This weekend I was shooting in Long Canyon (Burr Trail, near Boulder, Utah) and happened on a photography workshop lead by Jack Dykinga. I chatted with a few of the participants when we ended up in the same location. Most were large-format shooters from the East, and quite sociable (actually, the most surley of the bunch were all shooting 35mm; coincidence, I'm sure).
What puzzled me, and I never had the chance to ask, was what all did they get as a participant? I mean, if it's just a reson to go somewhere spectacular and shoot, they can read one of the many books or newsletters or web guides and just go. That philosophy cost me one weekend, $8.00 in camping fees, $20 in food, and about $20 in gas.
If you've done a workshop, I'd be very interested in knowing what else you get for your money, and what you liked most about the experience.
This weekend (4/5/6 October) I assisted on my first photography workshop. It was based in the UK and concentrated on the use of Large Format cameras (with an emphasis on landscape and architecture). The weekend was a great success. There was a mixed bunch of participants, from advanced users to complete newcomers who did not own a LF camera. I feel that they not only got first rate advice, tuition and great locations but also the opportunity to share knowledge and advice in a laid back approach. Participants got to discuss technique, equipment all with great humour from the hosts! I'm sure I speak for all when I say that workshops are worth trying - you will get something out of it - as photographers, we learn something every time we take a picture.