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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Arrival & Departure Times For a Workshop?

We ask our guests to arrive after 3.30pm and before 4pm, the workshop starts at 4pm with refreshments and a Camera Surgery. Guests tend to leave after breakfast on the last day of the workshop, normally between 9.30 and 10am.

How Long Can I Stay?

You are welcome to stay with us for anything from four to six nights. 98% of our guests stay for six nights, commencing on Sunday afternoon and leaving after breakfast the following Saturday. For our four night option, people arrive on Sunday afternoon and stay until Thursday morning, going out with John on Monday and Wednesday.

When Is The Best Time To Come?

What colours do you like? They change all the time in the Lake District:

  • January – We are closed for some rare time off.
  • February – Possible snowy tops, cold, rusty hued fells, very clear air.
  • March – Snow drops and rust coloured fells.
  • April – Daffodils and first signs of Spring.
  • May – Bluebells, May tree blossom, lovely early morning shots and sunsets, fresh bracken begins to appear.
  • June – Fields of buttercups, lovely early morning shots and sunsets.
  • July – Very green and warm, lovely early morning shots and sunsets.
  • August - Very green and warm, early morning mists.
  • September – Purple fell tops from the heather.
  • October – Colours starting to change, lovely oranges – better later in month.
  • November – Colours changed, rust coloured fells, orange & red trees.
  • December – Closed.

What Is Included In The Price?

Our workshop prices include full board, comfortable en-suite accommodation, excursions, camera surgery, photographic coaching and tuition and an idyllic location. The only thing not included is alcohol, which is just charged as taken. There is no single occupancy surcharge.

Do You Take Animals - Especially Dogs?

We're afraid not, but there is a dog B&B at our local kennels or check out this website for a list of kennels in the Lake District.".

How Long Are The Walks?

The walks are generally no longer than four miles, sometimes much less, but taken at photographer's pace of under 1 mile per hour.

How Difficult Are The Walks?

We plan our walks on three main criteria, the fitness of our guests in any week, the weather and the season. We do not take people on the fells unless we feel they are capable and will be comfortable.

Do I Need Walking Boots?

All of the walks are done on footpaths, which can be uneven and therefore we always recommend walking boots for water resistance and to protect ankles.

What Days Do You Walk?

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The other days i.e. Tuesdays and Thursdays, are left to our guests' discretion, but we provide recommendations as to where to go for great photographs. The walking days can be changed should the weather be unsuitable for walking.

I Have A Strange Diet, Can I Be Catered For?

Deb will cater for the majority of diets; all food is home cooked and therefore can be modified accordingly. She is happy to provide dishes for vegetarians, coeliacs, diabetics, low fat diets and low cholesterol diets.

My Partner Is Not A Photographer – Can They Come Too?

Yes, we get a number of non-photographic partners; they are very welcome and are charged the same price as workshop participants. One thing to keep in mind...The workshops are very intensive and guests work with John until at least 10.30pm each evening, so it can be quite lonely for non photographic partners. There are no TVs in the rooms.

Do You Develop Films?

No, we are totally digitally based on customer demand and the prohibitive costs and time it takes to develop in preparation for viewing each night.

What About Digital?

We fully support digital photography at all our holiday workshops. We have digital download facilities, our lecture room is fully equipped and used nightly to project the images and provide constructive feedback.