How often does a question have to be asked before it becomes a FAQ? Not sure on that one, but if you have any further queries, please don't
hesitate to email.
Q: How big are the groups on the course days?
Group sizes are a maximum of four people, as this allows plenty of individual tuition for each member and ensures comfort in my vehicle.
It may be however, that there are just three in the group depending upon bookings – and of course if you’ve booked just for one/two people,
then you have more space and more of my time.
Q: I’m something of a photography beginner and a little nervous about joining a group.
Don’t be – we’re all still learning and honing our skills. In my experience, photographers are generally friendly, sociable people, and always
keen to help each other out. That said, if you think you should be in a ‘beginners group’ I can send you a short questionnaire to fill out to
let me understand more about your knowledge. Then I can suggest dates with other photography newcomers.
I cater for all levels of experience, including those who have never handled a digital SLR before.
Q: I still shoot film, don’t have a DSLR camera and not much equipment can I still attend?
Yes – Aside from the specified courses, the tuition is mainly designed for DSLR`s, but any camera can be used in theory. However, we
won’t see your images instantly and that makes critical tuition difficult, so you may not get as much from the day. Some techniques will
involve filter use, which will not be practical on a point & shoot. A Canon DSLR is available for loan on the one-to-one course days.
Some equipment like a tripod is really a must have. See the what to bring page for further details
Q:How fit do I need to be to get to the locations?
A basic level of fitness is required, but the average person should have no problem getting around most of the locations. The ‘Longer walks’
groups need a good level of fitness, as we’ll be going high or/and long.
Q:What if the weather is bad ?
I check the Met Office forecast daily (sometimes hourly) but only if the weather is really bad will we cancel/re-schedule. I may curtail a
route (there’s no point in going high in low level cloud) Showers are part and parcel of the landscape and whilst perfect blue skies and
sunny days are nice, clouds add atmosphere to our imagery – literally and metaphorically. Quality of light is one of the main elements of
great landscape photography and our variable climate provides a huge variety of moods. Waterproofs are required for heavy periods of rain,
when we may head into woodland, if available. In the event of sustained bad weather, we will head for a café or pub to continue our discussion
or give feedback on images.
Q:What time do we start the day and how long will we be out?
Starting times depend upon the location, time of year and people’s needs and travel times. If the group wants an early or later start –
I’m only too happy to oblige, as that's when the light is often at its best - but depending upon the course, we’ll generally get 6 – 8 hours
or more, in the field.
Q:Does your price include transport to the location?
This depends upon the location. You make your own way to the meeting point and arrive around 15 - 20 min's before the scheduled departure time.
Car park fees are your responsibility, though I try to find the best value places and use National Trust car parks (free to members) From here
we may get in my vehicle to head to another location, or walk from the meeting point. Meeting times are important and for the benefit of punctual group members, we will depart on time. Travel directions will be emailed to you if required.
One-to-one sessions are arranged entirely for the individual and their previous photography experience.
Q: Do you take any pictures yourself during the course days?
Naturally, I don't do any photography for myself when I'm out with
you - I concentrate on helping you get the most out of your day. However, I'll carry a compact camera to demonstrate composition and
various other technical elements - as this can help me explain a point much more quickly than words alone.
Q:What about accommodation?
I don’t personally arrange accommodation for clients. The links on the accommodation
page are purely for your convenience, as available options in the areas we meet for our course days. I have stayed at a number of
these places and been very happy with my accommodation. However – I am not affiliated to any of them and I can in no way guarantee the
quality of your stay.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept payment via PayPal, all major credit and debit cards as well as by cheque (if your booking is more than fourteen days in advance).
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