
A headshot is a tightly framed face shot, typically from the shoulders up. The goal of your headshot is to clearly & creatively showcase your client's professionalism, personality, and brand. As a class, we will focus on creating headshots from the chest up with good lighting on your model's face.
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$43      
Shooting on Manual Mode Meetup

Shooting on Manual Mode Meetup

Sunday 02 June
E Randolph St, Chicago - 12pm - 2 Hours
Caitlin KellyThompson
This class is for anyone looking to switch their camera mode from Auto to Manual and learn how to shoot using the Manual Mode. The goal is to help everyone become more confident when using their camera settings. We will touch on essential camera functions and the exposure triangle: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 20 July
N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago - 11am - 3 Hours
Caitlin KellyThompson
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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$92      

Outdoor Portraits

Outdoor Portraits

Saturday 17 August
Eastlake Terrace, Chicago - 12:30pm - 3 Hours
Caitlin KellyThompson
This meetup goes over some basic dos and don'ts for posing and looks at issues to do with shooting in daylight for the best results. Included are: shooting different body types, men, women and shooting with strong sunlight and shooting in shade, and designing your background (composition). On this meet,up you are encouraged to bring along family or friends as models.

You will preferably need a normal, 85mm or longer lens, or a zoom. If you have a wide-angle this can also be used as we will be also looking at environmental portraits.

This is the perfect meetup to learn how to take the perfect portraits of family and friends.
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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

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

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

Sunday 21 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      

Capturing Life: Outdoor Portrait Photography Meetup

Capturing Life: Outdoor Portrait Photography Meetup

Sunday 19 May
Downtown - 11am - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Join our "Capturing Life" outdoor portrait photography meetup where participants themselves become the models! Immerse yourself in a dynamic learning environment where everyone gets a chance to be both behind and in front of the lens. This unique experience allows for hands-on practice in posing, framing, and capturing stunning outdoor portraits while fostering a collaborative and supportive atmosphere among fellow participants. Whether you're looking to enhance your photography skills or simply enjoy being part of the creative process, this meetup offers an exciting opportunity to learn, grow, and capture life's moments together. Don't miss out on this chance to become both the artist and the muse in our outdoor portrait photography adventure.
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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      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Sunday 09 June
Knoch Knolls 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      

Other Nearby Groups

Beginner's Crochet Class

Beginner's Crochet Class

Saturday 20 April
Ravenswood - 10am - 3 Hours
Chicago Crochet Club
Ramone Townsend
If you are brand new to crochet, haven't picked up a hook in years, or simply want a little more guidance on those all important basic stitches this is the class for you. We will start with techniques for holding the yarn before moving onto forming the stitches that make up a traditional granny square.

Crochet materials are included as well as a free tea or coffee.
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$68       5 places left
Amigurumi 101

Amigurumi 101

Saturday 04 May
Ravenswood - 10am - 3 Hours
Chicago Crochet Club
Ramone Townsend
Perfect for those who've already done our popular Beginners Class! Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, cute creatures. You will learn the basics of Amigurumi and start on an easy amigurumi heart project during the class.

All our classes include crochet materials and instruction as well as a non-alcoholic drink during the class.
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$61      
Corner to Corner Crochet Class

Corner to Corner Crochet Class

Saturday 18 May
Ravenswood - 10am - 3 Hours
Chicago Crochet Club
Ramone Townsend
Ignite your imagination and enhance your crochet technique at our exclusive workshop centred around Corner to Corner crochet. Whether you dream of crafting a magnificent blanket or smaller, delicate squares, we've got you covered. The beauty of this method is in its flexibility - you can create pieces as large or as small as you desire, in both rectangular and square formats. Want to incorporate vibrant pictures or even text in your crochet artwork? No problem at all! This class offers the unique opportunity to master the versatile Corner to Corner technique while learning to seamlessly read patterns and interpret charts. Bring your vision to life by creating a simple yet beautiful shape motif of your selection. Shape your creativity, one stitch at a time.
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$61      

The Drawing Class

The Drawing Class

Saturday 25 May
N Clark Street - 10am - 2 Hours
Chicago Art Group
Geanina Zaharia
The Drawing Class is nice art meeting for all beginners or intermediate artists who want to know more about portraiture and portrait/human face in art. We will focus on different methods and techniques in drawing the face on a surface. Also we will start steps by step creating a portrait after a picture reference with my proper guidance.
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$47      
Beginner's Crochet Class

Beginner's Crochet Class

Saturday 01 June
Ravenswood - 10am - 3 Hours
Chicago Crochet Club
Ramone Townsend
If you are brand new to crochet, haven't picked up a hook in years, or simply want a little more guidance on those all important basic stitches this is the class for you. We will start with techniques for holding the yarn before moving onto forming the stitches that make up a traditional granny square.

Crochet materials are included as well as a free tea or coffee.
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$68      
Granny Squares

Granny Squares

Saturday 15 June
Ravenswood - 10am - 3 Hours
Chicago Crochet Club
Ramone Townsend
Unleash your creativity with our Granny Squares Crochet Class! Join us for an exciting journey into the timeless art of crochet, where you'll learn to craft beautiful and versatile granny square patterns. Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced crocheter, this class offers something for everyone. Discover the joy of combining colors and stitches to create unique and intricate designs that will impress friends and family. Enroll now and master the art of granny square crochet with expert guidance in a fun and supportive environment!
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$61      

Beginner's Crochet Class

Beginner's Crochet Class

Saturday 29 June
Ravenswood - 10am - 3 Hours
Chicago Crochet Club
Ramone Townsend
If you are brand new to crochet, haven't picked up a hook in years, or simply want a little more guidance on those all important basic stitches this is the class for you. We will start with techniques for holding the yarn before moving onto forming the stitches that make up a traditional granny square.

Crochet materials are included as well as a free tea or coffee.
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$68      
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.

    Join the Chicago Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • 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
    2024-04-07
    Title or Location: N Wells St and Oak St
    Taken at around 7am after working all night. When I got off work the last thing I wanted to do was grab my camera. But when I saw the way the sun reflected off of the Chicago skyline, I felt obligated. When editing I really wanted to capture the contrast between the warm reflections of the sun and the cool sky above. I did this by editing the photo in two halves using two linear gradients. Other than that, I just touched up the lighting a little to bring up the shadows and darken some of the
    Credit: Jayson Cromer
    Instagram: Theawesome_seaturtle

    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

    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Cannon Beach Oregon
    While visiting Cannon Beach, Oregon for Spring Break this year, we were treated to beautiful blue skies, warm weather, stars AND airglow at night! I was absolutely giddy about seeing those stars! Now I hope you all know how extremely rare this combination is on the pacific coast in spring. It's normally overcast and raining and definitely no stars to be seen. Thank you universe for allowing your magic to flow this evening. I truly appreciate you and your powers ??
    Credit: Amanda Thornton DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics
    Milton Keynes Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Milton Keynes
    to create this I used a piece of Teal vinyl for the backdrop, I had the camera, with a 30 mm Marco lens on a tripod set to manual focus, with focus staking of 10 shots I only used 5 in the end). for lighting I had two static lights on mini stands so I could play about with their placement to get the effect I was looking for. The dandelion seed was held in place, by putting it into a piece of white tack, I then sprayed it using a little electronic face atomiser (bought from Amazon) and loa
    Credit: Diane Langford
    Nashville Photography Society
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: Franklin Tennessee
    This photo captures a serene moment in my front yard, where I lay on a blanket beneath a amazing tree. The weather was ideal, prompting me to grab my micro lens and focus on this exquisite dandelion.
    Credit: Kimber Weathers
    Facebook: Kimber
    Instagram: kimberlan30wea

    Dallas Photography Group
    2024-04-17
    Title or Location: My house in Lewisville
    Decided to make a composite that resembles the photo that NASA took with their millions of dolllar photo equipment. 2 months ago I photographed the full moon and placed it on top of the most recent solar eclipse photo I took. The moon normally get its light from the sun so getting the perspective with moon visibility is impossible during an eclipse unless you have nasa gear. My photo was taken with a canon R5, RF400mm F2.8 and cropped in.
    Credit: (MyJdProductions) Justin Dickinson
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/share/pE91wQnHYf6JVB7A/?mibextid=eQY6cl
    Instagram: @myjdproductions
    Middlesbrough Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Saltburn by the Sea
    This is Saltburn?s furnicular Cliff Lift before sunrise in the golden hour. Lovely light, a high tide and a heavy sea made a really nice composition.Canon R8 & EF16-35mm f/4L @ 29mm, f/6.3, 2 seconds & ISO400
    Credit: Edward Bilcliffe
    Instagram: @edwardbilcliffe
    Gold Coast Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Cloudy bay, Bruny island, Tasmania
    Was my third attempt at catching the aurora. Got to campsite set up camp and looked up at the cloudy night. The clouds started to clear and managed to get down the road and get some snaps &128077
    Credit: Simon garrett
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    Instagram: Slystyles_art

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