|Frequently Asked Questions
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What should I expect from a Photo Experience Day?
You’ll learn how to use your camera better,
You’ll get to have fun & socialise with like minded people,
Making you actually use your camera,
Making time for your photography
Slow things down a bit and see what you are looking at
You’ll get a little bit of exercise & fresh air.
Who runs the events?
I do, Michael Palmer.
Do I need a "proper" camera?
By proper camera I mean a Digital SLR camera with interchangeable lenses. The short answer is no you don't, you can learn just as much and have fun with a bridge or compact camera. Although the "proper" cameras are sometimes easier to use in Manual modes, you won't need one to enjoy your day. I use the word "proper" in quotes because at the end of the day a camera is a camera, and good results can be had with just about any modern camera. A DSLR might be better at showing depth of field, while a compact or bridge camera might be better at macro photography. Every camera / lens combination has its good and bad points.
Should I bring a tripod?
If you're doing a night-time experience, or a long exposure event, then yes, a tripod is essential. Otherwise it's your call. If I feel a PED is going to require a tripod then I say so in the notification email that I sent out prior to the event.
When will you tell us the meeting info?
I try and send out all information a few days prior to each event. So if you're booked for a Saturday, expect to receive an email Tues or Weds.
Do you have a "bad weather" policy?
My policy is to wait and see as often the forecast a day or two ahead turns out to be wrong. Obviously I'll use common sense and if there is a couple of feet of freshly fallen snow or gale force winds then expect the day to be cancelled ahead of time.
Are food & drinks included in the price?
Unless stated otherwise food & drink are not included in the price.
Can I reschedule the event because I don't want to go out in the rain?
My honest answer. No. My attitude is as long as you come with appropriate clothing (for you and the camera) and a positive attitude then a great experience can still be had in less than perfect weather.
Why are your email replies always so short?
Sorry, I often have lots of emails to reply to, so my email replies tend to be rather short and to the point. Please don't think I'm being rude, I'm honestly not. :-)
I'm in a wheelchair / have trouble walking, are the days still suitable for me?
I'll do all I can to accommodate anyone with mobility problems, we will be often be walking on uneven surfaces through woods and if its wet, mud & puddles.
What should I bring?
Extra batteries (double check they are charged) and a memory card with enough space on.
Can gift vouchers be exchanged or refunded?
I'll do everything I can to accommodate your booking and get you booked on a PED, however I cannot give refunds on a gift voucher.
Why don't you use a laptop / projector to display images people have taken during the day?
This has been suggested many times, and is a perfectly valid idea. However I have yet to find a way to implement it. For example, let's say there were 10 people on a PED and it takes 2-3 minutes to download each of their memory cards. That's 30 minutes gone already. Also remember lots of people have images from other days out on their cards, perhaps some private and you start to see the problem.
What if I need to reschedule my booking?
It's not always possible but if you give me enough warning, I'll do all that I can to reschedule your booking to another date that works for both of us. Some events are either one off's or run on an infrequent basis, so it might be harder to find a new date. If this is the case I may have to offer you the chance to book onto a different event. There is a £10 admin fee (per person) for rescheduling a date.
What if you need to reschedule a date?
To date this has only happened one time, but I'm just one person so chances are it will happen again (me being ill etc) and I'll have to reschedule a day at some point. If and when this happens I'll try and give as much notice as possible.