• Introduction to Digital Photography

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

    Lensflare Photography Classes Chicago

    Talk Shop and Mingle at a Photo Studio Come and join your fellow photographers and share your experiences capturing images with your smartphone, iPhone or Android. Ask questions and get answers in a relaxed casual atmosphere. Bring your own wine or beer or enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and snacks. What we will do: We will discuss the most important mobile photography topics and questions you have. Network, mingle and meet fellow shutterbugs. Maybe make a new friend for future outings. Projector and notebook ready to look things up. The Group Discussion Organizer and Place: Bruno, a full-time photographer with decades of experience. Bauwerks Photography Studio, centrally located in Lincoln Park. Cost: $20 Per Person Cash or $25 Credit/Debit at the Door: For Space Rental, Snacks, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks and Group Overhead. BYOB: Please bring your own alcoholic beverages. Seating is limited. Arrive early. If there are less than 5 participants, this meetup might be rescheduled. Do NOT park in the lot next door. Free street parking is usually available (check the side streets). Thanks and see you all there! Cheers, Bruno All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Group

  • Urban Night Photography | Outdoor Class and Field Workshop

    Mariano's Bucktown

    $49.00

    Skill Level: Beginner. Gear Required: DSLR or fully manual high-end Compact or Mirrorless Camera, and a Tripod. Duration: 2 Hours 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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  • Urban Night Photography | Outdoor Class and Field Workshop

    Mariano's Bucktown

    $49.00

    Skill Level: Beginner. Gear Required: DSLR or fully manual high-end Compact or Mirrorless Camera, and a Tripod. Duration: 2 Hours 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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  • Logan Blvd. Skate Park | Urban Night Photography | Outdoor Class and Workshop

    You have probably driven by there numerous times, without paying much attention to the surroundings. But this skate park is a great spot for gritty urban photography during the golden hour and at night. The park is located under the highway bridge and offers numerous opportunities for serene and ominous urban night city sceneries and close-ups. It is also a never-ending source for great textures you could use for blending projects in an image editor such as Photoshop. Skill Level: Beginner. Gear Required: DSLR or fully manual high-end Compact or Mirrorless Camera, and a Tripod. Duration: 2 Hours. Parking: Please use street parking. You might get towed parking at Target. 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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  • Urban Night Photography | Outdoor Class and Field Workshop

    Mariano's Bucktown

    $49.00

    Skill Level: Beginner. Gear Required: DSLR or fully manual high-end Compact or Mirrorless Camera, and a Tripod. Duration: 2 Hours 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. Still Life Props I'm a big fan of using props in in city sceneries, as you can see in one of the images. So feel free to bring a prop or two to be used in your photos. Keep them small and light and think about it in advance on how you're going to integrate them into your photos. Make sure you can easily attach them to a wall or post. If you're brand new to night photography, I suggest to focus on the environment only for the first time around. 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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  • Introduction to Digital Photography

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    Skill Level: Beginner. Bring: Your camera and manual. Casual setting in a professional photo studio. Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided. Duration: 3 hours with break. Parking: There is usually free street parking available. Check the side streets. This is the first in a series of 2 short classes to teach you the basics of digital photography. The idea is to break it all down into small blocks of enjoyable Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons rather than exhausting and overwhelming full day classes. The first evening we will focus on the easiest things you can do with your camera to improve your photography. Know your Camera: One Button and Dial at the Time It’s amazing how many photographers never looked at their manual and still don't know half the buttons they're looking at. Just like driving a car, the first thing you need to know is the function of the most common buttons and dials on your camera, just in case you hit one by accident. Don't worry, we won't be diving into every advanced setting in your menu: More advanced settings and associated photo techniques will be covered in the next module once you're more confident with your camera. Expose Better The Easy Way, and Learn in the Process: Common Scenarios and Easy Scene Settings Did you ever wonder what all of those scene modes on your camera are all about? Did you just randomly pick one since it accidentally looked the best and left it that way for months or years? You're not the only one. I hear that all the time. Leave it in P "Professional" mode and forget about it, right. ;-) Well, believe it or not, but truly understanding scene modes such as landscape, sports or portrait are a great way to immediately improve your results while getting an easy intro into semi and full manual modes. After using them for a while, it will be much easier for you to learn full manual exposure, every serious photographer's final destination. Keep in mind that we're not going to dive into full manual exposure at this point. That will be covered in the next modules. After all, you will need some time to digest and apply everything that you learned. Focusing Are you getting too many blurry shots? I will show you the correct way of focusing and what to focus on depending on the scene you're looking at. You should be able to master the focus and recompose technique after this night: Essential know-how for every photographer. We will also look at the different types of auto-focus modes on today's cameras and how to do it fully manually. Basic Composition Using the right composition for your photographs will vastly improve your results. We'll take a look at the most common ways to compose and what to avoid in certain scenarios. When to turn the Flash On, or Not Have you ever seen people flashing at the moon? It makes me chuckle every single time. I'm gonna make sure that after this class you won't be using your (built-in) flash the wrong way anymore. I will explain some typical scenarios where a (fill) flash makes sense, and when it’s better to just turn it off completely. We're also going to briefly discuss tripods and when it makes sense to use one versus a flash. Questions & Answers As time allows, we will spend the rest of the class answering any questions you might have. Make sure you bring your manual, if you have any specific questions about your camera. Every model is different, even within the same brand. Cost: $25 per Person Cash or $29 Credit/Debit at the Door: For Space Rental, Snacks/Drinks and Group Overhead. Seating is Limited and on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please Arrive Early for best seating. If there are less than 10 RSVPs, this class might be rescheduled. Thanks and see you all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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  • Pet Photography | How to Photograph Cats and Dogs | Pet Adoption Photos

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    $49.00

    Skill Level: All. No gear or pets required. Due to limited space, please do not bring your pets. Casual setting in a pro photo studio. Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided. Format: Presentation, gear demos and discussions. Duration: 3 hours with break. Parking: There is usually free street parking available. Check the side streets. How to Take better Images of Cats and Dogs I'm a big fan of cats and dogs and volunteer as a Cook County feral cat caretaker for Tree House in Chicago and haven taken hundreds of shots of adoptable pets for adoption listings in a studio setting and on-location. You can too, and save lives in the process by increasing adoption rates with better pet photography! Or simply learn how to get better photographs of your best friend. This class focuses on pet photography know-how and preparation before you even start photographing animals. Prep and being ready is crucially important to get great shots of cats and dogs. Since their patience is very limited, you better know what you're doing before you place a pet on a photo set. And that's exactly what we're going to cover in this class. Here the Program for the Afternoon • What are the best cameras and lenses to photograph cats and dogs? • Which camera settings work best for animals? • To flash or not: Lighting choices for animal photography • No studio needed: Easy sets you can use at home • Volunteering for a shelter: Where and how • Creative editing and retouching: A brief overview of tools and techniques • Q&A: As time allows Setup and What to Bring • Setup/Seating: Projector presentation, casual seating on chairs and couches • What to bring: Yourself and maybe a notepad • No computer, camera or pet needed. Due to limited space, please do not bring your pet I will explain some techniques and mix in some tips, tricks and theory on top of that. I will try to cover as much as possible during this short class. Keep in mind that this is not a total beginners' class and you should have a basic understanding on how to shoot with a DSLR, mirrorless or high-end compact camera. Cost/Refund Policy: Since our 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 classes, outings and workshops and spend a significant amount of time in researching the newest photography trends, editing techniques and locations. There is NO REFUND unless the class is cancelled or rescheduled by the organizer. Thanks and see you all there! Cheers, Bruno Photography Instructor All Content © Copyright Lensflare Photography Classes

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