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Upcoming Classes and Events

Environmental Portraiture – October 4, 10 am – 4 pm


Environmental portrait is really a “gift received” from your subject, not a picture “taken”” by the photographer. In this class we will examine the various types of natural light and ways to modify it to express your feeling of the moment.

More importantly we will discuss ways to approach people with respect and honesty, to earn their trust and be receptive to the glimpses inside their hearts and soul. The gift.

Photographer Ellen Brault will offer a special presentation on “A woman’s Vision” and review her work from India. For those interested in learning or refining their approach to environmental portraits, please join us for a fun day.

Architecture Photography - October 11, 10 am – 4 pm


This intensive architecture photography class will introduce the photographer to equipment and processes that are particular to architectural and landscape photography. Some of the processes we’ll look at in this photography class include building interiors and exteriors.

The students will learn about Post processing and image manipulation, which is important in architectural photography. This will be a hands-on shooting time so bring your camera and tripod! Students will also get the opportunity to participate in a critique and get feedback on their photographs.



F-Stops and L Stops: A Documentary Photography Project/Workshop - October 11, 18 & 25,  10 am – 5 pm

CTA_Class_webRide the Red Line with CPC! Spend three Saturday afternoons exploring and documenting the grit and the glory of the CTA’s north/south route: stations, underpinnings, riders, neighbors, views from the cars and more. This class is a tasty concoction of photojournalism, street photography and architecture. The final project will be presented in Internet slide shows. Classes meet at CPC at 1pm on October 11, 18, 25, and end at CPC around 5pm. 


One Day Table-Top Photography Workshop: How to Do it Yourself at Home – November 8, 10am – 4 pm

TableTop02_webUsing  simple, easily found materials you have at home (tables, pots/pans, aluminum foil, packing material, etc.), you can shoot high quality, pro-style, table-top shots of food, products, household goods, still-lifes, etc. These can be for insurance purposes, artistic work or to create eye-catching images to sell items on services like Ebay.  In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn to create pleasing compositions; gain an understanding of using f-stops to control depth of field; and how to use four basic lighting positions (front, top, back and side). You’ll also learn how to control lens flare and make your own backdrops with spray paint, markers, colored and textured paper, cardboard, and much more.

Next Wine & Critique October 17th at 7:00 pm

The next Wine & Critique will be held on October 17th and theme is TBA. Please visit the Wine & Critique website for more, including details on how you can submit work for the monthly contest. Please note that to be eligible for the contest, the photographer must be present to discuss their work.

Submit your photo or just stop by, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to Frank Monnelly for submitting the winning image at the September Wine & Critique! The theme was “September”


Best of Wine & Critique on Exhibit Through October 10


Chicago Photography Center announces “The Best of Wine and Critique”: A Photography Exhibit

Please join us for the opening reception for The Best of Wine and Critique: A Photography Exhibit.  The free reception is Friday, September 12, 2014, from 7pm- 9pm at the Chicago Photography Center (CPC), located at 621 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.

The exhibit features work from a diverse group of photographers, with varying skill levels and experiences showcasing what is beautiful to them.

These photographers have been attending Chicago Photography Center’s Wine & Critique, held the thirdFriday of each month, and now in its third year.  At the Wine & Critique we enjoy a night of laughter, a glass of wine and critiques with a group of industry experts and peers.  Those in attendance range from professional to amateur who share their knowledge and expertise of photography as art, personal expression and as business. Many of the W&C’ers share their knowledge of photography, photo equipment, sites to photograph, models, hair stylists and make-up artists. The W&C also hosts a themed contest each month which is open to all that attend.

The Best of Wine & Critique will run from September 12, 2014 through October 10,2014, with viewing available during CPC gallery hours.For more information, please visit the CPC website at and

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