Diving into the craft of creating fine art architectural photographs

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Join multiple international award-winning photographer Jim Welninski and Out of Chicago founder, Chris Smith, for some intensive study in the art and craft of creating fine art architectural photographs. This type of photography is about more than what you see in front of you. It’s about the experience of your encounter with the structure you are photographing and translating that experience into a photograph.

This workshop will consist of four sessions:

On Friday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m., we will have an online session to discuss the particulars of the course, equipment requirements and answer any questions you may have.

On Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m., plan on meeting on the NW corner of Madison and Wacker, in front of the Civic Opera House. We’ll meet for a photographic tour of what the Travel Channel, Bloomberg and BBC all rank as one of the Best Architectural Cities in the world: our very own Chicago, one of the most photographed cities anywhere. Photographers from all over the globe come here to shoot our city and we have it all right here in our back yard. There’s no better place to study this form of photography.

You’ll learn what makes a great architectural photograph and how best to capture the character of the buildings. We’ll visit many familiar sites, but you’ll learn to see them in a different way. We’ll consider light, form, volume, and vision and how these things affect our choices in the field. The photographs you come away with will be unique and have strong emotional content. Our shoot will start in mid afternoon so we can do a sunset shoot and some night shooting as well. So plan on finishing up around 9 p.m.

On Monday, May 9 at 8:30 p.m., we’ll meet online again where, I’ll demonstrate some methods for processing your photos.You’ll learn how to prepare a RAW file for processing, how to create light where none existed before, and how to direct the viewer’s eye according to your vision. I’ll be using both Lightroom and Photoshop as well as Silver Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro.Then you’ll spend the next week working on your images. I’ll be available via email or text to answer any questions you may have.

On Monday, May 16 at 8:30 p.m., we’ll meet online for a final time for a showcase of the photographs that you made. It should be an exciting night!

This is a rain or shine event. Don’t worry about rain or bad weather. Remember that bad weather equals good photography. You’ll get great images even if the lighting is flat and you’ll learn that sometimes that’s the best way to shoot architecture.

The tour will being and end at the Civic Opera House. I suggest using ParkWhiz or Spot Hero to find parking.  I have parked at 1 S. Lower Wacker that is right across the street from the Opera House.

Equipment for the shoot:

  • A camera that shoots in RAW
  • A light but sturdy tripod
  • A long zoom lens (up to 300mm) and a wide angle lens (down to 14-16mm). Minimally, you should bring lenses that cover you from 16mm to 150mm. A lot of the shooting will be wide, but I’ve always found that I never regret making sure I have the extra lens for full coverage. If you have questions about this, email me.
  • If you have neutral density filters, bring them, along with a cable release. I love shooting long exposures. Hopefully, enough of you will have them and we can spend some time doing that. If not, we’ll spend time as allowed.

Cost: $299; limited to 15 people, 7 minimum
For more about Jim Welninski and his work visit Altered Space Photography

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