Here's some answers to your questions.
Organising a trip like this can be daunting, so let us do it all for you! To help you decide what you want to do, here's some things to consider.
- How fit do I need to be?
This is the most common question we get. During our most comprehensive workshops, we can walk up to 8km a day, but it's not strenuous.
The HeliHike on Fox Glacier does require a bit of body strength to carry yourself up over the ice, but the pace is generally slow.
- I only have a basic camera, will it do the job?
Most of the time it's not the camera that matters, but what's behind the camera! This is true to a point. For general landscapes, portraits and walkabouts, any camera that you can manually change the settings will work. Astrophotography on the other hand pushes your camera to the limits – this is where a full-frame camera will come out on top.
If you are unsure about the functionality of your camera, feel free to get in touch with us to discuss.
- How do I get to Fox Glacier?
If you are coming from out of town, the best way is to fly to Christchurch, then fly to Hokitika. There are some great deals on flights if you keep your eye out.
From Hokitika you can hire a car to drive down to Fox, but we recomend getting in touch with other students to share a ride. Mike will be driving from Nelson, so you could also grab a lift with him.
- What lenses do I need to bring?
A wide angle and a telephoto. For a crop sensor, 10mm to 24mm and up to 200mm will be adequate. For full-frame, 14mm to 35mm, and up to 200mm. There is so much to shoot, you will be using all your gear!
- Is it cold?
Of course this depends on the time of the year, but we do have days in the middle of winter where it will be 20º and you'll be wearing shorts and a singlet.
The rest of the time, you can expect it to be rather chilly. Up the mountain will range from -16º to 0º, and at ground level -5º to 10º in winter.
- Where will we be eating?
If we are off on an adventure then we recomend packing snacks and other food and drink. If we are back in Fox or Franz for breakfast/lunch/dinner, we often eat out at one of the many fantastic cafes or restaurants, but your accommodation also has cooking facilities if you’d prefer.
- Sounds like we won't be getting much sleep...
Well, we have to be on location to capture the shot! Sometimes this means very early mornings to capture a sunrise, and staying up very late to shoot astro. Generally we tend to catch up on sleep during the day, or night time if there's time.
Nevertheless, your safety and wellbeing is our top priority, and when we are driving, we need plenty of sleep. Sometimes this will mean that we need to head back even when one or two night owls are still having fun, but we prefer to stick together so that everyone gets back in one piece.
- What is Photoshop and Lightroom?
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are THE programs to edit your files in. Don't know these programs very well? Don't worry! We have over a decade of experience – although we don't know it all, we’re sure you will come away learning something valuable.
- Can we do our own thing once we are there?
By all means, if we are catching up on sleep or doing a bit of editing and you have a waterfall you want to go visit? Go for it! There will be free time and we advise you spend that time wisely.
But please bear in mind that we are looking after all of you, so if we set a time-table for the day, it’s helpful if we all stick to it.
- How do I pay?
Once you have sent your booking form to us, we will get in touch with a bank account to transfer your deposit to.
- Can I do a payment plan?
Yes! So long as your deposit is paid to hold your spot, you can pay the remainder of the fees off right up until 7 days before the workshop.
- What's the point, when I can just do this all myself?
Well, you certainly can! But you'll miss out on many things. To do all this yourself would cost a lot more. We have designed these workshops to best suit everyone's needs, and with the best local knowledge around we can provide activities for less than what the public will pay. Let alone the places we take you to, most people would never think to go.
Not only that, you will recieve top notch tuition and advise on how best to capture a scene, best times to go there and one on one editing tips from a Photoshop Master.
- Are there cats in Fox Glacier?
Of course! There are several friendly cats in the neighbourhood, however there aren't any up on the glacier.
Please remember to read all the Terms and Conditions of your workshop, the answer you are after might be found there. If you have any other questions not on this page, feel free to get in touch.