MacKay Crookston

MacKay C.

Cameron, MO

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I've been shooting for over 15 years. I've shot everything from weddings to funerals, landscapes to product. I have a firm grasp on using natural light as well as studio and flash. I've spent years learning from my mistakes and want to share what I know with you. There are two aspects to photography technical and artistic. Its important to understand the principles of both so that you can apply them appropriately. I've developed my own methods to help reduce the seemingly complex into simple and easy to understand principles. Part of my course will be to work ALONG side with you to get the proper settings, lighting and composition.

The first class we will discuss your interests and what you want to accomplish and design a customized course for you.

Here are some common things we will cover:
• How to get that sparkle in someone's eye
• Learn what settings to use in different situations
• How to take sharp beautiful photos
• Understanding proper exposure and how to get it (Aperture, Shutter & ISO)
• How to shoot at any time of the day (or night!)
• How to get off Auto and into Manual Mode
• And more!
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MacKay delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:

I'm a father of 6 and have had a love and passion for capturing light (aka photography) for many many years. While I have shot many styles and types I have a really passion for candid photography in social settings - think weddings, funerals, births sporting events etc. The raw emotion is almost palpable and so real. This is why we say a picture is worth 1,000 words.

Photography students can expect to make improvements not only in their understanding but in their applicable skill level week to week. I provide not only class instruction but the critical feedback and critique on the homework assignments. I review WITH students their work, what they were trying to accomplish and why it did or didn't work out.

With many years of experience and shooting in many different situations and environments I've developed a deep understanding of how light works and doesn't work. With this experience I've developed many methods of simplifying the complex into easy to understand concepts. Allowing students to better grasp then APPLY those principles.

Above all I love watching you develop, grow and learn. The best way to accomplish this is to have a firm foundation of the core principles of photography and build from there.

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Bachelors of Business Administration
Aug 2003 - Jun 2007
Steven's Heneger

Photos & Videos

"Steampunk" This was a fun multi light setup

This father was tired after hours of waiting for his newborn son to be born.

"My father's flag" A young man at the funeral of his father.

"Catching butterflies" using only natural light and reflectors this young girl was properly lit while sitting on a bridge covered in shade.

"Baby Brother" Utilizing only natural light this brother looks upon the face of his newest baby brother.

"Pigeon Point" A beautiful landscape of this iconic lighthouse along Highway 1 in California.

Comic Con - A multi light setup capturing the creativity at a Comic Convention

"Walking in the woods with Dad" A candid photo of a father and daughter enjoying a walk in the woods with their dog.

"Milky Way Over the Cabin" A beautiful capture of our galaxy in which we reside.
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