Photography Workshops

Chicago photography workshops

I didn’t get to where I am without help, so it’s the least I can do to pass along my knowledge to others.

This workshop series is for semi professional and professional photographers who want to take their lighting to the next level.

I love to explore lighting, and to experiment with new techniques and ideas to refine my craft and to create better images every time I pick up a camera. But what I love equally, is empowering photographers as they build confidence in themselves and their skills.

During our two-day hands-on workshop, we’ll start with one light and work our way up to 4 or five. We’ll practice on each other and a professional model, talk about modifiers, ratios, and post production, but more importantly, I want everyone to leave understanding why they would use each one, what happens to your look when you adjust the power of each light and what I do to achieve my look & style. I have limited these workshops to only three students in Chicago, and 12 students elsewhere, because I want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to learn the concepts and put them to use.

When were all done, we can go to dinner, recap what you’ve learned and talk about how to put these new skills to work!

PPA Magazine called Gress “one of  the nation’s foremost experts on lighting.”

  • 9:00am – 9:30am Meet & Greet
  • 9:30am – 10:00am Introduction
  • 10:00am – 12:00am Exploring modifiers and flags
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm – 6:00pm Hands-on Lighting Setups with model
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm Dinner, an optional activity that isn’t included in the cost of tuition.


  • 9:00am – 1:00pm Hands-on Lighting Setups with model
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm Post Processing Demonstration: Culling and Retouching
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm Hands on Retouching
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm Reviewing everyones work, floor open to questions and discussion.
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm Dinner*

Subject to change.

Photo by James DeVries


To leave a deposit, for any workshop please click below. The total is due 30 days before the workshop.

Chicago, Illinois

Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5, 2019

This will be my first ever two day workshop in Chicago and will include twice the number of setups as my one day class and extended retouching instruction. While semi-pros are welcome, this workshop is really geared to working professionals who are looking for in-depth knowledge and information.

Space is limited to only 3 participants

Only one spot left!


To sign-up for the workshop, please click below.

Chicago Workshops Deposit

Balance due 30 days out, non-refundable.

Oakland, California

Saturday & Sunday, May 18-19, 2019

This will be my first ever workshop in California and is geared to semi-pros and working professionals who are looking for in-depth knowledge and information.

Space is limited to only 12 participants!

$699 before 4/20, $899 after 4/20

To sign-up for the workshop, please click below.

Los Angeles, California

Saturday & Sunday, May 25-26, 2019

Glendale, CA 91203

This will be my first ever workshop in LA and is geared to semi-pros and working professionals who are looking for in-depth knowledge and information.

Space is limited to only 12 participants!


To sign-up for the workshop, please click below.

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Participants also receive my five favorite Lightroom presets!

*All sales are final and non-refundable. Dinner is an optional activity and is not included in the price of tuition.

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