• Washington and Clark Streets
  • Washington and Clark Streets
  • IBM Building Winter

Sharpen your perception and learn to capture the "decisive moment."

Discover the magic of the everyday in this five-week class dedicated to the art of street photography.

Led by a veteran street photographer, the class will offer instruction on a range of topics from the creative to the practical. From recognizing the "decisive moment" to the special challenges involved in photographing strangers, students will leave armed with the knowledge and confidence they need to take to the streets.

Two of the class sessions will be held on the street to give students the opportunity to practice new skills under the instructor's guidance. With the addition of out-of-class shooting assignments and a final critique, students will leave with a greater ability to capture expressive and meaningful street portraits.

  • 10-20 sample images for initial critique
  • Digital or film camera

transparent_jones_headshot_125pxJonathan Elderfield is an accomplished wedding, fine art, documentary and street photographer who has been practicing for close to two decades. His photography has appeared in a many publications, including National Geographic, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, and Men's Vogue. In addition to his documentary photography projects, he has worked as a freelance news photographer, and as a photo editor for world-class news organizations and photo agencies.

  • An overview of the genre of Street Photography
  • Recognizing the "decisive moment"
  • Creative techniques for shooting on the street
  • Advice for photographing strangers
  • Equipment suggestions
  • Aesthetics
  • Assignments
  • Critique
  • Demonstrations
  • Lecture
  • Shooting
Who's it for?

Intermediate-level photographers who are interested in shooting candid images in public places. Students should be comfortable with basic camera work.

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  • Non-members: $450.00
  • Members: $405.00


5 session class
1 - 4pm

May 21
June 4
June 18* (meeting at 11:30am)
July 9

*This class will be an in-the-field shooting session.