About Studio Terra | Robert Rydin Photography

Skilled Personal, Commercial & Fine Art Photographer Amazing Audiences Worldwide

For fine art photography and photographic services that astound, choose Studio Terra | Robert Rydin Photography. Based in Elgin, IL, I provide both personal and commercial photography for clients throughout the Greater Chicago area, and I sell my fine art, comprised of city skylines and landscapes, as well as 20th century industrial steel and iron, worldwide. I don’t complete a project until both my client and I are completely satisfied!

2017 Top Pro in Chicago


I have been an avid photographer for the majority of my adult life. I started my photographic services business in the late 1970s, mainly shooting model composites in Chicago. Later, I became a student of the Ansel Adams methodology of fine art black-and-white photography. I started entering fine art shows in the Greater Chicago area and won an array of awards. For example, I have won multiple awards, including “Outstanding Achievement” and “Best in Category” in Chicago’s most prestigious, juried fine art shows. For my photographic services, Thumbtack has awarded me “Best of 2015,” “Best of 2016,” and “2017 Top Pro,” solely based on my reviews. I am in the top 10 of photographers in the Chicago area. I decided to leave my successful corporate sales executive career and became a full-time professional photographer in 2011. I am a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified commercial drone operator.

I am dedicated to the satisfaction of my clients. My work will always meet or exceed your expectations, and if it doesn’t, I will shoot again until you are completely comfortable referring me to friends.

black and white wheel and step Studio Terra | Robert Rydin Photography Bartlett & Elgin IL
young woman portrait Studio Terra | Robert Rydin Photography St. Charles & Elgin IL

State-of-the-Art Equipment

I utilize one of four complete camera systems for each job. I pick which one to use based on the subject matter. They are:


For stills and video, a Nikon Professional DSLR

A Hasselblad medium format system with a Hasselblad digital back

A Sinar 4X5 F1 Field View camera, fitted with a Hasselblad digital back

A 4-DJI Phantom 4 drone with 4K camera, for aerial stills and video

Dedicated to Exceeding Your Expectations

For additional information about my personal and commercial photography services, or to learn how to purchase a piece from my fine art collection, contact me today at 630-399-5699!