Photography, unlike social etiquette, encourages people to point, flash, and don matching Cosby sweaters in public. Hone your socially acceptable sharpshooting with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a three-hour Date Night photo class for two at Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes on Ravenswood Avenue (a $90 value). Classes take place Saturdays at 5 p.m. from January 7 to March 31; participants may supply their own DSLR cameras or borrow one for the class.
Richard Stromberg's Saturday Date Night photo class shows students the ropes of digital photo taking in an informal setting enhanced with wine and cheese. A one-hour meet-and-greet kicks off the session, allowing students to get to know their classmates and exchange introductions with their instructor over hors d'oeuvres and wine. During this time, participants can peruse artfully displayed 16"x20" prints from previous students and challenge portraits to staring contests in the LED-lit WithInSight gallery. Fueled-up photogs then learn about DSLR camera features and functions, including how to get the most out of one's own camera, or, for prospective buyers, which cameras and features might best suit individual needs. Before shuffling home to practice newly learned techniques, an open discussion lets students ask any questions that may have come up during class or inquire about which types of cheese produce the best smiles.
Richard Stromberg's Chicago Photography Classes
Richard Stromberg is so dedicated to teaching the art of photography that he's held class during a freezing blizzard, a blistering heat wave, and while he was confined to a wheelchair after surgery. Richard brings his fierce dedication and 45 years of photography and teaching experience to his school, where he leads a variety of photography classes alongside a dedicated staff of volunteers. Within spacious classrooms, the seasoned instructors guide students through the techniques of DSLR photography, from basic camera operation to tips on starting up a studio. In addition to mechanics and fundamentals, they also encourage their students to see the world in new aesthetic ways, helping them recognize the beauty of a sunset or the fogged-up monocle of a sensitive millionaire. The dedicated staff can often be spotted at the school before and after class hours helping students work on assignments in the lighting studio, the darkroom, and the expansive computer lab. Twice a year, they showcase pupils’ work in their onsite WithInSight Gallery.