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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

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       5 places left
Abstract Photography Meetup

Abstract Photography Meetup

Saturday 15 June
Greene Road - 11am - 2 Hours
Naperville Photography Group
Martina Landolt
Dive into the intriguing world of abstract photography, where the essence of a subject is transformed through an emphasis on shapes, colors, and forms, making it partially or completely unrecognizable. Join our workshop to explore the techniques and principles that allow for the creation of captivating and evocative images through abstraction.

Under the guidance of our seasoned instructor, participants will gain an understanding of composition, color, and texture, crucial elements in the art of abstract photography. The workshop will encompass a range of topics, including drawing inspiration from everyday objects and experimenting with various angles and perspectives to unveil the extraordinary in the mundane.

Embark on this creative journey to discover how abstract photography can open your eyes to a new way of seeing the world around you, transforming ordinary subjects into extraordinary works of art.
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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      
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.
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$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
    2024-05-11
    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

    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_

    St Albans Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: Night-time at Portland Bill lighthouse
    The weather forecast for the night Friday the 3rd May looked very good and because the last time I went to Portland Bill I didn't manage to get home with anything good, I thought of giving it another go. Even though it was a 4 hour drive from my house, I'm over the moon I went there because I haven't seen the sky so nice and clean in a very, very long time, it was just perfect.I took quite a few photos and this one is the first that I want to show you because I love it to bits.As always, I
    Credit: Emil Andronic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emil.Andronic.Photography
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ancient_light_by_emilandronic/
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: St. Charles Parish Wetlands Watchers Park
    Saturday night, 5/11/24, I went out to the St. Charles Parish Wetlands Watchers Park wanting to capture some photos of the Northern Lights as the Solar Storm made the aurora visible down here in Louisiana. It was a cloudy night so we didn't get to see any of it. But a thunderstorm was was approaching and "heat lightning" was seen in the distance. As it got closer, the lightning strikes were getting more and more visible even though the storm was still miles away. So I repositioned my camera and
    Credit: Bertis Tamplain
    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: Yosemite Valley
    I went on a hike in Yosemite Valley and unexpectedly found this tree that had a heart shaped hole in the trunk. I stayed until dusk and used my red light on my headlamp to cast the red glow inside the heart. I was inspired by my then girlfriend. I love LOVE!
    Credit: Cody Mattson
    Facebook: codymattsonphotography

    San Gabriel Photography Group
    2024-05-25
    Title or Location: Home
    A photographer friend visits his parents in Alaska every year and upon his return home he always brings me salmon steaks that his family catch as part of their food provisions. This was my dinner and will say that this dinner was nothing short of amazing!
    Credit: Gonzalo Guerrero
    Facebook: G GUERRERO PHOTOGRAPHY
    Instagram: @photo818
    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Charlies Hut, Carneys Creek
    As anyone who chases milkyway photos will tell you, they take some careful planning and often a lack of sleep. Charlies Hut is in the Scenic Rim. It's about a 2hr drive from home, and with the help of Photopills, we could see that the moon would have set with the milkyway still visible at about 4am. So alarms were set for 1.30am, coffee was made and off we went. I use the intervalometer on my Canon 6D mark ii to shoot between 15-20 images of the sky. The lens I used was a Samyang 14mm, set
    Credit: Lisa Pritchard
    Facebook: Lisa Pritchard
    Instagram: lisa_pritchard_photography
    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Just north of Brechin on Hwy 169.
    May 10 the northern lights hit a G5 storm, a KP index of 9, the highest it will go, and the best storm we've seen in over 20 years. I drove my 10 year old son north to see them, this was a chance of a lifetime. I managed to get several amazing photos. Canon R6M2, RF10-20mm lens at 10mm, 30sec at f4, iso 1000, manual focusing. This was looking more north-west as most of the bright colours could be seen to the south, west and just north of us.
    Credit: Diane Schlichting
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlebearphotographyca/

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