Preparation

There are just a few things you should do to make the most of your tour:

  • Email your guide in advance to let him know what your photographic skill-level is, and what goals you have for the course.
  • At the same time, mention what kind of camera you have, including brand and model number.
  • You can also let your guide know what kind of tour you want. Then he can plan the best route and have ideas in mind for bad-weather alternatives.
  • If you will use public transport during your tour, purchase your tickets beforehand to allow more time for the tour & photography instruction. All-day tickets (such as the Partner-Tageskarte) are recommended for more than 2 trips by public transport; one “Partner” group ticket is valid for up to 5 people.
  • Prepay for your group’s tour, preferably using Paypal. At the time of the tour, your guide can only accept cash payment in Euros. If you want to pay cash when your tour begins, please have exact change on hand; we lose valuable tour-time if the group must find a cash machine.

Optional, if you have time:

  • Bring any photo accessories you may have that you’d like to learn about, such as a tripod or mini-tripod, filter, or special lens (in the case of a D-SLR).
  • Check if the following settings are adjustable on your camera: exposure compensation, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and flash control (on/off). Even if you don’t know what these do, it will save time if you know where the controls / menus are to adjust them on your camera.
  • If you are a hacker and have a Canon pocket camera, see if the Canon Hack Development Kit (CHDK) is available for your camera. It does not modify the firmware and just loads from the SD card. This will give you lots more adjustable settings!