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Digital Photography Live In-the-Field @ Wicker Park

at Digital Photo Academy - Wicker Park

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Wicker Park, West Side
1373-75 N Milwaukee Ave
Btwn N Paulina & N Wood Streets
Chicago, Illinois 60642
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Sai Sivanesan

What you'll learn in this composition class:

The locals have the inside scoop on the Wicker Park Historic District, 4 acres, as a place for hipsters, culture bugs and artists so not surprisingly there is an abundance of charming shops, galleries and restaurants. The park was established, thanks to alderman Charles Wicker and his brother, Joel in 1868 and has undergone a series of significant transformations including restoring of bordering structures that provide excellent photo ops of old world architecture. Forbes voted Wicker Park as the 4th hippest hipster neighborhood in the U.S. so all of this makes for compelling street photography of the building interiors, exteriors, neighborhood residents as well as those visiting from elsewhere including Chicago itself, other U.S. cities and international travels. 

Your instructor, will demonstrate easy to learn techniques for selecting backdrops that add to the environmental portraits such as the many colorful wall murals in the area, dynamic signs and store fronts, remnants of the street construction from the 19th century and more.

For this photo workshop there is the extra benefit of the Wicker Park Bucktown Farmer’s Market, with more environmental portrait opportunities of venders manning their colorful displays of fruits, vegetables and an unending variety of produce, flowers, trinkets, antiques and various flea market items. 

Your instructor will help you gain the strategies to engage people on the streets and catch them in a natural pose or even help them to present the angles that are most flattering. This might be in close up shots, further away, with how to select the right colors in backdrop whether aperture controlled blurring of the background or making the colors compliment or contrast the main subject in a compelling manner. Actually, you will learn techniques that you can not only use when making your own portraits of friends and family but the information will even be helpful when you yourself are the one being photographed.

The group will meet at 1425 N Damen Ave in front of the Field House.

Each Composition in the Field class begins with a talk with one of our experienced instructors, and then you and your fellow students take a stroll through one of a variety of photogenic locales (in any of the 20+ cities the DPA encapsulates). There is street photography, magnificent interiors, farmers markets, zoos, landscapes, and more, photos of which are included within. These photos are a mix of student and instructor images in many different venues and cities across the United States and Canada. You will have fun in the three hour session, learn to shoot strategically, get more interesting photos of the event, and walk away with a foundation to improve your photographs in the future, whether you’re traveling, or at a birthday party and everywhere in between.

Please note – if a class must be cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control we will be happy to work with you to reschedule.  If you should need to cancel and require a new class date, contact us. A $25 transfer fee will be imposed without a 3 day notice before the scheduled class.

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There is no cancellation fee if you notify us prior to the Thursday before the weekend of your workshop. Later cancellations will not be refunded and reschedules will require a $25 rescheduling fee.


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