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Develop Mode Lifesavers in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw with Jack Davis

May 22, 2021  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT

General Admission $95


Donations to not-for-profit Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum are always welcome and are tax deductible:

Jack Davis

To protect our members and guests from exposure to the Covid-19 virus, we are hosting virtual meetings, using the Zoom meeting application, instead of meeting at our regular venue. We will continue this system until the threat of

infection has passed.

Our weekly activities are continuing virtually with tutorials, photo presentations, discussion forums and competitions.

Although our regular meetings are reserved for member participation, they are open to the public to observe. If you are interested in atttending a meeting, let us know via email at fortdinfo@gmail.com

We continue to post industry news, free tutorials and articles about photography on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chicagophotoforum

© Jack Davis

Photo by David Burnett

How to Maximize your Photographic Quality, Flexibility, Speed and FUN!

Discover with best-selling author (over a million and a half award-winning “Wow” books in print), Adobe Master Teacher and Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Jack Davis, how to create the most mouthwateringly beautiful images possible, with the least number of steps possible, with the greatest amount of flexibility possible! By learning how to harness the incredible power within the very latest Adobe Lightroom (Classic or CC - or even Photoshop’s Adobe Camera Raw - they all use the exact same engine), you’ll master the techniques that are sometimes hidden, often misunderstood, and usually underutilized - needed to enhance, refine and even retouch your images using quick and easy non-destructive image adjustments. You'll learn how to  create HDR panoramic landscapes that pop off the screen, make noise-free nighttime cityscapes, do glamour portraits with skin softening, eye enhancing, and skin color unifying. You’ll learn special effects like creating luscious high-key black & whites, selective hand tinting, cross-processing and even changing depth of field after the fact - all quickly and easily - without ever using a single Layer! And when the power of Layers and Filters in Photoshop are needed, Jack with give you quick and easy steps for jumping into and back out of Photoshop without skipping a beat!

Jack will also show you how to create magic presets and perform syncing tricks to quickly apply these optimizations and enhancements to multiple images (and now to video!) at once to dramatically increase your productivity.

The goal of this all day class is to walk you through, in detailed step-by-step demonstrations, Jack’s top timesaving and thus lifesaving techniques for getting the most out of Lightroom, and your photography - and cut the time it takes to polish your photos to perfection down to seconds instead of hours - all with a huge “Wow!” smile on your face! 

If you have a passion for photography, whether as a professional or as a psychotic enthusiast, this class is for you!

(P.S. There will be a one hour lunch break.)

Sky Swap

Skin Retouching

Landscape Enhancement

Hand Tinting Effect

Fort Dearborn members $55




Moments of the Human Condition with Peter Turnley

Thursday, June 17, 2021

7:30 - 9:30 PM

General Admission $10


Donations to not-for-profit Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum are always welcome and are tax deductible:

Fort Dearborn members - Free, but a donation is encouraged.

Everyone must register to gain access to the ZOOM link.

Peter Turnley is a renowned documentary photographer who has photographed the realities of the human condition worldwide for almost 50 years. He has worked in over 90 countries around the world, and his images speak sincerely to the vast timeline of our human history over these past many decades. His photographs speak to the essential emotions of life in all of its’s facets. They have been featured on 43 covers of Newsweek Magazine. Peter will take us through a visual tour of the life of our world. His photography bridges the world of reportage, photojournalism, street photography and fine art. This promises to be a powerful evening of visual storytelling of the life of our times.  

Peter Turnley

Photo © David Burnett

All photos copyright Peter Turnley  All rights reserved.

Turnley has both American and French nationality, and has published seven books: Beijing Spring, Moments of Revolution, In Times of War and Peace, Parisians, McClellan Street, French Kiss: A Love Letter to Paris, and Cuba: A Grace of Spirit. His new acclaimed book, A New York-Paris Visual Diary: The Human Face of Covid-19, can be purchased only on his website:www.peterturnley.com

More About Peter Turnley

Peter Turnley is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne of Paris, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, and Harvard, where he completed a Nieman Fellowship in 2000-2001. Turnley has received honorary doctorate degrees from the New School of Social Research in New York, Ohio Wesleyan University and St. Francis College of Indiana.

Among the many international awards Turnley has won is the Overseas Press Club Award for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad. He was a nominee this year for the Visa D’Or Award for News from the prestigious internatonal photojourmalism festival, “Visa Pour L’Image” in France.