Save-the-Date Class Listings

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HI Everyone,

We’ve scheduled classes that are certain to expand your photographic skills while providing at least a bit of a challenge. Think of this list as a “SAVE THE DATE” card since these classes aren’t yet open for registration.

FAQ’s about Classes

Q: Why are there no classes listed for November, 2017?

A: All the October starts spill over into November so there’s no room left.

Q: What accounts for the almost 2-month gap (Dec. 7 – Feb. 10) between classes?

A: The instructor is having his left knee replaced.

Q: When will I be able to register for these classes?

A: Keep checking out the CBG website. When you see them there, it’s go time.

Q: Will any of the December classes have a Browniefest?

A: Sorry.

NEW! Natural Beauty at Home and Beyond

Jack’s Photo Exhibition opens December 3 at Trailside Nature Center

Exciting News! I’m having my first-ever photo exhibition at the Trailside Nature Center in River Forest. The exhibit opens on Sunday, December 3rd with a reception from 1 – 3 pm. The collection will include many images from my personal library that have never been on display.  Please join us.

2017 December Classes


Photographing Wonderland Express Sun., Dec. 3, 8 – 10 a.m.
Photographing Wonderland Express Wed., Dec. 6 , 8 – 10 a.m.
Photographing Tips: Choosing and Using the Correct Lens Sat., Dec. 9,  9 a.m. – noon
Capturing the Holiday Lights – Beginner Tues., Dec. 5, 6 – 9 p.m. 
Capturing the Holiday Lights – Intermediate Thurs., Dec. 7, 6 – 9 p.m. 
 2018 Winter Classes

Composition in Landscape Photography


5 Sat., Feb. 10 – Mar. 10, 9 a.m. – noon  

Beginning Digital Photography Feb.

Photographing Winter Sunsets


16 – Mar. 9 9-12 noon

2 Sun., Feb. 18 & 25, 4 – 6 p.m.

Photography Tips & Tools: Flash Sun., Feb. 25,  noon – 3 p.m.
Photographing Orchids 3 Tues., Feb. 27 – Mar. 13, 8 – 11 a.m.
Photographing Orchids 3 Sun.,  Mar. 4 – 18, 8 – 11 a.m.


About Jack

A classically trained musician since childhood, Jack Carlson always had the “ear” of an artist. It was only a short step to develop the artist’s “eye” as well.

The portfolio of this certified photographer reveals images that emphasize mood and composition. Their purpose is to present a feeling in addition to portrayal of person, place or thing. Sometimes that feeling is nostalgia; other times it is serenity.

Each photograph tells a story.