UncoveringPA Photography Workshop FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the Pennsylvania Photography Workshops offered by Jim Cheney of UncoveringPA. We have put together this page to answer some frequently asked questions that people have about our tours. If you need more information, feel free to use the contact form at the bottom of the page or email Jim@UncoveringPA.com.

What happens after I sign up?

After paying for a workshop, we will email you a short form requesting a bit more information about you, your skill level, equipment, and contact information. Please return this form promptly as it will help us structure the workshop.

If you do not receive this email within 48 hours of signing up for your workshop, please contact me at Jim@UncoveringPA.com. 

Within 10 days of the workshop date, we will email you our full contact information, along with further instructions such as where to meet. If you need other assistance, such as parking information, recommended hotels, etc, feel free to ask at any time.

What skill levels are your workshops recommended for?

Our workshops are geared to beginner and intermediate level photographers. However, those with more knowledge are welcome to join on any of our tours. We will give you as much space as you want, though at some sites you may need to stay near the group. Signing up gives you a chance to learn a bit about the history of an area, photograph with a group after dark, and/or access a place that is closed to the general public.

What kind of equipment should I have?

Most participants have a DSLR or mirrorless camera. However, just about anything can work, though some of the information we provide may not apply to some smartphones and point-and-shoots.

We strongly recommend a sturdy tripod for our workshops as most occur at times or places with low-light. You may be able to get away without one, but it will greatly limit the type of shots you can take.

If you have a neutral density or polarizing filter, those can greatly help in some shooting situations. Most workshops include at least a primer on recommended filters, and we can usually provide at least some instruction during the workshop if you need help.

What is the maximum group size?

Generally, groups will be capped at 8 photographers, though we may make exceptions from time to time. On occasion, we also may bring in a second instructor, which may increase the size of the workshop.

Will I have to sign a waiver?

All attendees will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop beginning. Refusal to sign a waiver will result in a forfeiture of money paid in accordance with the cancellation policy below.

If children are allowed at the workshop, a waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian for anyone under the age of 18.

What is your cancellation policy?

Workshops are fully refundable if cancelled more than 60 days before the workshop. If cancelled between 59 and 30 days before the workshop, you will receive 50% of your money back. If you cancel more than 30 days before your workshop, you may opt instead to transfer 100% of your paid price as credit towards another scheduled workshop that has space.

If you cancel less than 30 days before the workshop, no refund will be offered.

At any time, you may also give or sell (for your purchase price or less) your spot in the workshop. If you do this, there will be no transfer fees. However, you must notify us via email prior to the start of the workshop with the name and contact information of the person taking your spot.

Note that some individual workshops may have different cancellation policies. Any cancellation information written on the workshop pages supersedes what’s written here.

Do you cancel workshops?

We strive to never cancel a workshop. However, from time to time dangerous weather, changes in site accessibility, sickness, etc. may force cancellations, even at the last minute. In the event of a cancellation, we will do our best to provide a make-up date.

You may transfer your payment to the make-up date, select another workshop, or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for any other expenses incurred such as, but not limited to, accommodation, transportation, etc.

Do your workshops have a minimum number of participants?

All workshops have a minimum number of participants in order for it to be held. The number varies based on the workshop. We will notify you at least 10 days prior to the workshop date if we must cancel due to not meeting our minimums. You may transfer your payment to another workshop or receive a 100% refund. We are not responsible for any other expenses incurred such as, but not limited to, accommodation, transportation, etc.

If you want to inquire about the minimum participant numbers prior to purchasing space, feel free to use the contact form at the bottom of the page or email me at Jim@UncoveringPA.com.

Can I bring a model or props with me?

Generally speaking models and large props are not allowed on our workshops. Small props may be allowed if they don’t interfere with the other attendees and won’t have a lasting effect on the workshop site. Decisions on small props will be made on a case-by-case basis. The decision of the instructor or site administrator is final and is subject to change as the workshop progresses.

If bringing a specific prop is of importance to you, please contact us prior to booking a space.

Are workshops handicapped accessible?

Some are and some aren’t. Some historic structures aren’t. However, many tours can be made accessible for those with needs. Please contact us prior to booking a space to discuss any needs you may have so that we can work together to provide a great workshop for you.

Any workshops that involve a reasonable amount of walking will list the approximate distance covered during the workshop.

Are your workshops kid-friendly?

Some are and some aren’t. Each workshop page will list the minimum age that is allowed to attend. All participants planning to take photos must buy a ticket, regardless of age. If they are allowed, children 16 and under do not need a ticket as long as they aren’t shooting during the workshop. If you are planning on bringing children and not purchasing a ticket for them, please notify us when you fill out the workshop questionnaire. A waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian for every child on the workshop.

As a parent myself, I know that even the best behaved children have bad days. If a child is disruptive to the group, we may ask you to step away until the child is no longer disruptive or to leave the workshop entirely. No refunds will be provided and decisions of the instructor or site administrator in this regard are final.

If children are allowed on the workshop, only those 16 or older will be allowed to attend without a parent or guardian present. However, they must have a waiver signed by their parent/guardian prior to the start of the workshop.

If you have any further questions, please fill out the form below, and I’ll get back to you soon.