Chicago - Urban and Street Photography Workshop

How to photograph built environments including architecture and other places for people

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS    Thursday–Sunday, September 22 - 25, 2016




To learn more and register click here.


Urban environments comprise the most diverse, target-rich places to photograph . . . anywhere. Most photos contain a “subject” within a setting or background. The cool reality is that Buildings and Urban Places can be both subjects and/or settings. Think about all the images you have made or will make in the future that contain buildings as the featured subject or as backgrounds to a myriad of other photo subjects . . . like people and their activities.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, professional photographer, or earn your living as a member of the global real estate, design, and construction industries.


There are accepted principles for photographing buildings and other man made structures. Knowing these principles will make you a better photographer. Understanding the science and art behind these principles will allow you to learn how to “break rules” in a deliberate, meaningful way.

You will learn how a basic understanding of Street Photography will assist in your architectural and urban photography.

While the illustrated lectures will give you the fundamental information you need, we will spend a significant portion of the workshop in the field, with hands on photography. Your professional instructor, Rick Hulbert, will also give daily constructive critiques of your own selected images which is a key part of the learning experience.


There is no requirement for fancy equipment. Any and every brand of camera will work, so we strongly encourage participants with Canon, Sony, Fuji, Leica and other camera brands to attend. The principles taught will also apply to point and shoot cameras, new mirrorless cameras, and yes. . . even camera phones!

We will discuss the elementary basics of how people see, how the camera sees, and why extending the Dynamic Range of light captured in your images can be so enticing and fulfilling. This is true, whether you are wanting to document reality, or wanting to interpret reality.

This workshop is designed to get you to think about concepts in Urban Photography that you hadn’t thought of or considered before. That is, admittedly a rather bold statement. However, that is exactly what this four day experience will achieve.

You will discover how to better frame and crop your images using the long established principles of fine art painting and drawing.


You will learn how to create jaw-dropping images that will be the envy of both your friends and potential future clients. You might even be able to impress your kids!

Finally, if there is an interest, we can talk about the best gear and broadly touch on software solutions that will make your images sing.


A four-day workshop with a maximum enrollment of 10 people



To learn more and register click here.



Workshop Hotel Information

We have been able to book a more affordable downtown hotel for us all to enjoy the daily lecture/discussions and image reviews. Our host hotel will be the Comfort Inn:

Comfort Suites Chicago on Michigan Avenue
320 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL  60601

The Comfort Suites are in a super-convenient location, just one half block from the Chicago River in the heart of downtown, and just 3 blocks from Millennium Park.

Should you decide to stay at the host hotel, speak with their Director of Sales, Daniel Grajdura, and tell him you are registered with “Rick Hulbert’s Photography Workshop” to request the best room rate available. Of course, should you prefer, there are numerous other hotel options in and around Chicago from which to choose.