Creative Eye WorkshopsTM

Workshop Application Procedure

All classes are filled on a first paid, first served basis, even if your application has already been approved. So, it is recommended that you pay by credit card to ensure placement.

To apply for classes or workshops, simply select your classes by adding them to your shopping cart. Then follow the checkout screens to pay and fill out your application. It's quite easy. And, if you have any questions or need any help, please call us 630-852-8448.


You credit card will not be processed or your check deposited until you're application has been accepted.

There is no deadline for application. However, many of the workshops fill quickly, so prompt application is recommended.

Your participation for the entire workshop session is extremely important. If your schedule requires you to arrive after the start or to leave prior to the end of the workshop, please contact us.


Applications are reviewed to determine the experience of the photographer. We try to assemble classes with students of similar levels of photography experience. Please give thought to the "Background Information" section of the application. You will receive a letter providing detailed information and suggestions for preparing for the workshop.

If the workshop is already full when your application is received, we will put your application on hold for you to decide from three choices: take the class on another date, ask to be placed on a waiting list for that class, or cancel your application.

Important: We charge you only after your application has been approved, not when you place the order.


We accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) or you can mail your check, money order, or Creative Eye Gift Card to:

Mike MacDonald Photography
6200 Belmont Road
Downers Grove IL 60516

If payment is by CHECK, MONEY ORDER, or CREATIVE EYE GIFT CARD you're application will not processed or accepted unless full payment is received within 7 days from the date on your invoice or, if your first class starts in fewer than 7 days, 48 hours prior to the start of that class. Therefore, to ensure quick placement, we recommended payment by credit card.


Workshop fees cover tuition only. Additional amenities such as travel, lodging, meals, etc. are not included unless specifically noted in the workshop description.


If you have tickets to a show or a game, you lose out if you can't attend. Everyone understands that these rules are fair. To follow are our rules.

CANCELLATIONS: If you wish to withdraw from a class, you must inform us no later than 30 days prior to the first session of your class, and we will refund your deposit or full tuition, whichever is applicable, less $50. Thereafter, the entire amount is not refundable.

RESCHEDULING: You may only reschedule into the exact same class (with the exact same class title) and only if the class is regularly recurring (scheduled at least three times a year). The perfect example of such a class is "Get to Know Your Camera," which is held many times throughout the year. On the other hand, outings and workshops like "Starved Rock Spring Learning Adventure," "Light & The Landscape," and "Split Grad Filter Secrets" are only held only once a year and cannot be rescheduled. In that case, you would lose the full tuition.

If you need to reschedule and take the class on another date from what you signed up for, please look at the class schedule and send us an email requesting the date that you'd like to attend. You have 7 days from the time of your notification to choose a new date from the class calendar and email us with a request to be placed in that class. If you do not, you will forfeit the full tuition. Again, you must take the same class. Also, if the class is a prerequisite for other classes that you're already scheduled to take, you must make up the class before proceeding.

A Rescheduling Fee will be assessed based on when your written email notification is received prior to First Session of the class. Use the following schedule:
- At least 15 days (two weeks) prior: NO CHARGE
- Less than 15 days: Full Tuition or $50, whichever is lesser
- Less than 7 days: Full Tuition or $75, whichever is lesser
- Less than 3 days (72 hours): Full Tuition or $100, whichever is lesser
- Less than 2 days (48 hours): Full Tuition or $125, whichever is lesser
- Less than 1 day (24 hours) or no notification of any kind (no show): Full Tuition
If notification is made after 5:00pm on a weekday, over a weekend, or on a holiday, the date and time of receipt will be 9:00am the following non-holiday weekday.

IMPORTANT: If you are accepted into the rescheduled class, you will not be allowed to reschedule that class again without a full forfeiture of the tuition for that class. The schedule above no longer applies.

You have 2 weeks (14 days) from the date of your call to choose a new class date,

IF WE CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE: If it is necessary for us to reschedule or cancel any class or learning adventure due to any reason other than an Act of God or inclement weather, all registered participants will be promptly notified by email or phone. The class or session(s) will be rescheduled and, if you are unable to attend, you will have the choice to attend the cancelled sessions in the future or apply your tuition (pro-rated based on the remaining sessions) to any future class, learning adventure, or any product offered by Mike MacDonald Photography, Inc./

In case of an Act of God all registered participants will be promptly notified by email or phone, unless there's a catastrophe that prohibits us from doing so. A Make-up Date or Dates will be offered. If you cannot make the Make-up Date(s), you may make up the remaining session in a future class or apply your tuition (pro-rated based on the remaining sessions) to any future class, learning adventure, or any product offered by Mike MacDonald Photography, Inc./

In case of inclement weather all registered participants will be promptly notified by email or phone, plus:
- Learning Adventures (outings) always include a Make-up Date as part of your participation. If the original date is cancelled, you are required to attend the Make-up Date. In the event that the Make-up Date is cancelled, students may apply their tuition to any future class, learning adventure, or any product offered by Mike MacDonald Photography, Inc./
- Classes (workshops): During the winter months, snow is always possible. Travel time is often the issue. Prior to any session, please monitor the weather and make arrangements to attend the class. This may mean, for example, leaving your job early to get a head start on traffic. On snowy days, it's very common for all students to make the class. If we deem it as an Act of God, please see Act of God information above.


It is impossible to get the late student caught up on the material that is missed at the beginning of a Lecture Session because it would be unfair to other students. Therefore, it is essential that you arrive on time for class.

ARRIVE LATE OR MISS A LECTURE SESSION: If you arrive late or miss a lecture session (as opposed to a discussion or fully hands-on session) of a multi-session class, you will not be allowed to continue with the remainder of the class and you will not receive a refund. That's because you already missed too much information and you would not be able to catch up on your own. This is particularly true of the first session of most classes because it is always the most important lecture session. This includes classes like "Get to Know Your Camera," "Make Great Pictures, Now!," "Complete Exposure," etc. However, there are some Unusual Exceptions. They are certain classes that are designed in a modular way, which may make it easier for you to catch up on your own without too much trouble. Our Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements classes are like this. Obviously, if you're late to a one-session class, just show up and learn as much as you can.

If you miss a lecture session other than the first and you'd like to pick up where you left off in a future class, you will be assessed a rescheduling fee that is pro-rated to the amount of sessions remaining in the class. For example, if you miss the last session of a 4-session class, you would pay one-quarter or 25% of the class tuition. If you miss the second lecture session, you would need to make up sessions 2, 3, and 4. This amounts to three-quarters or 75% of the class tuition. If you wish to repeat the entire class at another time, then you must pay the full tuition again.

ARRIVE LATE OR MISS A LEARNING ADVENTURE (OUTING): If you are late to a Learning Adventure, there is no penalty. However, if you do not attend a learning adventure (outing), it will be recognized as a Full Cancellation. You may not attend the subsequent feedback session or make up any sessions.


No smoking or pets allowed on the premises or in natural areas. Use of cell phones is limited to breaks and mealtimes.


Please read the Liability Waiver.

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