Workshop & Tour FAQ's
How advanced do I need to be?
Anyone will find our workshops to be a great learning experience. Our participants vary from intermediate to advanced amateur and semi-pro. You should, however, be familiar with your equipment and its operation. Always bring you camera manual and any notes or books you have been studying.
What kind and how much equipment should I bring?
We?ll send you a checklist approximately 30 days before your event. But briefly, we believe lenses in the wide-angle to moderate telephoto range will be most useful. Some way to do close-ups is recommended as well. While we may not do a lot of flash photography, if you have a flash ? bring it. Bring lots of film (20 rolls), extra batteries and digital shooters ? don?t forget your memory cards. We will send you a recommended list of equipment once you register for the workshop of your choice.
What time do we start, where do we meet, and when does the workshop end?
Unless otherwise noted, all events start on the first evening with a social hour at 5:00 PM at the hotel. The first program begins at 6:00 PM. The meeting location is normally a classroom of the hotel. Events should end around noon on the last day of the workshop.
What will I learn in the classroom?
Topics include equipment use and maintenance, advanced creative field techniques, composition, lighting, special techniques, image editing software, special techniques such as panning and multiple exposures and critiques of your past or current work. These sessions usually take place after lunch when the light is least conducive for dramatic nature photography. Conditions and weather may cause us to vary from this schedule, but you can rest assured that all topics will be covered and your work critiqued.
Is transportation provided?
Unless listed in the workshop description, each participant is responsible for his/her own transportation. However, car-pooling during the event is encouraged both to minimize the number of vehicles at shooting locations and to get to know one another.
Does the tour/workshop instructor shoot over the workshop
The easy answer is yes. Joe will be shooting during the tour/workshop, but in a limited capacity. The groups need/wants come first and foremost. Joe often shoots right along with the clients inspiring them to learn to see an image the way he does. Much of Joe?s shooting over the workshop consists of field demonstrations that help to expand creative vision, technique and composition while on location. If you have any questions, please don?t hesitate to ask. Email Joe.
How do I handle lodging reservations?
Our hotels/motels have set a block of rooms aside for our events. We recommended that you reserve lodging as soon as you register for an event. When you make reservations, be sure to mention that you?re with Joseph Rossbach/Creative Vision Photography Workshops to ensure you get our group rate. Your workshop tuition will not be refunded if you fail to make reservations.
Does it matter which medium I use ? digital, print film, or slides?
Most of our participants use digital, but some may choose to shoot film or both digital and film. Some come prepared to photograph in more than one medium. Our aim is to teach, enhance and inspire skills in the fundamentals and beyond of nature and landscape photography ? creative techniques and compelling composition. These skills cross all borders between media. So, regardless of your medium of choice, there?s something for you at our workshops.
How should I dress?
Come prepared for anything and bring an extra layer of warm clothes when working at higher altitudes or in cooler climates. Gortex boots, warm gloves and a hat are essential to stay dry, warm and comfortable while in the field. If you have Internet access, check the weather forecast at www.intellicast.com before you leave home.
Does weather ever alter events?
Only if there is an element of danger. Often times bad weather makes for the most dramatic light possible. We shoot until mother nature allows no more!
What?s included in my tuition?
Tuition includes all lectures, fieldwork, guiding, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions. Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.
What is your cancellation policy?
All workshops are subject to the following Cancellation Policy.
All deposits are non refundable unless we can secure a person to fill your spot. There is a 100.00 cancelation fee charged to all refunds issued.
There is no refund for any international tour.
Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop/tour. Please log on to the workshop/tour webpage to make your final payment. Credit cards will be charged the full tuition amount 5 days after the deadline for final payment.
There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY, even for medical emergencies. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received either by US mail or E-mail. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and trip cancellation insurance. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND TRIP INSURANCE to protect you in the event of an unexpected situation that prevents you from attending the workshop. We recommend Square Mouth Travel Ins. (http://www.squaremouth.com), though there are a number of fine companies who provide this service. InsureMyTrip.com allows you to compare trip insurance quotes from a variety of agencies.
Joseph Rossbach Photography Workshops Cancellation:
We reserve the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event we cancel a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund. We are not, however, liable for expenses incurred such as airfare or accommodations, and for this reason we also recommend the purchase of trip insurance. Please visit http://www.insuremytrip.com to compare offers.