This study group will combine classroom sessions and outings in the Chicago area, to allow participants to improve their photographic skills. The goal of the study group is to help students turn their snapshots into great shots. Open to all skill levels, the requirements are a digital camera with interchangeable lenses or advanced digital “point & shoot camera,” a computer (PC or MAC) and basic computer skills, and some level of comfort with photo editing software. We will photograph varying topics including architecture and landscapes, critters and creatures, macro and close-up, and street photography. We will also spend time studying famous photographers and favorite types of photography. This semester will add advanced camera techniques such as control the depth of field, and creating panoramic and HDR (High Dynamic Range) images as well tools to process images.