Certificate Program

Launch your photography career

Beginner Classes

The kickstart you wanted

Online Classes

Learn at home from the best

Wherever you are on your creative journey, we are here to support you. Our purpose is to support local, aspiring photographers in the Chicago community by giving them the opportunity to work with experts in the photography world. Students sharpen their skills, talent and knowledge in a supportive community eager to learn and move forward on their creative journeys.

Gift and Coupon Registraton

Use your gift certificate or coupon to register for a class

Select the class that matches your gift certificate or coupon, choose the date that fits in with your schedule and use your redemption code to register.

Where are we located?

3047 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

We are near the junction of Belmont and Lincoln. There is metered street parking and some free parking spaces on nearby sidestreets, particularly Wellington (in between Ashland and Lincoln.

Student Feedback

INGA A

DETACHABLE FLASH

I loved how the instructor, Carlos, covered everything from technical to creative while making all of the information accessible to every skill level. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn so many unexpected ways there are to use a detachable flash. Carlos was so much fun, so informative and so helpful, whether it was helping us with hands-on lighting as it applied to our shoots or sharing his work as inspiration at the end of the second day.

PEG S

DIGITAL 101 IN A DAY

I enjoyed using my camera the right way. I never knew all the fun settings I had. This class was wonderful. Our instructor knew her information and presented her info. Well

GUY N

DIGITAL 101 IN A DAY

Britton was great! He was a really great instructor and had a great personality too. He was very knowledgeable and explained things so that we understood them. It was also helpful that he took a few minutes at the beginning of the next class to go over what we had learned in the last class. I look forward to taking Advanced Portraiture with him - he was awesome!

Spotlight

A BRIEF HISTORY

CHICAGO PHOTOGRAPHY ACADEMY WAS OPENED IN EARLY 2009

In early 2009 we ran our first class with just two students. Shortly after that enrollment sky-rocketed and, to date, we have provided classes for more than fifteen thousand students. At any one time, there are, on average, one hundred students enrolled in our Certificate Program.

If you just need a primer so that you can take better pictures of the kids, we can help. If you want a complete education in all aspects of photography, we can help. If you are challenged by time or distance and cannot make it to classes, we can help.