What can I expect to learn in your workshops?
Our workshops are designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully timed for the best light, but also to aid you to capture the scene best with your own artistic expression. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you go home with images to be proud of, and also use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, I will guide you to learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image.. In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. And no photography workshop would be complete without discussing workflow and editing, including Adobe Lightroom.
What can I expect upon my arrival?
If a direct to the lake private taxi is not reserve for you, a taxi driver with your name on a card will be expecting you at Guatemala City airport to take you to a very nice Antigua hotel where I will have made reservations for you (a 40 min. ride, cost for the taxi 40$ US, hotel rates are 75$ US double, 55$ single US). I will be in Antigua to greet you personally. I will show around this beautiful city and we will take care of exchanging US dollars at a local bank (you can do that at the airport but the exchange rate is usually less good there). The next day we will travel to Lake Atitlan, approx 3hrs away.
When will I find out more details about my trip?
After you submit your deposit to confirm your registration we will correspond with you via email or phone. Our first objective is to help you coordinate travel to and from our workshop destination. Are you arriving a day or so early, or staying beyond our workshop? Two weeks before departure we will email you to make sure that everything is in order and answer any last minute questions you may have.
Can we book as a group?
Yes, we can offer discounts to groups of 6. If you’re a photography club, family or group of friends, we would be happy to make you a special offer.
What if I don’t know very much about photography?
Our workshops include photographers with varied experience, which makes the workshops more interesting and rewarding. The less you know, the harder we work. We enjoy teaching and sharing our knowledge with everyone. You’ll even be surprised how much you will learn from other students who are attending as well.
Do you offer private workshops?
We do offer private workshops for individuals, couples, families. It’s a great way to customize your own workshop based on your particular interests and desires. Contact us with the dates you would like to travel and we’ll be happy to price a package for you.
What if we experience bad weather?
It very rarely rains at Lake Atitlan from November to April, but if it can happen, but remember some of the best photos are taken in less than perfect weather. That’s not to say that we will venture out in a thunderstorm but you get the idea. If the weather is really bad, we will move to indoor locations that might include interesting architectural structure or a museum. You will learn how to make the most of every situation we encounter and that might include bad weather, but remember, this is an adventure!
I just got a new camera. Will you show me how to use it?
Of course! We try to stay up-to-date with all the latest cameras. Basics are the same regardless of what camera you own but we will explain all the technical aspects of todays sophisticated digital cameras. Be sure to bring your camera manual and we’ll work together to get you more comfortable and confident with your equipment. The camera is a tool, you are the one creating the picture.
How can I pay for your workshop?
We offer PayPal, check or cash payment. We use PayPal as our merchant provider which allows us to process your payments from anywhere in the world, in any currency. All our prices are listed in US Dollars.
Do I absolutely need to bring a laptop with me?
A laptop computer is essentially your present day darkroom and a necessity for todays digital photography. It is required to download your day’s images and free up your memory card, and also to display your work for discussions and reviews. We’ll also be teaching you how to use editing and enhancement softwares on your computer. If you don't there are suggested softwares you can choose to download for a 15 to 30 days trial just before the workshop begins. So it can only benefit you to bring one.
Do you rent equipment?
We don’t typically rent equipment.
Do I have to share a hotel room?
No. If you are traveling with another photographer, a friend or partner, you may ask to stay in the same room.
We hope this was helpful, do not hesitate to contact us for any other question.