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Sat, Dec 14, 10:00am - 5:00pm

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South Loop, Downtown/Loop
329 West 18th St Ste 615
At S Lumber Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 16

What you'll learn in this digital photography class:

The Fundamentals classes are, by far, the most popular starting point for photography classes in Chicago and are designed to give the complete beginner a solid understanding of their digital camera and the fundamental knowledge needed to embark upon a lifetime's exploration of photography.

There are no 'hidden' or extra fees to pay for any classes at the Academy. There is no Lab fee. All of the supplies needed for printing are supplied by the Academy. There is no required lens to buy. In fact, the fee covers everything you need for the class.

The 'Digital in a Day' class has much of the same fundamentals of photography information but does not cover the information in as much depth. If you prefer to learn how to take great photographs without having to 'fiddle' with them on a computer, this class will work for you.

Required Materials:
  • Digital SLR Camera (DSLR)
  • Camera User Guide (if you have one)
  • Lens
  • Memory card
  • Fully charged battery
  • Notebook and pen
The Academy will supply all other necessary equipment and materials at no extra charge.

The photography subjects:
  • How a DSLR works
  • Camera Settings
  • Mode Dial
  • White Balance
  • Metering Mode
  • Autofocus
  • File Formats
  • Image Archiving
  • Shutter Speed
  • Hand Held Camera Shake
  • Critique
  • Motion Blur
  • Aperture
  • Depth of Field
  • ISO
  • f16 Rule
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Exposure Lock
  • The ABC of exposure
  • Quality of Light
  • Composition
In addition to the above topics, the Four Week Digital classes cover the following subjects
  • Macro / Close-up
    We will explore the equipment and techniques required for close-up photography
  • Time Lapse
    Learn to make cinema quality time-lapse movies

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Refund Policy
Refunds will be issued up to 10 business days before a class begins. No refunds shall be issued after this date. Workshops may have additional cancellation and refund requirements printed with the course descriptions. Chicago Photography Academy Inc. cannot be responsible for providing make-ups or issuing refunds for sessions missed as a result of student illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control.

Classes canceled due to bad weather or instructor's absence will be rescheduled according to Chicago Photography Academy Inc.'s classroom availability.

This policy applies to all classes including those classes purchased with a coupon or gift certificate and classes registered using a Certificate Program or club membership number.

An administration fee will be charged for any class that is canceled after the 10 day period. Chicago Photography Academy will not permit exceptions to the refund policy.

Cancellations via phone are not accepted. Expired coupons, gift certificates Certificate Program or club memberships may not be used to register for classes or reschedule classes under any circumstances.

The Certificate Program may not be refunded in part or in whole for any reason whatsoever.


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Reviews of Classes at Chicago Photography Academy (15)

(15 Reviews)
Digital 101 in a Day
Reviewed by Elizabeth S. on 10/16/2019
The class was awesome, just wish there was some sort of a handout that covered the key points with steps on how to find it again on your camera.
Digital 101 in a Day
Reviewed by Steve B. on 12/10/2018
The class delivered exactly what was promised. A fast-paced overview of the basics of how to manage light and begin to apply that to taking photos.
Digital 101 in a Day
Reviewed by Anonymous on 9/15/2018
Carlos was awesome. We learned so much - and the info was easy to understand.
Digital 101 in a Day
Reviewed by Mark V. on 11/20/2017
Carlos was great I know more about my camera after the class then I every would have figured out on my own he take the time to make sure every student understands despite all the different cameras people had. I would recommend this class to anyone who has a DSLR camera and wants to get the most out of it.
Digital 101 in a Day
Reviewed by Lillian M. on 5/22/2017
As I said in the previous review request, Carlos was THE best instructor I have ever had. I always had such a hard time understanding the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. He walked us thru everything in terms that made perfect sense to me. Unlike other beginning photography classes I have taken, Carlos started from ground zero even though a few in the classroom were more advanced. Loved, loved, loved the class! I even signed up for the online version this morning! Great job!
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Chicago Photography Academy

Chicago Photography Academy was opened in early 2009, and we ran our first class with just two students. Shortly after that enrollment sky-rocketed and, to date, we have provided classes for more than fifteen thousand students. At any one time, there are, on average, one hundred students enrolled in...

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