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    Get to Know Your Camera: Hands-on DSLR Camera Class

    Mike MacDonald Photography
    This DSLR camera class is about taking control of your digital camera, setting you free to photograph the things you love most. You'll receive a fundamental understanding of how your digital camera works, enabling you to think for yourself. The goal is to build your confidence and knowledge so you're ready to photograph your favorite subject, no matter what that is. Ultimately, you'll learn about the necessary tools and hear the sound guidance needed to get started, whether you just want to take better pictures of your children or have thoughts of pursuing a professional photography career.
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    Composition in the Field (Bridges of the City of the Big Shoulders)

    Digital Photo Academy
    Create compelling images out of any surrounding! This three hour, hands-on camera workshop, is a rendezvous with a pro photographer, in any of a number of photogenic locales in and around the area. The session is designed to provide you with an exciting experience that will teach you the classic principles of composition. You'll learn to shoot using the lighting at that particular moment, image framing, shutter techniques and other tips and techniques that will result in great compositions for portraits, architectural shoots, street photography and macro images. Personal feedback on your work from professional photographers will be given to help you master these photo layout skills. Swing by and learn to create inspiring images and turn the mundane into masterpieces!
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    Intro to Photoshop

    Balanced Exposure
    Can you notice the difference between a Photoshopped image and an undoctored photograph? Have you always wanted to improve your photography, without Instagram, by making simple adjustments like brightening the background and enhancing the exposure? During this introductory Photoshop course, you will distinguish between the airbrushed actress and the au' natural glamour shot, as you learn the nuances of the complex Adobe Photoshop program. You'll explore the differences between RAW and JPG images, learn what curves, masking, and layers do, and discover that cloning may not be exactly like the consequences of Brave New World. As you experiment with Photoshop's many tools, create anything that comes to mind, from Hercules riding a unicorn to a picture of Tom Selleck riding in a Ferrari with a Gremlin combing his moustache. Let your imagination run wild with Photoshop!
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    Master Your Camera Controls (Ron Gould Studios)

    Digital Photo Academy
    When you look at your camera do you just see a lot of buttons and options you don't know what to do with? Do you usually just put everything on auto and hope for the best? In this class you will learn all about the functions and capabilities of your camera from a skilled instructor. You will learn about focal length, depth of field, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and the specific functions of your camera, so you can capture the images you want. You will gain confidence in your photography skills and master simple tips and tricks to make simple changes that improve your images. No matter what camera model you own, this class will help you get comfortable with it.
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    Studio Photography

    Discovery Center
    Take control of your pictures and enter the studio! Like a photographer snapping shots of models, bring your photos up a notch and have people drooling after taking this course in studio photography. At Discovery Center, become introduced to studio equipment and learn how to get the most out of any camera, in any location, under any light situation. After the demonstration, you'll have a photo session with a model, learning posing and fashion techniques, along with tips to help you create a unique and robust portfolio. Dive into photography the right way -- the studio way!
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    Composition in the Field (Gold Coast)

    Digital Photo Academy
    Create compelling images out of any surrounding! This three hour, hands-on camera workshop, is a rendezvous with a pro photographer, in any of a number of photogenic locales in and around the area. The session is designed to provide you with an exciting experience that will teach you the classic principles of composition. You'll learn to shoot using the lighting at that particular moment, image framing, shutter techniques and other tips and techniques that will result in great compositions for portraits, architectural shoots, street photography and macro images. Personal feedback on your work from professional photographers will be given to help you master these photo layout skills. Swing by and learn to create inspiring images and turn the mundane into masterpieces! You must bring your own digital camera. Exact meeting location will be provided upon booking and will vary depending upon the signup date.
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    Composition in the Field (Millennium Park)

    Digital Photo Academy
    Create compelling images out of any surrounding! This three hour, hands-on camera workshop, is a rendezvous with a pro photographer, in any of a number of photogenic locales in and around the area. The session is designed to provide you with an exciting experience that will teach you the classic principles of composition. You'll learn to shoot using the lighting at that particular moment, image framing, shutter techniques and other tips and techniques that will result in great compositions for portraits, architectural shoots, street photography and macro images. Personal feedback on your work from professional photographers will be given to help you master these photo layout skills. Swing by and learn to create inspiring images and turn the mundane into masterpieces! You must bring your own digital camera. Exact meeting location will be provided upon booking and will vary depending upon the signup date.
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    Photo Essentials

    Balanced Exposure
    Even with iPhoneography and Instagram, there's a renewed interest in DSLR photography. While most people remain snap-happy photographers stuck on automatic setting, during this Photo Essentials class, you will eliminate the snaps from your diet and learn how to work the manual settings of your camera: white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Once you've mastered these settings, you'll dive into a world of RAW vs. JPG images, Adobe Lightroom, and even the importance of Photoshop. Finally, learn how to use your camera and capture those precious Kodak moments. All you need now is trip to the Eiffel Tower...
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    Composition in the Field (Chicago Cultural Center)

    Digital Photo Academy
    Create compelling images out of any surrounding! This three hour, hands-on camera workshop, is a rendezvous with a pro photographer, in any of a number of photogenic locales in and around the area. The session is designed to provide you with an exciting experience that will teach you the classic principles of composition. You'll learn to shoot using the lighting at that particular moment, image framing, shutter techniques and other tips and techniques that will result in great compositions for portraits, architectural shoots, street photography and macro images. Personal feedback on your work from professional photographers will be given to help you master these photo layout skills. Swing by and learn to create inspiring images and turn the mundane into masterpieces! You must bring your own digital camera. Exact meeting location will be provided upon booking and will vary depending upon the signup date.
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    Intensive One Day Photography Workshop

    Discovery Center
    When will you figure out that tapping "Sepia" on Instagram doesn't make you a photographer? Adjusting ISO, aperture, and shutter speed takes you to real photography. In this one-day intensive workshop, learn how your camera works and what you need to consider in order to take amazing photos. You'll cover topics including composition, lighting, black and white photography, digital color photography, base aperture, and shutter speed settings for various shooting situations. During this information-packed day combined with hands-on practice, you will also learn how to work with natural and artificial light. Stop the iPhoneography and master a real camera.
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