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I saw you had an offer on a deal site in my area but I missed it. Can I still get the class for that price?
Sorry, once deals end on that site, you've missed it but if there is still availability you can register for full price on this site.
It really depends on you, but either can be beneficial. I will just tell you the advantages of each and you can decide. If you buy a camera beforehand, you can get a little more familiar with it before you come. Most of the people that come to the workshop are here because they bought this expensive camera that they thought was going to take perfect shots right out of the box. After about one hour, they realize it's not that easy. By playing around and realizing a few of your camera's shortcomings, things will make a little more sense. You'll have a lot of "OK, so that's why the camera did that!" moments.
If you haven't purchased your DSLR yet, then I can let you use one of my cameras for the class. I have a Nikon and a Canon so if you've never tried either you can play around with both and see which one you like best. It will also help you to make a better buying decision as you will have a better idea of what each camera offers. I have had quite a few people say they wish they had waited until they took the workshop before buying.
My answer to this question is usually "no". There is A LOT of info to absorb, so I tell most people to just attend Part I first and then give yourself some time to practice. Once you are more comfortable shooting, then take Part II and the new info will make a lot more sense.
Yes, we start with exposure and show you how to put those settings together to create your shot. There are tons of examples and they all have my exposure settings attached so even if you have no idea what ISO, aperture, and shutter speed have to do with each other, by the end of 3 hours you will!
If you've ever switched your camera to "Program Mode" just to see if you could get a photo to "work better" then you will benefit from the workshop. If you're just spinning dials in manual mode until you arrive at your exposure, you will benefit from the workshop. If you don't shoot 100% RAW files then you would benefit from the workshops. If you're even reading this far into my FAQ, you would benefit from the workshop.
If you don't see classes near you, then send me an email and let me know where I need to come next. If you are in a small city, please let me know the closest large city near you.
You will receive a booklet with talking points and photos from the presentation.
No, the youngest person I've had in the workshops so far is 11 and I've had a few 14 and 15 year olds, too. Considering I had my own darkroom at the age of 10, I don't think you're ever too young to start. I do, however, ask that if anyone under the age of 16 wants to attend the workshop, they are dropped off by a parent or guardian and check in with me when they arrive.
If you missed the workshop, your credit wasn't redeemed you can contact us and let us know that you missed it. We will check the record and make your credit available for another workshop.
Probably, but we will....
The ideal camera is a DSLR. Thatís a camera with interchangeable lenses like Canon Rebels, Nikon D-series, Sony Alphas, Pentax K-series and Olympus E-series. The general rule for the class is if you can take the lens off, it will work for the class. Other cameras that will also work fine are the Sony NEX, Olympus OM-D-series and Panasonic Lumix. You will not have screen shots during the class, but I do know their settings.
Yes! It's a hands-on workshop so we go through camera modes and menus. and practice shooting. I like to hear everyone's camera clicking away during class. The more mistakes you make while you're there, the more we can address on the spot. Bring your camera, lenses, memory card, and charged battery. Oh yeah, don't forget your extra battery in your charger!
The workshop is not ideal for these cameras as they have limited capabilities. You are certainly welcome to take the class but be warned that everything will not apply to your camera and you will have a harder time finding your corresponding settings.
My voucher is about to expire but I don't see any classes left that fit my schedule. Can it be extended?
Sorry, we are not able to extend the expiration date. If you are not able to fit a class into your schedule you are able to use the paid value of your voucher (usually $49) towards any other class. We will soon offer the ability to redeem expired vouchers towards online classes if there are none scheduled in your area.
You can check availability when you sort by city. The meter on the right will display availability. Make sure you register as soon as you receive your voucher number to guarantee a spot.
Yes. If your class has already passed and you prepaid on our website you will be able to see your credit when you log in to reschedule and you can pick a new date. If you used a voucher number to register, then you will need to register again with the same voucher number. Your voucher isnít redeemed until you attend the workshop. Your class must take place by the expiration date of the voucher.
No there isn't, but there are always openings if someone reschedules to another date and openings are first come, first served so check the site often as you get closer to the date and there may be openings.
We only have one camera between the two of us. Can we take the class together or should we take it separately?
You'll be just fine sharing a camera. The hands on parts of the workshop aren't so strenuous that you both won't have time to try each exercise.
Yes. You can reschedule any time before your workshop.To reschedule, sign in (top right of the browser) and use the drop down menu under ďmy registered classesĒ to change your session.
If your voucher has expired you may redeem it only for itís paid value. Example: If you paid $49, it has a paid value of $49 and you can pay the difference of $50 for a $99 workshop instead of the full price of $99. I you are using an expired voucher you will need to pay the difference at the door.
I bought a deal that says itís redeemable in Tysons Corner, Arlington, Baltimore or Annapolis. Can I redeem it at another location?
If you have a voucher valid for any of those locations, you can redeem it in any one of those four locations.
Sign into the website (top right of the browser window) and you will see "My Registered Classes" and your class will be listed if you're registered. If you do not see a class then you will need to register.
The plastic gift cards are like having cash so if you would like to redeem one select "pay at the door" when you register and bring the card with you. If you would like to use one for an online workshop, that's possible but you will need to contact us to walk you through the process.
At the moment you cannot use a voucher for online classes. In the future we will add the ability to use an expired voucher towards an online class.
My workshop is focused on photography more than camera specific features. There is a big difference between learning about photography verses learning about cool features on your camera. Iíve been using manual cameras since I could walk so I donít worry about cool features. We spend our time on the most important aspects of your DSLR and try to get you fearless in manual mode in three short hours.
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