Light & The Landscape


A Landscape Photography Course about the Magic of Light

Conveniently Located in Downers Grove



Indian Grass, Western Sunflowers, and Rough Blazing Star glow in the light of the morning sun in the sand prairie along the shores of the Lake Michigan shoreline at Illinios Beach State Park

For: Intermediate & Advanced Photographers

Requirements: DSLR Camera & Tripod    (View Course Requirements)

Prerequisites: At a minimum, experience in photo composition and confidence with camera.

Note: Learn to make order out of chaos from an innovative landscape photographer.

You will truly begin to “see the light” after taking this hands-on landscape photography workshop.

Learn how to see the light from internationally published landscape photographer Mike MacDonald. This in-field hands-on photography class addresses three variations of light that are used to photograph the landscape: diffuse, soft sunlight, and glancing light. The latter is the most exciting when the sun is just above the horizon, causing a dramatic combination of highlight and shadow to make subjects explode off the page. Light and shadows become subjects unto themselves, guiding the composition and the eye. The photo to the right shows how glancing sunlit subjects are lifted off the screen, creating a 3-dimensional effect through the careful use of light and shadow.  (Gift Cards for this class are available.)

A comprehensive handout of the PowerPoint lecture will be provided.

Course Agenda

The initial session begins at Mike’s home and studio in Downers Grove, Illinois (a Chicago suburb). You will receive a presentation that will teach you the various concepts. You will receive a comprehensive handout of the PowerPoint presentation.

After the lecture, we will then head out to a local natural area to capture the late afternoon light and to practice the ideas that you learned. You will be guided as you take pictures using these new principles. This field session will last until about 30 to 45 minutes after the sun has set.

To make for a more complete learning experience, there will be a follow-up classroom session on a separate date which is designed to give you a chance to show off your newest work and to provide you with valuable feedback and ideas.

The class will be limited to a small number of participants so you can get the attention you require. The cutoff will be 6 students, so please register quickly to insure a spot.

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