Do I need a camera to take part in a workshop?
Yes, you need to bring your own camera with you. By understanding the settings and buttons on your own camera, you can continue to practice all the new skills you have learned, after your workshop.
I have a smartphone and would like to learn how to take better pictures, can I use this instead of a camera on my workshop?
Unfortunately, no. These workshops only cater for photography enthusiasts and intermediate photographers who wish to learn new skills using a camera.
Does it matter what type of camera I use?
A decent picture can be created using any camera. It does not matter what type of camera it is. Whether you use a small ‘point and shoot’ or a professional DSLR, we will concentrate on creating images with impact by looking at composition and working with nature.
I am a complete beginner, does that matter?
No, workshop tutorials cater for all levels and I work at your pace.
What camera gear should I bring?
Bring your camera, a tripod (if you have one), fully charged batteries, spare camera cards, and filters if you want to use them.
Do I need to bring anything else with me?
Given the changeable Irish weather, it is wise to bring raingear, good walking boots and warm clothes with you on the day. It is likely we will experience varied weather conditions. Also bring snacks and water, to keep the energy levels topped up.
How fit do I have to be?
While we will not be doing anything too strenuous, a good level of fitness is required. You will be driven to each location; however, we may walk short distances over rough terrain while carrying our photography equipment. Exploring varied landscapes like woodland, bog, lakes, shorelines and coast, makes for more interesting images.
What if it rains?
Some of the best pictures are taken in inclement weather conditions. If rain is forecast, I will usually continue with a workshop. The best light always appears shortly after a rain shower. We will always take a break in the nearest café and talk about editing while heavy rain passes over. However, if extreme bad weather is forecast, then I will cancel or reschedule a workshop.
I would like a longer ‘one on one’ photo tour in Ireland, is that possible?
That is no problem. I can organise a tailor-made photo tour to suit your location requirements. I often travel to other parts of the country for workshops. Please be aware that extra charges may occur, given extra fuel or accommodation costs, depending on the location.
How do I pay for my workshop?
There are three ways to pay.
1. By money transfer online or internet banking. No extra fees apply.
2. PayPal. Unfortunately, PayPal takes a percentage of your fee. Over time, these add up. As a result, I have to pass on the 3.5% PayPal fee to you. There is no surcharge if you pay by money transfer or cheque.
3. By cheque. Send to Trish Punch Photography, Monees, Douglas, Cork, Ireland.
If I need to cancel, do I receive a refund?
If you need to cancel up to two weeks prior to your workshop, then a 50% refund will be issued. And if you cancel less than two weeks before the workshop start date, you will receive a 25% refund. If you cancel less than one week beforehand, you will receive no refund. All cancellations must be made in writing, emails are acceptable. The date on which the letter or email is received by me, will determine the rates of cancellation charges applicable. In the case of a cancellation from my end, a full refund will be given.
Can I bring my non-participating partner/spouse/friend along?
Yes, they are more than welcome to come along and enjoy the spectacular scenery on the ‘one to one’ courses while you take your pictures. Just so they are aware, we will be spending quality time at each location and they may have to put up with us gasping in awe at the beautiful light and talking all things photography. Therefore, a patient non-participant is called for. They will be charged 75% of the workshop price.
Non-participants cannot attend the group workshops as numbers are limited and it would not be fair to other photographers in the group.
Do I need insurance?
You are advised to acquire your own travel insurance and photo equipment insurance. I am not responsible for any damage that your photo gear may incur during any photo tour or workshop.