Course Description

Photographing the Windy City can be the most rewarding experience for amateur and professional photographers. Chicago has endless locations to photograph that are unique and worth capturing. From its stunning skyline and architectural marvels to its outdoor serenity, lakes, parks, and rivers, capturing the history and tranquility of Chicago is an absolute delight for any photographer. This course focuses on Chicago's architecture. The Photographing Chicago Architecture course is designed for photographers at any experience level. In this class, students will have opportunities to explore visually the most beautiful city in the Nation and the second in the world. (Time Out https://www.947wls.com/2021/09/10/chicago-voted-most-beautiful-city-in-north-america-and-2nd-most-beautiful-in-the-world/)

The sessions alternates between online instruction and in-person class meetings in Chicago. The course emphasizes architecture but goes beyond physical structures to cover architectural abstractions, the interaction of buildings and nature, the exchange of buildings and people, skylines, various views, etc. All three group outings will depart from Ogilvie Train Station at 7:37 a.m. and go until 11:30 a.m. to take advantage of the best morning light. Every journey will visit a unique area of downtown Chicago. Packing a backpack with weather clothing and wearing comfortable shoes is advised.

One of Chicago's Best Teachers

"He taught by example, and we had a lot of hands-on experience."



Chicago’s Best Photography Teachers
If you’re suspicious of photographers who want you to invest in a trip to Kauai in order to take beautiful landscape shots, you’re already more perceptive than most and perhaps you just need to get to Harper College. A photographer in the U.S. Army and a graduate of Columbia College, Harold Rail makes a living in photojournalism, commercial, and creative photography, so the man has the chops. A decade's long dedication to Zen Buddhist practice informs his images with knowing nano-second captures of infinity – and, honestly, where else can you get the combo of experience and artistry? Rail champions the art of photography teaching affordable classes for children, teenagers, and adults at Harper College. See the eccentricity and enthusiasm that blooms in his photographic work on exhibit at the new Hyatt Centric in Chicago, too. Jacqueline Runice, Travel/Event Writer USA Today 10 Best

I really enjoyed working with Jim, he was open about many techniques, and getting info about being in the profession was very interesting and eye-opening. He made us all feel comfortable and excited about us learning and moving forward. B. L.

I learned a lot in the photography class. He taught by example and we had a lot of hands-on experience in class. He was able to talk to the various levels of experience each student had in class and to the variety of camera models we each had. S. L.

Harold is a great instructor, who makes his classes very interesting and full of creative energy! V. W.

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Section Title
Immersive Photography Experience: Photographing Chicago Architecture
Online: With Live Meetings
7:00PM to 9:00PM
Oct 02, 2024 to Oct 30, 2024
Class Meets Offsite
7:30AM to 12:00PM
Oct 05, 2024 to Oct 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $299.00 Click here to get more information
Section Notes

Minimum 5 / Maximum 10

Harold Rail, Instructor

This is a blended class where some classes are in the field, and some are online. The instructor selects meeting times and locations of field photography and will be communicated to and coordinated with students. The dates for the online lectures are Monday 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30; the dates for field photography are 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 see full details below:

1st Session on-line introduction (2 hours - 7pm - 9pm)  / October 2
2nd Session in Chicago (4 hrs meet at Ogilvie approx. 7:30am - 12:00pm) / October 5
3rd Session on-line review first shoot (2 hours - 7pm - 9pm) / October 9
4th Session in Chicago (4 hrs meet at Ogilvie approx. 7:30am - 12:00pm) / October 12
5th Session on-line review 2nd shoot (2 hours - 7pm - 9pm) / October 16
6th Session in Chicago (4 hrs meet at Ogilvie approx. 7:30am - 12:00pm) / October 19
7th Session, final review and critique, on-line (2 hours - 7pm - 9pm) / October 23
8th Session in Chicago (4 hrs meet at Ogilvie approx. 7:30am - 12:00pm) October 26
9th Session, final review and critique, on-line (2 hours - 7pm - 9pm) / October 30


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