DSLR / Mirrorless Camera Basics, Photo Essentials and More!

Whether you are new to photography or a seasoned professional, Balanced Exposure is the Chicago area photography school for you. Our Introduction to Photography Classes are our most popular classes for those who want to learn more about photography in general as well as learn to use their new cameras. All of our classes are designed specifically for the DSLR and Mirrorless user. Click on "Read more" for class information and to see a calendar of all classes available and to schedule your class.

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Classes to expand your photographic knowledge

For those who have already taken the Photo Essentials class in the past, the DSLR Advanced class continues your education from where that class finished. Flash training is for those who have an external flash and also want to learn studio lighting. Composition class teaches you how to make your photos more interesting to your viewer. Exposure class helps you set up your camera for any situation you are facing. Adobe Lightroom is the fastest and most efficent software of its type to help correct color and exposure problems in digital images. Adobe Photoshop helps modify photos. Read more for details.

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All About Weddings

With over 20 years of experience photographing weddings, we can teach you everything you ever wanted to know about wedding photography. From how to best use your equipment, getting the best shot, working with other wedding vendors to the business of wedding photography, there's no topic we cannot cover to get you ready to photograph weddings as a career. Read more for classes.

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Real Estate Photography

Brokers, Agents and other Real Estate Professionals! Take our full day real estate photography course at your office to help market your listings or take a series of classes at our school!

Click on Read More for class description and a special promotional price for the course!

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Post Production Training and Services

Balanced Exposure started out as a company offering post production services to photographers. Photographers today utilize computers and software to enhance and correct images to make them their absolute best in image quality. Programs such as Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Photomatix, Portrait Professional, and more are taught. In addition, we continue to help the photographic community by offering these services to photographers who need the help. Color correction, exposure correction, image retouching, special effects... these are just some of the services available. Read more for classes.

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Please call 847-840-4082 between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday to schedule your class. No phone scheduling will be allowed outside of these hours or days.

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We have moved to a larger facility!

Our address is 1101 Perimeter Drive, Ste. 210, Schaumburg, IL 60173. We are located next to Woodfield Mall, directly behind the Olive Garden along Golf Road. Take the Mall entrance next to the Olive Garden. Our building is directly behind it and in front of the parking area nearest Macy's department store.

To participate in any of the Balanced Exposure classes, you must bring your own DSLR camera, Mirrorless camera or hybrid camera. Hybrid cameras must be able to shoot in manual mode, aperture priority and shutter speed prority modes.

Standard "Point and Shoot" cameras do not qualify for admission to DSLR classes offered through Balanced Exposure.



Click here for a Class Calendar.
Important information concerning these classes is also found here. Always refer to the online calendar rather than printing it out. The online calendar is constantly being updated, so your best source of class information is from checking the calendar online. If you have visited the calendar in the past, be sure to refresh your brower to see the latest dates. If you do not refresh, you might be looking at an older version of the calendar and will not see recent class additions.

Please call 847-840-4082 between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday to schedule your class. No phone scheduling will be allow outside of these hours or days.

Why Balanced Exposure?



At Balanced Exposure, we take photography seriously but we don't teach it that way! We want all photographers to create the absolute best images they can but we want them to learn how to do it while having fun.

Today, even inexpensive digital cameras are capable of taking some amazing photographs! Learning to use the new cameras properly is the key to getting great shots. While we can speak "technical talk" with the best of them, we try to keep the language a little more simple. We'd rather teach in a language everyone can understand. That's what makes us unique and why our students continue to come back to us to learn more advanced techniques.

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Why Balanced Exposure?

Everyone needs quality training. With so many cameras out there today, it's just confusing. Everyone from the Advanced Hybrid camera user to the professional photographer who uses a DSLR or Mirrorless camera needs to be trained to use their cameras to their fullest potential. Without proper training, you could be utilizing only a fraction of what your new camera can give you.

While there are many photography schools available, we feel that there is always a need for a school that's a little different. We not only explain the therory behind something, we also show it to you in action. Then, we allow you to do the same thing. We do all this in a language you can understand and in a way you can remember.

Balanced Exposure offers a variety of classes so that you can pick the topics you need the most help in.

Everyone learns at a different pace. For some, a group class works best. But for others, individual attention is preferred. We offer both kinds of training... just pick which suits you best.
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Introduction to Photography

See below to download a current class schedule. Classes are constantly forming. Inquire about Individualized lesson plans for any area of photography that you are interested. Remember to bring your camera and lenses and instruction manuals for reference. You should also bring a portable laptop computer with software pre-loaded for any software training class.



Special Promotional Discounts on classes are available! See the website's home page for special pricing!!




Click here for a Class Calendar. Important information concerning these classes is also found here.


Please call 847-840-4082 between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday to schedule your class. No phone scheduling will be allow outside of these hours or days.

Note: Classes from Balanced Exposure are for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras. However, if you have a "Hybrid Camera" which has full manual controls, you are welcome to attend the DSLR classes since these kinds of cameras offer similar features to the DSLR cameras, but standard "Point & Shoot" cameras do not qualify for admission into the DSLR classes.




DSLR / Mirrorless Camera Basics (Group Class)
Two Hour Training - $115
Advanced Registration Required


The DSLR camera and also the advanced hybrid cameras are among the most desired cameras on the market today. If you own one of these cameras, this is the class for you.

This single day 2 hour group class will teach you the fundamentals of your camera. Some of the topics include:
What is White Balance and how do I set it?
How do I set the Aperture? What does it do?
How do I set the Shutter Speed and why do I want to do that?
What is ISO?
How do I shoot in Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed Priority Modes?

If you want to know how to operate your camera in shooting modes other than auto mode, this is the class to take.

Please bring your camera and its instruction manual to the class. Each camera is different from model to model and brand to brand, so having the instruction manual with you could prove to be helpful in finding how your camera handles a certain function.

We will cover both theory and practical applications with your DSLR, Mirrorless or advanced hybrid camera
We will be covering a lot of material about your camera as well as practicing the new things you'll be learning.

By the end of the two hours, you'll be shooting confidently with Aperture and Shutter Speed Priority and also Manual Settings

The class running time is 2 hours, but students will be at the school for 2 hours, 15 minutes to include an introduction to other class opportunities from the school.



Photo Essentials (Group Class)
Four Hour Training - $225
Advanced Registration Required


This class includes all of the topics covered in the DSLR / Mirrorless Camera Basics class (see above) and adds the following topics to it:

Introduction to the benefits of Custom White Balance
Differences between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom
Basics of "Pop-up" Flash Photography
Basics of Lenses
Differences in Image Sensor sizes and how this affects your image
Exposure Compensation
Introduction to HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography

The class running time is 4 hours, but students will be at the school for 4 hours, 45 minutes (including break time and an introduction to other class opportunities from the school.)

DSLR Advanced (Group Class)
One Class - 3 hours - $195
Advanced Registration Required. Prerequisite: Photo 101, Boot Camp or Photo Essentials


This class is for those DSLR and Mirrorless camera owners who have already taken either our Photography 101, Boot Camp or Photo Essentials class.

The class concentrates on the "other features" found in the menus of your camera.

Advanced / Hybrid Point and Shoot Cameras and also standard Point and Shoot Cameras will not be coverd in this class and will not be admitted into the class.

We will cover in more detail topics like Custom White Balancing, Focusing Modes, Metering Modes, Bracketing and other features found within the camera's advanced menus. Be sure to bring your camera's instruction manaul for this class.


Canon Cameras (Group Class)
Two Hours - $125
Advanced Registration Required


This class picks up where the DSLR Advanced Class leaves off... for Canon Cameras!
We cover all of the menu options in your Canon DSLR Camera. The DSLR Advanced class covers the most common features found in all DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, but since some features are only specific to Canon, we use this class to cover all of those features. To learn everything about your new Canon DSLR camera, we recommend that you take the Photo Essentials class, the DSLR Advanced class and also the Canon Cameras class!


Nikon Cameras (Group Class)
Two Hours - $125
Advanced Registration Required


This class picks up where the DSLR Advanced Class leaves off... for Nikon Cameras!
We cover all of the menu options in your Nikon DSLR Camera. The DSLR Advanced class covers the most common features found in all DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, but since some features are only specific to Nikon we use this class to cover all of those features. To learn everything about your new Nikon DSLR camera, we recommend that you take the Photo Essentials class, the DSLR Advanced class and also the Nikon Cameras class!



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Intermediate Photography

See below to download a current class schedule. Classes are constantly forming. Inquire about Individualized lesson plans for any area of photography that you are interested. Remember to bring your camera and lenses and instruction manuals for reference. You should also bring a portable laptop computer with software pre-loaded for any software training class.





Special Promotional Discounts on classes are available! See the website's home page for special pricing!!




Click here for a Class Calendar. Important information concerning this class is also found here.


Please call 847-840-4082 between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday to schedule your class. No phone scheduling will be allow outside of these hours or days.

DSLR Advanced (Group Class)
One Class - 3 hours - $195
Advanced Registration Required. Prerequisite: Photo 101, Boot Camp or Photo Essentials


This class is for those DSLR and Mirrorless camera owners who have already taken either our Photography 101, Boot Camp or Photo Essentials class.

The class concentrates on the "other features" found in the menus of your camera.

Advanced / Hybrid Point and Shoot Cameras and also standard Point and Shoot Cameras will not be coverd in this class and will not be admitted into the class.

We will cover in more detail topics like Custom White Balancing, Focusing Modes, Metering Modes, Bracketing and other features found within the camera's advanced menus. Be sure to bring your camera's instruction manaul for this class.

Window Lighting and Balancing The Light (Group Class)
One Class - 2 hours - $150
Advanced Registration Required. Prerequisite: Photo Essentials


Window lighting is one of the most flattering lighting sources, but you need to know how to use it correctly to get the best results! Learn to control the window lighting to get quality lighting no matter how bright or dim the light is from your window.

We'll learn to:
Control Window Lighting
Control harsh and unflattering light conditions
Balance light coming from different angles
Use diffusion materials
Use reflectors to redirect lighting and fill in shadows
Choose correct lighting ratios for flattering portraits
Measure light with an Incident Light Meter
Use flash for supplemental lighting


This 2 hour class is a limited to 14 students per session. We'll model for each other in class! Being a "hands-on" class where students will not only shoot images but also help each other in achieving the correct end result, be prepared to move around and participate in setting up the shot correctly.

Intro to Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6 or CC(Group Class)
One Class - 2 hours - $125
Advanced Registration Required. Prerequisite: Photo Essentials


This class is for those DSLR and Mirrorless camera owners who are looking to correct their colors and exposures in post production using the Adobe Lightroom software.

The class concentrates on teaching you how to use Adobe Lightroom to fix the colors and exposures on digital images. The main concentration of the class will be on the Library and Develop modules of Lightroom. Learn to correct colors and exposures, reduce digital noise, enhance colors, fix red eye, correct lens distortions and more!

Intro To Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, 11 and 12, 13, 14 (Group Class)
Three Hours - $195
Advanced Registration Required


RAW vs JPG:
Adobe Bridge
Curves
Cloning
Masking
Layers
And More!
Bring your laptop with Adobe Photoshop Elements already loaded
Advanced registration required

Intro To Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 and Creative Cloud (Group Class)
Three Hours - $195
Advanced Registration Required


RAW vs JPG:
Adobe Bridge
Cloning
Curves
Masking
Layers
And More!
Bring your laptop with Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 or Creative Cloud already loaded
Advanced registration required

Composition + (Group Class)
Two Hours - $125
Advanced Registration Required


After learning how to get a proper exposure and how to use your camera, it's time to learn how to actually take a good photo! We'll spend two hours looking at examples of photos that look good, photos that don't and how to distinguish the difference. Elements of composition and design are emphasized.

Exposure (Group Class)
Two Hours - $125
Advanced Registration Required


The best photographers think through their shots before taking them. Knowing the right settings is one thing, but figuring out the right settings is better. Learn how to figure out how best to set your camera's exposure controls to get the right image quality for a variety of situations! This class concentrates on such questions as, "How do you photograph fireworks?" "How do you photograph Holiday lights?" "What's the best setting to to photograph a back-lit subject?" Learn the settings... but better still, learn why the settings work and figure out other shooting scenarios.





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Wedding Photography

Please see below for a current class schedule. Classes are constantly forming. Inquire about Individualized lesson plans for any area of photography that you are interested. Remember to bring your camera and lenses and instruction manuals for reference. You should also bring a portable laptop computer with software pre-loaded for any software training class.


Click here for a Class Calendar. Important information concerning this class is also found here.


Please call 847-840-4082 between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday to schedule your class. No phone scheduling will be allow outside of these hours or days.



Wedding Photography Training (Group Class)
Call for details
Advanced Registration Required


If you are serious about entering the wedding photography business, these are the classes for you. We will cover the key elements on how to run a successful wedding photography business. With over 20 years of wedding photography experience, Russell Lowe, owner of Balanced Exposure will share his secrets on how he was able to continue photographing weddings for so long. This is the workshop to take if you really want to know how the wedding business works. This is an interactive workshop. Be prepared to ask questions, get them answered and to practice techniques during a solid two days of intense training and discussions.

Topics Include:
The Business of Wedding Photography
The advantages and disadvantages of having a sales office or meeting at home or a coffee shop
The Sales and Marketing of Wedding Photography
The Wedding Photography Contract and why it is important
Wedding Albums and Wedding Album Design
Camera, Lenses and other equipment choices
Engagement Sessions
Photographing the wedding
Photographing A Reception
Studio Sessions... do you need them or not? Should you do them at the reception?
The Sales Presentation
What to charge for a wedding
Showing your work
Pricing your packages
Closing the sale
Keeping contact with your clients
Post wedding consultations
Selling your images
Insurance
Albums
Online Sales
And more...

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Real Estate Photography



Real Estate Photography
Are you a licensed Real Estate Agent or Broker? Do you work for a Real Estate office? Learn to take better real estate photos to market your listings!
Advanced Registration Required




Course Description

Learn the basics of using a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera and an ultra-wide angle lens to take better real estate photos.

Basics of Exposure
Using your camera in Manual Mode
Introduction to the benefits of Custom White Balance
Balancing outside lighting with indoor lighting
Learn to take the correct angles to show the room properly
Enhancing your photos with Adobe Lightroom
Introduction to HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography for real estate photography
And more!

This course combines three classes for the real estate professional.

You will take the four-hour Photo Essentials class and the three-hour DSLR Advanced class to learn the basics of your DSLR Camera. Finally, you will take the three hour Real Estate Photography Class for continuing students. This class will cover the proper photography techniques needed to take photos of your listings and how to post process those shots in Adobe Lightroom to get the most out of them. In total, you will have ten hours of training!

Alternatively, a single day class can be held at your company's office from 9 AM to 4 PM (with a one hour lunch break). A minimum of 4 agents or brokers per office will be required to hold this class on location. If you choose one of your office's listings nearby so we can take photos of the home to learn in a "real world" situation. Your clients will receive your finished photos for their MLS listing when we are done.

Class price: $450 per student
Special Promotional Price only $275 per student (for on-location classes, a minimum of 4 students are required to hold the class at your office). Call 847-840-4082 to arrange for on-location classes at the promotional price or attend the three classes at our location and call to purchase the promotion.

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Post Production - Software Training

Please call or email for a current class schedule. Classes are constantly forming. Inquire about Individualized lesson plans for any area of photography that you are interested. Remember to bring your camera and lenses and instruction manuals for reference. You should also bring a portable laptop computer with software pre-loaded for any software training class.



Special Promotional Discounts on classes are available! See the website's home page for special pricing!!




Click here for a Class Calendar. Important information concerning this class is also found here.


Please call 847-840-4082 between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday to schedule your class. No phone scheduling will be allow outside of these hours or days.



Intro to Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 (Group Class)
Three Hours - $195
Advanced Registration Required


RAW vs JPG:
Adobe Bridge
Curves
Cloning
Masking
Layers
And More!
Bring your laptop with Adobe Photoshop Elements already loaded
Advanced registration required

Intro To Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 and Creative Cloud (Group Class)
Three Hours - $195
Advanced Registration Required


RAW vs JPG:
Adobe Bridge
Cloning
Curves
Masking
Layers
And More!
Bring your laptop with Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 or Creative Cloud already loaded
Advanced registration required

Intro To Adobe Lightroom 4,5, 6 or CC (Group Class)
Two Hours - $125
Advanced Registration Required


How to import and export your images:
Proper use of Lightroom for Color Correction
Proper use of Lightroom for Exposure Correction
How to batch correct your images
And more!
Bring your laptop with Lightroom already loaded
Advanced registration required