Creative Eye WorkshopsTM
Digital Camera & Photography Classes in Chicago
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Learn To Photograph the Things You Love Most!
At Creative Eye Workshops, we teach the fundamentals of photography so you can think for yourself. Our goal is to build your confidence and knowledge so that you can take control of your camera, setting you free to photograph the things you love most. Ultimately, we give you the tools and guidance to help you discover and express your creative eye. Read what students have said.
Classes for All Photographers & Subject Matter
We offer a range of DSLR and digital photography classes to accommodate beginners to advanced students who are serious about improving their artistic and technical ability. We even give private photography lessons and help you save money with workshop package coupons.
Our beginning photography classes focus on the fundamentals. We provide a core curriculum that teaches the required skills to pursue any kind of photography you wish, regardless of subject matter. Whether you like to photograph children and family, pets and wildlife, sports, architecture, cars, or flowers, or you want to take up travel photography, landscape, or nature photography, these core courses will give you the confidence and basic skill set to photograph anything.
If you're a more advanced photographer (or a just smarty pants), we have workshops designed for you, too, including courses in exposure, Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, digital printmaking, and landscape and nature photography.
Gain Confidence & Knowledge!
Our goal for the beginning photographer is to help the student feel confident and unafraid of her digital camera. We say "her" because 75% of our students are women. (We don't know why, though Mike likes to credit his "raw animal magnetism.") Newbies can take a course that covers the basics of photographic composition or a DSLR camera class to learn how to use the digital camera outside of the "AUTO" and "point-and-shoot" modes.
Once you've completed our basic photography curriculum, you'll have the confidence and knowledge to apply these fundamentals to whatever subject matter you wish to photograph. If you decide to pursue portrait photography or studio photography, you'll already have the skills understanding to pick it up more easily. If you take up nature photography or landscape photography, you'll be ready for that, too, plus we offer several classes and outings designed to make you a much better nature photographer.
Photography Classes Designed for Busy People
We've designed our curriculum for busy people with courses that targeted and efficient. In just thirteen session, you'll learn much more than you will at a community college, plus our classes are very convenient. However, instead of offering one, long, thirteen-week photography course, we've broken it up into five short classes to make better fit your busy life. See Suggested Classes.
Classes Keenly Focused on Your Needs
Our focus is on learning, not force feeding you loads of information. We teach you what you need, when you need it, and no sooner. And, because each class addresses the fundamentals, you learn the information once and for all, saving you time and money in the long run, and freeing your mind to focus on having fun and being creative!
Visual Presentations Make Learning Easier
Photography is visual and so is learning. That's why we've created our lessons with graphic examples and computer animations to show you how things work. Shutter and aperture, flash sync, depth-of-field and field of view, polarizer and split grad filters, the exposure triad of shutter speed/f-stop/ISO, crop factor and focal length, everything is taught in a visual way so you learn with less effort.
Comprehensive Handouts & Supplemental Materials
With each class, we provide you with a set of comprehensive notes that comprise a virtual repeat of the class. This way, you can re-read the information between sessions or refresh your memory well after taking the course. And, during the class, you'll often receive supplemental emails containing valuable information to help clarify or summarize the material presented during the previous session(s).
We hold our photography courses in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, one minute from I-355 Tollway (northeast of Naperville), with many class dates to help with your busy schedule. Photographers of all levels travel far and wide to take our classes: From nearby Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Plainfield, Hinsdale, Elmhurst, and La Grange to as far away as Chicago, Orland Park, Schaumburg, even Barrington, Evanston, Woodstock, Manhattan, and Valparaiso, Indiana. See locations served.
Accomplished Photographer & Knowledgeable Instructor
Your instructor, coach, and the creator of Creative Eye Workshops is Mike MacDonald. Self-taught, Mike started out taking pictures like everyone else. But, eighteen months later, he turned himself into a nationally published photographer with an article called "Frozen Images" in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. (Click here to experience one of Mike's articles from Outdoor Photographer Magazine.)
Mike has a deep and insightful grasp of the technical and creative aspects of photography, but, most importantly, he knows how to teach. The information he presents and the way he presents inspires students to take it to the next level. Enthusiam and passion are at the heart of Mike's teaching, and the passion is contagious.
With degrees in mathematics and physics, and careers in scientific computer programming and professional comedy, Mike possesses rare and symbiotic credentials that make him stand out as a photographer and teacher. As one example, Mike draws upon his unique background to easily explain complicated information, using supporting graphics and animations to help students visualize, imagine, and absorb even the most complex material.
- Make mistakes. The more, the better. Get out there, screw up, and embarrass yourself!
- Knowledge + Confidence = Creative Freedom
- Success is a result of practice and hard work.
- "Do or do not. There is no try."Yoda
- If you believe what we believe, then Creative Eye Workshops is for you.
If you have further questions about Mike MacDonald's photography workshops, just email us or phone 630-852-8448.
Copyright 1999-2013Mike MacDonald Photography, Inc.
Copyright 1999-2013Mike MacDonald Photography, Inc.