Amsterdam Photography Courses and Workshops – FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
For the Digital Photography Basics Course we don’t expect any pre-knowledge. You must first attend the Photography Basics Course in order to take the Advanced Course or a Real Shoot Experience as we do expect you to know your camera and be able to use it with a full understanding of the settings and effects.
*Get the basics down– Digital Photography Basics course, Private photography lessons, Teambuilding photography Experience. We reccomend 95 percent of our participates to start with the Photography Basics Course. This is the base for all other knowledge to be buildt on, even if you have taken a basics course before. (Every level of photographer would have takeaways from a course like this) The basics course is a prerequsite for most of our advanced workshops. The basics course can also be covered in private lessons. The teambuilding experience is also usually at an introductory level.
*I’ve taken the basics course, Experienced– Advanced photography course, Private photography lessons, One day workshops, ie Natural Light Portraits, Fearless Street Photography.
*Semi-Pro, Professional– Real Shoot Experience, Private photography lessons
We reccomend starting with 5 or 6 private lessons. The minimum to book is 3. This is because you need time to practice and to repeatedly be using the skills in order to truely internalize the material in a way that will change your photography.
Yes, we currently we have gift certificates available for the basics course.
Upon checkout of your order for the basics course, will be given on option on the left bottom part of the screen to “add this as a Gift Certificate”. Click this and you will recieve a gift certificate by email that you can send digitally or print and give as a gift on the special day.
Please bring your camera with charged batteries and enough space on your SD card. Also bring the manual for your camera, in case there is a specific problem addressing only your camera. Don’t forget your course booklet, which you will receive in your first lesson. A pen to take notes can come in handy, too.
This course teaches the use of your camera in manual mode, so please check whether your camera allows you to shoot in manual mode. This means you are able to set ISO, aperture and shutter speed on your own without the camera interfering. Other modes that might be useful are aperture priority (A) and shutter priority (S). All modes can be found on the dial wheel on the top of your camera.
For beginners we reccomend a camera from the canon 650d-800d series, this is the most popular camera amoung our students. The higher the number the newer the model, they have the 800d out now but the older versions are also good.
That being said, buying a camera is a very personal thing. Similiar to buying a guitar if you are a musician. So we strongly reccomend you consider your needs regarding quality, style and size of the camera. Lastly, it’s also reccomended to hold the camera and test the “feel” for yourself in person, rather then buying it online based on specs alone. Kamera express in Amsterdam can be a good store to help with this.
If you can not take the course for some reason, a refund or change to another course is possible, with 7 days notice before the first class. Since we reserve you a place in the course, just like a movie or concert ticket, a refund is not possible if you cancel within 7 days before the course starts or when the course has already begun regardless of circumstances.
If you miss a class, you can go over the material for that day in your course booklet and do the exercises on your own. Then, If you have any questions on the missed class your instructor stays after each class for 15 minutes to help you with anything you didn’t understand.
For the basics course you can switch to another course day if you give us a minimum of 7 days notice before the course starts and the course you request to switch to has open spots. To do this send us an email with your name and the course you are signed up for, along with the one you would like to switch to.
For our other workshops, they are not hosted very often so it’s best to ask for a refund with a minimum of 7 days notice if you can’t make the course.
As most of our photography courses sell out quickly and space is limited, just like a concert of movie ticket it is not possible to attend a different course if you can not make your course dates. (with the exception of the basics course field trip, this can be made up in the course following the course you attended, check website for field trip dates)
For the basics course, the field trip is always scheduled on Saturdays. Since space is not limited on these trips we give the opportunity to visit the field trip in the upcoming course as well. Please visit the course page to check the dates.
For the advanced course, the field trip is a photoshoot that is not possible to recreate and the course is only held once a year. For this reason it is not possible to make-up an advanced course field trip.
How often are the courses held?
The Photography Basics Courses are held three times per year. Fall (starting in September), winter (starting in January) and spring (starting in April). If these dates don’t work for you, you can consider taking private lessons.
The Advanced photography course is held once a year in spring. If that doesn’t work for you, you can consider taking private lessons to cover this course material as well.
Our workshop space at the House of Arts and Crafts is reachable from many methods of public transit, it’s best to use google maps get route from your destination. However here are a couple options- Metro 51, 53, 54 to Nieuwmarkt metro station. Trams 9, 14 to waterlooplein. Buses 301, 304, 307, 314, 315, 316, 319 to Amsterdam, 347, 357 PrinsHendrikkade.
Yes, check out our teambuilding experience page. We also offer the option to customize these events to what your group. We also offer guided photo walks. If you are interested please contact us and let us know the size of your group, the date you are interested to have the workshop, how long you would like the workshop to be and what you would like your group to learn.
If you are unable to attend one of our one-on-one lessons we need you to give us a 24 hour notice. If you are late for a lesson or cancel with less than 24 hour notice your lesson time will be lost.
If the course or workshop has sold too few places, we reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule it. If this happens delegates will be informed immediately to re-arrange the workshop, or to refund any money paid. If the venue cancels or proves unreliable, we reserve the right to change the location of the course.