Architecture Photography Unfolded
October 26-28, 2018
Spend two and a half days in the city that brought us the skyscraper: Chicago! You’ll learn how to capture stunning architectural abstracts and cityscapes, including two sunsets and one sunrise. We take care of all the details for you: well-thought-out locations, transportation and meal locations.
Included is a pre-workshop online presentation, which allows for more time shooting once in Chicago and prepares you to create compelling images while on location. We’ll also share post-processing tips and techniques for both architecture and cityscapes in an online presentation after the workshop. Plus, you’ll receive feedback on your images throughout the workshop, both in the field and after the workshop
The workshop is limited to 10 participants and the pricing is in USD.
We’ll first meet online (October 22 – 9pm EST) for a presentation highlighting our vision for architecture photography so you can begin to see your subjects in a new way. We’ll share our process – from our approach once on location to how to best utilize compositional tools for architectural subjects.
This workshop is intended to focus on the creative aspects of architectural photography. While we’re there to guide you regarding gear and camera settings on location, the emphasis is on developing your unique creative vision and seeing your subjects in a new way.
The daytime locations will focus on architectural abstracts, while sunrise and sunset locations will focus on cityscapes. A more detailed itinerary will be sent out to attendees closer to the workshop but here are some highlights.
We’ll begin with an architecture location followed by a cityscape at sunset/blue hour:
- Lincoln Park Pavilion
- North Ave Beach
We’ll begin with some architecture locations in the Gold Coast/Magnificent Mile area:
- Sofitel Chicago
- John Hancock Center
We’ll break for lunch together followed by more architectural locations in the Downtown area:
- Millennium Park
We’ll then head to Chinatown: architecture + sunset/blue hour:
- Chinatown Branch Library
- 18th Street Bridge (cityscape)
We’ll begin with a sunrise cityscape location:
- Lake Shore Drive Bridge
- Milton Lee Olive Park
Followed by breakfast and then architecture locations:
- Navy Pier
- Lake Point Tower
We’ll have lunch together ending with a few more architecture locations:
- Wrigley Building
- Trump Tower
- Marina Towers
- Palmer House
- Cultural Center
Friday Add-On (6:15am-1:00pm)
New this year, you can add a Friday morning photowalk in the Loop to the workshop for an extra $250. We’ll begin with sunrise at the Adler Planetarium to photograph the skyline. After breakfast, we’ll explore the Loop and its architecture:
- Calder’s Flamingo
- Union Station
On November 1, 9pm EST, we’ll meet up online for a video call where Angie & Michael will share an overview of their post-processing techniques related to architecture and cityscape photography.
On November 8, 9pm EST, we’ll meet up online for a video call so you can each share some of your favorite images created during our time together. We’ll take that opportunity to give some feedback on your images and offer post-processing tips.
Our meeting point every day will be the Club Quarters Hotel – Wacker at Michigan – 75 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601. If you’re coming from out of town, it has good pricing for the dates of the workshop. Feel free to book your accommodations elsewhere and meet us at the Club Quarters each morning.
Other recommendations for hotels in the area:
- Comfort Suites Michigan Avenue – Loop, 320 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
- Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/North Loop, 66 E Wacker Pl, Chicago, IL 60601
We recommend using websites like Travelocity or Booking.com to get the best pricing.
We will be using public transportation and uber between some of the locations. All transit costs from the hotel to shoot locations and back are included in the cost of the workshop.
Why They Come Back
These are such fun workshops! Angie and Michael have a clear plan and are able to keep the group on track throughout the day, plus they're knowledgeable on each building and its architect. I've attended two workshops with them, and, rain or shine, was able to get pictures that I was proud of. I loved the balance of architectural abstracts and cityscapes, and the pre, post and critique sessions are an added bonus!
“If you want a workshop with the perfect balance of camera techniques and compositional advice...this is the workshop for you. Plus Michael and Angie are the nicest people! Can't wait for my next workshop...New York City!”
“I very much enjoyed the LA workshop with Michael and Angie, it was great to explore and see my own home town in a new way, visiting locations I had not yet discovered myself. Michael and Angie generously shared their expertise, tips, and techniques all day throughout the workshop, and were always available for questions and helping out the students get the shot they wanted. They were both fully dedicated to ensuring all the participants were happy and having a great time, and that everyone walked away with a little more skill than they started with. I look forward to attending another great workshop with them soon!"
“As I look at my photographic work over the last year, I recognize that some of my best shots have come from the days I have spent with Michael and Angie. I’ve been with them in three different cities, and each time my work has taken significant strides forward. I won’t hesitate at all to sign up for future workshops because there is one thing I’ve learned from the photographic journey is that we learn best by being around the best and Angie and Michael fit that description.”
“Angie and Michael lead the most value-added workshops that I have ever attended. Not only do they provide pre and post review sessions, with a separate critique of participants’ work after the workshop, but their workshops are very well planned, providing a diverse and interesting selection of architecture and cityscapes; something for everybody! Both are very generous sharing their knowledge and helping each participant when needed, which is why I am really looking forward to attending my 4th workshop with them.”
Workshop registrations can be canceled for a full refund up to 30 days prior to the workshop (until September 26). No refunds will be made after September 26, unless you can provide a replacement.
Travel to and from Chicago, accommodations, and meals are not included in the workshop fee. Transit costs from the hotel, between shooting locations, and back to the hotel, are included.
The itinerary above is provided as an indication and is subject to change due to factors out of our control, or as discussed with students on location.
Organizers are not liable for poor weather conditions; the workshop will go on to the extent possible if inclement weather is experienced. Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather.