What is the difference between a workshop & tour? . . .
A workshop can last from a few hours up to a couple of days, and does not include any accommodations, transport or meals.
On a tour, All arrangements are made for you, including hotels, transportation, and some meals. Please review each tour individually to see what they include. Tours offer a more well-rounded experience and allows you to practice new learned concepts over a longer period of time.
How good of a photographer do I need to be? . . .
Most of our students are beginner or intermediate hobbyist photographers, or even just smartphone users. But by the end of a workshop, beginners have become intermediates, and intermediates have become advanced. Everybody on our workshops can learn the same skills quite comfortably. You should never feel that you aren't good enough to learn with us!
What equipment do I need? . . .
To get the most out of our workshops and tours, it's nice to have a camera that lets you take control of the settings. A D-SLR or a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is what we recommend. We also strongly recommend a sturdy tripod. Please check the recommendations on each workshop individually, or read our blog for specific lists.
What is a "Bluey"? . . .
A Bluey is someone belonging to our membership program. As a member of this program, you are entitled to 15% off any one-day workshop, given that you are registering using your online account with us and are purchasing a Single - Bluey ticket. Blueys also have the opportunity to submit up to 3 photos created during our workshops to be critiqued by the instructor. You can become a Bluey when you create an account with us for a $30 annual fee.
What's the oldest you've had on a workshop? And Youngest? . . .
The oldest we've taught on a workshop or tour was 84 years old, and the youngest was 9 years old, accompanied by an adult.
Do I need to be in good shape? . . .
All forms of outdoor recreation inherently come with a certain amount of physical activity. Since all our photography workshops and tours take place outdoors, you must be comfortable with being on your feet for up to three hours. Some walking is involved with your equipment, often on unpaved and rocky surfaces, and sometimes with an incline. Please only bring the equipment that you are comfortable with carrying for the entire duration of the workshop or shoot session. All of our outdoor venues are different in their terrain and physical expectations, and is explained on each workshop or tour page. You will never be required to do anything that is beyond your ability level and you may feel free to opt out of any session. If you have concerns about the physical activity level on any workshop or tour, please let us know.
Do you teach how to edit photos? . . .
No, we do not teach post-processing techniques on our workshops or tours, unless specifically stated. Your time with us is spent outdoors on-location, creating pictures, or traveling to new shoot spots. We prefer not to have editing or critique sessions while we are traveling.
What if there is inclement weather? . . .
Workshops happen rain or shine, since the best photographs are taken under a wide variety of conditions. But, If we decide that the conditions are too dangerous, we will cancel the workshop, or part of it, for the safety of the group.
What is your cancellation & Refund Policy? . . .
Once a workshop fee has been paid in full, no refunds will be given.
If you wish to opt out of a workshop but want to switch to a different one, you can do this by logging into your Eventbrite registration and request a transfer for a $10 fee. Cancellations in return for future workshop credit can be made up to one week before the workshop date, for all workshops that are two days in length or shorter. Any credit granted will be considered expired after one year from the date of issue. In the event that you do not attend a workshop and do not provide advance notice (a “no-show”), we will consider your registration to be forfeit, and receive no credit. Workshops are conducted rain or shine, unless a determination has been made in an emergency or other event rendering the workshop unsafe or impossible. In this case, registrations are provided full refunds.
For tour bookings, you may cancel your registration at any time, but you will incur a cancellation fee. If you cancel your registration before 60 days of the start of the tour, you will receive 50% of your deposit back. If you cancel within 60 days of the start of the tour, your deposit, and any funds collected are nonrefundable. In the case that the tour is cancelled by BlueHour Photo Ventures, you will have all funds returned to you.
We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance in the case that you are no longer able to attend the tour.