Frequently asked questions
Do I need to own a Fujifilm X Series cameras and lenses in order to attend a workshop?
Absolutely not! As Fujifilm X-Photographers we always encourage you to use Fujifilm products, however we typically have a few non Fujifilm attendees.
In today’s photographic market many folks are making the switch to mirrorless. These events are a good way for you to see the how the Fujifilm X Series can be a viable alternative to the larger and heavier gear being used today.
We are not here to sell you the Fujifilm X Series to you. We are here to teach photography. However please note that a good number of the attendees will have Fujifilm equipment. There will be loaner equipment for you to try if you have interest.
Why should I attend a Fujifilm X-Photo Workshop?
Because we can guarantee you that you will:
1) Greatly improve your photographic skills
2) Be able to share your passion with other like-minded folks
3) Make new friends
4) See firsthand how a pro works in the field
5) Improve your skills by spending time in both group and individual settings
6) Return home with many great photographs that you can be proud of and show off to your friends and family
7) Continue to have your images reviewed by me long after the workshop is over (I’ve done this for attendees many times, even years later)
8) Be eligible for many discounts on future Jack Graham and Bill Fortney workshops
What will be covered during the workshop?
We will take our time, and look for the inner beauty to capture in our photography. We’ll use the combination of water, land formations, flora and fauna to create some wonderful images. Using patterns and foregrounds to help define the subject as well as the story of each image will be stressed. We will also stress simplicity. Finally, you’ll learn to control aspects such as depth-of-field, proper exposure and more to improve your photography.
The basics (not in any order of importance):
1) We will show you how to improve your photography skills within this hands-on workshop(s).
2) Combine composition, exposure with other technical and cognitive essential elements needed to make a great photograph and to bring out the story within the image.
3) Show how the use of color combinations are essential and how to use color to make your images stronger.
4) Show you other techniques such as learning about how tonalities, negative space, balance, framing, emotional impact and flaws affect your images.
5) To help you to learn to see an image, work the scene, both of which is essential in making an image a strong image in the first place.
6) To help you to choose the look of the final image in the field, not after the fact. Taking an image knowing how you will be processing.
7) Introduce you to some other aspects of photography such as making panoramas, focus stacking, long exposure techniques as well as making HDR techniques simple.
8) Basic processing, workflow, how to use available programs together and the use of NIK Software.
Who participates, how advanced are the participants and how many attendees are usually on a workshop?
Anyone will find my workshops to be a great learning experience. Our participants range from beginners to advanced amateurs. We do ask that you are familiar with your camera and equipment. The more comfortable you are with your equipment, the more you will get out of the workshop. Prior to coming on a workshop, understanding the relationship between aperture control, ISO control and shutter control will allow you to get the most of these workshops. We usually limit my workshops to no more than about 7 per instructor. We always keep the ratio to about 7 to 1 in order to insure lots of personal attention.
What kind and how much equipment should I bring?
For most events, we suggest bringing lenses from 20mm to 300mm if at all possible. Some events will find macro lenses or longer telephoto lenses a benefit. We’ll let you know. Don’t forget your memory cards and battery rechargers.
Basic equipment list:
· Camera body (and a spare, if you have one)
· Lenses from 20mm up to 300mm in prime and/or zoom combinations (don’t forget lens shades)
· Other lenses up to 600 mm for shooting wildlife (depending on the workshop)
· Tripod and ball head
· Shutter release or cable release, if you have one
· A backpack or a fanny pack will be very helpful
· Filters: polarizer, neutral density filters, warming filters (not as mandatory for digital photography)
· Lens cleaning items – air blower, brush, etc
· Camera manual (just in case there are any technical questions with your equipment)
· Laptop (Digital users)
· Spare batteries
· A flashlight
· Proper clothing for the weather conditions; it is never wrong to include gloves and a hat for either cold weather or for sun protection
· Sunscreen, drinking water and snacks for the car
· Alarm Clock
What time do we start, where do we meet, and when is it over?
Events start on the evening prior to the first full day of shooting, with a social hour at a hotel of choice, close to where we will be leaving from every morning. We will outline itineraries and objectives for the workshop. Events typically end after our sunrise location on the last workshop day. We shoot sunrise every morning, and sunset every evening weather permitting.
What kind of topics will be covered?
Topics include equipment use and maintenance of your equipment, field techniques, composition, exposure, processing and more as well as review of your past or current work. These sessions are an integral part of the workshop and take place when the light is least cooperative for good nature photography, depending on weather conditions. Weather conditions may cause us to vary from our preset itinerary but you be assured that all general photography topics will be covered and your work analyzed a few times over the course of the workshop.
Do I need to rent a vehicle?
You may need to rent a car if you are not close enough to the workshop location to drive there. We will do our best to follow the itinerary I send out prior to the workshop. However, weather and light conditions may cause us to make changes on the fly. Also, you are not required to go to every location we visit during the workshop in the event you may want to revisit a previous location or just don’t have an interest in where we will be photographing.
You will have flexibility to join us for meals, or be on your own at an alternative location. By not providing transportation I can keep the workshop cost to a minimum, as well as allowing you the freedom to do as you wish. In most cases a SUV or 4 wheel drive vehicle is NOT necessary. If we are in a location that requires 4 wheel drives, we will let you know beforehand. Each participant is responsible for their own transportation. Car-pooling during the event is encouraged both to minimize the number of vehicles at shooting locations and to get to know one another.
Making your own arrangements saves you money as this can be very time consuming. We prefer to keep the cost at a minimum and ask you pay only for what we do best, which is teaching you to be a better photographer.
What about meals?
We typically dine as a group. However, by having your own transportation, you have the flexibility to join us or be on your own. Meals are not included in the workshop cost.
How do I handle lodging reservations?
We may book a block of you rooms if we can secure a discount from the hotel. You will have to call the hotel, ask for our block and register with your credit card. Otherwise, we will suggest hotels/motels close to a general area where we will meet every morning and for image critique. You are free to stay at other locations as long as you are at the meeting location every morning prior to departing for the first shooting location. Again, lodging is not included in the tuition. We are not travel agents! By not booking hotels etc., we can keep the workshop cost at a minimum.
Why do I need to make my own hotel and car rental reservations?
For many reasons:
1) We can keep our prices as reasonable and competitive as possible as it takes time to provide this service. You will save money in the long run.
2) Some participants want either more elaborate or less elaborate accommodations and or vehicles.
3) You pay us for my helping you in your photography, not as a travel agent.
Does it matter which medium I use – digital, print film, or slides?
Most of our participants shoot digital. However, we encourage both digital and film. Our objective is to teach and enhance skills necessary for good nature photography techniques and good composition. Believe it or not folks are using film again!
How should I dress?
We will send out 2-3 emails or make phone calls to you starting about 3 weeks before the workshop to let you know what the weather looks like. However, come prepared for anything and bring an extra layer of warm clothes when working at higher altitudes or in cooler climates. Good boots, gloves and a hat are essential to stay dry and warm. If you have Internet access, check the weather forecast at www.accuweather.com before you leave home.
Does weather ever alter events?
Only if there is an element of danger.
Can I bring my significant other along?
These workshops are an intense few days. We prefer not to have you being distracted if at all possible, as well as distracting other participants. Having said that, yes you may as long as having your significant other along will not be a disruption to the group. If he or she is also a photographer, then he or she must pay a tuition.
How much ‘hands-on’ help will I get in the field?
This depends on you. If you need or want help, just ask. We will do everything we can to answer your questions so you fully understand the answer. Sometimes, we might ask to take a peek through your viewfinder. We take my responsibility as your field instructor seriously and will give you as much, or as little, attention as you feel you need. We do not conduct these workshops to provide myself with opportunities to photograph. We will set up shots to guide you in your experience. Watching me make a photograph can be a learning experience, but we spend most of my time teaching.
What’s included in my tuition?
In addition to what’s been described, each attendee will receive a syllabus (now over 75 pages) of workshop notes, post workshop compiled from the key points from all of our event leaders. Tuition also includes all lectures, fieldwork and critiques of your images in our general sessions. Travel costs, lodging, and meals are not included on domestic workshops. We typically include all entrance fees as well as guide fees in the cost of the workshop.
Do you share my email and other contact information?
Absolutely not. After the workshop, if you all agree, we’ll send out a contact information sheet. I do not share personal information such as phone numbers, etc. with other participants.
Is my credit card information safe?
Absolutely. We use a major credit card company to process my cards. All paperwork is shredded after processing. We am very sensitive to this issue.
Are my deposits refundable?
Deposit information is included at the end of the Registration form.
How can I pay?
You can pay by check or credit card. Please make the check payable to Jack Graham Photography. We also accept MasterCard and Visa and Pay Pal.
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