Sharpen Your Photo Skills with Mayslake Photography Classes

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Connect to nature and sharpen your photo skills by taking fun photography classes at beautiful Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. We offer classes for all levels from beginning to advanced. Topics range from basic camera operation and composition to software that can help you organize and enhance your photos.

Classes are taught by talented instructors with diverse background and styles and impressive resumes. Their decades of experience will help you become a better photographer. 

Our classes 

Digital Photography Fundamentals I
Learn about the important features of digital cameras and the aesthetics of great images. Wednesdays. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566.

Apr 5 – May 3         6:30 – 9:30 p.m.         Mayslake


Digital Photography Fundamentals II
Learn to create images using your camera’s shutter priority, aperture priority and manual modes. Prerequisite: Digital Photography I or equivalent. Wednesdays. $150 plus $20 supply fee per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566. 

May 10 – Jun 7        6:30 – 9:30 p.m.        Mayslake


Dusk at Mayslake Excursion
Bring your camera and explore the estate at dusk with a photography instructor and a Mayslake heritage interpreter. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $20 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566. 

May 30                      6:30 – 8:30 p.m.        Mayslake  


Intermediate Photo Composition
Explore curves, lines, circles and other power shapes; point and counterpoint contrasts; and ways to capture the decisive moment at this five-part class. $150 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566. 

May 8, 15, 22            7 – 10 p.m.                Mayslake
May 13, 20TBDTBD


Introduction to Photography I
Enjoy an introduction to the basics of photography as you begin to explore the artistry behind exposure at this three-part class. $80 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566. 

Apr 3, 10                   7 – 10 p.m.                Mayslake
Apr 88 – 10 a.m.TBD


Introduction to Photography II
Learn about the basics and begin to explore the artistry behind composition at this three-part class. $80 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566. 

Apr 24                       7 – 10 p.m.                Mayslake
May 17 – 10 p.m.Mayslake
Apr 298 – 10 a.m.TBD


Wildflower Photography
Learn how to capture the beauty of close-ups as you explore the art of photographing wildflowers at this five-part class. $150 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566. 

May 9, 16, 23           7 – 10 p.m.                 Mayslake
May 13, 208 – 10 a.m.TBD

 

Our Instructors 

Chris Aquino
Chris Aquino  

Chris has been an instructor for the past 12 years. He recently completed work for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Brown Trout Calendars and the Mississippi Bureau of Agriculture and has had exhibits at Edward Hospital and in Nature Photographer magazine. See more about Chris.

Willard Clay
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Will is the primary photographer in nine coffee-table books and has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, Time and other major publications. See more about Will.

Fred Drury
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Fred has been making images for more than 50 years and was the 2011 recipient of the Kohout Award. His work is part of the Shedd Aquarium’s Wild Reef exhibit. See more about Fred.

Hank Erdmann
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Hank Erdmann has capture images throughout North America. His image of a curved wave along Lake Michigan was the cover of the 2012 Sierra Club engagement calendar. See more about Hank

Image © Hank Erdmann
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