Billy Currie Photography
FAQ's

Why should I book my course with Billy Currie Photography?
My courses are very relaxed, fun and provide as much photography tuition as you can possibly absorb. I don't use fixed start/stop times but prefer to maximise your learning experience by working in the best possible conditions even if this means very early starts and late nights. Up to the minute weather forecasts, extensive location knowledge and lots of advanced planning also ensures we never miss any opportunity for some beautiful images. By combining my enthusiasm, extensive photography knowledge and IT background with small groups in beautiful locations will leave you in no doubt you made the right decision and is also the reason many people keep coming back over and over again. Still not sure, check out my feedback from previous students on the testimonials page.

Do I need a digital SLR to take part in a course?
Absolutely not, many people attend the courses with a wide variety of non dslr cameras. The basic functions of any camera are the same and when it comes to composition or processing your images, the type of camera used is not a factor.

What other equipment would I need?
Camera and tripod of some sort are essential although I can provide a tripod by prior arrangement if this is an issue. Any other photographic equipment you have may prove useful and well worth bringing along. This can include such things as other lenses, remote release, filters, instruction manuals, flashes, etc.

How much experience do I need?
None at all, you can be a complete beginner taking your first steps into the photography world or a talented photographer just tagging along for the locations, the courses are tailored to exceed the demands of all levels.

How many students are on each course?
My aim is to deliver the best possible training, comfort, experience and value for money which is why I limit my courses to a maximum of three. By doing this I can ensure everyone's expectations are exceeded regardless of previous experience.

Do you discount multiple bookings?
Yes, if more than one place is booked, a 10% discount will be applied to the second booking

Do you offer discounts for repeat bookings?
Yes, not only do we offer 10% discount on repeat bookings but we also inform all previous students about late availability opportunities at vastly reduced prices.

Will I need to share a bedroom?
Absolutely not, on all residential courses whether in a hotel or house, every student will have their own bedroom.

Can I bring my partner?
Yes, on most residential courses, non photography partners can be accommodated for a small additional charge which covers double room upgrade, etc. Non photography partners do not take part in any of the tuition.

How strenuous are your holidays, courses and workshops?
As we cater for people of all ages and fitness levels our locations have been extensively researched to ensure we have access to the most beautiful scenery with the least amount of effort.

What should I wear?
For ultimate comfort you should wear outdoor clothing suitable for the time of year and landscape we will be visiting, footwear should be walking boots/gaiters plus wellies if you have them. I can supply gaiters is required.

Where will we stay?
Depending on location and time of year residential courses can either be in a good quality hotel surrounded by beautiful scenery or in a privately rented holiday home near to our destination. All overnight accommodation is based on an individual room basis and the hotel bookings often include breakfast.

What's involved in a typical day?
I don't use fixed schedules as this constantly changes depending on time of year and weather. We will however maximise the best light and use regular met office forecasts to ensure we don't miss any opportunities. Bad weather and poor light conditions also give us time for our post processing workshops.

What happens if the weather is bad?
Most bad weather conditions make beautiful photographs but if it gets too bad, on our residential workshops we will return to our base and work on our processing skills as well as various other theory topics.

Do we do any post processing?
Yes, on all courses I offer(apart from one) there is a post processing element as I believe this is crucial in digital photography. A potentially stunning image will always be a potentially stunning image unless you have the post processing skills to turn it into a stunning image. I provide all state of the art computing equipment loaded with the latest versions of Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop. I also include a bespoke workbook to ensure you can reproduce the techniques once you get home.

Is computing equipment supplied?
Yes, all computing equipment is supplied but feel free to being along your own if you prefer. When on residential courses we use state of the art laptops for each student and whilst in the classroom each student will have their own workstation and computer. All computing equipment is loaded with the latest versions of Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop.

What should I expect?
A fun, relaxed, sociable learning experience set amongst some of the most beautiful scenery Scotland and the UK has to offer.

I am interested in a specific course, is it available?
All courses are available unless otherwise stated. Courses showing "limited availability" have less than three places left.

Do you do custom courses?
Yes, these are very popular and can usually be arranged for any dates out with those advertised for existing courses. Many people book custom courses to take advantage of one-to-one tuition, customize locations and training or simply to arrange a course for dates more suited to the student.

How do I book a course?
To book a course simply complete the basic details on the booking form and I will respond and supply you with a booking form usually within 24 hours.

How do I pay for a course?
On booking a course you will be sent a booking form which should be returned with a 10% deposit, full payment is required no less than eight weeks from the course start date. We accept all major payment methods including bank transfer, paypal, credit/debit card, cheque, etc