May 19, 2019
My perspective is from a Women selecting a Photo Workshop. Also
from an older person who is in good physical shape but not that of
my 30 something self.
a. Ask workshop leader if there will be a mix of genders. I went on a workshop with all men. Bathroom issues :-0
b. Ask the workshop leader about getting the information up front on the physical requirements. For example, walking on trails that are uneven, walking on trails that gain serious elevation. Example, Two Medicines Hike Glacier National Park and Boulder Beach in Acadia. Matching the workshop to your physical abilities.
c. Find a Photo Buddy – to go on workshop with. I have several
friends who are always willing to go on an adventure with me.
Abandoned Places – put my foot through a rotten footboard and had
to get help putting my leg out
d. Workshop Leader – been on some workshops with poor workshop leaders – here are some examples
i. Workshop Leader – not answering questions about camera settings or being able to explain why one setting may be better than other settings
ii. Workshop Leaders – who are there to shoot for themselves and do not work with others to get better shoots. Workshop leaders should be helping you not working to get their own shots.
iii. I went I a workshop in which we hiked to Taft Point at Yosemite. The workshop leader laid down and took a nap. Same workshop, we went to Glacier Point to shoot sunset on a totally cloudy evening. Did not have a backup plan.
iv. Ask for References – call the references and ask questions about the workshop leader
If the workshop leader will not give you references, then don’t go…any good workshop leader will provide references
e. The other issue is the expense of the workshop. Going on a really bad one means you don’t get the bang for your buck. Transition into next topic…Camera Clubs
There are thousands of camera clubs located all over the world. I would recommend starting at the Photographic Society of America web site – list of their camera clubs.
Click on the Link for Clubs and Councils. Web Page divides clubs
by regions in the world. For example in there is a region for North
America which include the US and Canada.
a. Find a Club and visit…see what the activities they are doing. Many clubs do photo shoots for members every month or several times per month.
b. For club members, the photo shoots are free and include social time after the shot like lunch or dinner.
c. Membership to a camera club cost from $20 to $75 per year and includes presentations, competitions and photo shoots.
d. Make Friends and share your passion with other photo people