Photography Courses Chicago

We’re delighted that you’re looking for photography courses in Chicago.  Chicago is an incredibly photogenic city amongst other things.  So we’d like to help you out.   MyPhotoSchool has online photography courses in all manner of topics from some of the greatest photography tutors and authors in the world.   If you’re not really in the market for commuting to your photography course in Chicago.  MyPhotoSchool does everything for you via the virtual classroom – so you can study any photography course of your choice from the comfort of your own home.

Photography Courses Chicago

 

 

THE BEST PLACES TO PHOTOGRAPH IN CHICAGO

 

  • Navy Pier, about two to three blocks from the entrance towards the boats
  • 1300 E Solidarity Drive (near Adler Planetarium) looking north or south
  • North Avenue Beach looking south into downtown
  • Crossing the street at Illinois Street looking north down Michigan Avenue
  • 2nd or 3rd floor of the Borders book store on Pearson Street and Michigan Avenue across from Water Tower Place
  • Inside The Hancock Observatory
  • Wacker Drive overlooking the Chicago River at Dearborn Avenue
  • 63rd Street Beach looking towards the lake
  • Sheridan Road at Pratt Ave looking north or south
  • Midway Plaisance (between 59th & 60th Streets) at Woodlawn Avenue
  • Hyde Park Boulevard at 53rd Street looking towards
  • Roosevelt Road train station looking east or west
  • The intersection of Diversey Avenue, Broadway Avenue, and Clark Street
  • Randolph Street at Interstate 90/94 looking north
  • Clark Street at LaSalle Drive (near Lincoln Park Zoo)
  • Fullerton Avenue on the CTA train platform
  • Madison Avenue at State Street looking north toward the Chicago Theater
  • On the platform of the Loyola Red Line train stop
  • Taylor Street at Racine Avenue looking east
  • From an airplane when you’re about 10 minutes away from landing

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SOME OFFLINE PLACES TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES

 

Introduction To Digital Camera And Computer
The Art Center Highland Park (Formerly Suburban Fine Art Center)
1957 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 432-1888
www.theartcenterhp.org

The Art Center (TAC) has several excellent summer photography classes such as Photoshop Elements, Urban Location Photography and Digital Techniques/Landscapes and Natural Environments. Click here to see those classes. However, Introduction To Digital Camera And Computer may be for you if you want an after-work class that helps you understand your camera’s capability and also how digital pictures can be edited on a computer using Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.

Shooting On Location
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
(773) 445-3838
www.beverlyartcenter.org

Become acquainted with two turn-of-the-last-century Chicago neighborhoods on the city’s far southwest side with the Beverly Arts Center’s (BAC) Shooting on Location class. You shoot primarily in the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighborhoods where you learn the best settings to take images under different lighting circumstances. Beverly, an area of large homes on Chicago’s highest land, hosts the popular South Side Irish Parade. Abutting Beverly to the South, Morgan also features large homes, BAC and an historic train station. To see other BAC Digital Art and Film classes, click here.

Lighting Fundamentals
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
36 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 629-6100
www.saic.edu

Lighting Fundamentals is for you if you have digital SLR experience and are ready to think about how an image may be more interesting with shadows and how you can adapt to almost any lighting situation. You will work with indoor lights, metering and the light conditions outdoors. Even though you would be a non-credit student, you will have access to the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) and be taught by SAIC faculty. Courses are limited to 14 students to match computers used for editing and printing.

Digital Photography
Oakton Community College
7701 N. Lincoln Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077

1600 E. Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 635-1600
www.oakton.edu

Oakton Community College offers several online photography courses but to work onsite, hands-on with a professional photographer, take Digital Photography at either the Skokie or Des Plaines campus. The course guides you through the intricacies of digital photography and editing software to achieve desired results. It covers everything on the camera from settings and lighting to shutter and aperture control and explains how editing enhances images. To find the course after clicking on the website, type in photography. To learn more about the course, click on the fee and then the magnifying glass when it appears.

Tram Photo Safari
School of the Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-5440
www.chicagobotanic.org/school

Catching dappled light and wild flowers in the woods or a heron by an island can be a great photo. In Tram Photo Safari, a one-time morning class at the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG), you are accompanied by a professional photographer who will give photo tips and individualized help. A tripod is suggested. However, if that date doesn’t work for you, take a free photo walk the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a GBC photographer. Click here for each month’s meeting place.