FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a DSLR camera to attend one of your courses?
No. What you learn from our courses apply to any camera from a simple point and shoot compact through to a full frame DSLR. However, if you have a compact camera, you may not be able to use the full range of filters demonstrated on some of the courses.
Who are the courses designed for?
Our workshops are aimed at the beginner who has recently bought a digital camera and wants to learn how to get the most out of it. The courses are also suitable for the enthusiast who wants to improve their photography and become more familiar with the controls and menus on their camera whilst enjoying a day in the dales with us. Our One2One courses are suitable for all comers who want to improve any aspect of their photography under the guidance of both John and Sylvia.
What’s included on the workshops?
Transport between locations, loan of equipment if required (subject to availability), tuition from both John and Sylvia, advice on areas of improvement and support (via email) after the workshop.
What’s NOT included on the workshops?
Insurance, lunch, accommodation, transport to Reeth.
What do I need to know beforehand?
You should have a basic understanding of how your digital camera works and where all the controls and menus are, even if you are not sure how to use them. It is advisable to bring along your full user manual should we encounter any issues. We will give practical advice on the different mode settings (PASM) (Tv and Av for Canon users), scene modes, ISO settings, quality settings, metering, White Balance and Exposure Compensation etc. We appreciate that some camera manufacturers now only produce a manual on the disc, so it may not be possible in this case to bring it with you.
What equipment do I need to bring with me?
For the beginners courses and photo walks you just need your camera with a fully charged battery and freshly formatted memory card. For the other courses a tripod is essential to make the most of the workshops. A limited number of tripods are available for use on the course, on a first come - first served basis. If you have any filters, please bring them along. A remote release is also a useful item to help eliminate camera shake.
If you are hiring one of our cameras whilst on a course, then a memory stick will be useful so that we can upload your images onto them for you to take away with you. We can alternatively back up your images to CD/DVD.
Waterproof clothing is advisable in case it rains here in the dales, and a lens cloth to keep your filters and lenses clean and dry.
Feel free to bring any snacks with you as well as a packed lunch and a drink.
Is there any accommodation available locally?
We are unable to provide accommodation. However there are several B&Bs, Guest Houses, pubs and hotels in Reeth. Please click here for more information.
What level of fitness is required?
You will be on your feet for most of the day once we are out in the field, so a comfortable pair of walking boots is recommended as we will be wandering off the beaten track in search of our shots. There will be a moderate amount of walking which may be slippery at times if its wet, but there will be nothing too strenuous. Our chosen locations are graded as easy. Most locations will be less than half a mile from the roadside. If you have any special requirements, we will try and tailor the course accordingly.
If you are coming on a waterfall course, please be aware that we may have to descend slippery slopes to get to our location, and to get the best shots we wade out into the water so Wellington boots are advisable.
What if the weather is bad?
We reserve the right to re-schedule the course if the weather is really bad at a time convenient to you, subject to other bookings.
How do I book/pay for the workshop?
You can either contact us by phone (01748 884493) or fill in the booking form by clicking on the Booking link above. Payment can be made either by cheque or bank transfer.
Can I purchase a workshop as a gift?
Yes, we now have gift vouchers available for all courses, including the One2One workshops. Click here for more info.
How many people are in a group?
There is a limit of four students per course to give enough time for everyone with both instructors.
I’m normally very busy, can I book a course at the last minute?
Subject to any other bookings, yes. Simply call us and we will see what we can do.
Can I bring my partner along - he/she isn’t a photographer?
You may bring a partner along with you who isn’t taking photos, but they may need to provide their own transport to the locations if we are fully booked on that day.
What is a typical day’s itinerary?
We start off with an introduction at our home in Reeth, then its out into the Dales for a morning session, visiting two locations followed by a quick lunch with a recap on the mornings events before setting off to final location for the afternoon where we let you loose with the camera and guide you along with your newly learnt skills. We round the day off back at Reeth with a review of the day’s images on our laptop
Do you take any photos on the course?
We carry our compact cameras with us to help illustrate a point regarding composition, lighting, exposure etc, but other than that we do not normally use our cameras on the day.
This list of questions is by no means exhaustive. If you have any other questions, either drop us an email or call us on (01748) 884493