If you’ve been looking to learn photography in Joliet, Romeoville, and Shorewood, Creative Eye Workshops™ offers a photography curriculum that is powerful and inspires photographers of all levels. Convenient and efficient, our classes are structured to accommodate people with busy schedules.
At Creative Eye Workshops™, we teach the fundamentals so students have the ability to think on their feet. We also work on confidence building, so that students don’t doubt themselves. And, like our name suggests, we provide you with the tools and the guidance to help you discover and express your creative eye.
We understand that our students exhibit all levels of ability and many may be afraid of their cameras. That’s why we concentrate on building confidence as much as we do knowledge.
Sarah wrote, “For someone like me, who previously used my digital camera on all automatic settings and was fearful of the ‘unknowns’ my camera had to offer, I find myself now in this wonderful place, feeling totally at ease with my camera and having the time of my life exploring and finding my own personal style.”
No matter what you like to photograph, we offer a curriculum of photography classes and outings to satisfy all levels of photographers, from digital camera classes and courses in photographic composition and exposure to courses in Photoshop Elements, nature photography workshops, and private photography lessons. You can even save money with our class combos.
Learning the fundamental principles of photography is essential in preparing the student for the real world. We teach you how to think on your feet and set you up with a solid foundation that will enable you to photograph anything you want, whether that means photographing your children or your pets, or starting a business in children’s photography. We teach technical and creative photography techniques, as well as many advanced skills.
Peter, on the importance of learning the fundamentals: “I took several courses with Mike and I must say he provided me with just what I was looking for: a good basic foundation of understanding that I can use to develop my own technique and style. This is so much better than simple technical training which leads to just memorizing and mimicking someone else. When you truly comprehend what you are doing, you end up always prepared for dealing with the situation you face which leads to more satisfying results.”
When it comes to beginners, a focus on building confidence is just as important as building knowledge. Beginners can start with a digital camera class designed to free you from the shackles and disappointment of the auto and point-and-shoot modes and a basic, yet insightful, course in photographic composition. Click here to find out which classes we suggest.
After completing our core photography curriculum, students should confidently be able to apply what they’ve learned to any area of photography they decide to pursue.
Intuitive visual presentations and hands-on lessons are standard teaching tools at Creative Eye Workshops™. We’ve created customized graphics and insightful computer animations to help students more easily absorb the material. We even provide comprehensive class notes of each lecture, allowing students to re-read the material between sessions or long after the class is over. During each class, students also receive supplementary emails to help summarize or solidify recent lessons.
Our photography curriculum is thoughtfully structured to fit into the lives of busy people, with practical and efficient courses that don’t require extended commitments. For instance, rather than offering single classes that extend for months at a time, we’ve broken down our curriculum into smaller, manageable, courses that better fit your busy life. Read about which classes we suggest.
The classes we’ve created are practical and efficient. That’s because we teach you what you need to know, when you need to know it, rather than frustrating you with tons of irrelevent information that you’re not ready for.
Mike MacDonald, the founder of Creative Eye Workshops™, has degrees in mathematics and physics, and careers in scientific programming and professional comedy. Self-taught, Mike like photography as a hobby. However, success came quickly, when just a year-and-a-half later, his photographs and how-to article about ice photography was nationally published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. (Read another of Mike’s how-to articles.)
Nicole writes, “Mike was personable, easy-going and made everyone feel good about their level of knowledge and ability to learn the techniques. Great and energetic instructor.”
In addition to his photography, writing, and public speaking backgrounds, Mike received degrees in mathematics and physics, had a short career as a scientific computer programmer and a long career as a professional comedian. Mike uses these unique talents in his teaching. As a writer, comedian, and public speaker he is able to convey intimidating material in an organized and light-hearted manner. And, he uses this analytical and scientific side to break down complex information into easy-to-understand portions. Yet, if one word was required to describe Mike MacDonald, that word would be “passionate,” a passion that excites and inspires his students to be their best.
From Joliet, make your way over to the I-355 Tollway going North (possibly by I-80 or I-55) and to you’re just down the road and have several convenient choices. You can take Chicago/Maple east to Belmont Road (with Family Video and 7-11 on the corner), turn right and drive 0.7 miles to 6200 Belmont Road. We’re on the right side in the middle of the block. You can also take Hobson Road east directly from Naperville or go west on 75th Street, then north to Route 53 to Hobson Road. Once on Hobson, take it east over I-355, and then another half-mile until you reach Belmont Road (Walgreen’s, Mobil Station on the corner). Turn left (north) and quickly get into the left lane because, in just a few seconds, you’ll see us on the left in the middle of the block. Our address is 6200 Belmont Road.
From Plainfield, take I-55 North to I-355 North (toll) and exit at 63rd Street/Hobson Road (no toll). At the top of the ramp, turn right and go about a half-mile until you reach Belmont Road (Walgreen’s, Mobil Station on the corner). Turn left (north) and quickly get into the left lane because, in just a few seconds, you’ll see us on the left in the middle of the block. Our address is 6200 Belmont Road.
If you have questions about Creative Eye Workshops™ or want to know which classes may best fit your needs, just email us or phone 630-852-8448.