Covid-19 safety protocols will be strictly followed in all workshops going forward. First of all, I want prospective workshop participants to know that your instructor is vaccinated, will receive a booster as soon as it’s available, and will mask whenever in close proximity to a participant.
But there are additional steps I am taking:
- Current workshop offerings are outdoor field workshops only, which are by definition formatted very differently than my classroom and studio workshops.
All workshops are limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
- Participants will be “naturally” socially distanced. Doing so on these workshops is actually very easy. My Field Workshop format is such that participants gather frequently during the day in a wide circle for “outdoor classroom” content. These gatherings – even prior to the pandemic – seldom saw people gather within 6’ of each other, and I’ll be asking people to remain farther apart than that. After each of these discussion/learning sessions, participants disburse in the general area we’re working, and will shoot their own images of subjects that interest them. Again, prior to the pandemic, participants were generally dozens or sometimes even hundreds of fee apart as they sought out and photographed specific subjects that interested them. The workshop day alternates between these “outdoor classroom” gatherings to discuss and learn about specific aspects of photography, then disbursing to employ it in our shooting. Content of each gathering builds on the prior ones.
- As participants shoot, I’ll circulate among them individually to guide, coach, and assist, but will generally remain at 6’+ distance. If a participant wants or needs help that requires me to be closer than 6’, I’ll mask and will ask the participant to also do so.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the workshop day
- Alcohol wipes will be available for participants to wipe down their camera equipment if – and as often as – they wish.
- During past field workshops, we gathered at the end of the day – sometimes in the field viewing camera LCDs, sometimes at a restaurant or coffee shop with laptops, to compare images and discuss favorites from the day. This year, we will instead meet via a Zoom meeting the next afternoon to do this. I’m planning 90 minutes for these next-day follow-up image sharing sessions.