Frequently Asked Questions
Photography Courses, Workshops & Private Lessons
Amateur (Get the basics down)
We recomend 95 percent of our participates to start with the Photography Basics Course. For the Photography Basics Course we don’t expect any pre-knowledge. This is the base for all other knowledge to be built 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 material can also be covered in Private Lessons or the Teambuilding Experience.
Experienced (I’ve taken the basics course)
After you have taken the basics course you can move onto the Advanced photography course, Private photography lessons, and/or Advanced workshops such as Natural Light Portraits, Fearless Street Photography.
We can help Professionals and Semi-pros build their portfolio through events such as Real Shoot Experience, Private photography lessons and Advanced Photography Course.
- Your camera.
- SD card with free space on it.
- The manual for your camera, in case there is a specific problem addressing your camera.
- Your course booklet or workshop handout which you will receive in your first lesson.
- A pen to take notes can come in handy, too.
- If it’s a lesson that will take place outside please dress for the weather.
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. The Fuji Mirrorless line is also a popluar camera amoung our students (and teachers)
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.
Our workshop space at the House of Arts and Crafts is a 12 minute walk from central station as well as being 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.
Courses & Workshops
Yes, there are gift certificates available for all our courses & workshops.
To request a gift certificate for any of our workshops, simply Email us after your purchase is made and we will send you the gift certificate. You can send it digitally or print and give it as a gift on the special day. 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.
Automated Gift Certificates are 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.
The Advanced and Basics courses teaches the use of your camera in manual mode, so please check whether your camera allows you to shoot in (M) 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.
Apart from owning a digital camera that can be used in manual mode we don’t expect any other equipment. You can also choose to take the private lessons and/or teambuilding experience with your camera phone
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.
Gift certificates for private lessons are valid for one year. Private lessons must be canceled sooner then 48 hours before the lesson is to take place.
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.
It is not possible to attend a lesson from another course, as most of our courses sell out quickly and space is limited. Just like a concert or movie ticket your seat was reserved and can’t be switched to another day.
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.
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.
The Photography Basics Courses are held on an on-going basis. If the dates don’t work for you, you can consider taking private lessons.
The Advanced Photography Course is held once a year in winter. If that doesn’t work for you, you can consider taking private lessons to cover this course material as well.
Our most of out Advanced Workshops such as Real Shoot Experience, Natural Light Portraits, The Traveling StoryTeller and Fearless Street Photography are held once a year.
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.
Yes, all courses are in English. The presentations and course booklet are in English as well.
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.
Yes, we have gift certificates available for all our workshops, courses and lessons.
HOW IT WORKS
PurchaseSimple purchase the number of lessons you want to give and note “send me a gift certificate” in the comment section during checkout.
Give GiftYou will recieve your gift certificate via email. You can then send it digitally or print it and give it as a gift on the special day.
Email UsAfter you have given the gift, send us the name and email address of the recipient. We can contact them or they can then contact us directly to be matched with their instructor.
All our workshop and course subjects are available to learn in Private Lessons. If you are interested in covering the Basics, you can pick 4 or 5 lesson hours. In the Basics course level you will:
- Learn how to use your camera to take better photos.
- Experiment with techniques such as shallow depth of field, freezing motion, night photography and motifying natural light. Go to our Photography Basics course page if you want to know more about the content of our basics course.
If you choose to follow the private lessons at an Advanced Photography course level, you are able to delve deeper into subjects of your choice, develop your own style, and build your portfolio. The recommended course length here is around six lessons.
Additional subjects you can pick from are also available:
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, check out our teambuilding experience page. We also offer the option to customize these events to what your group wants 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.
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