Workshop FAQ’s

How different is the Photo 101 Workshop from the OneLight Workshop?

Very. Since announcing the new 101 Workshop this question is coming in a lot so I’ll address it here. The 101 is to get you started. The OneLight is to keep you going. While there will be a small amount of information overlap it will be kept to a minimum. They are two different beasts and will be conducted differently from each other.

What gear do I need to bring to a OneLight workshop?

A camera body, a wide to telephoto range of lenses, some CF cards, charged camera batteries, and if you have it, bring a Pocket Wizard. If you don’t have a Pocket Wizard, no worries, we have enough to share. You will see that I will be shooting a range of 24mm to 105mm during the workshop. Bring a laptop as well if you have one so you can edit some of your work near the end of the day.

Do I need to bring any lighting equipment?

Nope. Not necessary at all! We will provide lights for you to use.

For the OneLight Workshop you say it’s a long day. Is it really?

Ummm. Yes. The record for the longest workshop was the Orlando workshop that had a group of us up until 5am. The shortest workshop to date ended at 11pm. Go ahead and tell the baby sitter you’ll be out until 1am the day of the workshop. The reason it is such a long day is that I don’t leave until you feel you have your questions answered. I’m not going to stare at my watch waiting for an end time. I’m there for you for as long as you need me.

Can I record your lecture?

I allow voice recording only for the lecture. I suggest a digital voice recorder that will allow up to 6 hours of recording time.

Do I get a OneLight Workshop DVD when I attend the workshop in person?

Er. Nope.

Is it required that I attend the mixer before the workshop?

It is not required but it is highly recommended. The mixer is a time for us to get to know each other before diving into the workshop. During the mixer I get to find out more about you and what you are looking to get out of the workshop and I share my story about how I got to this point in my career. It is through my journey through all of this mess that I’ve been able to build the business I have and I love to share my story.

I have special dietary needs. Can you handle that?

Absolutely. Once you register for a workshop we will be in touch with you. If you have any special requests just let us know ahead of time and we will do whatever it takes to keep you satisfied.

Do you have payment plans or give discounts for same studio attendees?

We do not have payment plans but we do offer a 10% discount to married couples attending the workshop together. Email Meghan for the discount code.

Do you offer refunds in case I have to cancel?

We do not offer refunds on workshop registrations. We will credit you the full amount you have paid to be applied to any future workshop. You may independently sell your spot to someone else. Email Meghan, our registration coordinator, to find out if there is a waiting list and she may be able to connect you to someone who will buy your spot.

I see the workshop I want to attend is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?

Yes you can! Click on the Workshop Dates page to find the date you want to attend, click on the corresponding button and add yourself to the waiting list there. You will be notified if a spot opens. Our schedule is such that we do not plan on adding any other dates based on waiting lists for 2011. If we do add any dates we will announce them via Twitter.

I would like to host a workshop. How can I make that happen?

We have been working on the “host a workshop” model for a few years now but we are starting to change that up by securing our own venues. That does not mean we aren’t always looking for good partners in different parts of the world to help us bring a workshop to your town. Email our logistics coordinator, Kara Pecknold, on how to partner with us.

Why aren’t you coming to Canada???

Because they won’t let me in the country with professional camera equipment. Seriously. They googled me and I’m on some sort of “list”. Until such time that I figure out how to come into your fine country without having to leave my gear in the States, I will be bringing the workshop to you!