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Gold Coast

Gold Coast


Gold Coast


Gold Coast’s character and architecture attract visitors from far and wide to gawk at the magnificent mansions and classic brownstones.  After all, Gold Coast is one of the most affluent and beautiful neighborhoods in the country.  Yet it has more to its charm than wealth.  Since its establishment in the late 1880s, Astor Street has been filling the Gold Coast with rich history and intrigue.  Join your Digital Photo Academy instructor to photograph the prestige, wealth, and history of Chicago’s Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is perfect for shooting architecture in a variety of styles, including Romanesque, Tudor, and Art Deco.  Capture the windows and doors that help distinguish one house from another and the brick or stone work that helps define a style.  You will also photograph city and street life as you note the locals and the day visitors strolling along or peeking out of windows.

Shooting alongside a professional photographer, you will learn the secrets of the trade and new ways to create powerful images.  Think about the use of color, light, and angles, learn to manipulate your aperture and shutter speed, and experiment with compositional techniques like leading lines, depth of field, and the rule of thirds.  Use a slow shutter speed to a capture a photograph like the one below of the bicyclist whizzing by, notice the small details of fountains and architecture, and highlight the leading lines of a wrought-iron gate.

We will meet outside of the Charlney Persky House located at 1365 North Astor Place, Chicago, IL 60610.  Please bring your DSLR or another type of digital camera that you use, a fully-charged battery, and the equipment that you can carry.  You should dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

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