Architecture Photography Unfolded

Chicago

August 7-9, 2020

Do You Want Amazing Architectural Images from Chicago?

We’re back in Chicago for the fourth year in a row! Spend 3 days in the city that brought us the skyscraper. Join us, Angie McMonigal and Michael Muraz, for an architecture photography workshop on August 7-9, 2020.

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, composition and seeing your subjects in a new way.

You’ll get hands-on instruction shooting some of the best architecture in the world and learning how to capture stunning architectural abstracts and cityscapes. We take care of all the details for you: well-thought-out locations, transportation, and meal locations.

Why join us?

Learn to see architecture with clear, actionable tips that you can apply during the workshop, and come home with portfolio-worthy images

Learn to shoot without complicated settings or techniques so you can improve your images in a single weekend, even if you've never shot architecture before

Learn post-processing techniques for architecture/cityscapes so you can save time in front of the computer

Improve your entire creative process from shooting to post-processing and get your images noticed!

Create amazing images with on-location guidance and feedback and win competitions!

Learn in the best conditions without having to worry about the logistics of a big city

Get inspired by world-class architecture so you can take your images to the next level

Connect with like-minded people and build lasting friendships

You’re sure to come back with great images

Learn from two award-winning professional architectural photographers. This is our fourth workshop in Chicago and we do workshops in 6 different cities in North America and Europe. We’ve had students from 22 different states and 5 countries, all the way from Australia!

Check out images from our students from past workshops!

Why They Come Back

“Angie and Michael combine their extensive knowledge of architecture photography, along with thoroughly scouted locations, to provide a superior workshop experience! Their web meetings, both before and after the workshop, make them the preferred choice for a serious architectural photography experience.”

 

Tex S.

“Michael and Angie taught me how to see. As a corporate event photographer, I often rely on looking at faces and quickly capturing moments. With architecture … it’s a different mindset. They taught me how to see different angles, shadows and colors. Different viewpoints of the world. Most importantly, I learned how to make art out of something from the everyday view.”

 

Bryan Esler, Professional Event Photographer

What’s included

All Photography Levels Welcome

Small Group (Max. 10 Students)

Exclusive Private Access to the Rookery

Transportation During Workshop ($35)

25 Architectural Locations

2 Sunrise + 2 Sunset Locations

Hotel

Transportation to/from Chicago

Meals Cost

Travel/Medical Insurance

*Please note: if you’re unable to attend the Pre-Workshop Learning Session or the Post-Workshop Critique Sessions, they will be recorded and available for viewing at your convenience.

Schedule

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.

Our meeting point each day will be the  Club Quarters Hotel, Wacker at Michigan, 75 E Wacker Dr, Chicago.

Friday

Friday (4:45am-1:00pm & 5:00pm-9:15pm)

We’ll start the workshop shooting the Chicago River during blue hour/sunrise from Lake Shore Drive Bridge. We’ll head over to Navy Pier before stopping for breakfast. After that, we’ll explore architecture around North Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River, before taking a 4-hr break after lunch. We’ll meet with the group again at 5pm for an early dinner, before heading to Lincoln Park. We’ll spend the early evening there before walking to North Avenue Beach, where we’ll shoot the Chicago skyline at sunset/blue hour.

  • Lake Shore Drive Bridge
  • Burberry
  • Wrigley Building
  • Marina City
  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • Lincoln Park Pavilion
Honeycomb #3
Lincoln Park Pavilion
Saturday

Saturday (10:45am-9:15pm)

We’ll begin with some architecture locations in the Gold Coast/Magnificent Mile. After a break for lunch, we’ll head to Millenium Park and its amazing architecture. After an early dinner, we’ll get to take the water taxi to Chinatown, to shoot from 18th street bridge at sunset/blue hour.

Highlights include:

  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • John Hancock Center
  • The Bean
  • Pritzker Pavilion (Gehry)
  • Aqua (Studio Gang)
Chicago Love
View from 18th Street Bridge
Sunday

Sunday (4:45am-2:00pm)

We’ll start the day early, shooting the Chicago skyline from the Adler Planetarium at blue hour/sunrise. We’ll then head back to the city, where we’ll shoot architecture in the Loop for the rest of the day, which includes an exclusive, private tour of the Rookery. We’ll also stop for breakfast and lunch.

Highlights include:

  • Adler Planetarium
  • Rookery (private tour)
  • Calder’s Flamingo
  • Spertus Institute
  • Palmer House
Rookery #2
The Rookery

What You’ll See

Here are some images of the places that you’ll be shooting during the workshop:

Check out one of our previous workshops!

But Wait, There’s More!

On top of everything you get while on location, we also have a lot for you before and after the workshop!

Pre-Workshop Learning Session

9pm EST on August 3, 2020

Post-Workshop Critique Session

9pm EST on August 20, 2020

Post-Processing Video Tutorial

Learn how to edit cityscapes and architectural details

Ready to Join Us?

Cost: $2,000

FAQ

You will learn how to photograph architecture details & abstracts (daytime), as well as cityscapes (at sunrise/sunset). This workshop does not cover commercial architecture & interior photography.

We welcome all levels, including beginners. We’ve had students who were using a phone and a point-and-shoot on more than one workshop. Our workshops are about creativity and learning how to see architecture and cityscapes.

Absolutely! On location, you get a lot of one-on-one time, so we can help you with anything creative or technical. The post-processing video tutorial is built so it includes some basic tools as well as some advanced ones. You’ll definitely learn something new!

We limit the group to 10 students (for 2 teachers), so you can get as much on-location instruction as possible.

Be ready for a lot of shooting and long days! There’s a fair amount of walking, so we recommend having good shoes and some water. There will be a 4-hr break in the afternoon on Friday, so you can rest between the sunrise and the sunset.

We plan for meal locations and we recommend hotels, but it is not included in the workshop cost. This way, you have the option to pick your hotel, an Airbnb or to stay with family/friends.

We recommend the Club Quarters Hotel, Wacker at Michigan, 75 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, which is where we will be meeting every morning. Here are some alternatives that are close: St Jane Chicago, Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/North Loop, theWit Chicago. We recommend booking on websites like Travelocity or Booking for better pricing.

Yes, both admission fees and transportation are included, so you don’t have to worry about it!

Definitely! We keep the size of the group small (10 people) so you can get time with us at each location.

The way we teach and shoot, you will not need complicated settings, but we’re always here to help you out if you’re stuck with your camera!

You don’t need a lot! Any camera will do and we recommend bringing a mid-range lens (24-70mm equivalent) and a telephoto (70-200mm equivalent). A wide-angle lens is not a must but can be useful (particularly for the Lincoln Park Pavilion, MCA, Rookery, Palmer House and some cityscapes). A light-weight tripod will be a must for the cityscapes locations (only at sunset/blue hour)

Yes! Just before the workshop, you will get a link to watch/download a video tutorial about post-processing for architectural details and for cityscapes. And you’ll be able to ask any questions you have either via email or during the critique session after the workshop.

Terms

Workshop registrations can be canceled by attendees up to 30 days prior to the workshop but a $300 fee will be retained. No refunds will be made after July 7, unless you can provide a replacement. We recommend attendees purchase trip insurance whenever possible.

The organizers reserve the right to cancel the workshop until May 1, 2020. In case of a cancellation by the organizers, attendees will be fully refunded. Attendees will receive a confirmation email on May 1, to confirm that the workshop is happening.

Travel to and from Chicago, accommodations, and meals are not included in the workshop fee. Transportation 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.

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Why They Come Back

  • I was more than satisfied with my decision to join Angie and Michael for a recent workshop in Chicago.  The experience immensely improved my approach to architectural photography and cityscapes by enabling me to refine technical skills and learn to 'see' architecture in a more creative way.  These outcomes reflect the considerable time and effort they both spend with participants, not only during the actual workshop, but in pre and post-workshop presentations and individual critique sessions too.  It was also evident that much time and effort had been spent sourcing locations that challenge technical and creative skills.  The workshop was carefully planned and organized to optimize time at various locations, and both Angie and Michael willingly shared their considerable knowledge in a clear and professional manner. Plus, the workshop was also a lot of fun; Angie and Michael are two of the nicest people you would meet.  I am determined to join them again in the near future. 

    Mark S.
  • I have done a couple of Angie and Michael’s workshops and I really like the way they have structured them. The online meetings before and after the workshop are very informative and insightful, plus it extends the whole experience to about a month of interaction. Angie and Michael do a great job supervising the day by getting us to the different locations and offering different perspectives on photographing the architecture. I’m a hobbyist at best, and these workshops have helped me immensely with my composition as well as my post-processing skills. Plus, they are really fun!

    Pete W.
  • "I took part in the Los Angeles workshop and though I am a local, saw the city anew with fresh perspectives provided by Angie, Michael, and the other participants.  Angie and Michael bring proven track records of success and accomplishments and share their processes, viewpoints and advice openly. They check-in with you, provide assistance and help guide your photographic vision. It was an honor to learn from them and to meet like-minded photographers from around the country."

    Holly S.
  • Angie and Michael combine their extensive knowledge of architecture photography, along with thoroughly scouted locations, to provide a superior workshop experience! Their web meetings, both before and after the workshop, make them the preferred choice for a serious architectural photography experience. My time with them in both Miami and Los Angeles was productive and enjoyable. I plan on visiting Toronto and New York to benefit from their instruction and location knowledge.

    Tex S.
  • I had such a great time at the Paris workshop! As a relatively inexperienced photographer, I was made comfortable from the start and benefited enormously from Michael’s and Angie’s guidance and advice. Their careful choice of sites proved a fantastic opportunity to train the eye and try new things in a variety of settings. There was a great balance of support and space to experiment, and further opportunities to develop through the post-workshop online sessions (editing and critique). The great thing is that I feel I have kept learning ever since!

    Ariane S.
  • “I attended the Paris workshop, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience.  I’ve struggled with architecture photography in the past, but Michael and Angie helped me approach my pictures in a different way.  They provided just the right amount of hands-on instruction while still enabling us to explore and capture each location as we wanted.  They also meticulously planned the workshop schedule in such an efficient way.  We saw so much of Paris, but never felt rushed.  I left the trip with pictures I’m very happy with, and I am looking forward to attending another workshop soon!” 

    Joshua R.
  • “I love going on camera trips with Angie and Michael. They are very accomplished photographers in their own right and I like to look at the same things with my camera as they do! They are always well organized - we can devote ourselves to image-making and not have to think about how to get from place to place and when to be there by - it is all part of their wonderful planning. They provide just the right amount of coaching and critique - just what you need when you want it. I’m looking forward to the next trip in 2019.”

    Joanna M.
  • 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!

    Lindsay R.
  • “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!”

    Mary M.
  • “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!"

    Tom B.
  • “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.”

    Tim S.
  • “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.”

    Marie K.

This workshop is for you if…

You are a creative-minded photographer of any level (we welcome beginners and professionals alike)

You are passionate about great architecture or you want to discover a new genre

You want to discover new cities and locations

You prefer to focus on the creative over the technical

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