Frequently Asked Questions
Our classes are for people who are serious about learning photography. You will attend one class each week for about 2.5 hours and one computer lab each week for 3 hours. The computer lab is located at our home offices with free parking. When you enroll in Photo I, you are agreeing to be part of a program and a community, and that will take about eight hours of your time each week for seven weeks.
Each student may attend the first class of Photo I at no charge. Try us out, start learning right away and let's see if we're a good fit for each other. Then at the start of the second class, bring your payment.
For our one-day Boot Camps, the cost is $250.The fee for each seven-week class (Photo I, II or III), the cost is $480, with NO lab fee.
90% of being successful is showing up, so:
What do I do if my telephone call isn't returned?
SHOW UP. We'll talk.
What do I do if my e-mail isn't answered?
What do I do if I forgot my check?
SHOW UP. We know where you live.
What do I do if I forgot my prints?
SHOW UP. You can make more.
What do I do if I forgot my notebook?
SHOW UP. We'll give you one.
What do I do if I forgot my paper for printing?
SHOW UP. Your classmates will take pity on you.
We are serious about teaching people who are serious about learning, so classes generally are held regardless of the weather.
Talk with us before purchsing equipment. We can recommend cameras and locations that will fit your goals.
It's right here! Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes is located in a quiet industrial area, with no meters to pay, so there is plenty of secure street parking after 6:00pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.
We like our class size to be between 10 and 15. If there are too many students to provide the kind of individualized instruction we prefer, we will break the class into two classes.
Our classes are for people who own DSLR cameras, which have lenses that can be removed and replaced with other lenses.
These cameras may cost $700 or more.
We start out asking our students to only use their cameras with a 50 mm "fixed focus" f 1.8 lens (no zoom). This lens costs about $125 for most DSLR's. Different brands of cameras charge different prices for lenses. Mirrorless cameras tend to more expensive, about $200.
When you are just starting out in Photo I we will show you what is most important for proper image capture. Over time, while gaining experience using the camera, you will be learning the why and how of the menu choices. You will the menus in small bites so you gain a full understanding of what each item does. Be patient, our promise, "Learning will occur."
Mac or PC, the faster the better, but don't go out and buy one until you talk to one of our staff. During scheduled lab times, you will be able to use our computers, software and printers, so please do not run out and start purchasing things.
In Photo I, lab times are scheduled so we can ensure proper instructor to student ratio; we have generally have one instructor for every five students. You will have to pick a time to come and work in the lab each week. In the Photo I Lab you will learn how to print, but we'll also teach you the procedures you need to follow to keep the equipment working properly. That way you'll be more likely to be successful, when you use the lab by yourself without a teacher in Photo II. There are no lab teachers in Photo II and III, but we encourage you to learn from the other students in the room. After Photo 1, you can use the computer lab whenever there is not a class using it.
You have three hours of lab time each week. After you finish printing your assignment for the class, you may print anything you like.
We can instruct using a film camera. We do not have darkroom facilities.
Medium Format is a specialty. When you are ready to make a purchase, we can discuss options.
Richard was a photographer, who started teaching photography at Jane Adams Center Hull House in 1969. Over the years, he provided instruction to almost 25, 000 students. Sadly, in November 2014, Richard passed away. The school continues to operate under new leadership who is committed to continuing photography instruction and student development.
You may buy gift certificates in $100 increments or for the full price of any class. You may request a certificate by e-mail or call us at 872-529-2272. We are able to respond to you the same day if required.
Give the gift of learning, because the classes take about eight hours a week of someone's time for seven weeks.
Tutoring is available; talk to Nick or Rick.