Frequently Asked Questions – Workshops
What type of photography gear do I need?
Wide Angel Lens (14-24 range)
Medium Length Lens (24-70 range)
Long Lens (70-200 range) not needed but highly recommended
Lens Filters (not 100% needed but highly recommended)
Please check out each workshops description and I will outline what gear is recommended for that workshop.
What physical shape do I need to be in?
Each workshop varies quite a bit when it comes to how much or how little hiking we will do. Please read into each workshops description and I will outline what kind of hikes we will be doing. All hikes are taken at slow and comfortable paces, but please know your limitations.
Do I have to participate in every outing during the workshop?
No. I completely understand that we will be up from early in the morning to late at night and sometimes you just need to catch up on rest. All I ask is that if you decide to skip on an outing, just please let me know in advance.
How much shooting do we do?
The simple answer is, a lot! You are on my workshop to learn, so I want you out shooting as much as possible. This means every sunrise, sunset and if there’s a chance for night photography, we will be out.
What is the benefit of a workshop?
Workshops are a great way to receive hands on training behind your camera. You will be taken to great locations with fantastic compositions waiting for you. You will learn how to use your camera to it’s fullest capability, how to plan for a landscape or night sky shoot, and how to push your creativity. You will also have the chance to sit down and edit your images while receiving valuable constructive criticism.
What are the dangers of a workshop?
Your safety is my number one priority. No shot is worth risking your life. There will be times though were you will be in situations where conditions need to be closely monitored. That’s when you will be shooting, and I will be monitoring the conditions. The biggest safety issue on a workshop is you not knowing your limitations. Each workshop varies on the amount of physical fitness required, so please read up before you sign up!
Can I cancel my spot after I’ve signed up?
Yes and no. All deposits are non-refundable, but if I am able to find a replacement participant for your spot, I will gladly refund your deposit. If your final payment has already been made, unfortunately we are too close to the workshop date and no refunds will be available.
Do you have a permit to operate your workshop?
Where permits are required, absolutely. It’s important to follow the guidelines of each park as we operate, not only for safety, but to keep a level of professionalism. It’s always a good idea for any workshop to ask if the instructor has a permit to operate.
What Does It Take For Me To Cancel A Workshop?
Acts of God, so to speak. If there is rain, snow sleet, thunderstorms etc, we will still hold the workshop. “Bad” weather will often deliver some of the most incredible moments to capture on camera, therefore we will push on. In addition to that, I am aware of the fact that students have purchased plane tickets, made hotel reservations, rented cars and even gear and canceling these things can be a big hassle (with or without travel insurance).
The only time we will ever cancel a workshop is if conditions are absolutely guaranteed to bring un-shootable and/or miserable conditions or some sort of (God forbid) family emergency that can’t be ignored. Again, if something like this happens, I will work with you to move your registration to a later date or get you a full refund.
If you have a personal emergency, please contact me as soon as possible. I will be willing to work with you to reschedule or refund your registration fee on a case-by-case basis if a replacement participant can be found.
Workshops require a minimum of 4 participants. In the event we don’t sell out or reach our minimum we will likely still make the workshop happen, however we do reserve the right to cancel the workshop. In this case your registration will be transferred to another workshop or a refund will be given. Once the minimum of 4 participants is met all deposits remain non refundable.
100% of the workshop tuition must be paid 14 days before the workshop begins. If a final payment has not been made by 14 days prior to the day of the workshop, that students spot in the workshop will be voided until payment is received. If no final payment is received for a registered workshop spot, your tuition balance due may be turned over to a collection agency.
If you have any other concerns feel free to email me with any questions.