Frequently Asked Questions

 

What if I miss a class?

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.

Can I join a lesson from another class to make up for my missed class?

As many of our Amsterdam photography courses sell out quickly and space is limited it is not possible to attend a different course to make up for your missed one.

Can I join a different field trip in case I can’t make the one scheduled for my course?

The field trip is always scheduled on Saturdays. We understand that in some cases people can’t make the appointment, which is why we are willing to give the opportunity to visit the field trip in the upcoming season instead. Please visit the course page to check the dates.

What is the deadline for the course payment?

Registering for the course does not save your place. The course is filled in order of when payment is received. Courses sell out at different times so we recommend finalizing your registration and making the payment as early as possible to be sure you secure your spot.  (Generally 1-2 months ahead of time will ensure the course is not full, with the exception of Real Shoot Experience, which can sell out months before the event)

What is the cancellation policy?

If you can not take the course for some reason, a refund is possible, if you let us know 7 days before the first class. Since we reserve you a place in the course, 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. 

When is the next course?

You can check our workshop pages to see our upcoming course dates. We offer courses for Digital Photography Basics,  Advanced Digital Photography, Real Shoot Experience and on-going custom courses.

Do you offer custom lessons for private groups?

Yes, we can host workshops for your private group customized to what your group would like to learn. 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.

How often are the courses held?

Courses are held three times per year. Fall (starting in September), winter (starting in February) and spring (starting in April). If these dates don’t work for you, you can consider taking one-on-one lessons.

How many students are attending the courses?

The number varies from six to twelve attendees. The space in the course room is limited, which is why we recommend to sign-up early to save a seat.

What if the course dates don’t fit my schedule?

If the course dates don’t fit your schedule or you are eager to start, you can consider taking one on one lessons. Please view the details about one on one photography lessons here.

Are all courses taught in English?

Yes, all courses are in English. The presentations and course booklet are in English as well.

Do I need any photography experience to take this course?

For the Digital Photography Basics Course we don’t expect any pre-knowledge. In case you want to join the Advanced Course or a Real Shoot Experience we do expect you to know your camera and be able to use it properly.

Do I need any special equipment?

No you don’t. Owning a digital camera that can be used in manual mode is essential to join the classes though. Apart from that we don’t expect any other equipment.

What camera would you recommend to buy?

I recommend a camera from the canon 500-650 series, the higher the number the newer the model they may have 700 or 750 out now but the old versions are also good.

Is my camera suitable for the course?

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.

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What do I need to bring to the course?

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.

How do I get to the Amsterdam course with public transport?

The closest bus stop to Herengracht 104 is Nieuwezijds Kolk. Trams 1, 2, 5, 13, 17 are stopping here as well as the busses 170, 172, 174, 352, 354 and 358. From here it’s a 6min walk. From Amsterdam Centraal it’s a 12-15min walk.
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Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, we can send you a gift certificate for the course, it will be emailed to you and you can print it for that special someone. Follow these steps to buy a course as a present:
1.  Register for the course with your own name/email for billing purposes.
2.  When you make your bank transfer, simply write in the comments section “Gift for – Name of the person“.    Email us after your payment is made and we will send you the gift certificate.
3.  After you have given the gift, send us the updated email address and the recipient will get an email with all the course information one week before the course starts.

What if I can’t make my one-on-one-lesson?

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.

How does the course registration work?

Once registration is made you will be sent payment instructions. After payment is received you will get an email with details about the first class. The full course price must be paid ahead of time to reserve your spot. Payment via bank to bank transfer is accepted.

Is there a possibility for the course not to take place?

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.

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