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Workshop will begin with an orientation meeting on the first day of the event.
The schedule for each day of the event will include four different divisions of time:
- Meetings at the beginning and end of each day for group training, critique, planning and taking assignments.
- Shooting the many different aspects of the event in fulfillment of assignments.
- Personal instruction or critique at the Lenspiration booth impromptu or when requested.
- Attending specific parts of the event as are required or requested.
Exact meeting times and locations will not be known until fairly close to the beginning day of the event. Attendees will be notified of these details by email beforehand.
- Tuition includes personal correspondence before the workshop to gauge experience level, bring you up to speed for greatest efficiency during the workshop, and specific details for meeting times and locations.
- Tuition does NOT include event registration, meals, housing or transportation.
Who Should Come
- Photographers seeking to practice basic event photography or photojournalism skills hands-on during a live event.
- Experience level is geared toward intermediate level photographers.
- Age limit is 15 years or older
Attendees under the age of 18 must attend with a guardian or otherwise present this Minor Release Form signed by a guardian.
Age limit exceptions may be considered; please contact James.
- The active schedule at events requires that attendees have the physical ability to be on their feet for most of the day.
- Attendees should have a fairly rounded knowledge of how to use their camera plus an understanding of the basic concepts of photography (such as shutterspeed, aperture, ISO and focus). Previous education (such as IPS) is fine.
Items to Bring
- DSLR camera, plus lenses and accessories needed for daily shooting
A camera is required. No hybrids or high-end point-and-shoot cameras are acceptable.
- Laptop computer
A laptop is required for the Family Conferences; otherwise, it is only highly recommended.
- Pre-installed image editing software
Image editing software is required for the Family Conferences; otherwise it is only highly recommended. Lightroom is the recommended software of choice, but other editing software such as iPhoto, Picasa and Photoshop can be used as well. If you do not currently own any editing software, it is recommended that you download the free 30 day trial of Lightroom for the event.
Dress code is directed by the policies of the particular event attended. Business casual attire is always appropriate. Be sure to bring only comfortable shoes.
Q. What level of skill do I need in photography?
A. Event workshops are geared toward intermediate level photographers. Beginner photographers willing to study hard to pass a survey before the workshop are free to register as well.
Q. What will I be learning during the workshop?
A. Principles of photojournalism and how to meet the demands of covering a large event. Quickly posing people or groups, creating consistently bright and sharp images in difficult lighting situations, event photography etiquette, Christian convictions in art, establishing a time-effective post-processing workflow for meeting time-sensitive deadlines.
Q. How old do I have to be to attend?
A. Photographers of any age 15 year old or older are welcome. Exceptions can be made for younger ages on a case-basis.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Dress code is determined by the conference you attend, but make sure what you bring is modest, considerate, and comfortable (especially your shoes). Consult the conference schedules of the event you attend for specific details.
Q. Can I participate in other activities along with the photography workshop?
A. Yes. I very much want the assignments to float around the other opportunities that you would like to participate in during the event, like participating in activities or listening to favorite speakers. Assignments will be set up in a way that the photographers can shoot during the times that are best for them and of the activities that they would enjoy most, while also shooting as often (or not) as they would like. At the Family Conferences, you will not have sufficient time to be a leader or assistant in the children’s programs at the same time.
Q. May I just sit in on instruction times and not participate in shooting assignments?
A. Yes. Anyone who has paid the tuition are welcome to join group training times without participating in shooting assignments. However, most times of instruction are impromptu and one-on-on based on the situations you find yourself in while on assignment.
Q. What if more than one person in my family wants to attend but we only have one DSLR 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 tuition per person stays the same.
Q. May parents sit in on instruction times with their children?
A. Yes. In fact, I would encourage parents to come with their children during training times if they would like. However, if the parents would like to participate in shooting assignments and actively participate as a regular attendee, the tuition per person would apply.
Q. How will my pictures be used?
A. The organization behind the event retains the perpetual right to use, print, and publish all images taken during the course of the workshop.