Typical Workshop

First, what you need to know is that a Corbell Photographic Workshop experience is anything but "typical".  You need to be prepared for an experience that some have described as life changing.  

You'll learn a lot about photography - and even a lot about yourself.  But right now you came to this page to learn more about our programs so let's see what we have to offer you. Our programs fall into three categories; Workshop, Retreat or Odyssey.

Workshop

Unless otherwise stated,

  • We begin at 6:00p.m. of the arrival day with a welcome reception.  It's hard to learn something with strangers, and folks that attend our workshops are friendly and always have a story to tell. 
  • Our days are a blend of classroom, one-on-one, demonstrations and in-field shooting.  The exact blend is dependent upon the location, subject matter, weather and other factors.  But know that we lean heavily on getting your eye behind the camera and shooting.   
  • The days will be long.  We will start early and go late.  Don't think that we shoot only at the "golden hours" and pack it in at high noon.  You'll learn to shoot under all conditions - including high noon and deep nights.  
  • On our last day, we will end the day with a special presentation in the evening that wraps up our time together.  We'll share images that you never thought you could create and toast to a remarkable experience.  
  • Most students will stay at the hotel after our farewell event and then check out the next day - excited to head home and share their portfolio of images with family and friends. 

Retreat

A retreat is a shorter program, usually over a weekend. 

  • The Retreat program is a blend of classroom, one-on-one, demonstrations and in-field shooting.  The exact blend is dependent upon the location, subject matter, weather and other factors.  But know that we lean heavily on getting your eye behind the camera and shooting.  
  • The days will be long.  We will start early and go late.  Don't think that we shoot only at the "golden hours" and pack it in at high noon.  You'll learn to shoot under all conditions - including high noon and deep nights.  
  • On our last day, we usually wrap up by noon, giving you plenty of time to check out and get on the road back home.  

Odyssey

The dictionary defines an "odyssey" as "a long and eventful or adventurous journey or experience." And a Photo Odyssey with us is just that. It's a program that is longer than the normal workshop and tends to be in a much more exotic location. Our most recent Odyssey program was sailing through the Greek Islands aboard a 25 cabin sail cruiser.

It's been described as a "Hybrid" workshop - one that combines the best features of an exotic tour and a photography workshop. Perfect to invite non-photographer spouses and friends because everyone has a great time.

Unlike the workshops or retreats, the Odyssey is usually a packaged program that may include your accommodations, transportation, tours and many other items. Because these are highly customized events, there is no typical start or end time or duration. 

You'll find that these events fall into the "Once-in-a-Lifetime" category.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have the right skills to attend?

Unless otherwise stated there is no prerequisite to any of the workshops.  Our students tend to be "photo enthusiasts" who work with a Digital SLR camera.  Our instruction leans toward manual use of the camera.

What equipment do I need?

As stated above most student have Digital SLR camera systems.  We don't like to suggest that you need to buy any new equipment for the workshop but there are items that we feel are essential for any enthusiast.  These include;

  • Sturdy tripod with ball head and quick release plate.
  • Lenses that give you wide to moderate focal lengths.  
  • Flash
  • Although not essential, a cord to get the flash off the camera is good to have.

Where should I stay?

For each workshop or retreat we designate a Host Hotel.  These hotels will usually reserve a block of rooms for us.  Because our workshops are small and very personal, we generally don't qualify for any special large group rates.  When you register for the workshop, you will get a confirmation package that includes the Host Hotel name, address and contact information.  

Contact the hotel and make your reservation as soon as possible.  Room blocks are usually released 90 days prior to the workshop.  Be sure to tell them you are will our group.  Once they block the rooms they don't show up in online reservation systems so you may see that the hotel is sold out while we still have space available. 

My spouse isn't a photographer, can I bring them?

First, know that non-photographer spouses are always welcome. The question comes down to whether or not you'll have time to share much of your travel experience with them.

Retreats are not designed to provide a lot of personal time and some are heavily weighted to classroom sessions. Your spouse may want to come and enjoy the locale but don't expect to have a lot of time to share with them.

Workshops do have a little more personal time and also may be in areas that are more conducive to your spouse traveling with you and sharing your experience. 

An Odyssey is a special event and one you'll definitely want to share with your spouse or even friends. They are designed to be for photographers and non-photographers alike.  

I'm bringing my spouse, what does it cost?

For Workshops and Retreats, there is not a fee for a non-photographer spouse. 

Generally, all participants in an Odyssey program pay the same rate.