Preparing for a Photo Workshop…

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If You want to attend a Workshop , May I suggest you read these few lines :

When I teach my Workshops, I find that there are some participants who come more prepared than others. They have the right gear, they have familiarized themselves with the general area and they have the right attitude. consistently, these participants come away from the Workshops having learned more and made greater improvements, and overall they have a better experience ! If you plan to attend a workshop, mine or any other,  Here are some suggestions on how to prepare…

 These are few simple things everyone can do to ensure their photo workshops provide maximum benefit and enjoyment.

1 – When it comes to getting the  most from a photo workshop, you should come with no preconceived ideas, especially if you are a beginner. So, unless the workshop specifically recommends a minimum skill level, you can assume that your enthusiasm for Photography is the only prerequisite. Be confident ! Your sensibility, even as a beginner, worth as much as any other. If you encounter difficulties in expressing it, our role as trainer, is precisely to help you, in overriding these problems.

2 – Gear : Before the workshop, you’ll probably receive instructions with required and recommended equipment and clothing. If you don’t,… Ask ! As far as my workshops are concerned, you may send me an email and I’ll give you a list of the gear you should have with you. Use this form to gather all the info you want : Workshops Info . Keep in mind that your foremost concern is your safety and comfort in the fields ! Shooting at magic Hours can be quite chilly ! Take care of your hands and your feet ( light gloves are welcome and waterproof shoes are essential ). In my workshops, you will walk in the wet grass, on the beach at low tide, in the mud… We will drive ATV in the river… if you have to endure humidity all day long, you could ruin the workshop experience because of lack of comfort ! Make sure you know the weather forecast  !  Concerning Camera gear, I hear far more frustrations about not enough camera gear than I do about too much !! So, I always suggest bringing as much as your suitcase will accommodate. Simultaneously, I do not want my workshops to be a « Salon de la Photo ». I really prefer a photographer with a very basic camera but who tries to get the best of it than a « braggart » who doesn’t even know how to tame his high-end hardware !

If you want to attend one of my workshops, You have to know you can come without any photo gear if you have not any ! I’ll lend you some ! My Credo is : The Photo gear does not make the Photographer ! Do not be shameful if you have on very simple camera with one basic lens…

In my Workshops, you will have a powerful computer with a Wacom tablet, a big screen and all the latest software versions. May I suggest, however, you come with your own laptop . Your configuration with your parameters can be an advantage in your proficiency during post-production. In this last case, make sure it’s loaded with all the software you’ll need and especially, the latest system and software updates ! Other frequently forgotten items include chargers, card readers, camera manuals, batteries…

A personal recommandation is to prepare your iPod with your favorite playlists…

My workshops last generally 2 or 3 days. You will share our house, our meals…You’ll be part of the family with my wife and my daughters. For the lodging part, you can check the comments on booking.com.

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