CHICAGO
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

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

Golden Hour Gathering: Sunset Photography Meetup

Golden Hour Gathering: Sunset Photography Meetup

Saturday 22 June
Plainfield-Naperville Rd - 6pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Capture the golden hour light before the sun finally sets. Watch how the changing light brings definition to your subject.
Learn how to use the various exposure settings to achieve the look you want. No two sunsets are alike.

Beyond just being a natural phenomenon, the setting of the sun symbolizes many things to a variety or people and cultures. The setting of the sun represents the completion of a day's work, so it represents the opportunity to rest.
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$47      
Shallow Depth of Field Photography Meetup

Shallow Depth of Field Photography Meetup

Saturday 20 July
Book Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Dive into the captivating world of photography with our specialized workshop, designed to master the art of creating breathtaking images using a shallow depth of field. Led by an experienced instructor, participants will embark on a journey to unravel the nuances of photography including key concepts such as aperture, focal length, and distance.

Throughout this workshop, attendees will learn how to artfully use a shallow depth of field to craft a distinctive mood, skillfully blur out distracting backgrounds, and employ bokeh effects to make subjects stand out beautifully. Join us for a hands-on experience that promises to enhance your photography skills and allow your creativity to flourish.
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$47      
50mm Lens Meetup

50mm Lens Meetup

Saturday 27 July
Raymond Dr. - 12pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
The 50mm lens is one of the flexible and useful lenses in any photographer’s gear bag. It is neither a wide-angle or telephoto lens, but allows the camera to see on the same scale as your eye. As such, it can be used for a variety of styles, from landscape and street photography to portrait and product photography. In this meetup, we’ll review the basic camera settings. We’ll then cover some of the advantages of shooting with a prime lens, and some basic techniques to using the 50mm lens. As always, there will be ample opportunities for you to put your new knowledge into practice.
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$47      

Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 17 August
Knoch Knolls Rd - 11am - 3 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt

Have you been wanting to learn how to use your camera outside of auto mode and be more confident your photography? Then this small sized class is for you.

Join us as we discuss the exposure triangle to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will put this knowledge to practice with the guidance of a professional photographer.

It will be a fun class of limited size with direct feedback from your host.
book now
$92      
Street Photography Meetup

Street Photography Meetup

Saturday 31 August
Downtown Naperville - 1pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Embark on a journey through the bustling streets where cafes hum with life, vendors share their craft, street merchants call out their wares, buskers fill the air with music, and historic buildings stand as silent witnesses to time. Here, amidst art installations and the vibrant urban scene, lies the canvas for mastering the art of street photography.

Discover the power of observation, a fundamental skill that transforms the ordinary into extraordinary. This workshop introduces simple, effective methods to enhance your photographic vision, enabling you to capture the world in its rich, intricate details. Dive into the rewarding experience of engaging with fascinating individuals, learning the art of making them not just subjects, but part of the story you're telling through your lens.

Moreover, gain insightful knowledge about technical aspects such as optimal settings, focusing techniques, and choosing the right lens to seize those fleeting, chance moments that street photography is celebrated for. Join us on this photographic exploration and see the streets through a new lens.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 14 September
Knoch Knolls Rd - 2pm - 3 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt

Have you been wanting to learn how to use your camera outside of auto mode and be more confident your photography? Then this small sized class is for you.

Join us as we discuss the exposure triangle to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will put this knowledge to practice with the guidance of a professional photographer.

It will be a fun class of limited size with direct feedback from your host.
book now
$92      

Fall Foliage Photography Meetup

Fall Foliage Photography Meetup

Saturday 19 October
Herrick Lake Forest Preserve - 1pm - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Capture the breathtaking colors of autumn in this focused photography meetup, aimed at exploring and mastering fall landscape techniques.
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$92      

Other Nearby Groups

The Drawing Class

The Drawing Class

Saturday 22 June
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      
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
    2024-06-08
    Title or Location: South Pond, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
    Loved the golden light shadows under the archways. This was taken under the Ulysses S Grant Statue at the South Pond in LincolnPark, Chicago, IL.
    Credit: Judith Salstone
    Instagram: @magesticsky

    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-06-06
    Title or Location: Chicago Studio
    Sure. The image is a composite taken in a studio. You can see before and after shots via my post in this Facebook group.
    Credit: Dewwond Mapp
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kentyla_arts_designs/
    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-05-11
    Title or Location: Rt38 Dekalb Il
    Photo was taken by my daughter Sephanie Weinberger on her Iphone. I only bumped the white balance to make the lightning stand out. I used adobe lightroom, and nature did the rest. It was taken at about 7:30 on Tuesday May 7 just after the big storms blew through the area
    Credit: Eric Weinberger
    Facebook: E'dub Photography
    Instagram: @edub_photography1

    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-05-10
    Title or Location: Wheeling, IL
    Smell of the lilacs, along with the beautiful sunset was intoxicating
    Credit: Judith Salstone
    Instagram: magesticsky

    Chicago Photography Group
    2024-04-19
    Title or Location: Edgewater Beach, Chicago IL
    This was taken late afternoon as a storm was stirring. I was using my 35 mm film Yashika FX-D Camera with contaxs lens And my favorite Ilford, 400 black and white film. I tried many variations on this shot, but this one was my favorite with the waves crashing and clouds nearly blending with the water.
    Credit: Mike Barry
    Instagram: MikeBarryphotographycom
    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

    Sacramento Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    Title or Location: Wengen, Switzerland
    The photo was taken just outside the village of Wengen in the Bernese Oberland region. Spring had just started making its presence felt with wildflowers starting to bloom in the meadows.
    Credit: Abhi Kulkarni
    Instagram: Photoholic1975
    Cairns Photography Group
    2024-06-13
    Title or Location: Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
    I was lucky enough to have this view of Elizabeth Bay in Sydney from my hotel. I just opened the window, prepared my tripod and camera and shot this wonderful night scene.Nikon D7500 with Nikon 18-300mm lensf/1130 secsiso 200Aperture priority -3 exp compfocal length 66mm
    Credit: Brett Paull
    Facebook: Aussiebrat
    Instagram: Aussiebrat7
    Omaha Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Chicago, IL
    Photo taken during a spring boat ride into the Chicago River and processed using Lightroom and Photo Director.
    Credit: Brian Bruns

    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: VIVID Sydney - Sydney Harbour
    For 2 weeks every winter Sydney is lit up with amazing colours and beams of light over the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and various buildings throughout the city. I captured this photo of the Opera House from across the water at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. I used a slow shutter speed (of 1 sec) to capture light trails from the passing water craft, and I held my iPhone up against my lens to create an artificial reflection on the water.Canon R6ii, RF 70-200mm f2.8 (@ 70mm), 1s, iso 200.
    Credit: Angelique Kelly
    Facebook: @mylenslovesyou
    Instagram: @angelique_kelly_photography
    St Louis Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Spirit of Saint Louis Air Show and Stem Expo
    Photograph taken with Olympus OM-1 and Olympus 100-400mm Lens (100mm 1/1250 @ f/11). No real interesting story here. Just like to shoot the air shows when I can. Takes me back to my days in the Navy and seeing the jets coming and going from Hickam AFB when I was stationed at Pearl Harbor NSY&IMF and would shoot a round of golf at Hickam AFB's Mamala Bay golf course after working on the submarines. A couple of the holes on that course are near the runway for the base. The surprise sound of a
    Credit: Brian Smith
    Instagram: @nukebear
    Phoenix Photography Group
    2024-06-10
    Title or Location: Lost Dutchman Park
    This is a focus blend of 2 photos- 1 for the fence and the other for the rest of the photo. It was taken with a Sony A7RIV camera on a Sony 35mm GM lens at F1.8, ISO 2000, 15". The Superstion Mountains were named Monte Superstition by Spanish conquistadors who arrived in the 1540s. Greedy for gold, they tried to get local Apaches to show them where it was however, believing the area was home to the God of Thunder, they refused for fear of angering him. Apaches believe there's a hole to the
    Credit: Edward Mitchell
    Instagram: Edward_Mitchell_photography

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