Digital Photo Basics 1


Fundamentals of Photography Class Near Aurora

Conveniently Located in Downers Grove



Digital Photo Basics 1 focuses on camera equipment and field techniques that are essential for creating technically excellent photographs.

LEVEL: Beginning Photographers

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This digital photography course answers many practical questions that beginning photographers have about digital interchangeable lens cameras (e.g., DSLR and mirrorless) cameras, lenses, and field techniques. The course flows naturally from the 2-session digital camera class called Get To Know Your Camera.

This digital photography course teaches many fundamental principles related to cameras, lenses, filters, and photography in general. The information provided will also help you understand the capabilities and limitations of your current equipment and what you may need to add so that you can better photograph the things you love most.

Information covered in this class include:

  • Lenses (magnification, angle of view, aperture, crop factor, fast vs. slow, sharpness, etc.)
  • Crop Factor (important for comparing cameras and lenses)
  • Choosing the Right ISO
  • Making Sharp Images (tripods & heads, remote shutter release, mirror lock-up)
  • Depth of Field
  • Hyperfocal Distance (how to get everything in focus, often used for scenery)
  • Polarizing Filters
  • Split Grad Filters (used for controlling high-contrast scenes)
  • Caring for Your Camera
  • And More…

As with all of Mike’s presentations, he has created a very visual and poignant PowerPoint program that clearly illustrates the various photographic principles and techniques. A comprehensive handout of the PowerPoint lecture is provided so you can engage in the class instead of taking notes. Plus, the handout is a valuable resource to guide you in the future.


The session takes place at Mike’s home and studio in Downers Grove (a Chicago suburb just east of Naperville) where you’ll learn important photography fundamentals and techniques.

Because this class is primarily informative and not hands-on, there is no limitation on attendance. However, during the snow season, the maximum is 7 participants due to limited parking. So, please register quickly to insure a spot.

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

CONVENIENTLY LOCATED: Creative Eye Workshops offers a variety of photography classes in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Illinois (near Naperville, IL). Because we are located off the 63rd Street/Hobson Road exit of I-355 and close to main thoroughfares like Warrenville Road, Ogden Avenue, Belmont Road/Finley Road, 75th Street, Butterfield Road, and Route 53, we are quickly and immediately accessible from nearby towns like Bolingbrook, Lisle, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Oak Brook, Westmont, Woodridge, Plainfield, and Aurora. But, because of our accessibility, students come from all around to take our weekday evening photo courses, including those from Oak Park, La Grange, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, and the city of Chicago. Students have driven from as far as away as Indiana, McHenry County, and Evanston because they know that we offer something better and different.