Get to Know Your Camera

Beginner Digital Camera Class in Chicago Area
Photography classes in Glen Ellyn and Wheaton including 
nature photography classes and hands-on DSLR camera courses by Creative Eye Workshops.

For: Beginning Photographers (or anyone wishing to take Complete Exposure)
Requirements: DSLR Camera & Willingness to Learn    (View Course Requirements)
Prerequisites: None.
Note: This class teaches you how to use your DSLR to better photograph your favorite things.

GET TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA: A beginning digital camera class in Chicago by Creative Eye Workshops™ Take Control of Your Camera &
Learn to Photograph What You Love Most!

This DSLR camera class is about taking control of your digital camera, setting you free to photograph the things you love most. We give you a fundamental understanding of how your digital camera works, enabling you to think for yourself. Our goal is to build your confidence and knowledge so you're ready to photograph your favorite subject, no matter what that is. Ultimately, we give you the tools and guidance to get you started, whether you just want to take better pictures of your children or have thoughts of pursuing a professional photography career. Read what students have said.

Amy of Aurora, Illinois wrote us after starting her own children's portrait photography business, "I have been meaning to touch base with you just to say thanks! You were my kick start to doing exactly what I love. Your classes and work inspired me to take a leap of faith and I again thank you."

Stop Being Frustrated!

Do your pictures often turn out too light or too dark? Do your photos have a yellow or blue color cast? Are you wondering what all those buttons and settings are for? Are you afraid to press those buttons? It should reassure you to know that these are common problems that people have and the topics we directly address in this beginning digital camera class—the first course in a series of technical photography classes that we offer.  (Gift Cards for this class are available.)

Here's an interesting paradox: Your fancy DSLR camera is very complicated, but pretty dumb. I mean, you've already seen the trouble it has with color, exposure, focusing, and so forth. But, what if we were to combine the meager brain of your digital camera with your vastly superior one? Now, that would solve the problem! And that's where we come in.

"GET TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA is a must for anyone starting out." — U. Sharma, M.D. / Burr Ridge, IL

Get to Know Your Camera
Location:  Downers Grove, IL
4/18 & 4/25/2017 (Tues.) @ 7:00PM OPEN
5/17 & 5/24/2017 (Wed.) @ 7:00PM OPEN

Lose Your Fear & Think for Yourself!

In this 2-session beginning digital photography class, we help you shed your fear and help you take control of your camera, resulting in better pictures and more predicable results. You'll learn the fundamentals of photography, how your DSLR camera works, which buttons and controls are most important, why you need them, and how to use them. Unlike many photography classes, we don't teach dozens of topics. That just confuses people, not only because there's too much information, but because students don't know where to begin. Instead, we concentrate on the information you need right now. As you grow, we offer other photography classes that keep pace with your growing understanding and confidence.

"Mike was personable, easy-going and made everyone feel good about their level of knowledge and ability to learn the techniques. Great and energetic instructor." — Nicole / South Barrington, IL

You'll learn a lot in this beginning digital camera class and you'll feel much more confident with your camera. You'll even learn how to get better exposures and adjust them if it's not right. However, that may be too late. So, to solve the "too light/too dark" issue before it occurs, we offer our elegant and decisive Complete Exposure class.

Comprehensive Handouts & Supplemental Materials

To make your learning experience easier, we provide a thick comprehensive handout of the PowerPoint presentation. We do this so that you don't have to take notes in class and to use as a guide for when you go home to do your assignment. It's also a valuable resource to fall back on in the future. But, the biggest reason is that we want you to be engaged, attentive, and able to participate in the class, where we've developed dozens of instructive animations and graphics, designed to help you better understand and visualize the material. You'll, also, receive supplemental emails containing additional instruction that further clarifies or summarizes the material presented during the previous session(s).

Explanations of following camera functions include:

- How a Camera Works - Histogram - Matrix Metering - Taking a Meter Reading
- ISO - White Balance - Spot Meter - Aperture Priority
- F-stop - Manual Focus - Image Preview - Exposure Compensation
- Shutter Speed - Auto Focus - Flash - Depth of Field Preview
- Manual Metering - Depth of Field - Fill Flash - File Formats (jpeg or RAW)

It is mandatory that you have a digital camera that has Manual Exposure Mode. Please see the Course Requirements.

After the session, you'll be ready to move onto our other technical photograph classes.


Both sessions takes place at Mike's home studio in Downers Grove, Illinois and last about 3 hours.

During the first session, you will learn how a camera works and the fundamental principles. You will be taught which buttons are important and why you need them. Then, you will be sent home with your handout and an important homework assignment, which must be completed: to find and familiarize yourself with the different buttons and dials you learned about. NOTE: Our classes are for people who really want to learn, not for those who want a quick fix.

When you return for the last session, you'll be using those buttons and controls in a powerful hands-on exercise along with other valuable information that is designed to wean you off of the automatic controls and free you from the shackles of the AUTO and PROGRAM modes.

"I appreciate your attention to detail and making sure you explained things very thoroughly. I know my photography has improved and I look forward to continuing to practice. Thank you, thank you, thank you." — Karen / Justice, IL

Normally, this class is limited to 12 students, depending on the experience level of the participants, but during snow season the maximum may be limited to the 7, which is the number of on-site parking spots. So, please register quickly to ensure a spot.

Workshop Price: $99     Deposit: 100%

If you have further questions about Mike MacDonald photography workshops just email or phone 630-852-8448.

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