If you are considering joining me for one of my photography workshops and have read through the descriptions, you may still be left with a few questions. Below are some of the most frequently asked. If your question is still unanswered, there's a form at the bottom of the page - please don't hesitate to contact me.
Why should I take a workshop with you?
I believe this should be your first question when considering a workshop with anyone - so, great question! First, I think you should resonate with the work. When you look through my photographs and spend some time viewing them, they should move you in some feeling/emotional way. Personally, I can’t imagine choosing to take a workshop with someone who's work I didn't look up to and respond to - and I wouldn't expect someone to work with me who didn't respond to my work. When you have a sort of deeper response to the work - then out of that grows a curiosity and desire for insight that every great workshop should be based on.
Next, I really love working with earlier-on-the-path photographers and sharing the insights that I have gained from my 20+ year photographic journey. This isn't just my profession - it's my passion! Because of that, I am very overprotective of my photographic bubble. I don't want to allow in anything that will spoil that passion - that's why I don't do things within the photography world that I don't really enjoy. No weddings. No editors telling me what to shoot. Just my own way and making the images that are true to me. If I didn't really enjoy leading and teaching workshops - I wouldn't do it! The truth is, I get so much out of it too - it has made me a much better photographer since beginning the workshops in 2013 and the 250+ photographers that I have been lucky enough to work with since. It's this same passion that I bring to the workshops and plan to share with you.
When do I pay?
A 50% deposit is always required to secure your workshop date/s. I recommend you make your payment at your earliest convenience to save the date. I confirm every payment. Once I receive your deposit or full amount, I mark you in my calendar and your time is reserved.
If you haven't received an email confirmation from me within 48 hours, then there may have been an issue with your checkout - email me with your order number and we will finalize the order.
What is the Additional Person cost for the Maui photo workshops?
The Half-day workshop is $450 + $150 for each additional person.
The Full-day workshop is $750 + $200 for each additional person.
The Long-day workshop is $975 + $250 for each additional person.
If you have 4 or more people interested in a workshop, please contact me beforehand to discuss options.
What camera gear specifically is best? Should I bring every lens I own?
You certainly don't need to bring everything you own. For lenses, the most common focal lengths we will use are wide angle and standard lenses, such as 16-35 and 24-70 (or equivalent). Occasionally, a 70-200 can come in handy on the 10 hour and 14 hour workshops. A stable tripod is a necessity. If you don't have one, then let me know and I will provide you with one.
A cable release (not the remote kind) is strongly recommended. Without it, you will be limited to 30 second exposures. With it, I will teach you to do 2+ minute exposures.
I will supply the filters and holders and provide you with a list of items that you can purchase online afterwards.
What do I need to bring in addition to camera gear?
For Maui - you will want comfortable footwear for rocky coastlines - not slippers. Sneakers are ideal. A sun hat is nice to have, sunglasses and sunscreen are a necessity, and I generally like to have a light long sleeve or windbreaker for post-sunset.
What are the essentials for the landscape photographer?
A camera with manual controls, preferably a minimum lens range of 16-35mm and 24-70mm, a stable tripod, a cable release, a few ND filters, and a bag to hold the items. This is close to "the essentials". Again, in many cases I can loan out filters, or will recommend the "right ones" for purchase. I'd suggest that you wait to make any purchases until we communicate. One of the things that I really enjoy is being able to help others NOT make bad purchases. I've learned through trial and error and have made plenty of bad purchases through the years, so now give pretty good advice when it comes to gear purchases.
Is there an "Extra Person Charge" to bring my spouse, even though they are not into photography?
In most every case - yes, there is an extra charge. There are a number of reasons I have an extra-person charge for the workshops, whether those add-on participants have an interest in photography or not. You are welcome to pay the add-on cost for an extra-person and have them join us, but I have found - the workshops tend to not be very exciting for non-photographers, and it takes away from the focus of those who are.
As photographers, we can spend an hour staring at a rock - while the non-photographer is wondering the entire time, what the hell are they doing staring at that rock! Am I right? ;)
What if we have to cancel due to weather? What about severe weather?
It rarely happens. For the landscape photographer, weather is part of it. Oftentimes, the "poor" weather turns out to be the best light and lead to the most compelling photograph. You can't be quick to throw in the towel and quit because of poor looking weather. With that said, there are times where "severe weather" makes the conditions either unsafe or simply not feasible to work in-the-field. We will re-schedule when possible, adjust the plans to developing/digital-darkroom, or refund the time missed accordingly.
What is your refund policy?
For Maui Workshops - If we decide the weather is too poor to work in, we will try and re-schedule. If for any reason we can't re-schedule, then your total payment will be refunded in full.
If you have to cancel with 8+ days before the workshop, then your total payment will be refunded in full.
If you cancel within 7 days of the workshop, then a portion of your payment will be refunded in full - less the amount of $125 (for 4.5 hour, 10 hour and 14 hour workshops).
I am interested in your San Francisco Mentoring Workshop. Is that always going on?
The SF Workshops and Mentoring Programs are by appointment. I typically wait until I have 2+ participants on-board and ready-to-go, and run the private workshops back-to-back. Or, I schedule it for when I am already passing through the Bay Area - which is typically once or twice a year. Reach out and let’s discuss it!
I wanted to do your Hong Kong Workshop, and am also interested in other destination tours and workshops. Are these an option?
I have done a number of destination workshops and tours with individuals and small groups and am always interested in trying to make it work, so yes! It’s likely an option. Reach out and let me know your interests, and be sure to be on my mailing list to hear about future offerings.
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