I put everything I’ve got into making my photography workshops a life changing, memorable experience for every student. I get a lot of questions from students who are trying to decide whether or not to sign up, so I thought it would be good to catalog the most common questions here in case you have some of the same questions. I’ll add more as they come in!
- WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
The cancellation policy is located here.This policy covers cancellations from both students and the instructor(s), as well as deposit and refund information.
- WHY DO THE PRICES VARY FROM WORKSHOP TO WORKSHOP?
The biggest factor that affects the price of a workshop is in the “What’s Included” and “What’s Not Included” sections of each workshop page.If we include hotels or meals in the tuition, the price will obviously go up so a more expensive workshop usually means it will be more all-inclusive.Whether or not we include hotels and/or meals usually depends entirely on the type of workshop we are doing and how difficult it will be for students to book their own accommodations or pay for meals.On road trip workshops for example, we are typically staying at 3-4 different hotels during the workshop, so it’s easier for us to just book the hotels so students don’t have to go through the hassle.Another aspect that will cause the price to go up is the amount of days the workshop will cover.
- DO YOU OBTAIN PERMITS FOR SHOOTING IN NATIONAL STATE PARKS?
Yes. If any of the locations we visit during the workshop require permits, we will get them. Although the process of getting these permits is often tedious and drawn out, it’s a necessary process that ensures the workshop will run smoothly.
- HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL THERE BE?
This depends on the workshop but I typically prefer smaller groups between 4-6 students. If I bring an extra instructor, I will open it up to a few more.
- HOW MUCH POST PROCESSING TIME WILL WE HAVE?
Post processing time will be dependent upon time and conditions outside. We usually schedule 2-3 post processing sessions throughout the workshop, along with a critique session at the end.This gets tricky on certain trips because we’re usually at incredible, bucket list locations and it can be hard to justify siting in the hotel looking at computer screens. If conditions are great outside, if shooting sessions run long, we may cancel some of the post sessions. If this happens, I will typically provide access to some of my video training courses instead.
- DO I NEED A LAPTOP?
Yes and no. We encourage students to bring a laptop because we will always try to do some post processing and critiques. If you’re only interested in shooting, don’t have one, or don’t want to bring one: it’s certainly you’re choice!
- HOW HANDS-ON ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?
When photographing any location, your instructor(s) will be right there with you the entire time. We’re there to answer questions, help with camera settings, give feedback or help set up creative shots. You’ll never see an instructor disappearing to go get his/her own shots.That said, every student and every group is different. Some students don’t need any help and just want to be taken to beautiful locations. Others are brand new to photography and need all the help they can get. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, rest assured that you have a question, your instructor will be there to help.
- WILL THE INSTRUCTORS BE TAKING THEIR OWN SHOTS?
Yes, but so we can set up shots and let students see how the instructor works. They can walk students through the entire process and what they’re thinking, take the shot, show the result and then move out of the way so the student can replicate it if they’d like.There is of course a fine line between using a camera to help students and using it to build the instructors portfolio while neglecting students who need help. This is a line we do not cross and will not cross. That said, every workshop is different and every group of students is different. If there are students who need a ton of help, the instructors will be there to help whenever needed. If the students are self-sufficient and don’t need much help at all, the instructors might take a few more shots. Everything is done in balance and based on the specific needs of that particular group.
- WHAT KIND OF SNACKS DO YOU PROVIDE?
Depends on the type of class. For bigger groups, we will stock a cooler in the trunk with water bottles. For food we usually provide small bags of chips, energy bars, etc.
For one-on-one sessions, there’s typically bottles of water available.