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 our Certificate Program.
If you just need a primer so that you can take better pictures of the kids, we can help. If you want a complete education in all aspects of photography, we can help. If you are challenged by time or distance and cannot make it to classes, we can help.
Wherever you are on your creative journey, we are here to support you. Our purpose is to support local, aspiring photographers in the Chicago community by giving them the opportunity to work with experts in the photography world. Students sharpen their skills, talent and knowledge in a supportive community eager to learn and move forward on their creative journeys.
Classes & Workshops
We offer one-day, two-day and four-week digital photography classes in Chicago for photographers at all levels of skill and experience.
Classes focused on specialty subjects such as wedding photography, detachable flash, advanced portraiture, and product photography are also available to intermediate and advanced students. All photography classes provide an interactive, engaging opportunity for students to learn and practice their photography to capture and print quality photos.
There are no lab fees, extra lenses, paper or any extra items to buy, making CPA classes the best value in Chicago!
Carlos is great and always made sure everyone understood the current content before moving forward. I would hope to have Carlos again in future courses I plan to take.
The class was amazing but directions into the building were difficult. I learned so much and highly recommended this class.
I thought it was a great introduction, and felt like I learned a lot, but, as Carlos predicted, I am now overwhelmed and asking, "Wut??" Reviewed my notes and took my camera out yesterday to review his lunchtime assignment, and am feeling really stupid. Remind me again why we were playing with changing the shutter speed (so long as it was above 1/60 to match the lens length) when we were in AV.
Carlos was fantastic!!
Excellent ! Carlos , our teacher was wonderful . Very knowledgeable ,very skilled presenting information to the group . Carlos quickly assessed the varying levels of the students and adapted to each to give the instruction at the correct knowledge base . The class was interesting , I learned so much and will be returning for further classes . Thank you ! Karen Rooke .
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.
I was impressed with the instructor. The facility was well designed. The flash trigger equipment needed to be repaired. Each student should have a working trigger. There could have been better handouts or maybe audio visual to demonstrate the photo techniques.
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.
I definitely got my money’s worth. The course is fast paced and covers a ton of ground. I walked away understanding why certain things happen when taking a photo and how to adjust. The instructor took time to help with individual issues and questions.
Carlos was awesome. We learned so much - and the info was easy to understand.
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