Yelp Reviews

All I Want to Do is to Take Photos

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Shirley N., Chicago, IL  //  February 15, 2012

I just finished Photo 2 with Cara. The curriculum and Cara are both terrific. She's a natural, well organized, sound teaching principles, positive, professional and talented. I have enjoyed my first two classes immeasurably. I have been bitten by the bug, all I want to do is to take photos. Now I get my Dad's obsession with golf.

These Classes Are Open and Honest

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Ashley B., Hampshire, IL  //  February 13, 2012

I recently completed Richard's Photo I – a seven week course. I was nervous about the 7 week commitment (especially since I live about an hour outside of the city) but it was well worth it. I truly learned a lot and really enjoyed all of the added lessons you get from hearing about Richard's extensive experience and rich history in Chicago. I absolutely plan on signing up for the Photo II course to continue my journey. These classes are open and honest and it's true that "laughter will be heard, and learning will occur." I had previously taken a DSLR "bootcamp" course as well as a 1 day crash course in Adobe Lightroom from another Chicago photography school and I must say the learning did not sink in- there was no time for interaction with the instructor or your classmates and you didn't get a chance to apply your learning into actual photographs. I wouldn't waste my money next time!

Got More Than My friends Who Went Elsewhere

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R.M., Chicago, IL  //  February 13, 2012

I took the 90-minute freebie basics class before committing to the Photo I class. In my mind, you can't be more honest about your product than a that. 90 minutes was plenty of time for me to feel confident about what I'd be getting from a full course.

As the first sentence indicates, I was impressed enough with the 90-minute freebie to sign up for a 7-week course. I wasn't disappointed. Richard, the owner of the place, teaches the once-a-week class while others teach the once-a-week lab time devoted to learning Lightroom, work on the assignments from class and print the photos. The class time and the lab time can each be up to 3 hours plus whatever time you take to do the assignments. I happened to be taking several other classes that covered almost every other day of the week (in addition to a full time job) and I still found time to do the assignments and attend the classes and labs without any problem.

I thought the labs were really well done and properly staffed. I think all but two of the labs had two instructors available so individual questions and issues were addressed pretty quickly. I should note, too, that any questions emailed outside of class were answered within an hour if not minutes and it didn't seem to matter what time of day or night I contacted them. The variety of instructors I met during class, lab and around the school were really approachable and obviously live for photography.

I think the biggest benefit I got out of the class was learning the technical aspects of the camera and functions that I didn't even know it had....and, this is after I had read and researched a number of digital photography books, blogs, etc. on my own.

As probably anyone with a DSLR camera knows, photography is a pricey hobby so I wanted to make sure I wasn't dropping a bunch of money for a lack-luster experience. I was actually a little bummed at first that I missed out on some online deals for other places that friends found after I committed to Richard's class but it later sounded like another example of "you get what you pay for." I haven't been to any of the other schools but it sounds like I got much more out of my experience than some of my friends who went elsewhere for less $$$. In fact, some of the students in my class had actually been to other schools and felt like they'd been ripped off. I can honestly say I feel like I got my money's worth.

After I save a few bucks, I'll be back for the next level of classes.

Comment from Richard S.
Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes

Thank You For Your Kind Words. All of our teachers are devoted to learning and teaching Photography. Our teacher are accomplished Photographers and choose to teach. They are NOT out-work-photographres trying to figure what to do when they grow up or persons looking to meet girls. R ;-)


They Make You Feel Like You Are Part of the Family

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Damir B., Norridge, IL  //  February 12, 2012

I just finished with the seven week photo 1 and it was everything I thought it would be and much more. I'm really glad I did it because I was someone who just bought the camera and did not even know how to use it properly. Highly recommended for anyone just starting out or wanting to take it to the next level. Richard Stromberg and his team couldn't have been nicer, friendly and very knowledgeable. They make you feel like you are part of the family. His approach and method of teaching is really unique. True he tells a lot of stories but they are all very interested and they all have a point to them. I'm defiantly returning for photo 2.

Commitment to Community

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Carol L., Chicago, IL  //  January 17, 2012

I have taken Photo I and am enrolled in Photo II. I love taking classes here! Richard is passionate about photography and is very generous sharing his knowledge. I chose Richard's classes because of his commitment to community and I could try the first class for free. If I didn't feel it was a good fit, no problem. All I really wanted to do was to take better photos, but with Richard's encouragement in Photo I and Cara's instruction in Photo II, they are making a photographer out of me. Who knew! You cannot expect a college classroom here, but you will work hard. Check out the great website and come take the free first class!

More Than Pleased With the Instruction

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Patrina M., Chicago, IL  //  January 12, 2012

I completed Photo I about a month ago. I signed up for the class to learn how to use my DSLR camera that was given to me over 5 years ago and I never learned how to use it to it's full capabilities. I decided to upgrade and purchased a newer camera. You may not be a personal fan of Richards or you may not like the decor or his style of teaching. As with anything you have to find a fit and style that works for you. However, anyone who walks away without a thorough understanding of how to use your camera as well as a head start on the technical aspects of photography, either you didn't want to learn, you didn't listen and/or photographies not for you. I learned enough in Photo I to get me started and at least understand how to operate my camera without just pointing and shooting. I'm currently in Photo II which is a lot more technical and I'm so glad I took it right after Photo I as suggested. I am more than pleased with the instruction given.

Comment from Richard S.
Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes

Thank You for your kind words. Sorry you don't like me but what i really care about is that Learning Occurred and Laughter Was Heard. R ;-)

My Abilities and Confidence Have Grown

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Patrick E., Near Southside, Chicago, IL  //  January 8, 2012

Good program with lots of support and good facilities. Very knowledgeable instructors who are either photography professionals or semi-pros. I'm currently taking my third course and my abilities and confidence have grown substantially (prior to the first course, I was very much a beginner). It does require work and a desire to learn, but for those who want to compose better / more beautiful photos, the results are well worth the effort.