Attitude – This sets the tone for the rest of the workshop. While our groups are kept small, we all have differing personalities. However, we all have one thing in common; Nature Photography. Bring an open mind. I challenge my clients to move away from their comfort zone and try something different. That is why we are here. To learn something new, maybe even a new way of seeing.
Equipment – Make sure your equipment is in good working order. The less you have to work with faulty or worn out equipment, the less you will be frustrated. Bring your new equipment, whether is a new camera, macro lens, or tilt and shift lens, we will teach you how to use it.
Clothing – Bring the right clothes for the environment that you will be working in. Research the climate for the time of year that you will be visiting an area and pack accordingly. For the Everglades workshops, I provide loaner specialty clothing, such as bug suites for mosquito protection.
Personal Goals – Identify what you hope to achieve for your workshop. You have probably selected the workshop based on a location that you have always wanted to visit, now what are your goals once you are at the workshop? Is your intention to use this workshop as a photo-tour? (Workshops are for learning and photo-tours are for getting to a location to photograph) Whatever your goals are, communicate them to the workshop leader.
Communication – Ask questions and take notes. The note taking does not stop when you leave the classroom. Writing things, you learn from the workshop leader or from other attendees, makes their knowledge your own. This is where you get your monies worth.
Go on assignment – Having a plan for what you want to do with your photos gives you a sense of direction. Will your photos be used to create fine art to sell, or display in your home? Will the photos be used for a photo journal or book to be left as a legacy of your travels? Maybe, your images will be used as a screen saver for your monitor or burned to a DVD as a music video slide show. Whatever you do with the images you capture, having a plan requires you to think. Thinking unleashes creativity.
You are in control of your learning, success, and enjoyment.