Terms and Conditions
The International Photography Academy Inc. Web site ("Site") is provided to you under these terms and conditions ("Terms and Conditions"). Chicago Photography Academy Inc. may at any time revise these Terms and Conditions by updating this posting. By accessing, browsing, making purchases, registering for a class or using the Site, you accept and agree to, without limitation or qualification, these Terms and Conditions (and any amendments). You are encouraged to visit this page from time to time to review the current Terms and Conditions.
International Photography Academy Inc. reserves the right to change its calendar, withdraw or modify a course or substitute instructors at any time. It reserves the right to alter the requirements, assignments and classes for the Beginner Series at any time. It also reserves the right to require the withdrawal of any student whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the International Photography Academy Inc.
Refunds will be issued up to 10 business days before a class begins. No refunds shall be issued after this date.
Workshops may have additional cancellation and refund requirements printed with the course descriptions.
International Photography Academy Inc. cannot be responsible for providing make-ups or issuing refunds for sessions missed as a result of student illness, emergencies or other events beyond our control.
Classes canceled due to bad weather or instructor's absence will be rescheduled according to International Photography Academy Inc.'s classroom availability.
This policy applies to all classes including those classes purchased with a coupon or gift certificate and classes registered using a Certificate Program or club membership number.
An administration fee will be charged for any class that is canceled after the 10 day period.
International Photography Academy will not permit exceptions to the refund policy.
Cancellations via phone are not accepted.
Expired coupons, gift certificates Beginner Series or club memberships may not be used to register for classes or reschedule classes under any circumstances.
The Beginner Series may not be refunded in part or in whole for any reason whatsoever.
Full payment is due upon registration. Students will not be considered enrolled until full payment has been received. Tuition can be made by phone, fax, mail, in person, or through this website.
Gift certificates and coupons are non-refundable and are redeemable only for the class or classes detailed on the certificate or coupon offer.
International Photography Academy Inc. respects your privacy and will not sell or offer any information you share with us with any other company or persons. We use your personal data to process your order and communicate with you. This includes credit card information, email address, phone numbers, or postal mailing address.
Please note that our website uses uses SSL (secure socket layer) technology to encrypt sensitive data such as credit card numbers, names and addresses to protect the information you share with us online through the order process.
Students using the lighting studio are personally responsible for any missing or damaged equipment.
Remaining in the studio after the end if the reserved time will result in the student being barred from reserving the studio.
Unauthorized removal of any equipment from the studio will result in the student being barred from reserving the studio.
Interfering with or damaging security equipment including but not limited to door locks and security cameras in any way will result in the student being barred from reserving the studio.
International Photography Academy Inc. is pleased to have you link from your Web site to the International Photography Academy Inc. Web site, located at www.ipaschools.com/, provided you follow the guidelines listed below You may only identify International Photography Academy Inc. in one of the following ways: by name with statutory trademark notice: International Photography Academy Inc.® by URL: https://www.ipaschools.com/ You may not reproduce the International Photography Academy Inc.'s logo or building image, which are also trademarks, without an express license from Chicago Photography Academy.
International Photography Academy Inc. and derivatives and variants of the name are trademarks connected in the public?s mind to high-quality goods and services. You may not list the International Photography Academy Inc. name, or any variation thereof, in a false, disparaging, unsuitable, or otherwise unfavorable light, including listing International Photography Academy Inc.'s name near or in association with third-party names or images that in International Photography Academy Inc.'s sole opinion are damaging to its reputation. You agree to remove your link upon reasonable request of International Photography Academy Inc.
You may not frame or transport viewers to any other location outside International Photography Academy Inc.'s Web site using International Photography Academy Inc.'s name, or any variation thereof, without the prior written permission of International Photography Academy Inc. You may not import or capture any image or other material on International Photography Academy Inc.'s Web site without obtaining prior written permission from International Photography Academy Inc, or other applicable third-party rights holder.
Linking to International Photography Academy Inc.'s Web site does not grant you any ownership rights or interest in or to the International Photography Academy Inc. name or any variation thereof.
You acknowledge that you have read and understood the rest of International Photography Academy Inc.'s standard Terms and Conditions. You accept the terms and conditions set forth and agree to abide by you, including, but not limited to, obtaining, at your sole expense and based on your sole legal judgment, any copyright or other intellectual property rights from third parties required under local, state, or federal law to use any image from our Web site. The International Photography Academy Inc. has no obligation to link from its Web site to your Web site or to provide any reciprocal service of any kind. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact International Photography Academy Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The text, images, data, audio and video clips, and other content on the Site ("materials") are protected by copyright and may be covered by other restrictions as well. International Photography Academy Inc., and relevant third parties, own and expressly reserve all rights, including copyright, in whole and in part, throughout the world, in the materials on the Site. The Site, and the materials contained therein, may be used only as set forth in these Terms and Conditions or by obtaining explicit written permission from International Photography Academy Inc. and/or the relevant copyright or other rights holder. Any unauthorized use or modification of the materials on the Site may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, contract, and communications regulations and statutes and any other applicable laws. International Photography Academy Inc. expressly reserves all rights and remedies available under said law, regulations and statutes. You may not distribute, modify, transmit, reuse, download, repost, copy, or use the contents of the Site for public or commercial purposes, or for personal gain, without the express prior written permission of International Photography Academy Inc. To learn more about how to request permission to use the contents on the Site, please see the section on "Obtaining Permission" below.
The text, images, data, audio and video clips, and other content in International Photography Academy Inc.'s classes ("materials") are protected by copyright and may be covered by other restrictions as well. International Photography Academy Inc., and relevant third parties, own and expressly reserve all rights, including copyright, in whole and in part, throughout the world, in the materials in the classes. The classes, and the materials contained therein, may be used only as set forth in these Terms and Conditions or by obtaining explicit written permission from International Photography Academy Inc. and/or the relevant copyright or other rights holder. Any unauthorized use or modification of the materials on the Site may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, contract, and communications regulations and statutes and any other applicable laws. International Photography Academy Inc. expressly reserves all rights and remedies available under said law, regulations and statutes. You may not distribute, modify, transmit, reuse, download, repost, copy, or use the contents of the classes for public or commercial purposes, or for personal gain, without the express prior written permission of International Photography Academy Inc. To learn more about how to request permission to use the contents in the classes, please see the section on "Obtaining Permission" below.
The use of audio or video recording devices in a class is forbidden.
You may use this Site for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for "fair use" as authorized in the United States copyright laws, and provided further that you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials and cite the author and source of the materials. International Photography Academy Inc. neither warrants nor represents that your use of any materials displayed on the Site will not infringe its rights or the rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with International Photography Academy Inc. Material under copyright owned by a third party may not be used in any form and may not be copied or downloaded without permission from the holder of the underlying copyright.
You may use this class materials for limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for "fair use" as authorized in the United States copyright laws, and provided further that you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials and cite the author and source of the materials. International Photography Academy Inc. neither warrants nor represents that your use of any materials used in class will not infringe its rights or the rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with International Photography Academy Inc. Material under copyright owned by a third party may not be used in any form and may not be copied or reproduced without permission from the holder of the underlying copyright.
Anyone wishing to use the materials from this Site for purposes other than as authorized herein must obtain prior written approval. Permission for such use may be granted on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of International Photography Academy Inc. or the appropriate rights holder. A usage fee may be charged depending on the nature of the proposed use. For works of art from the International Photography Academy Inc.'s collection reproduced on this Site, contact the Image Licensing Department at email@example.com. For works of art from other museums or collections reproduced on this Site, contact the organization credited in the work?s caption directly. For all other images on the Site, and for any text excerpts, contact the Site by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The institutional names, exhibition names, and other trademarks, logos, and service marks (collectively, the "Trademarks") displayed on the Site, including "International Photography Academy Inc." and variations thereof, are registered and unregistered Trademarks of International Photography Academy Inc. The Trademarks of third parties may also be displayed on this Site. Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the Site without the prior written permission of International Photography Academy Inc. or such third party that may own the Trademarks displayed on the Site. Any unauthorized use of the Trademarks or any other materials, is strictly prohibited.
Disclaimer of Warranties
International Photography Academy Inc. assumes no liability for any errors or omissions in the content of the Site. International Photography Academy Inc. is engaged in an ongoing process of updating and revising the materials on this Site. International Photography Academy Inc. further reserves the right to withdraw any image, text, or data from the Site at its sole discretion at any time. International Photography Academy Inc. assumes no liability for any damages or losses that may occur to you or any third party based on its actions. In the event that the Site is unavailable, either on a temporary or permanent basis, Chicago Photography Academy assumes no liability for any losses that may occur to you or any third party arising out of the unavailability of the Site.
All materials on the Site are provided "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT A WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE, COPYRIGHT SUBSISTENCE, COPYRIGHT OWNERSHIP AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHTS OR OTHER PROPRIETARY RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT ANY DEFECTS WILL CORRECTED.
International Photography Academy Inc. assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for, any damages to, or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account of your use of the Site or your downloading of any materials from the Site.
Limitation of Liability
International Photography Academy Inc., ITS AFFILIATES, TRUSTEES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES, AND OTHER AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, COMPENSATORY, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OF THIS SITE. YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
Postings on the Site
From time to time, you may have an opportunity to post information, images or other materials to the Site. You agree that you will comply with all requirements and procedures for posting on the Site, including any applicable web policies that the School or International Photography Academy Inc. may provide. International Photography Academy Inc. does not endorse any opinions or recommendations posted or transmitted by you or others. Any materials posted or transmitted on the Site are the responsibility of the person or persons posting the materials. It is strictly prohibited to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, material or any material that could constitute conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, a violation of privacy or publicity, or otherwise violate any law. International Photography Academy Inc. shall have the right, but not the obligation, to inspect, remove, refuse or delete any content for any reason whatsoever.
International Photography Academy Inc. is under no obligation to monitor or review discussions, chats, postings, transmissions, bulletin boards, or other similar materials on the Site and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from such content or materials or for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, danger, or inaccuracy contained in any information within such locations on the Site.
International Photography Academy Inc. has not reviewed all of the sites linked to the Site and has no control over and is not responsible for the content or privacy policies of any off-site pages or other sites linked to the Site. Any Web sites linked to or from the Site (regardless of whether they are affiliate with International Photography Academy Inc.) are for your convenience only, and you access them at your own risk. Any information that you may provide to such third party sites are at your own risk.
Any communications or material you transmit to the Site and/or to the International Photography Academy Inc. domain by electronic mail or otherwise, including but not limited to any data, questions, comments, or suggestions will be treated as nonconfidential and non-proprietary. Anything that you transmit or post may be used by International Photography Academy Inc. or its affiliates for any purpose, including, but not limited to, reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast, and posting. Furthermore, International Photography Academy Inc. is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to the Site and/or to International Photography Academy Inc.'s domain for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing, and marketing such products using such information. These terms apply unless you have a prior, written agreement with International Photography Academy Inc. in which International Photography Academy Inc. agrees to different terms with respect to particular material, provided however that any communication or transmission made by electronic mail is non-confidential and non-proprietary. You also acknowledge and agree that International Photography Academy Inc. will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose information or materials in our possession.
Severance and Waiver
You acknowledge and agree that if any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms and Conditions and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. Furthermore, if any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision.
International Photography Academy Inc.'s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to in writing by International Photography Academy Inc.
Choices of Law and Jurisdiction
The Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of laws rules. Each party hereby irrevocably consents to exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Cook County, Illinois.
These Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between the International Photography Academy Inc. and you and govern your use of the Site, and you agree and acknowledge that any other agreements between you and International Photography Academy Inc. are superceded and of no force or effect.
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"I am really excited that I found International Photography Academy. Shane is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. I learned things about my camera in the first hour of class that I hadn't learned since I bought it two and a half years ago and that is after taking plenty of classes elsewhere. The class was paced just right for me with enough time to practice on my camera and ask questions. Shane definitely knows his stuff."
Brewster - yelp.com search photography classes Chicago
"I was sooo worried that I would be the idiot in the class among all these cool photographers. Tristine made my life very easy. She was patient and considerate and really fun to spend the day with. I actually arrived ten minutes late and was welcomed without a problem. Whatever kind of camera anyone had in the class, Tristine seemed to know it inside and out. IPA is five star!"
Melanie - yelp.com
"I just completed the Beginner's class. In the 4 weeks, not only did I learn how to properly use my digital SLR (various settings), but I gained invaluable photography skills from William. He is a great instructor and generously shares his wealth of information from his many years of experience. We were able to use all his studio equipment including a variety of lights, computers, and printers. I would highly recommend this class. I feel I have definitely become more knowledgeable and confident in using my digital SLR. I finally understand the fundamentals and importance of lighting, shutter speed, aperture, etc! I am looking forward to the next 'Intermediate' & 'Advanced' levels!"
Janice - google.com search photography classes chicago
"I found that this class provided me with all of the necessary tips and tricks to shoot a successful wedding. It pointed out the "must have" shots to get, how to work with both a bride and groom and excellant suggestions for flattering lighting. Both instructors were patient and made sure that every participant had an opportunity to try all of the equipment and scenarios that were "painted". As a photographer who specialized in another area, I found that this provided me with the confidence to go out and be the primary shooter at a wedding. The references provided for wedding albums and other services a wedding photographer needs have been invaluable. The instant feedback with suggestions on improvement were good and the various opinions from 2 class leaders reinforced to me that there is always more than one way to be sucessful as a photographer and that "one size fits all" does not apply. This was well worth the investment of time and money."
Dan - yelp.com
"I had been looking for a photography class for quite awhile but was intimidated by the 8 week courses with expensive lab and materials list at other schools in the area. When I learned about a 4 week class at only $195 I was ready to sign up! The first class was free and just there I learned more about my camera in 3 hours than I had in the 3 years I have owned it! I kept saying, "wow didn't know I could do that!" The next classes have been focused on learning to shoot in aperture priority, composition, shutter speed, etc. Some of it is pretty technical and confusing, but I am already starting to see improvement in my pictures. The assignments can be accomplished in your busy week. William also gives you his cell phone number and you can call him at any time with questions which is helpful. William is funny, direct and to the point. I highly recommend this class and look forward to signing up for the next series of classes"
Laurie - yelp.com
"I just took the beginner four week class and it was exactly what I needed. The classes were overflowing with really useful information and I found the instructors both knowledgeable and entertaining. Four weeks was just long enough to learn everything and not too long so that I had to struggle with my schedule. I took the free class before I bought my camera and the instructor handed me a $5000 camera to use for the night. Awesome!! Then he gave me some excellent advice and I bought the right camera to complete the class and continue with my photography. I am already booked for the next class and very much looking forward to it. This place is a real find and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning photography while having great fun"
Bram - yelp.com
"I have been shooting seriously for about 2 years and have taken a couple classes and a course at my local technical college, but nothing has been better than my two day class at IPA. William does a great job of explaining his photography theories and coming full circle when explaining his way of getting perfect exposure. i am very happy i took the class and if you are serious about learning photography, IPA is the place to go to increase your photography skill and knowledge."
Tyron - yelp.com
"I also took the Digital in a Day class and thought it was really worthwhile. I was nervous about such a long class, but I was never bored and learned tons. I was tired of battling with my point and shoot, but had no idea how to operate a DSLR. I feel like I now have a solid understanding of how it works and how I can control the outcome of my pics. William is hilarious and puts things in easy to understand terms."
Rachel - yelp.com
"Advanced Photography Class ... I really enjoyed my recent class with Skye. We explored various creative techniques. If you have any questions about the class you're about to enroll in, just give them a call. They are very helpful."
Vera - yelp.com
"I just completed the four week beginner class at the International Photography Academy and can't say enough good things about it. I wanted to learn the basics of how to use my camera and this class was perfect. William is a great teacher and really takes time to explain the basics before jumping in to the more technical aspects. I learned a lot and had fun doing it! I will be signing up for the Intermediate class so that I can continue to learn and grow as a photographer. I highly recommend the International Photography Academy."
Sue - yelp.com
"I am super impressed with this school and, in particular, with Karl the instructor for my class. I had almost given up hope of ever learning how my fancy new Nikon works. Karl made everything simple and easy to follow. There was much more information in one day than I could handle but I took away everything I needed to know for now. I am thinking about future classes but I might just retake this one day beginner class just because I liked it so much. Highly recommended for beginner photogs!"
Candy - yelp.com
"I came to know of Chicago Photo Academy by way of a Groupon. The timing was fortuitous as my boyfriend and I have a brand new toy (a very sexy Canon EOS 7D) that has proven challenging to master. Enter the $45 Day-Long Digital Photography Class ($125 Value) from Groupon. I was skeptical when purchasing the deal. How much value could really be derived from a crash course in fancy DSLR operations, but at $45 per person, I decided to try it out. Both my boyfriend and I were extremely happy with the course content, pacing, facilities, and probably even more importantly - the instructor. Similar to prior Yelp reviews for IPA, William Benson was at the heart of what made this class the very positive experience it was. We fondly referred to him as the Simon Cowell of the photography world. Unlike Cowell, his was a charming Irish accent in lieu of a British one; however, his blunt opinions, wit, and lively sarcasm kept us engaged in the class for the entire day. Content - Covered the key elements and established an independence from the pre-loaded settings that come with the camera. Discussed ISO, aperture, shutter speed, zoom lenses & why they're not ideal, and the all-mighty quality of light. Pace - While a full day may sound daunting, this class was well paced. We had multiple breaks for getting out and shooting example photos as well as an hour long lunch/homework assignment. I needed a little caffeine boost in the afternoon (Starbucks is just across the street!), but that was probably due to my Friday night and not a reflection on the class itself! Takeaways - an understanding of how shutter speed relates to length of lens and impact on hand held focus, or lack thereof. An appreciation for the importance of quality of light. A working knowledge of those somewhat intimidating technical photo terms. And best of all, even more enthusiasm for taking great photos!!! In addition to the class, you receive a tour of the facilities including an impressive professional-grade studio available to students. I was very impressed with the set-up and convenience for up-and-coming photographers. Overall, the class was super and I recommend checking it out!"
Rachel - yelp.com
"I started taking classes here in January and I can't say enough good things about it! They have an amazing Certificate program which includes a year of all you can take classes and free access to their very well appointed studio. William and his wife Dawn have been immensely helpful and supportive and they run a great school. In my time their I have learned the technical aspects of photography as well as the artistic. I particularly like that in the Advanced Classes the emphasis is on the individual and each person is able to hone their strenths and work on the particular type of photography that interests them most. I have met some great people and through them have gotten some great photography opportunities. IPA also has a partnership with The Darkroom Bar in which everyone two months two students are able to participate in a show. I will be participating in my first show on Oct 1st, I am exceedingly grateful for all of the knowledge I have gained through IPA as well as this exciting opportunity to show my work! If you have a DSLR and are serious about learning all you can to be a better photographer, this is the place for you!"
Brighid - yelp.com
"I took the one day beginner class Digital in a Day that covers most of the topics from the beginner course, except for Light Room (it was a Groupon offer). I really enjoyed the class and it was really informative. William makes you feel very comfortable and there were multiple times I laughed out loud during the day, which can be hard when you're learning about a brand new concept. I am excited to keep learning more about my camera and continue my hobby. This is a great place to begin and continue your photography experience."
Kate - yelp.com
"I just took the Digital in a Day class and it was awesome! William Benson is a phenomenal teacher and I learned an insane amount about photography and DSLRs. I too was iffy on the long day but it really did fly by - you won't be bored."
Michelle - yelp.com