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Welcome to Lensflare Photography Group Chicago

We are photography group based in Chicago organizing photography workshops, classes and outings. Join us for interesting photography activities from classes in a pro photo studio to photo outings in great Chicago locations to put your gear to work. Our focus is on classes and real hands-on photography experience in the field and hope that you're going to meet some great fellow photographers while we're at it. The idea is to build a community of like minded Chicago photographic artists of all skill levels who meet on a regular basis and grow their photography experience in the process. Basically the classic idea of a camera club, but with modern tools and techniques.

This group is open to anyone interested in photography and willing to participate in Chicago photography classes, events, workshops and outings. All activities are held in the beautiful City of Chicago.

Photography Classes, Workshops and Outings with Maximum Impact

Each class or workshop will focus on a very specific photography genre and related techniques, so you can build your photo knowledge one topic at the time. We also have ongoing photo outings, right there in the field, with your camera in your hands and a photo instructor next you.

Since we're not charging a membership fee, photography classes, workshops and outings will cost a small amount to cover the group overhead, rental space and snacks. It will vary in price depending on the topic, gear and potential props or models involved.

Meet Bruno: Full-time Photo Studio Manager, Photographer and Photography Instructor

As most photographers and visual artists, I learned the craft back in high school with 35mm film cameras. After a while, I shot for various local and regional newspapers. Transition to digital: I started out in the modern area by teaching myself Aldus Photostyler, a predecessor to Photoshop, back in 1990 and bought my first digital camera in 1992, a Logitech Fotoman. I use various degrees of digital processing and manipulation: From basic "dodging and burning" to full-blown surrealistic photo illustrations.

My personal work can be seen on Brunoworks (http://www.brunoworks.com). During the day, you can find me at Bauwerks Photography Studio (http://www.bauwerks.com/) in Chicago working as full-time Photographer and Technical Manager/Co-Founder.

We hope to see you soon.


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Urban Night Photography | Outdoor Class and Field Workshop

Mariano's Bucktown


Skill Level: Beginner. Gear Required: DSLR or fully manual high-end Compact or Mirrorless Camera, and a Tripod. Duration: 2 Hours Please bring and wear a mask. You have probably driven by there numerous times, without paying much attention to the surroundings. But this is a great spot for gritty urban photography during the golden hour and at night. The lower bridge is vintage and in disrepair, but offers numerous opportunities for serene and ominous urban night city sceneries, close-ups and outdoor still life photography. It is also a never-ending source for great textures you could use for blending projects in an image editor such as Photoshop. Nearby Vintage Chicago River Bridges If we have enough time and energy and the weather permits, we might even wander off to another nearby vintage bridge with a unique Chicago river and skyline view. A Tripod Required A tripod is a must for most cameras in this environment. So unless you're an advanced photographer with experience in high ISO shooting or an appropriate super low-light camera setup, please bring a tripod. Things You Should Bring • Your camera and lenses, memory cards • Freshly charged batteries, including a backup • A tripod is a MUST for most cameras • A remote controller for your camera (optional) • Your camera manual • A flashlight and/or your Smartphone • A notepad and pen Photography Workshop Details • During the first 30 minutes, I will explain the techniques involved for a successful night shoot. • You will practice on how to shoot at night using a tripod and a remote or self-timer for long exposures. Please familiarize yourself with the self-timer or remote of your particular camera. • As usual, I will help you as much as I can with technical issues and composition techniques and any camera and gear related questions related to night photography you might have (as time allows). Keep in mind that we can't cover all aspects of photography or your gear during this workshop. In order for you to learn anything from me, we keep our photo workshops small. Cost/Refund Policy: Since this group does not collect membership fees like traditional camera clubs, we charge per event to cover our overhead and keep no-shows low. We strive to provide high quality outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching and scouting ideal locations and techniques. This is a rain or shine event. Therefore there is NO REFUND unless the photo workshop is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. Thanks and see y'all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor/Guide All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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Take Better Photos with your Smartphone. A Group Discussion. BYOB.

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