Chicago Winter Quest
Winter 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 tell what the conditions will actually be like. So, we’ll be going and the making the most of it!

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

BASIC COURSE PREREQUISITES

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.

EQUIPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

  • DIGITAL SLR CAMERA with:
    • TRIPOD & HEAD
    • BACKUP BATTERIES
    • LENSES:
      • Wide-angle or super wide-angle lens for scenes and landscapes
      • Macro lens for ice sculptures, ice bubbles, snowflakes, etc.
      • Zooms ranging from 24mm to 200mm (effective focal length) for intimate scenes or close-ups.
      • FILTERS: Circular Polarizer and Split Grad Filters

WHAT TO WEAR, ETC.

You need to be ready for the cold 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. Here’s what I wear:

ABOVE 15°F:

  • High Boots made for cold weather. There’s a lot of standing around, so the boots need to be extra warm.
  • Socks (1 pair). If your boots are loose, then use 2 pairs. But, you don’t want to constrict blood flow.
  • Long Underwear Bottoms: 1 or 2 layers of medium weight polypropylene
  • Fleece Lined Pants with wind barrier (you could wear ski pants)
  • Long Underwear Tops: 1 thin layer covered by 1 or 2 heavier weight layers of polypropylene,
  • Fleece Vest
  • Rain Jacket with Hood as a wind barrier.
  • Photo Vest worn over Rain Jacket
  • Hat (that covers the ears)
  • Head Band to cover the ears (under the hat)
  • Extra Head Band keep around your neck so you can use it to cover your mouth and nose
  • Glove Liners: Thin, but with a grip material on fingers and palm
  • Thinsulate Mittens (the kind where you can choose to expose your fingers and thumb)
  • Yaktrax Ice Cleats because it can get very slippery and these cleats make walking on ice feel like a dry sidewalk. In addition to Amazon, you can get them at Costco, REI, and Gander Mountain Sports.

BELOW 15°F:

  • High Boots made for cold weather. There’s a lot of standing around, so the boots need to be extra warm.
  • Socks (1 or 2 pair). If your boots are loose, then use 2 pairs. But, you don’t want to constrict blood flow.
  • Long Underwear Bottoms: 2 layers of medium weight polypropylene
  • Fleece Lined Pants with wind barrier (you could wear ski pants)
  • Long Underwear Tops: 1 thin layer covered by 1 heavy weight layer of polypropylene,
  • Expedition Parka with Hood
  • Photo Vest over Parka
  • Balaclava or
    • Hat (that covers the ears) & Head Band to cover the ears (under the hat)
    • Extra Head Band so you can use it to cover your mouth and nose
    • Thick Glove Liners wth grip material on fingers and palm
  • Thinsulate Mittens (the kind where you can choose to expose your fingers and thumb)
  • Yaktrax Ice Cleats because it can get very slippery and these cleats make walking on ice feel like a dry sidewalk. In addition to Amazon, you can get them at Costco, REI, and Gander Mountain Sports.

Some people like to use chemical hand and foot warmers, too.

IN THE FIELD

It’s going to be cold, so be prepared. Also, have extra batteries available. It will be harder to handle your equipment and it’s not uncommon to drop things no matter how hard you try not to. Also, the ground is slippery and there are hidden dangers under the snow like branches and holes. So you need to be extra careful.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

For this outing, there’s no such thing as inclement weather. If there’s a “real” blizzard and it gets called off, then the field session will automatically be rescheduled for following week at the exact same time. So keep that day open, as well.

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