Photography Team Details
Welcome! This page outlines the overall details applicable to any Photography Team at any location. While details here may be updated periodically, stay informed of major changes and announcements by subscribing to Lenspiration Updates.
- Prices vary from location to location. Please visit each location’s Photography Team page for specific prices.
- Tuition includes classroom and personal instruction during the times specified on each location’s Photography Team page.
- Tuition does NOT include general event registration, meals, housing or transportation before, during or after the Photography Team.
Photography Teams are designed to train photographers to go beyond basic photography knowledge and develop more advanced techniques on how to professionally cover an event.
If you are new to photography, have just purchased a DSLR or mirrorless camera for the first time, or simply want to learn what all the buttons and settings are on your camera and want to be comfortable using it, consider completing the Foundations of Photography Course first before signing up for a Photography Team. Do you know which Conference or Convention you will be attending? Watch for special Course discounts offered by the events where the Photography Teams will be held!
But what if you have had your camera for a while and want to learn how to effectively cover an event? Perhaps you aspire to be a photojournalist. Want to learn the secrets to capturing sharp, bright, and emotive images consistently, regardless of the lighting conditions? If you are a photography enthusiast or consider yourself to be more at an intermediate level, the Photography Team is for you! Through classroom training, self-guided assignments, and one-on-one critique we’ll walk through how to professionally cover assignments and set up a post-processing workflow by shooting, organizing, editing and submitting images for the needs of the event you’re attending.
Minimum age is 15. Please contact James to request exceptions.
What to Bring
- DSLR or mirrorless camera (No film SLR, hybrid DSLR or point and shoot cameras accepted)
- Lens(es) (Bring whatever you have! The best lenses will have the widest apertures, will give you the greatest range of focal length, and will offer Image Stabilization or Vibration Reduction.)
- Camera accessories required for running your camera (Memory cards, batteries, battery charger, bag, etc.)
- Laptop computer (Mac or PC)
- Pre-installed photo editing software (Adobe Lightroom is highly recommended and will be the platform from which all post-processing training will be presented. You may download a 7-day free trial beforehand at this link.)
- External speedlite (Not required, but if you have one, bring it! You will find it to be extremely handy.)
- There is no need to bring a tripod.
- Comfy shoes.
- Snacks and water.
The dress code is directed by the policies of the particular event at which the Photography Team is being held. Modest, business-casual attire is always appropriate. Bring only comfortable shoes as shooting an event always requires a lot of walking. Please visit each event’s website or Photography Team page for specific information on dress code.
When You Arrive
- When you arrive, make sure you have registered for the general event first.
- Mention that you are on the Photography Team so they can let you know how to get to Orientation on time. (They may direct you to the
Lenspirationor “Photography Team” booth to get this information.)
Photography Team activities may be planned throughout an entire event. However, there will be downtime and you may opt out of some Photography Team activities in order to participate in other aspects of the event if you so choose.
Here’s what a typical schedule looks like in a nutshell:
- Orientation: Each Photography Team begins with Orientation on the first day of the event. Even if you may not be able to attend every team meeting throughout the workshop, it is very important that you attend Orientation. Please bring your camera and laptop to Orientation. The time that Orientation begins will be listed on each location’s Photography Team page. The location where Orientation will be held will be provided at general registration when you arrive.
- Daily Events: A typical, non-first-day includes classroom instruction, assignments, and times for critique. Personal downtime will be scattered throughout the day. While an overall schedule is listed on each location’s Photography Team page, detailed schedules will not be available until you arrive in person.
- Conclusion: We’ll have our last group meeting on the last day before the entire event is over so you can leave immediately if necessary. Your parents are encouraged to attend Conclusion so they can see the results of what we learned during the Photography Team. Time of Conclusion will be listed on each location’s Photography Team page.
Photography Team classroom location will be provided when you arrive in-person at general
Parent/guardians and siblings are more than welcome to listen in on training times and take part in the activities associated with the Photography Team! However, be reminded that the attention and focus of the instructors will be on those who have paid to be on the team.
- Q. How do I know if I’m at the right skill level to join the Photography Team?
A. First, consider the prerequisites. Are you 15 years old or older? Do you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera that you can bring? Will you be able to bring a laptop with pre-installed photo editing software? Secondly, you should be familiar with your camera and how to use it. Are you always shooting in the full auto modes (
likethe green box, or the little running guy, etc.)? Are you clueless about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how to get proper exposure? If so, you should consider taking the Foundations of Photography Course before registering for the Photography Team.
- Q. How do I prepare for the Photography Team?
A. After registering for the Photography Team, instructions on how to begin preparing for the Photography Team will be sent to you in your event registration confirmation email. If you are currently signed up for a Photography Team, you can begin preparing at Lenspiration’s Photography Team Preparation page using the password provided in the event registration confirmation email. From a more broader perspective, do everything you can to become familiar with basic photography stuff through your own personal, self-motivated study, research and practice. I suggest finding a photographer whose work you want to emulate and follow them virtually on their blog or through courses they offer or recommend.
- Q. What skills do I need to join a Photography Team?
A. A basic understanding of your camera and photography in general, a desire to want to learn event photography, and . . . it doesn’t hurt to have some people skills and patience.
- Q. Can I participate in other activities along with the Photography Team?
A. If you so choose, there will be downtime and you may opt out of some Photography Team activities in order to participate in other aspects of the event. Most folks who have chosen to participate in other involved activities while doing the Photography Team at the same time have said they would probably not choose to do so next time around.
- Q. What if I can’t make it to all the Photography Team meetings?
A. Most of the training will build on itself as the week progresses, so each attendee is encouraged to be on time and not miss any meetings relating to the Photography Team. However, if this is not possible, then just attend as many of the meetings as you can.
- Q. May I just sit in on instruction times and not participate in shooting assignments?
A. Anyone who has paid the admission fee is free to participate in whatever way they would like, whether it’s joining in the shooting assignments or not. However, keep in mind that much of the learning is in practicing and experience.
- Q. What if more than one person in my family wants to attend but we only have one camera and one laptop?
A. While having one camera and one laptop per person provides the greatest flexibility, you can certainly make one camera and one laptop work between two people if they are willing to share and work their part of the schedule so assignment times do not overlap. The rate per person stays the same.
- Q. How will my pictures be used?
A. Lenspiration and the event organization hosting the Photography Team retains the perpetual right to use, print, and publish all images you take and submit taken during the Photography Team.
- Q. May I keep the pictures I take?
A. The pictures you take during the Photography Team are taken for educational purposes only and may not be used for any other purpose other than personal use and promoting functions involving the host organization. You may not use the pictures you take during a Photography Team for resale or any commercial endeavor not associated with the host organization.
If you have not been able to find the information you need on this page or on each location’s Photography Team page, please feel free to send questions to Lenspiration via the Contact Page.