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Workshop Overview
Workshops have a single goal - to make you a more confident and capable outdoor photographer.  We hope to achieve this through in-depth instruction, practical application, demonstrations, and a variety of other teaching techniques.    We work hard, but we'll have fun.  The information on this page is designed to help you understand the objectives of the workshop, your role, and the steps you can take to better prepare yourself for a successful and rewarding workshop experience.  This information combined with the information on the specific workshop page should provide everything you need to know about selecting and registering for a rich photographic adventure.

Workshops are intended to immerse you in the photographic environment.  I keep the instructor to participant ratio very low to ensure that you get the time and attention that you need to make this a successful and rewarding experience.  Although I may carry my equipment with me in the field, I will never be behind the camera when there is even one person who needs assistance.  Occasionally I may use my camera for demonstration purposes; but generally, demonstrating a technique is best when done on the camera of the person(s) with the question or challenge.  If there are occasions where I feel that I can increase the workshop size above the ideal ratio (one to six), I will bring on an additional instructor who I know to be equally qualified to conduct/lead workshops.  

What to Expect
When you select a specific workshop, you will be given instructions for making a deposit to reserve your spot or making payment in full depending on the lead-time before the workshop commences.  If you make a deposit, you will be informed of the date your final payment is due.  Since I must commit time and money to preparing for a workshop, which is predicated on a minimum number of participants, refunds are normally not granted unless I have someone who can fill that spot.   SEE CANCELLATION POLICY ON FAQ PAGE.   If for any reason the workshop must be cancelled due to weather or other uncontrollable forces, I will refund your payments in full.

You will be given a detailed list of clothing and equipment that you are to bring.  You are also responsible for making your hotel/motel reservations at the designated lodging facility.  It is important that you make these reservations as early as possible since many of these workshops are conducted in prime locations and popular times.  If for any reason you are unable to make reservations at the designated facility, you must let me know and we will work out a suitable alternative.  The goal is to have everyone in the same location to facilitate meetings, transportations, meals, and other aspects that will ensure a successful and productive workshop.

In addition to the other forms of workshop preparation, it is critical that you become as familiar as possible with your camera equipment.  The PDF Gallery contains a list of terms and settings that you should know before leaving home.  If you are not familiar with these settings, your learning will be hindered when we spend time helping you overcome these hurdles.  You are expected to bring your camera's manual to help answer specific and/or unusual questions about its operation.  I will always do my best to help you with these challenges; but with up to 10 participants and any number of different cameras, we simply can't spend too much time covering the basics.  Also, before leaving home, be sure you have tested your camera, charged the battery (and backups, if any), cleaned your memory cards, and have everything you need packed in a backpack or pack that you can carry for several miles.  Think about how much you need to carry at any one time.  You may want to bring a smaller pack for the hikes.

You should plan to arrive at the designated lodging facility mid to late afternoon on the first day of the workshop.  This will allow you to get settled in before we meet, greet and eat.  We may meet in the hotel lobby, a meeting area, or proceed to a restaurant for an evening meal.  I will give you an update on conditions and the plan for the remainder of the workshop including where and when we will meet the following morning for our initial field session.  Unless it is impractical, I will always arrive a day early to scout all of the locations on our shoot list  to determine whether we will be able to accomplish our goals.  We will always attempt to visit the best spots and conditions can and do vary from workshop to workshop.  Depending on the time of year and conditions, we may conduct an optional evening/sunset shoot. 

Individual workshop pages have been created for each scheduled session and contains specific details for that workshop.  This page contains only the general details that apply to all workshops that you might attend.   Be sure to review all of the materials mentioned before deciding to sign up for a workshop or contacting me for assistance.  I make a concerted effort to provide you with everything you need to know on this site; but if I have overlooked any detail or you require special assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know.  The following bullet list is an overview of the actions you should take or the forms you need to review when deciding to take one of my workshops.

 
  • Select a workshop that matches your interest, skills and availability
  • Thoroughly review all of the requirements
  • Download the forms, instructions, and checklists pertaining to the workshop
  • Send payment (check or eSquare) for the deposit in order to reserve your spot
  • Complete all required forms
  • If participant is a minor, ensure the release form is completed
  • Make hotel/motel reservations
  • Mail all of the forms and the final payment (check or eSquare) to be received by the designated date
  • Check, prep, and pack all of your gear and clothing
  • Plan your travel to arrive at the hotel by the designated date and time
  • Check at the desk when you arrive for any special instructions about meeting time and location
  • Plan to have a great time and learn a lot