In Light of Nature Photography, LLC.

Terms and Conditions
for
Workshops, Tours, and Lectures

December 13, 2017

General

Workshops and Tours

Our goal is for you to be safe, comfortable, and satisfied on the photography workshop or tour you take with In Light of Nature.  Please communicate with us any questions or concerns you have.

Our photography workshops and tours vary in length, location, season, and physical difficulty.  Please read the full workshop/tour description before registering.  If you have any questions please ask us — we are here to help and to make your workshop fun, safe, and enjoyable.

In particular, it is important for you to read the workshop description so you fully understand the physical exertion level, the range of weather conditions to expect, and required equipment the workshop.  Please also read the Rules of Behavior for In Light of Nature Workshops.

In submitting your deposit for each workshop/tour you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions.

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.

The workshop/tour leader may interview potential participants before the workshop/tour to assess whether the potential participant would be well suited for the particular workshop/tour.  Consideration of physical ability, experience in outdoor activities, and the ability to work well as a team member in challenging outdoor environments are required to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the entire workshop/tour group.

We want you to have an enjoyable experience, so let’s get on the same page early on — please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Payment

In order to reserve a spot for you in any of our workshops, we need to receive the required deposit of 1/2 the total workshop fee from you.  Your full payment for a workshop/tour is due 60 days prior to the workshop start date unless stated otherwise.  If your full payment is not received by us 60 days before the workshop starts, we reserve the right to cancel your registration and offer it to the next person on our waiting list for that workshop.

In Light of Nature Photography accepts Visa and Mastercard credit cards.

In Light of Nature Photography will confirm receipt of your payment within 48 hours of your booking.

Workshop and Tour Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made up to 60 days prior to the start date of the workshop you reserved a spot in qualify for a full refund minus an administration fee of 20% of the total workshop fee.
  • Cancellations made less than 60 days prior to the start date of the workshop are not eligible for a refund unless we are able to fill your spot.  In these situations a refund will be made, less a 20%  of the total workshop cost as an administration fee if, and when, we have successfully completed a new participant’s registration for the workshop/tour you are canceling your participation in.

We will not give any refunds for weather or acts of God, or any reasons that are beyond our control and cause delay or cancellation before your arrival, or during any scheduled In Light of Nature Photography workshop or tour.  In Light of Nature Photography is not responsible for any additional costs that may be incurred by you for weather or acts of God, or any reasons beyond our control.

We have the right to cancel any In Light of Nature Photography workshop or tour up to 45 days prior to the start date of the workshop or tour.  If this does occur you will be refunded for all payments made to In Light of Nature Photography for the workshop/tour that is being canceled.  Please note that In Light of Nature Photography will not be responsible for any other expenses, including travel expenses, flights, medical, lodging, car rentals, equipment rentals, or any other additional costs that you may have incurred.

We suggest that you consider obtaining travel insurance to cover any losses you may incur under circumstances beyond our control.

We reserve the right to cancel any In Light of Nature Photography workshops/tours due to lack of enough participants up to 60 days prior to the workshop date.  Although some of our workshops and tours are very small with just 2-3 participants, other workshops and tours have a required minimum attendance.  We will list the minimum and maximum attendance in the workshop or tour descriptions.

Please ask us if you have any questions or concerns

If you are unclear about any of our Terms and Conditions, please ask us.

We aim to accommodate you and provide the best photography experience for you.  If you have any special needs in consideration of registering for a workshop or tour, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions about In Light of Nature Photography Workshops and Tours

What is included in your workshops?

Since each In Light of Nature Photography workshop varies it is important to carefully read the workshop description and understand what is included and what is not included.  Generally, transportation, lodging, meals, gasoline, and entry fees to parks, refuges, wildlife management areas, pueblos, and private property are not included.  Please see the specifics for the particular workshop you are interested in — and ask questions.

What is the format of your workshops and tours?

In Light of Nature Photography workshops focus on photographic instruction in the field and classroom.  Not all workshops have classroom components to them.  Each workshop is different in this regard. The workshop syllabus will describe the format.

Tours focus less on instruction and more on showing participants amazing scenery and wildlife to photograph.  Some instruction is provided on tours, especially if questions from participants arise while out in the field.  Often the tour leader will also be taking some photographs on a tour.

Classroom sessions focus on photographic field technique and post-processing methods and recommendations.

What are the physical demands of In Light of Nature Photography workshops and tours?

Each workshop has different physical demands, ranging from little to no hiking all the way up to backcountry skiing and high-altitude travel.  The workshop description will clearly outline the expected physical activities and the recommended physical shape and skills needed.

Our workshops are offered in New Mexico, Colorado, Alaska, Utah, and California — in mountainous and cold environments.  It is important to read and understand the workshop description and ask us lots of questions so that you are prepared for the expected, and unexpected, conditions you may experience in the field.

How large are your workshops?

We like to keep our workshops small, with up to six students per guide, so that we can provide personalized attention to each participant, provide safer and less intrusive wilderness travels. Sometimes we have larger workshops in which we utilize additional trip leaders and instructors.  Many of our workshops and tours have only a few participants.

  • “Ride-along” guests are not allowed in our workshops.
  • Guests and friends who are not registered are not allowed in our workshops.
  • All photographers that attend our workshops must be registered with In Light of Nature.

Other considerations

In Light of Nature Photography focuses on nature photograph (i.e. wildlife and landscapes).  This requires that we venture out into the wild places.  Some workshops require both on-trail, and off-trail hiking, and uneven ground.  Some of the other workshops are based close to your vehicle and require very little walking.  Please carefully read the workshop description for what to expect, and please contact us with any questions you might have.

The majority of our field workshops require you to bring:

  • A comfortable and sturdy pack to carry your photography gear and tripod,
  • Comfortable hiking boots, preferably broken in to avoid blisters,
  • A head-lamp — preferably one that has a “red-light” mode for night vision,
  • Spare camera batteries, spare memory cards, remote (cable or wireless) timer/trigger, and cables needed for your camera(s),
  • Lens cleaning cloth and/or wipes, dust blower.
  • Hiking poles are recommended, especially if they help you on uneven surfaces and hiking in low-light conditions.
  • Warm hat, waterproof shell, gloves.

Rules of Behavior for In Light of Nature Workshops and Tours

On In Light of Nature Photography workshops and tours, it is important that we work together as a team.  Your safety and enjoyment are the most important thing to us — and to you!

While on an In Light of Nature workshop or tour you are required to follow these rules:

  1. Please stay with the group at all times!
  2. Please listen to, and follow the advice of the workshop leader or guide(s).   This is for your safety, the safety of others in the group, and minimizing the impact on wildlife and the environment.
  3. Smoking, alcohol consumption, and recreational drug use is strictly forbidden during In Light of Nature Photography workshops and tours, including your transportation to and from workshop locations.  Participants who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be removed from the workshop or tour.
  4. Please be respectful to the others in the workshop or tour.

    We offer photo workshops which are intended as a collaborative, teaching experience led by our instructor. Please be respectful to the others in the workshop or tour and do not offer unsolicited advice or opinions about technique to fellow workshop participants.We provide ample time for group discussion and engagement. Please refrain from excessive side-teaching, lecturing, grandstanding or “pontificating”. We charge extra for that type of workshop.

    We aim to give equal attention to our clients. Please consider if what you really want is a private workshop that focuses exclusively on your goals, and we can devote focused time to rapidly improving your technique and results.

    For photographic experts, help us calibrate the workshop and let us know in advance how we can help solve your advanced problems or push you to the next level. We want you to stay challenged and focused on your goals, and not those of your fellow attendees.

  5. Obey the rules of the public and private lands we visit, respect wildlife and the natural habitats we visit and be an ethical wildlife photographer.

Failure to follow these rules can lead to you being promptly removed from the workshop.  If you have an urge to do something “out of the ordinary”, or different from the group, then please ask your workshop leader first to see what is permissible.

Minimal impact and ethical wildlife photography is a core value of In Light of Nature Photography.

  • We teach how to utilize the natural behavior of wildlife in your photograph — versus disturbing wildlife
  • We will educate and require that all participants respect all wildlife
  • Locations of wildlife need to be treated with respect and we encourage photographers not to post specific location information on the internet.

The best images are ones that you associate a positive experience with, where integrity was an important factor in taking the photograph, and you leave knowing the wildlife was not harassed, and will not be put at risk in the future based on your communications regarding the photograph you took.

Revisions

September 3, 2017: separated terms and conditions from artwork purchases from workshops and tours.  delineated a bulleted list of rules for workshop participants.

Aug 27, 2016: added information on limited edition prints, added photos to the RHS margin.

Nov6, 2016: removed photos on RHS margin.

Dec 24, 2016: updated information on workshops/tours

Dec 13, 2017: Renamed “Terms and Conditions” to “Terms and Conditions for Workshop, Tours, and Lectures”