WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?
Do I need lots of camera equipment? No – it really doesn’t matter. We are not gear-obsessed and we are more interested in getting the picture. Anything from a good basic digital compact camera to a professional DSLR will be fine, as will a traditional film camera – and even a smartphone. We aim to work quickly and unobtrusively, and recommend that gear is kept to an absolute minimum.
Okay, but what would be the ideal camera and lenses? Something light! A mirrorless camera would be ideal and a 35mm (full-frame equivalent) lens will serve you well. If you want to bring along more lenses, something covering the range 24mm to 135mm would be fine. Prime lenses are preferable but zooms are generally okay.
Do I need a tripod? A light and compact travel tripod is helpful for low light shooting at dawn or dusk but it’s not essential; many students are happy with a hand-held camera.
What shall I bring with me on the day? We recommend you travel light. Just bring your camera kit (as little of it as possible), spare batteries, spare memory cards, clothing appropriate for the weather conditions, comfortable shoes, bottle of water. We rarely use public transport but do bring a little spare cash just in case.
WHAT ARE THE TOTAL COSTS?
Are there any ‘extras’? No, the price you see if the price you pay, other than your own flights and accommodation (see below).
Who organises the travel and accommodation? You do! We have found that clients prefer to do their own thing, which is more flexible and usually more cost-effective. We are happy to offer recommendations for flights and hotels / apartments – just ask!
What about meals? We occasionally eat together, splitting the cost fairly between us, though this is entirely optional.
Are there any additional costs involved? Other than your own coffees, lunch and refreshments during and after the workshop, no. Very occasionally we will need to use public transport, so you may need to pay for a ‘short hop’ fare on a tube, bus, train or tram.