Photography Team Details
Welcome! This page outlines the overall details applicable to Photography Teams at most any location. Details outlined on the event organizer's website, however, will always trump the details you find on this page. 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 artistically 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 before attending a Photography Team. You can take the course for free by joining the Lenspiration membership, which is free for the first month.
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 generally 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.
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.
Potentially required items
These items may or may not be required depending on the specific event that you are attending
- 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 can get a 7-day free trial here when you sign up for Adobe's Photography Plan. Just make sure not to download it so early that the trial expires before the Photography Team ends. Access to the Internet may be limited during the Photography Team, so be sure to have software downloaded and installed before you arrive. You can cancel your subscription to Adobe's Photography Plan after the workshop, and apply the processes you learned with Lightroom to a more cost-efficient method of your choice afterward.
Suggested items to bring
- 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
Lenspiration has equipment available that you can rent for the entire Photography Team on a first come, first served basis. A DSLR camera plus lenses, accessories and a bag can be rented for $30. Send a request via Lenspiration’s Contact page as soon as possible after you have registered for the event. Payment due at Orientation.
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 in style. 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.
If you're not sure where or when Orientation will be held, mention at registration that you are on the Photography Team and they should be able to help you. (They may direct you to the
Photography Team activities will 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 like.
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 if you're brining one) to Orientation. The time that Orientation begins will be listed on each location's Photography Team page.
Daily Events: A typical, non-first day includes classroom instruction, assignment shooting, and times for critique. Personal downtime will be scattered throughout the day. While an overall schedule should be listed on each location's Photography Team page, if a more detailed schedule is needed, it will be handed out at Orientation.
Conclusion: On the last day, the last group meeting will be held before the general 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.
The Photography Team classroom location will either be posted on each location's Photography Team page or available at general registration when you arrive. It is generally held at the Lenspiration booth in the Exhibit Hall.
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, it's usually best if you are familiar with your camera and how to use it. Are you always shooting in the full auto modes (
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 should 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. Will students be accompanied by an adult at all times?
A. No. Though at most events there will be an adult at the Lenspiration booth at all times, adult supervision is not always possible while students are fulfilling assignments.
Q. Are any meals provided?
A. No. The Photography Team will break during meal times.
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. By registering for the Photography Team, you grant Lenspiration and the event organization that is hosting the Photography Team the perpetual right to use, print, and publish for any purpose all images you submit during the Photography Team.
Q. May I keep the pictures I take?
A. Yes. As the photographer, you retain the copyright to all photos you take during the Photography Team, but like everyone else, you are under obligation to abide by commercial use publishing laws. To be safe, you will want to get written permission from all recognizable individuals and owners of recognizable property in a photo to use that photo beyond personal or artistic use.
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.