I also enjoy setting up shots for the participants so everyone on the workshop gets great shots. (That, by the way, is one of the main reasons why an instructor is hired to lead a workshop although I have met one instructor who think he owns the shot.) Whats especially rewarding, for me, is when a participant comes up with a variation of a shot that I set up a shot that I sometimes like better than mine 🙂
That is what a workshop is all about, in my mind: sharing, learning, growing and of course, having a ton of fun in between!
In the trio of images in this post, the bottom shot was setup by Darrell Gulin and Joe Van Os on a workshop on that I co-lead at the Ponderosa Ranch in Oregon. So, its my photo, but they sure did help! Thanks, guys!
Never been on a workshop? Here are seven tips that, I hope, will make it a great experience.
1 Check out the instructor before you leave home. Some instructors actually do workshops with the main goal of getting great shots for themselves, rather than putting the students first. I have seen that happen. Do a Web search on the instructor and check out what others say about him or her.
3 Know your camera. Hey, Im a Canon guy. I don’t know where to find similar menu features (like custom functions) on a Nikon, Sony, or on a so-and-so camera. Many instructors are in the same boat. So, know you camera thoroughly before you leave home and don’t leave home w/out your cameras instruction manual. Likewise, I am a Mac guy. I can’t find stuff on a PC to save my life! So, know your computer, too.
4 Be part of the team Get to know the other workshop participants. You can learn a lot from them no matter how good you are. I always do! They can also learn something from you, which may not even be related to photography. Thats a real fun part of workshops.
5 Set Goals Give yourself a few goals. Halfway though the workshop, ask yourself if you have reached those goals. One goal may be to get better at a Photoshop technique; another may be to take great pictures of strangers. The key is to set goals and to meet them.
6 Bring back-ups. Hey, its not impossible that you may be, for example, shooting by a quarry when you fall in the water and total your top-of-the-line digital SLR and favorite lens. That happened during my 2008 Maine Media Workshop . . . to me! As careful as you are, accidents can happen. Bring back up stuff just in case. . . .
7 Stay in touch. Don’t leave the workshop without a list of the participants email addresses. Keep in touch for future workshops and to share your images. My guess is that you’ll become good friends with your fellow workshop participants most of whom share your love for photography and creative expression.
Catch you later . . . hopefully not by a quarry.