Terms & Conditions

We like to keep things simple, but if you need clarification or more information please get in touch…

Prices

Our 2017 prices vary according to the course or workshop and don’t seem to have gone up since we started in 2008. Bespoke courses may cost slightly more if we have to source equipment, models or other specialist items.

One:One sessions are £150 per day, or £75 per half day within the Purbeck area – we may ask for a contribution towards travel costs beyond that.

Deposit

We ask for the payment in full before the course – either through this website or through a PayPal invoice, which allows you to use any debit or credit card.  We will refund the cost in full if you give us more than a week’s notice of cancellation.  If WE cancel for any reason then we will refund all monies paid to us, or by agreement arrange an alternative date.

Cancellations

Courses will run in all but the very worst of weather, and we ask for a mobile contact number in case the worst happens and we have to cancel or postpone a workshop.    We try to arrange alternative dates, but will refund all monies paid to us including the deposit if we cannot arrange this to suit you. Indoor courses – Lighting, Post Production, Digital Workflow, Photoshop, etc – will run in any case (unless deep snow in April becomes the norm for Dorset…).

Equipment

We expect you to bring your own camera equipment, a suitable supply of batteries, memory cards or film, and a bag to carry it all on location.  If you have a tripod, bring it.  You may also want to bring along that collection of odds and ends you’ve acquired and never got around to using – we might be able to help!

We usually have a range of our own equipment available for teaching and demonstration, so if you have been wondering if you really would get on with that tempting 300mm lens this might be a chance to find out – but we don’t loan out equipment.  Most of our tutors seem to be Nikon users too – just the way it is…

Courses assume you are a digital camera user, but we are very happy to accommodate film.  Richard still works extensively with film on some projects, and by request can demonstrate and advise on cameras up to large format 5×4.

Not all of our classrooms can be locked – for example the Kimmeridge room is watched over by local Dorset Wildlife Trust staff, but we cannot make the room totally secure.  We usually leave some of our own equipment there, but you may prefer to keep anything you don’t need to carry with you locked in a car when we go out.

Clothing

What can we say? Come suitably prepared for a day out on the coast in Dorset.  That usually means sensible shoes or boots, something wind and shower proof – and except in summer a pair of gloves and a hat stuffed up a corner of the camera bag might be a good idea. As might sun cream and hat.

Most workshops involve some walking, usually on the flat unless otherwise stated, and often come down to sea level – Kimmeridge for example has a mix of rock pool and black sand to cross at low tide, and usually a stretch of ankle deep seaweed…  See What to Bring for more suggestions.

Teaching

We provide a mix of taught sessions and hands-on, practical supported learning – hence the low tutor:student ratio.  Please tell us in advance, preferably when you book, of anything that might have a bearing on how you learn: that could be anything from a preference to learn by watching others, to a health or mobility issue that may limit how far you can walk.

We try to make it as enjoyable as possible….

Joining Instructions

We email out joining instructions with confirmation of location, ideas for parking and refreshments, a contact number for the course leader, weather and tide forecast, etc in the week before the course.  This may seem a little last minute but it does allow us to be more precise.  You will have the start and end times, and start location from the course details, and we are happy to give additional information earlier if we can – email us if this is the case.

Small print stuff

We expect you to take out insurance if you think necessary for yourself and equipment.

We will not accept responsibility for any hotel cancellations – but please tell us if you are staying locally.  It might influence any decision to postpone a course, or we may be able to help with transport from the hotel.

We have endeavoured to make sure that the contents of this website are correct at the time of going to print. However, we reserve the right to make changes to details should it become be necessary.

Occasionally we receive requests about bringing dogs on our outdoors workshops.  We like dogs, but some of the locations we visit have restrictions, so please – no dogs.

Credit Card payments are made through PayPal – we do not see or retain any details.  If you choose to pay using the PayPal service, payment data will be stored by them in accordance with their policies.

We endeavour to make our website – and our courses – accessible to all. Please let us know if you find this not to be the case.

We will not share your details with any other organisation, and promise not to bombard you with emails….