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Discover the art of capturing the perfect shot with a wide range of photography classes in Chicago. Learn the fundamentals, master advanced techniques, and gain the skills needed to excel in this creative field.

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All Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (Chicago)

Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, Chicago, IL

Enhance your photography skills with a personalized full-day session in Chicago. Capture stunning images and learn post-capture techniques from experienced instructors at Digital Photo Academy. Immerse yourself in various photography genres and receive tailored guidance to improve your craft.

(146) All levels 15 and older
$675
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Half Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (Chicago)

Digital Photo Academy @ Cross Streets TBA, Chicago, IL

Learn how to master the art of digital photography with personalized instruction and hands-on experience in Chicago. Improve your skills and capture stunning images in various categories like landscape, portrait, and architecture. Enhance your post-capture workflow and discover techniques to create powerful and impactful images.

(146) All levels 15 and older
$375
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Close-up Photography: Telephoto Lens

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Enhance your photography skills with the power of a telephoto lens. From capturing distant subjects to revealing intricate details up close, this workshop equips you with the techniques to maximize the potential of long focal lengths. Join us to elevate your photography game and unlock new perspectives within the lush landscapes of the Garden.

(129) Advanced 18 and older
$287

3 sessions

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Wide-Angle Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Unlock the creative potential of wide-angle photography as you delve into techniques for capturing depth, perspective, and intimate details in your images. Discover how to make the most of your wide-angle lens to explore diverse perspectives and compositions within the picturesque landscapes of the Garden. Enhance your photography skills under expert guidance, utilizing focal lengths of 20mm or less to craft captivating visual narratives.

(129) All levels 18 and older
$287

3 sessions

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Photographing Roses

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Capture the beauty of roses in our Photographing Roses class at the Krasberg Rose Garden. Learn techniques to enhance color and texture through light and exposure control, with guidance on using macro lenses and tripods. Ideal for DSLR or mirrorless camera users with a working knowledge of their camera controls.

(129) Intermediate 18 and older
$87
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Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)

Digital Photo Academy @ 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Take your photography to the next level with this comprehensive workshop at Digital Photo Academy in Chicago. This course will teach you everything you need to know about your camera's functions and settings. Don't miss out on the opportunity to capture compelling images and receive a special alumni discount for future classes!

(146) All levels 15 and older
$90
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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Driehaus Museum

Digital Photo Academy @ 40 E Erie St, Chicago, IL

Step back in time to the opulent Gilded Age with our photography class at the historic Driehaus Museum. Explore grand interiors and intricate details under the guidance of experienced instructors, learning techniques to capture the essence of this bygone era. Immerse yourself in a world of luxury and refinement, honing your skills to create captivating images that transport viewers to another time.

(146) All levels 15 and older
$125
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Photographing Waterlilies

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Unveil the secrets to photographing the enchanting beauty of waterlilies and aquatic flora. Gain insights into optimal camera settings for capturing vivid floral colors, soft focus, and mesmerizing water reflections. Immerse yourself in hands-on practice amidst the scenic landscapes of the Chicago Botanic Garden, refining your photography skills under expert guidance.

(129) All levels 18 and older
$74
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iPhone Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Discover the secrets of capturing stunning nature photographs using your iPhone. Learn how to use popular photography apps and enhance your images in this hands-on course at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Unleash your creativity and take your iPhone photography to the next level.

(129) All levels 18 and older
$124

3 sessions

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Looking vs Seeing: The Photographer's Eye

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Enhance your photographic vision in our dynamic exploration of observation and creativity. Uncover intuitive methods for discovering compelling subjects and mastering composition to elevate your photography beyond mere snapshots. Join us to refine your visual perspective and unlock the true artistry of photography.

(84) All levels 18 and older
$260

8 sessions

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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Lincoln Park Zoo

Digital Photo Academy @ 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL

Join us for a unique photography experience at the Lincoln Park Zoo, where you'll learn how to capture animals in their natural habitat and create stunning compositions. Our experienced instructors will share tips and techniques to eliminate distractions and bring your images to life. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your photography skills in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

(146) All levels 15 and older
$125
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Intermediate Digital Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Take your digital photography skills to the next level as you explore advanced techniques and creative approaches at Chicago Botanic Garden. Enhance your photos with lead lines, manual focus, and precise aperture settings to achieve impressive and artistic images. Prerequisite: Beginning Digital Photography or consent of the instructor.

(129) Intermediate 18 and older
$249

4 sessions

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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Garfield Park Conservatory

Digital Photo Academy @ 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL

Explore the beauty of Garfield Park through the lens of your camera in this immersive photography course. Capture the vibrant flora, intricate patterns, and stunning reflections while learning techniques to enhance your photography skills. Join us for a unique experience in the heart of Chicago's West Side.

(146) All levels 15 and older
$125
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Black and White Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Unleash the full potential of your photographs by delving into the fascinating realm of shadows, textures, and contrasts. Discover the art of capturing the essence of nature in black and white, and learn how to master tonality and depth of field. Join us on this captivating journey of visual storytelling.

(129) All levels 18 and older
$437

5 sessions

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Composition in Landscape Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Refine your landscape photography skills through the art of composition, mastering elements like pattern, symmetry, and depth of field. Each week, delve deep into one composition element to acquire techniques for enhancing your photographic vision. Elevate your craft with newfound skills that promise to elevate the impact of your landscape captures.

(129) All levels 18 and older
$437

5 sessions

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Intro to Darkroom Photography

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Discover the art of traditional photography in this immersive course, where you'll uncover the secrets of exposure and delve into the history of the craft. Develop your own black and white film, create captivating gelatin silver prints, and explore the artistic possibilities of photograms. Unleash your creativity and bring your vision to life through the captivating art of darkroom photography.

(84) Beginner 18 and older
$285

6 sessions

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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Chicago Cultural Center

Digital Photo Academy @ 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL

Discover the beauty and culture of the Chicago Cultural Center through the lens of a professional photographer in this digital photography workshop. Capture the grandeur of the Tiffany dome, master light, and shadow techniques, and unleash your creativity in shooting both indoor and outdoor architectural marvels. Elevate your skills and create captivating images of this iconic Chicago landmark.

(146) All levels 15 and older
$125
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Photoshop 1

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Unlock the power of Photoshop to elevate your photography skills. Explore fundamental techniques including cropping, lighting adjustments, color enhancement, and subject modification to transform your images. Master the art of Selections and Layers to refine and enhance your photos with precision and creativity.

(129) Beginner 18 and older
$436

6 sessions

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Photographing the Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Unleash your creativity and capture the beauty of nature as you explore the art of garden photography at a stunning 385-acre location. Learn expert techniques and tips while discovering hidden gems that will transform your garden photography into captivating works of art. Join us for an immersive experience that will inspire and elevate your photography skills.

(129) All levels 18 and older
$112

2 sessions

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Fine Art Poetic Landscape Photography

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Elevate your landscape photography to poetic heights by mastering the fusion of technical precision with aesthetic expression. Delve into the principles of composition and design, exploring how technique shapes the emotional resonance of your images. Draw inspiration from both historic masters and contemporary artists as you refine your skills in conveying meaning and emotion through the lens.

(129) Intermediate 18 and older
$437

6 sessions

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Reviews for Photography Classes in Chicago

Photography Classes in Chicago are rated 4.5 stars based on 359 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • All Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (Chicago)

    Anonymous review on 3/16/2024
    Great workshop with the guidance and expertise of Ron ! Ron is very experienced in all aspects of photography… makes it clear and accessible. Learning a new way to approach street photography and depth of field! Thank you
  • Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)

    Reviewed by Brian C. on 11/11/2023
    Ron was an excellent instructor, especially for beginners. He helped ensure the content was easy to understand and provided really great recommendations on how to use a camera without overcomplicating things. Really nice person, accommodating, and made sure to answer every question.
  • Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Garfield Park Conservatory

    Reviewed by Melissa B. on 6/4/2023
    Garfield Park Conservatory is an outstanding location and Ron taught me many helpful technical tips about using my camera & stylistic elements to consider while taking photos. Thank you, Ron!
  • Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)

    Reviewed by Melissa B. on 2/5/2023
    Ron is an excellent instructor! He was very friendly and patient with all of the students and covered all of the important features on my digital camera. Ron provided and explained each concept with specific examples that were easy to understand and see. He also provided many tips about using the camera settings. I’m hoping he teaches a class at the conservatory so I can take another class with him.
  • Half Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (Chicago)

    Reviewed by Greta H. on 7/7/2022
    Great teacher! Great info! I really benefitted from this private course!
  • Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)

    Reviewed by Jacqueline K. on 5/8/2022
    Great class! I appreciate all the information I received.
  • Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)

    Reviewed by Erin P. on 5/8/2022
    Don was a great instructor and I learned a lot! He even adjusted the curriculum to my and the other students proficiency with photography! I would recommend him and this course to anyone!
  • Photoshop 1

    Anonymous review on 8/13/2021
    Iris, the instructor was great. I highly recommend this course.
  • Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago)

    Reviewed by Sheila L. on 8/4/2019
    Very good course to learn the basics on how to work your camera. Would do again
  • All Day Private Digital Photography for 1-6 People (Chicago)

    Anonymous review on 1/21/2018
    Sai was super nice, patient and taught us a lot about our cameras and taking great pics.

Discover the Best Photography Classes in Chicago

Photography is an artistic way to express your creativity. There are many levels to photography and numerous paths that anyone can choose. Given the endless possibilities, it is essential to consider what and why you want to learn photography, especially in a fantastic city like Chicago. 

Why You Should Learn Photography in Chicago

Learning photography in a city like Chicago is a great idea and can be the start of some incredible opportunities. You can learn this skill to add to your employable skills or break into a new career. Not only does Chicago have some iconic backdrops for photography, but you might find your work in their public photo gallery with a chance to sell your work. Chicago is considered a top spot for wedding photographs, so if you want to enter the field, you could start as a photographer. 

If your aim is not to make photography into a career but to instead connect with others with similar interests, that is also an option. The Out of Chicago conference is a great photography conference for you to meet other city, street, and architecture photographers. This five-day conference allows you to work closely with professional photographers and meet other enthusiasts from all over. There is a full itinerary and a chance to take pictures all over the city while meeting new friends. Finally, learning photography could be your next hobby. Living in a city with many iconic and picturesque backdrops, you can learn how to take excellent pictures to relieve stress, try something new, and make good use of your free time.

In-Person Photography Classes & Schools in Chicago

Chicago offers many choices when it comes to taking photography courses. The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the world's great icing museums and conservation science centers. The botanic garden has 26 gardens and four natural areas situated on 385 acres on nine islands. It is truly a beautiful place to visit. Additionally, people of all ages, interests, and abilities can take classes offered in their laboratories on the garden grounds. Located in Glencoe, Illinois, this is the perfect setting for a photography class. The botanic garden offers a Garden and Travel Photography course to prepare you for your next trip. In this class, students will learn how to create lead-line and use the light, angles, and time of day to optimize their pictures.

The course is four sessions long, with each session lasting for 3 hours. There is a prerequisite of the Beginning Photography class or general camera competence, and you are required to have a digital camera. 

If you aren't quite ready to jump into a class using a digital camera, the iPhone Photography course is also an option. Also offered at the Chicago Botanic Garden, this iPhone course will explore some of the better-known photo apps and get instructions on how to use them for mature photography. You can also expect to learn the basics of iPhone photography, such as how to enhance, manipulate, or alter them. This 2 hours course has three sessions, and students must have an iPhone to participate. If you are looking for a beginners level class, the Beginning Digital Photography class at the botanic garden is a great place to start. This course will teach students the techniques and principles of photography. At the same time, they explore the basics of photography, how the camera works, and the functions of lens aperture. While no previous experience is required for this class, students are required to have a digital SLR camera. Students can expect to learn a lot in this four-session course that lasts 3 hours, and students have the perfect background of the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

The Digital Photo Academy, DPA, offers nationwide workshop series to promote the culture of digital photography. DPA hosts workshops in various cities hiring professional photographers to teach live classes in those cities. All of the DPA instructors are adequately trained to teach DPA workshops. In addition, DPA offers quite a few seminars in the Chicago area. One special seminar offered at DPA is the live in-the-field course. For example, there is a Digital Photography Live In-The-Field @ Garfield Park course offered in the picturesque Garfield Park on the West Side of Chicago. The live in-the-field, or Composition in the Field class begins with a talk with one of DPA's experienced instructors, followed by a stroll through a photogenic location.

In this case, students can take shots of waterfalls, the cacti in the Desert Room, abstract art and shapes, and a full bloom of flowers, depending on the season. This fun-filled three-hour session is a great way to learn how to shoot strategically and capture some interesting photos. If you love the idea of taking pictures in the field, there is also the Digital Photography Live In-The-Field @ St. Nicholas. Same concept as the Garfield Park class, except this location is the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral which offers an excellent photo opportunity. Students will explore some of the challenges associated with lightning while having fun. Students will take pictures inside and outside the church, leaving a lot to your creativity. Like others in the field course, this one also lasts three hours. 

Finally, perhaps the field is beyond your comfort level; there is the Master Your Digital Camera Controls (Chicago). This workshop will teach students the ins and outs of their camera, no matter the model. The course lasts for an hour and a half and gives students a chance to learn how to work their Digital SLR Camera/Point and shoot camera. Though not required, the Master Your Digital Camera Controls class is an excellent prerequisite for the in-the-field courses.

The Evanston Art Center specializes in art education and offers exhibitions to the public for free. The art center is one of Illinois's oldest and largest visual art centers. As a part of their mission to provide visual arts classes that engage the community, you can find some excellent classes here for your creative mind. If you are like many, learning a craft's history is a great way to gain insight and appreciation for the skill. The History of Photography class is just what you need if you are looking for an overview of the history of photography. The course begins with the birth of the photographic process and ends with present-day digital photography. Students will discuss the science and technique behind various photographic processes, influential photographers, and events throughout photographic history. 

Virtual Photography Classes & Schools

You can take a photography class virtually, and it has its benefits. A virtual option allows you to attend the session from anywhere, cuts out your commute, and you have access to more class options. However, while having an online option has benefits, there are some things to consider, such as costs. Consider this: attending a virtual class versus an in-person class means you will have to provide your own equipment in most cases. Fortunately, most photography classes require you to provide your equipment regardless of being virtual or in-person, so you might not be at a disadvantage if you choose the online route. 

There are quite a few options if you are looking for an online photography class. For example, The Documentary Photography Narrative course is offered out of the Los Angeles Center of Photography. In this online course, students will explore how to tell visual stories and form a cohesive narrative body of work ready for publishing. The course has six sessions, exposing students to the creations of great documentary photographers. This workshop is an excellent way for future photographers to tell stories with their photos. 

A Digital Photography: Smart Phone skills course might interest you if you want to learn how to become more creative with your iPhone. The course covers hardware add-ons, apps for networking and editing, and some basics of better composition. It is split into two sessions and only costs $115. While both classes require a camera or an iPhone, they provide supplemental instruction instead of learning just the basics. These courses operate under the assumption that you already own the device and want to perfect your skill. There are many other online options like these to help you expand your skills on the equipment you already own. 

Private Group Photography Classes in Chicago

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