Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for a workshop?
What will I learn during the workshop?
What is the normal schedule during a workshop?
Do you require a specific skill level for workshop participation?
Do I need a specific type of camera or equipment for the workshops?
Do you limit the size of the workshop?
Who will teach the workshop?
Does Lorne give lectures during his workshops?
Does Lorne shoot during the workshop?
What are the workshop fees? What is and is not included?
There are several photography workshops and photo tours out there, how do I choose?
What materials will I receive when I register for a workshop?
What will my fellow participants be like?
Can I contact Lorne if I have any questions about a workshop?
Can I bring a non-photographer (spouse, friend, etc.,) on a trip for free?
What happens in the event a workshop is cancelled or I want to cancel?
Does Lorne publish "how to" books or videos on his workshop teachings?
Can I get individual instruction?
Is there a minimum age requirement take part in a workshop?
Will I need a car during the workshop?
What are the health considerations for the workshops?
How do I register for a workshop? (Back to top)
There are several ways you can reserve a spot on a workshop. To register online, simply go to the workshop schedulepage, select a workshop, click the register button and proceed to check out via a secure online page, or download theregistration form and fax it to 323-933-8733. You may also contact Lorne directly by phone (323-876-6999) or email. Please keep in mind Lorne's workshop schedule when contacting him directly, by checking his workshop schedule page. If he is in town and does not answer your phone call or email immediately, he will usually return it within one business day.
Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis, so register as soon as possible to secure your spot, as Lorne runs a limited number of workshops each year. Each is limited to 12 participants and will fill up quickly. If you intend to book for a group of more than two people, please contact us before making payment to ensure that there are still enough spaces left open. A 20% deposit or full payment and completed registration form (either online or by mail) will reserve a place for you on a workshop. Workshop/trip fees are quoted in US dollars and must be paid in US dollars only. Payments may be made by credit card, PayPal, eCheck, Instant Transfer, check or bank draft made out to Lorne Resnick or by bank wire (our banking details are in the invoice you will receive after making a booking). Full payment is due no later than 120 days prior to departure date for trips outside the USA and no later than 60 days before the workshop start date for trips within the USA.
Please see the terms and conditions for complete payment, cancellation and refund details. You can contact Lorne prior to or after registration with any questions.
What will I learn during the workshop? (Back to top)
Lorne holds his workshops in some of the most beautiful places on earth - from the raw beauty of Death Valley to the surreal magic of Africa. There, he helps people uncover and sharpen their personal vision to create emotionally impactful images. Audiences, whether they are publishers, gallery owners, photo contest judges, or your friends and family, are not truly interested in seeing another sunset or elephant image. What is truly desirable, is an image that expresses a strong point of view, a particular vision. Lorne helps you discover and/or refine your own unique style. Rather than impose one visual aesthetic on you, he'll encourage you to explore whatever interests you. Then he'll help you take your skills to the next level. Of course, along the way Lorne will discuss all the indispensable topics that go along with photography these days; from smart digital workflow to creating flawless prints to marketing to selling limited edition prints to publishing books. You can see a full description of what Lorne teaches here.
What is the normal schedule during a workshop? (Back to top)
Lots and lots of shooting. And after that, more shooting. Usually, there is a sunrise/morning shoot and a late afternoon/sunset shoot that are pre-scheduled at specific locations. Midday is normally spent reviewing images and in discussion. Usually in places like Africa, India, Vietnam, Antarctica, etc., we would spend most if not all of the day on location shooting and do image reviews after the sun goes down - and sometimes not even then, as there are lots of great night photography opportunities available.
Do you require a specific skill level for workshop participation? (Back to top)
No. Lorne's travel photography workshops are for anyone who wants to take their vision and skill set and move them up several levels. Everything is geared towards creating great images and personal tutoring is geared to your specific needs. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner (you will not feel like you are in over your head) or a pro (you will not be bored). Whether you want to make money with your camera or not, you'll get what you need from the workshop. The workshops are not classroom lectures; they are travel and shooting experiences. However...you do need to have a basic understanding of how your own camera works. With the hundreds of different cameras available, Lorne cannot know how to operate each model. The last thing you want is to be sitting in the middle of Africa, see a great moment happen in that astonishing light, and be stuck fumbling with your camera controls and miss it. There are usually local community college courses that can bring you up to speed on the basics. Lorne also offer private workshops - you can find the details here. If you'd like more suggestions, give Lorne a call.
Do I need a specific type of camera or equipment for the workshops? (Back to top)
To get the most from the workshop, you'll need an interchangeable lens camera that has control over exposure, and be familiar with its basic controls and settings. If you have a selection of lenses you should bring as many as you are comfortable with (or as are allowable, if travelling by air). You can rent almost any piece of equipment you can think of (big long lenses for the African wildlife included) for your trip and have them delivered directly to you through places such as borrowlenses.com. You will receive a 5% discount from borrowlenses.com, on any equipment rented, when clicking the borrowlens link above.
If you like, when you sign up for any of Lorne's workshops, he will give you a complimentary consultation on what equipment to bring to the workshop. Lorne is a big believer in shooting digital and if you've been hesitating, give Lorne a call and he'll help you make the transition.
Do you limit the size of the workshop? (Back to top)
Always. Generally the workshops will contain between 8 and 12 people. There will never be more than 12 participants on a workshop/trip. At this size there is enough time for Lorne to address everyone's needs. Also, with 12 or so like-minded people gathered in amazing places doing what they love to do, often creates a great synergy and everyone learns from everyone else.
Who will teach the workshop? (Back to top)
Lorne's workshops are not run through a photography school or travel/tour company. Lorne is a full-time working pro and teaches all the workshops himself - that's why there are very few held each year. On a rare occasions Lorne will team up with another notable photographer who will co-lead the workshop. If this is the case it will be indicated as such on the workshop/trip description page, when the workshop is announced.
Does Lorne give lectures during his workshops? (Back to top)
Generally not. The downside of most lectures is that (especially with a small groups) there are often significant periods of time spent addressing topics that have little or no direct interest to you or anyone in the group. Workshop discussions usually happen organically, based on what the group is most interested in. Lots of time is available to answer individual questions and often time someone will ask a question that you didn’t even know was important to you until you heard it posed. Lorne can also show personal images and talk about the process that went into creating them.
Does Lorne shoot during the workshop? (Back to top)
The difference between a travel guide and a photographer is that a travel guide can take you to amazing places and not be compelled to shoot. Lorne is not a travel guide. Lorne will always put your needs and questions first. However, he will be shooting and having fun right alongside you. Discovering and refining personal vision and voice is an integral part of each workshop and having Lorne shoot with you is a great way to compare and discuss experiences and techniques used to create different images.
What are the workshop fees? What is and is not included? (Back to top)
The cost for each workshop and what is and is not included are listed on the individual workshop description pages. Gohere for this years workshops. Click on the workshop you are interested in and you will see a complete description.
There are several photography workshops and photo tours out there, how do I choose? (Back to top)
Given the choice, if you want to learn to create consistently compelling images, why would you take a workshop with someone whose images you didn't really like? So, here are a couple tips on how to find a workshop that you will enjoy...
1) Look for an actual working pro, one whose work you really like and admire and who seems like they can communicate how to consistently create compelling images.
2) When going on trips outside the USA, look at how the photographer is arranging the trips and which travel company he is in partnership with. This decision will make or break your enjoyment of the trip as well as potentially impact your ability to be in the best locations to take those great images.
What materials will I receive when I register for a workshop? (Back to top)
Participants will receive several emails before the workshop/trip starts. Please make sure you add Lorne's email address, firstname.lastname@example.org to your spam or white list to ensure you receive all emails from us. After registration you will receive an email with confirmation that your spot has been reserved, workshop details, and confirmation of your payment (or details on how to make your payment). Detailed itineraries, including driving directions to workshops in the USA, are available on each workshop description page. You will also receive a checklist of things to bring, but you can start on Lorne's preparation page here.
-For trips outside the USA you will also receive pre-departure information on your specific location that includes airline and route recommendations, arrival procedures, visa and entry requirements, what to bring (clothing and photo gear recommendations), applicable health advisories and considerations, a reading list, and information on safety, money, tipping, satellite and cell phone use, electrical needs, language, culture, shopping, gifts and travel annoyances (insects, bumpy roads, heat, cold, etc.)
What will my fellow participants be like? (Back to top)
The workshop groups have proved to be an enthusiastic and friendly collection of people, from professional working people to retired people with a passion for photography who are happy to share their experiences and knowledge. Many new friendships are forged during a workshop.
Can I contact Lorne if I have any questions about a workshop? (Back to top)
Yes, you can ask any questions you like before registering for the workshop. Many people do call before they register. Please call 323-876-6999 or email Lorne directly. If you don’t reach him immediately, he may be on location at a commercial shoot out or town teaching a workshop. If he is out of town, it could be a couple of weeks before you hear back from him. If not, it will usually be the next business day. If it's more than a couple of days, don't wait to register, as the workshops tend to sell out fast.
Can I bring a non-photographer (spouse, friend, etc.,) on a trip for free? (Back to top)
Our groups are limited in size and small and we cannot accommodate non-paying participants. Non-photographers are most welcome on workshops, however everyone must pay the workshop fee. Part of the benefit of being on a photographic workshop/trip is that Lorne pays close attention to getting to the best places, period. So even if you are not a photographer, you'll have plenty to enjoy, with or without a camera. For trips outside the USA, Lorne has partnered with some of the best Travel Adventure companies in the world. So, if you decided to not get up for a sunrise with the rest of the photographers and spend some time at the camp, hotel or ship, you will definitely not be roughing it. So anyone - wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend or significant other - who wishes to come along, although not a photographer, is counted as a participant and as such, must pay his/her own way.
What happens in the event a workshop is cancelled or I want to cancel? (Back to top)
You can see the cancellation and refund policies in the terms & conditions.
Does Lorne publish "how to" books or videos on his workshop teachings? (Back to top)
Although Lorne was recently interviewed for the section on Travel Photography for the book, How to Make Money with your Digital Camera, the above question can best be answered by paraphrasing the book title: “You can’t learn to ride a bike in a seminar”. Lorne’s workshops are geared towards enhancing personal vision and creativity. By definition it’s impossible to find any books or seminars on one’s own individual vision and photographic voice. For example there are lots of books on boxing, but being in the ring with a coach, who is teaching to your particular style, puts you leagues ahead of the game and can teach you many things you would never learn from a book. Having said all that, Lorne is a big believer in books and videos and considers them invaluable. He uses them frequently to brush up on techniques and will provide you with a resource list after the workshop on sources of books and websites that he has vetted and found worthwhile. BUT, the important thing is this: What do you consider the most important thing in your photography? People want, buy and value, vision and voice above all else. While it's important to be technically adept, people don’t buy your prints or publish a book of your photography because you know how to process digital images or calibrate your monitor. They buy your prints and fawn over your work because you have defined, refined and distinguished your photographic voice.
Can I get individual instruction? (Back to top)
If you want one-on-one help or instruction, Lorne will be happy to meet you at your convenience. Details are available on the custom workshop page here or simply call Lorne to arrange a time and place.
Is there a minimum age requirement take part in a workshop? (Back to top)
Will I need a car during the workshop? (Back to top)
For workshop/trips outside the USA - the answer is no, everything is taken care of for you. For workshops in the USA - yes. We do not provide transportation during the workshops as it would add $100-$150 minimum to the workshop fee for each participant. In addition, some national parks require commercial drivers licenses and/or separate permits to operate as a tour operator. Lorne is not a tour operator or travel company (but he hires the best, when needed). If you desire, your name will be shared with other workshop participants for the purpose of car pooling and/or room sharing, to cut down on costs - usually a very good idea.
What are the health considerations for the workshops? (Back to top)
All of Lorne’s trips are within the capabilities of people in good health. Some trips require the capability of hiking over uneven trails, stepping from a small boat to a wave-washed rocky beach, flying in small planes and helicopters, and occasionally hiking at high elevations—all while carrying an assortment of camera equipment. If you have concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness as it relates to a trip, please call Lorne before reserving a space.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance, even if I already have normal health insurance? (Back to top)
Travel insurance is not included in the workshop/trip cost. You are not required to have insurance for workshops inside the USA. However, all participants for workshop/trips outside the USA are required to have Emergency Evacuation-Repatriation insurance (minimum of $50,000 per person). You will need to send us proof of that insurance, prior to departure date. This is usually a minor cost (typically less than a few hundred dollars) and is designed to give you peace of mind when you invest in travel and embark on your trip.
We also highly recommend a plan that offers coverage for medical and dental emergencies, missed connections, lost luggage and trip cancellation, which would cover you if you lose pre-paid, non-refundable trip deposits and payments because of cancellation or trip interruption. Typically, these services and expenses are not fully covered by your credit card company, homeowner's policy, and/or medical insurance. You may purchase insurance from any insurance company that offers travel insurance that is valid in the country you are traveling to. The companies I recommend and find the easiest to purchase insurance from online are: Travel Insured and Allianz Travel Insurance. You should purchase your insurance immediately after registering for the trip.
Please contact us should you have any questions about insurance.