Q. Where are you located?
I live in Indianapolis, which puts me within a days drive of many places.
Q. Do you travel for your workshops and speaking engagements?
Yes. This is one of the reasons workshops and speaking engagements have to be quoted before booking a session.
Q. What is your fee?
All of my fees are done on a per quote basis. The reason is to determine travel, time, and other logistics that might need worked out in advance. Typically, each organization or individual should plan to cover out-of-state travel and accommodation expenses. Many organizations have sponsors to cover these costs. I do not have sponsors for gear or otherwise. Everything you see here and the gear I own is all completely self funded.
Q. Does your publisher cover your expenses for speaking engagements?
I’m sorry to report that no they do not.
Q. What sets you apart from other workshop instructors?
I love talking photography and passing along my techniques and what I know. My workshops are one on one for a reason. This allows for the best teacher to student ratio and provides many extremely valuable one-on-one opportunities to work with me during the workshop. It allows you to ask as many questions as you can think of. It allows you to have undivided attention and I believe allows for the best chance of learning and retaining what we cover in your session. I also have an extensive background as a custom darkroom printer, with close to 30 years in this field, and also more years behind the camera, and not just digitally, but with all film formats as well. Those include 35mm up to 8x10 formats. I also have experience with the publishing side of things, and again as many years professionally of editing with a broad range of editing software. The only career I have ever had has been working in photography in some shape or form. I have done little else. I’m very, very detail oriented if I am nothing else. With my help, you will grow and expand your technical skills, and possibly even enjoy yourself while doing so.
Q. Do you bring your camera to the workshop?
I do bring my gear on all private photography workshops. However, my camera remains packed away. I bring my gear along for a number of reasons. In the past, I have loaned tripods and lenses to clients who forgot or damaged their own, or who just want to try out a piece of gear in my bag, when compatible. Additionally, I occasionally use my gear to illustrate a photographic technique as a visual aid. Most importantly, you should know that I will not abandon you to wander off and shoot images for my own portfolio. You are making an investment in yourself when you hire me for a private photography workshop and I take that responsibility very seriously. My number one priority is ensuring that you receive the personal attention you paid for and I want each person to feel their money went to their continued education.
Q. Do I need to bring a laptop with me?
A laptop is essentially your modern day darkroom and is a necessity for todays digital photography. It is needed to download your days images and free up your memory card, but also to display your work for discussion and review. I’ll also be instructing you how to use editing and enhancement software on your computer at the end of the workshop. if you don’t already own them already, you might want to consider purchasing editing software before the trip. Alternatively, you can choose to download a trial version just before the workshop begins.
Q. What if we experience bad weather?
Actually, some of the best photos are taken in less than perfect weather with interesting atmospheric conditions. Overcast days for example are desirable for waterfalls, cascades, creeks, streams, rivers, etc. That’s not to say that we will venture out in a thunderstorm intentionally, or do anything to put us in harms way. I’m a firm believer of safety first and I don’t budge on this. If the weather gets really bad, we will move to indoor locations that might include a church, interesting architectural structure, or we may simply have to concede the day didn’t go as planned, call it quits and reschedule for a later time. It happens. However, you will learn how to make the most of every photographic situation we encounter and that might include some bad weather. As the old saying goes, expect the unexpected.
Q. Are you available as a judge for photo competitions / contests?
I am available for judging all levels of photography competitions. I do have experience in this area. Just email me with details and we will see if it can be worked into the schedule.
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