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The mission of this group is to help photographers grow their skill sets in a small group workshop environment, and practice those new skills on some great photo walks. The organizer of the group is Jeff Carsten, a retired studio photographer with 14 years experience in portraits, weddings, and commercial.

In order to maximize interaction, workshop groups are limited to 20 participants. Workshop modules will include:

I. Basic Camera Techniques: buttons, dials, and settings

II. Advanced Camera Techniques: Learning to shoot in Manual Mode

III. Introduction to Lightroom, HDR, and the optimum workflow

IV. Lightroom v.2: Techniques to make your pictures "pop", including HDR and Photoshop

V. How to take the perfect portrait with on-camera flash

VI. Fundamentals of Composition

VII. Basic studio lighting

The Photo walks are open to all, and are structured loosely. Photographers can work one-on-one with the organizer or each other, or go off to explore and create on their own. The Chicago area has an amazing array of locations and activities conducive to world class photography, and the photo walks will take full advantage or these resources.

We believe that Meetups should be an opportunity to learn and grow your skill set, have fun, and meet some new friends. We encourage the sharing of techniques and approaches, with the emphasis on creativity, all in a non-threatening environment.

We love photography, and love helping people discover their creativity. We love to give back, and we're not in it for the money. In this meetup group, all the workshops are free, as are the photo walks. There are no hidden financial agendas. At the same time, we try to keep our costs to a minimum, so we have sourced a free meeting room in our hometown of Palos Park. We are on the southwest side, a little off the beaten track, but a beautiful village of rolling hills and heavy woods, only 35 minutes from the loop.



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