"Composition & Storytelling" Frequently Asked Questions

July 15, 2019


Q: I'm a beginner, is this workshop a good fit for me?

A: Absolutely! This class is great for both beginners and for pros who desire more consistency, stronger compositions, and more emotional or visual depth in their images! 

*Having an understanding of manual mode (fully controlling your ISO, shutter speed & aperture) would be very helpful, but it isn't 100% necessary.

Q. I've been doing photography for a bit now, how do I know if this workshop is a good fit for me?

A. Before accepting you as a student I'll look at your photos and we'll have a conversation about your experience level.  I want every class to benefit every student. If I believe that your skills set is beyond the class I'm teaching, I'll tell you to skip it! 

Q: Should I bring a camera?

A: Yes, this is a hands on workshop!

Q: How should I prepare my camera?

A: You should have your battery fully charged, with a back up battery and charger on hand, if possible. Please bring a memory card or two, with LOTS of space to take pictures. If you have more than one lens for your camera, you may want to bring those, as well.

Q: Do I need to bring anything else?

A: Yes, if you have a laptop or device that you can download your images to, that would be great as well, however it's not required.

Q: What should I wear?

A: Feel free to dress casually and comfortably.  Rain boots are recommended. 

Q. Will the class times be lecture-style or more participation based?

A. Both!  The workshop will have short videos in our private Facebook group, plus our in-person class on July 15th, that's a mix of a presentation & practice time.  This is a multi-layered, hands-on workshop that gives the information lots of opportunities to sink in and stick! 

Q. Will we be learning about props and styling?  

A. Not much.  The topic will come up a tiny bit, but the bulk of that info is  covered in another workshop, called "Styled Session Strategies".  This workshop covers the universal elements that are go into creating compelling images.  For example- we'll talk about light- it's quality, how the direction effects portraits, the way a flash, reflector or natural sunlight effects an image, etc...  We'll talk about composition- how to balance the elements., leading lines, centered vs off centered, etc... We'll talk about colors, which ones stand out, how to combine them to create more visual interest, how they are effected by light, etc...  There are many elements that we will cover.  And when all of this knowledge is brought together, the results are stronger and more artistic photos!

Q. Will there be models and will we be posing?

No, that's also another workshop, called "Communication and Posing".  Photography is a craft that has many, many components that weave together to create amazing images.  In order to not overwhelm students, the content has been broken up into manageable classes so that we can go deep each time we meet, vs glossing over the highlights in a short amount of time.  

Q. How many people will be attending?

A. This class will be kept small and intimate. We will have no more than 10 attendees.

Q. I'm coming alone. Should I be nervous?

A. It's perfectly normal to be nervous in a new situation, but this class will be full of welcoming warmth. Kim loves people, thrives on connection and is intentionally creating an atmosphere of inclusion. No nerves needed.

Q. Do you offer refunds if I sign up but can't make it?

A. No, we're sorry, refunds are not available, however, you may sell or give your spot to another attendee so that they might attend in your place. The seats are transferable.

Q. Is food included?

A. Hospitality is one of my love languages.  Drinks and snacks will be provided!

Please let me know if you have any other questions!

I'm looking forward to another great time of knowledge-sharing and growth for our photo-loving community!

Warmly, Kim Winey aka Miss Kimmi


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