Frequently asked questions about our tour & workshops
Please note that our photo tours and workshops do not offer post processing tuition. Depending on weather conditions and time permitting, there might be some one to one Lightroom post processing tuition but it is not compulsory and should not be expected during any of our tours or workshops. If you wish to learn how to post process your pictures, we recommend the purchase of downloadable videos from Photoshop Cafe.
What kind of camera do I need for these workshops?
In order to take full advantage of the opportunities and techniques we cover in our workshops, we recommend a DSLR camera. However, our workshops are not about the media used to capture the image but more like the way we see the scene and value the light that affects its mood. In a few words, any camera will do. This could be a compact, consumer, prosumer, medium or large format, panoramic, digital or film.
What other equipment will I need?
Your camera comes first, of course, but most importantly we recommend a sturdy tripod such as the Manfrotto 055. A tripod forces you to slow down, take your time and concentrate on composition, as well as keeping your camera safe and shake free. If you own a low budget light aluminium tripod such as Jessops and you are wondering if it is good enough, no, it is not. It will not allow you to trust your gear on it and it will not allow us to help you with tuition.
We also recommend a set of neutral density graduated filters of 0.45 & 0.75 strength. If you are starting now and wish to purchase filters, we recommend the 0.45 hard ND grad and the 0.75 soft ND grad. We strongly recommend Lee filters for the superior quality, although the Hitech ones are of acceptable quality. A polariser or any other filters that you might own. You don’t need to have all the above, however, they will help you to gain the most out of your workshop. Please call for further details on equipment required.
How many people per group?
Our aim is to deliver the ultimate amount of information to you via our workshops and adventures, and the only way to achieve this is to keep the group size as small as possible. Group sizes are usually restricted to 4 participants per tutor (depending on workshop or adventure). This way we can pay more attention to all participants individually and make sure they all gain the maximum benefit out of the workshop.
What does the price cover?
On every workshop and adventure page there is specific information about what is included in the price and what is not. There are no hidden charges or any other add ons, we want to be very clear on this, what you see is what you get.
I am interested in a specific workshop but it is fully booked or unavailable.
Some of the courses are very popular, hence they are fully booked as soon as they become available. If you would like to take part on one of them, send us an email via our “contact form” and we will add your name to the list for the next one. Then, you will be the first to know about it.
Do I really need insurance cover?
We highly recommend that you obtain the appropriate travel insurance cover before you travel with us (whether abroad or in the UK). The insurance must also cover the loss, expenses and damages arising from the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part). It should also cover personal accident, injury and medical costs as well as the loss of personal belongings and flight cancellations and delays. We are not liable for any of the above.
Deposit / full price.
We usually require a deposit at the time of booking. Then, around 8 – 12 weeks before the workshop date we will request the outstanding balance. However, if you try to book a workshop within the last 8 weeks of it taking place, you will need to pay for the entire amount.
What if there is two of us booking together?
If two partners or simply two friends are willing to share a double room and we can save them money on accommodation, we’ll be happy to do so, it all depends on the workshop and the hotel we are staying. Please contact us as we might sort out a better deal, if you are thinking of bringing your other half with you.
Do you usually visit well known locations?
We visit some of the best locations around, and to be more specific, the prime spots of these locations and during the best time of day for the ultimate light available. We aim to give you a supreme experience of these landscapes and we always go the extra mile, to make sure you leave the workshop with the most amazing memories, more confidence and better photographic skills. Our experience, research and organisation help us to achieve all this.
How strenuous are your workshops and adventures?
We usually care for all ages and for this, we allow our workshops to be comfortable for everyone. However, if any of them require strenuous walks, it will be specified in the description. We try to keep on well developed and safe trails.
Who can take part?
Photographers of all experience levels are welcome. Our workshops provide many opportunities to learn about composition, focusing and exposure techniques, as well as how to get the very best out of your equipment. For the more experienced participants, there is guidance on visualisation and inspiration, we help develop your vision. We guarantee you will leave our workshops and adventures with new skills and techniques, great memories and many stunning images.
How many memory cards or film will I need?
A very good question. You see, memory cards or film are never enough and our answer would be to get as much as you can. You need to remember that we will be shooting almost all day and if the workshop is as long as a week, you will need as much memory as you can get. Digital users with a laptop or a memory bank will be fine. Having said that, we always try to pass on the philosophy of “shoot less – keep more”. It is better to leave the workshop with 40 stunning images that will make you proud, rather than 2,000 very average ones.
Definitely; unless otherwise stated in the description of a workshop, one participant occupies one room and without any surcharge.
Neoprene is commonly used as a material for fly fishing waders, as it provides excellent insulation against cold. In its native state, neoprene is a very pliable rubber-like material, with no better insulating properties than rubber or other solid plastics. However, for diving and exposure protection applications, neoprene is manufactured by foaming the plastic with nitrogen gas, for the insulation properties of the tiny enclosed and separated gas bubbles. An ordinary pair of wellies will keep your feet warm for 5-10 minutes, a pair of foamed neoprene wellies will keep your feet warm and dry for hours.
If there is a question that we might haven’t already covered, please contact us and we will add it above.