The question below concern both 1- and 3-day workshops and also guided tours.
How to register for the workshop?
Information on registration, payments, terms and phrases can be found in The Rules. As can be easily guessed, you have to register via the available contact form. Then you will be asked to transfer an advance deposit or the full amount and you will receive an e-mail containing all the necessary information. Details are available in The Rules tab.
Who are these workshops for?
The workshops are for both beginners and advanced photographers, and generally for all those who want to improve their photographic skills and start shooting new issues. Read the program of classes, see the pictures in the gallery. If you are not familiar with the presented themes, but the pictures are to your liking and you want to take similar ones, it means that these workshops are definitely for you.
How much time during the workshops will be dedicated to photo processing?
In the case of one-day workshop, there is unfortunately no time for that. During the 3-day workshop, after the Sunday morning session there will be time to discuss the captured images and process selected ones. However, if the weather is warm and nice, we will mostly stay outdoors, so work in the darkroom will be just a small addition to the classes.
Do I need to take my laptop / tablet and which programs for processing images will be useful?
Laptop / tablet will provide you with useful space for transferring captured images, as well as pre-selecting and pre-processing selected frames. Of course, it is not mandatory to take your equipment, but as you can imagine, it will be helpful. Suitable for landscape photography classes will be a panorama photo stitcher, e.g. Hugin which is free for download. It is also a good idea to install the 30-day test versions of Photoshop and Lightroom, or download the free Gimp.
What if it rains?
Most of the workshops can be implemented in an „emergency mode”, during which we will be taking photos indoors or in the intervals between precipitations. In the case that weather forecasts for 100% predict several days of incessant rain, workshops will be cancelled. These are, however, marginal situations and in most cases the „emergency mode” should ensure carrying out activities in the full planned extent. For the purpose of macrophotography, in variable weather conditions I will have with me a small exhibition tent which can be put up in a chosen place. In the meantime, you will be free to go „hunting” for frames around the tent or in the case of insects, bring them under the roof and photograph them in a makeshift studio. Also in the case of landscape and architecture photography weather will impact the choice of venue and topic of photos. Sacred tours will be held in the regions in which even despite rainy weather there are many different objects to photograph.
Can the workshops be a form of an interesting, relaxing recreational trip?
Probably not… Contrary to appearances, even a 3-day workshop on one topic makes time pass really quickly and always leaves you unsatisfied and thinking that surely something could have been done better, in a more interesting manner, differently. Of course, I am by no means discouraging people who want to go outdoors say, once a day, and spend most of the day according to their own plan. They are equally welcome. We must be aware, however, that waking up at dawn, going out and coming back, as well as evening or night photo shoots are simply tiring, even with the most optimistic approach to the subject. The program of the workshop is not rigid and will be adapted mainly for you. If it is too tight or too loose, we will slightly modify it.
Are we going to eat regularly, what about eating in the field?
The workshop program includes fairly regular meals. We will eat breakfast in the morning after going out, so of course I recommend taking food with you, to be able to even start functioning after waking up. However, if we want to go out at 5 am, it is important to keep in mind that the breakfast included in the program will be ready no earlier than at 7, 8 am in the morning. This means that for a couple of hours we will have to cope on our own. The costs related to additional breakfast beside the standard one are borne by participants.
Is it still possible to participate in a workshop if there are no places left?
If there are no more free places for the workshop, but you really want to participate in it on a specific date, let me know by e-mail or phone. The limit of people has been established so that I could focus on each person individually, which in case of say, dozen people, is simply no longer possible.
Do we strictly stick to the workshop program?
We try to, as much as possible… Work according to the plan allows you to test in practice all the techniques and visit all the places planned wuthin the framework of a given course. Plans can change according to weather and unexpected random events.
Is it possible to book a separate room?
Yes, it is possible, but please inform me about wanting to rent a single room upon registering for the workshop. In popular regions during the season it is not always possible to book it at the last minute.
What if I do not have complete equipment and simply a compact camera or a phone?
It all depends on the type of workshop. In the case of macrophotography it will be enough to bring just a compact camera with 10x zoom and a magnifying lens (e.g. Raynox DCR 250) or SLR camera with a macro lens. During the workshops I will have with me various accessories and a few lenses for manual use. Equipment requirements are listed in the description of each workshop. You can always rent out the necessary gear. If you have a problem, write to me. A phone / smartphone alone is the minimum necessary for the macro workshops, but I recommend buying even the cheapest second hand compact camera for 10 Euros.
What to bring?
In addition to the mentioned camera equipment, you should, of course, take your clothes and charger for the camera. Other useful items include a spare card and external flash lamp. It is also good to bring your own laptop to which you can transfer taken photos. If you have any other photographic accessories, you can also take them with you.
Where will we be accommodated for the night?
Accommodation will vary depending on the type of workshop. Description of each workshop includes a location or region in which we’ll be staying. In the case of the 3-day workshops participants will usually be accommodated in small pensions or single rooms in agritourism or small local hotels. During the road workshops which require changing places of residence we will also be staying in places with breakfast included, while the type of accommodation will vary from hotels and guest houses to agrotourism. An important criterion is being accommodated as close as possible to key photographic sites. Due to the necessity to comfortably sleep off all the morning, afternoon and evening work done in the field, accommodation excludes Spartan conditions e.g. in cottages. Of course, if a larger group would prefer this type of accommodation, no problem – just let me know about it upon registering for the workshop.
What type of clothes should I bring?
During the 1-day workshop your normal everyday attire will suffice, provided that you have a camera with a multi-angle adjustable screen. In other cases it is impossible to prevent squatting or lying down, so you might want to take a raincoat, foam pad and knee pads to be able to comfortably kneel or lean down to the ground.
For the 3-day and longer workshops it is worth taking 2-3 pairs of field trousers, trekking shoes, extra jackets, etc. Long pants are essential even in summertime due to the possibility of insect bites, burns, abrasions or picking up a tick.
Secondly, morning temperatures are not always high enough to walk in shorts, so bringing along at least two pairs of field trousers may prove very practical. Another useful thing is to have a waterproof film up to knee height. This will help prevent getting soaked in the morning. If you can take something larger, like waders or high rubber boots, it is even a better solution, as you will be able to take pictures in the grass virtually without any restrictions.
What if I cannot participate in the workshops, but already I paid the money?
All information about payments and refunds can be found in The Rules.
Is it required to have a high level of fitness?
The workshops require a low or average level of physical fitness. For the most part of the workshops we will not walk too much, because the sites that we are to visit are located along roads and easily accessible by car. More important than performance and fitness will be strong knees and spine. Of course, more than a low or average efficiency will certainly come in handy. We can then modify the plan of the workshops and venture, say, a little further or spend more time than planned in the field. As you can easily imagine, there will be a lot of squatting and kneeling. Kneeling can be facilitated with the use of knee pads (fairly comfortable ones cost around 15 £). If you have any health problems, of course it is advisable to tell me about them. Such an option is included in the application form. I tried to clarify the program of each workshop as much as possible to help you decide whether you can make itJ
What equipment should I have?
Required equipment is listed in the description of each workshop. Every class requires a different focal range, although of course if you have a set of lenses ranging from wide-angle macro to zoom, you can bring all of them to the workshop. I assure you that they will definitely come in handy.
Why is the spectrum of workshops conducted by me so diverse – from macrophotography to sacred pictures?
These are the topics that have aroused my strong interest in the last few years. Nature photography and macrophotography were the primary subject of my interests. Sacred photography is the result of the search for new areas fusing landscape and architecture.
How to get to the workshop venue?
You have to travel to the workshop venue on your own. Details of the location of individual workshops can be found on the website. Of course, I can help with travel directions via phone or e-mail, especially for these workshops which are held in Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Germany and require air travel.