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    Intro to Photoshop

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    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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    Intro to Photoshop

    1101 Perimeter Dr, Schaumburg

    • Receive a hands-on lecture about each nuance in Photoshop, and cover basics such as cloning, curves, masking and layers
    • Experiment with these Photoshop techniques on your own images
    • Improve your pictures by using simple blacklight techniques on the computer
    • No experience necessary
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    Photo Essentials

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    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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    Photo Essentials

    1101 Perimeter Dr, Schaumburg

    • Master your camera's manual settings
    • Learn fundamental functions, concepts and settings such as white balance, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
    • Uncover the uses of RAW and JPG images, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop
    • No experience necessary
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    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

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    Experiencing the architecture of the Windy City is a breeze (good one eh?) with Shoreline Sightseeing's 90-minute river tour. You'll travel all three branches of the Chicago River and leisurely view of more than 40 of the city's greatest architectural treasures. Knowledgeable guides will walk (or maybe float) you through the history of buildings like the Tribune Tower, the Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, Marina City and more. You'll finish your tour with a spectacular fireworks display by the Navy Pier. Perfect for the architecture or history buff in your family!
    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • See the Chicago's architectural landmarks on this relaxing river tour
    • Discover the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building and more than 40 other sites
    • Learn the history of some of the most impressive buildings in the world
    • Cap your tour with a viewing of the Navy Pier fireworks display
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    50 positive reviews
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    Little India Food Tour

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    Experience all the taste sensations of South Asia right in middle of the Windy City! Whether you are visiting Chicago for the first time or are just sick of deep dish pizza, this tour will have something for you. You'll sample a variety of cuisines from regions all over South Asia. Visit a temple and a variety of boutiques and specialty stores for spices and others. Additionally, indulge in a henna tattoo and more! Make sure to come hungry for food and for culture!
    Little India Food Tour

    2541 W Devon Ave, Chicago

    • Walk the vibrant streets of Chicago's Little India and sample the best foods it has to offer
    • In between food stops visit cultural and historical landmarks with your experienced guide
    • All foods and activities included in the ticket price
    • Learn about a neighborhood with a rich ethnic heritage while tasting some of the best food in Chicago
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    Fireworks Paddle! / Navy Pier Fireworks Chicago Kayak Tour

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    Ready yourself for some explosive fun! This kayaking tour sets off about two miles away from Chicago's Navy Pier, and features a relaxed nighttime paddle that will leave you dazzled ... Particularly when you reach your destination just in time to take in a thunderous fireworks display! You'll be in prime position to take in the show as it lights up the water around you. Afterwards, you'll paddle back along the Chicago River to your starting destination, enjoying the nighttime luminescence of the Chicago's towering architecture on either side. Whether you're a novice who's never set foot in a kayak or an experienced river romper, you'll be touched by the poetic beauty of this introspective journey. Just remember to stow your paddle safely if you're going to clap for the fireworks - it's a long trip back if you have to swim!
    Fireworks Paddle! / Navy Pier Fireworks Chicago Kayak Tour

    500 N Kingsbury St, Chicago

    • Embark on an evening kayaking adventure through the heart of Downtown Chicago
    • Arrive at Navy Pier just in time to be in prime position to catch a dazzling fireworks show
    • Get some light physical exercise while feeding your need for adventure
    • Indulge your sense of adventure without having to leave Chicago
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    4 positive reviews
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    Intro to Racing

    Want to go fast? Hold onto your horsepower, Ricky Bobby. You've got to master the nuts and bolts first! Get your career in gear with an Intro to Racing seminar! This three-hour crash course is the perfect way for a would-be racer to develop a foundation to pursue further study, or for the eager fan to tune their racing acumen. Start with a classroom session where you'll learn the essentials of vehicle dynamics and racing theory. Then, with your mind primed, ready to put the pedal to the metal, hit the track and take the wheel of a Formula Skip Barber 200 car! Partake in a thrilling lead-and-follow session, and see if you have what it takes to snare the checkered flag!
    Intro to Racing

    700 Raceway Blvd, Madison

    • Expand your Formula Racing knowledge with an introductory course
    • Learn about theory and car dynamics from an experienced professional
    • Take the wheel during a dramatic lead-and-follow session
    • Feel the thrill of driving a formula race car and earn some bragging rights
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    Composition in the Field (Millennium Park)

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    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.
    Composition in the Field (Millennium Park)

    Cloud Gate, Chicago

    • Improve your compositional skills
    • Better understand the capabilities of your camera
    • Explore famous areas of Millennium Park
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    Classic Skyline Lake Tour

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    What's the one thing everyone must do in Chicago? Besides eating pizza, you need to see that breathtaking skyline! Traveling along the great Lake Michigan on a cruise vessel, learn about Chicago's colorful history and famous landmarks. You'll enjoy the panorama of Chicago's famous skyline, showcasing all the notable skyscrapers, such as the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower. As you progress down the lake, bare witness to the scenic downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain. For those of you looking for a quick trip that makes the ultimate punch, there's nothing better than heading out on the lake and seeing that irresistible skyline.
    Classic Skyline Lake Tour

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • Take in the breathtaking views of Chicago's skyline from the calm tides of Lake Michigan
    • Photograph the towering buildings like the John Hancock, Trump Tower, and Willis Tower
    • Travel down Lake Michigan, along the city front, and see bustling downtown areas like Gold Coast and Buckingham Fountain
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    50 positive reviews
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