Photo I: A Seven Week Class

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Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:30 PM Register
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:00 PM Register
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:00 PM Register
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:30 AM Register
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:00 PM Register
Wed Nov 1, 2017 7:00 PM Register

What Will I Learn in Photo I?

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Richard Stromberg

Photo I is a comprehensive class about the fundamentals of photography. You will attend once a week for class and once a week for computer lab. While digital imaging is new to photography, "digital" refers only to the way the image is captured and stored. Digital chips replace film. Most of the other facets of photography are more than 150 years old.

In Photo I, you will learn about correct exposure, what makes the "right exposure" and why. You'll discover the meaning of shutter speeds and f-stops and how to stop motion or let a "subject's motion" blur in just the right way. You will also learn about depth of field: how much of the picture you should have in focus and how to use "out of focus" in just the right way.

In the Lab, you will learn the right way to save your images permanently. You will learn how to convert your color images to black & white and how to print using a high-quality, archival inkjet printer. The computer program we use to manipulate photographs is called Adobe LightRoom. It is a program you can afford, and it is much less complicated than Photoshop (we do not teach Photoshop in either Photo 1 or Photo 2).  There will be at least one teacher for every five students in the lab.

In Photo I, you will also learn about composition for photography and ways to approach the "critique" of photographs - your own and the work of others.

One of the many unique features of Photo I is the distinctive three-week assignment, "The Psychological Relationship Between the Subject and the Photographer."   This assignment will teach you about ethics and law in photography and about the subtleties of what happens when you point a camera at someone or someone points a camera at you.

Each week, you'll get a "shooting" assignment, and in each Lab, a corresponding "print" assignment.

After completing Photo I, each student who attended all of the classes and Labs should be able to reliably photograph and print with success and confidence.

Photo I lays the proper foundation for the more technical Digital Photo II and Photo III classes.

Please attend one of the free Sunday workshops (always starting12 PM (high Noon) prior to beginning your Photo I class.  Doiing so will introduce you to the basics of camera operation and a number of shooting basics, including f-stops and shutter speed.  You'll also have a chance to meet our instructors and ask questions about your camera.  

Other Art Centers try to impress you with they and others have done... We want to impress - with what we will teach YOU to do.

As always – Laughter Will Be Heard  &  Learning Will Occur. ;-)

Class Info

Please Note

Attend your first class any of the days Photo 1 meets the first week. Continue your second class the following week on the day that fits your schedule.

Class Length

7 weeks


Kambua Chema
Danny Howard
Wendy Love
Denise Orlin
Nick Sinnott
Rick Katz
Erinn Wehrman


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Free 90-Minute Camera Workshop


Students must have access to a "Digital Single Lens Reflex" camera (DSLR) with an f1.8 lens or a Mirrorless camera.

Other Class Info

Students attend once a week for class (7 sessions) and once a week for computer lab (5 sessions)

The Labs start after the second week of class

Downtown Students & Highland Park Students must attend 5, 3 hour Computer Labs at 4001 Ravenswood Avenue


4001 N. Ravenswood Ave.
First Floor
Chicago, IL 60613

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