Starved Rock Spring
Nature Photography Outing & Learning Adventure

Photography Outing Requirements

NOTE: These outings are planned several months in advance based on the best available knowledge and history, but there is no way to know what nature will bring. We’ll make the best of it!

If you have questions about your experience level, please email us or phone 630-852-8448.


You should be fairly comfortable with your camera’s operations and controls. If you’ve taken a class with us before, you probably qualify. However, this outing is not for people who are using their cameras for the first time. Instead, we offer very nice fundamental photography classes designed for your needs like Get to Know Your Camera and Make Great Pictures, Now!.




You need to be ready for all weather conditions to protect yourself and your equipment. As with any outdoor situation, it is highly recommended that no cotton clothing of any sort be worn. It’s always cold at this time of year, especially in the canyons. Here’s a brief list of what you should bring:

  • Boots: Assume muddy and wet conditions.
  • Long Pants:, Hat, Gloves, & Rain Jacket: It’ll probably be cold and damp in the canyons. And, there isn’t much sun.
  • Synthethic Undergarments will keep you warm and wick away moisture from your skin.
  • Snack & Liquids: It’s important to keep hydrated and keep your energy.


When we’re in the field it’s important to have just what you need. But, it’s also important to respect the natural habitat and to prevent erosion. Luckily, we’re mostly walking on rocks. If you normally wear a backpack, please be careful about where you place it when you’re shooting.


Unless there’s a downpour, we’re shooting. And, cloudy weather is usually best to capture the canyons. But, if for some reason the weather prevents us from shooting, you’ll be notified the night before or just prior to the shoot. So, have your cell phones on. In case of inclement weather, the session will be held on the make-up date.

If you have further questions about Mike MacDonald workshops just email us 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.