Architecture Photography Unfolded

Chicago

October 26-28, 2018

Overview

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

Join us, Angie McMonigal and Michael Muraz, for an architecture photography workshop on October 26-28, 2018.

The workshop is limited to 10 participants and the pricing is in USD.

New this year: Friday morning add-on session!

Presentation

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.

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.

Friday

Friday (4:00pm-7:30pm)

We’ll begin with an architecture location followed by a cityscape at sunset/blue hour:

  • Lincoln Park Pavilion
  • North Ave Beach
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Lincoln Park Pavilion
Saturday

Saturday (10:00am-7:30pm)

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
  • Aqua

We’ll then head to Chinatown: architecture + sunset/blue hour:

  • Chinatown Branch Library
  • 18th Street Bridge (cityscape)
18th Street Bridge – Chicago, IL
View from 18th Street Bridge at sunset
Sunday

Sunday(6:00am-3:00pm)

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
  • Burberry

We’ll have lunch together ending with a few more architecture locations:

  • Wrigley Building
  • Trump Tower
  • Marina Towers
  • Palmer House
  • Cultural Center
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Chicago 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:

  • Spertus
  • Calder’s Flamingo
  • Union Station
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Skyline view from the Adler Planetarium

Post-Processing

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.

Critique

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.

Hotel

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:

We recommend using websites like Travelocity or Booking.com to get the best pricing.

Transportation

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.

What You’ll See

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

Why They Come Back

  • 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.

Terms

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.

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