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Frequently asked questions

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What type of camera do I need?

For digital-based photography courses, we strongly recommend a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) with the option to change your aperture and shutter speed for shooting manually.  A DSLR is a digital camera in which the same lens is used for viewing and taking pictures.  A good way to tell that you have a DSLR is if the camera has a removable front lens.  Some popular DSLR examples include can be found here.

In some workshops, like the Field Guide series, you can get by with a camera with a built-in lens (like the Lumix DMC-LX, Fuji x10 and Canon G lines) so long as you can control all manual functions on the camera, such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance.  If you have any questions about the suitability of your particular camera, feel free to contact us.

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Do you give a discount if I recruit friends to take a course?

Yes!  If you register for the same class with one or more of your friends, you'll automatically receive 25% off when you check out in our shopping cart.  Once your order is finalized, you'll receive an e-mail follow-up where you can update the information on your friends to complete the registration.

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Can I rent a camera?

Camera rentals can be useful in situations when you have a specific assigment, or want to demo a model before you buy, for a day, a weekend, or even a week or two.  Beyond that time, it often makes more sense to buy new or used gear, as the rental cost can easily accumulate.  We don't recommend renting a camera for our 4 or 8-week programs.

However, if you're new to photography, and you are in the market to buy a potentially expensive new DSLR, renting for a day or weekend makes a lot of sense.  Some rental houses, like K&M, Adorama and FotoCare offer discounted weekend rates, perfect for our One-Day Field Guides, which are designed to pack as much practical information into a single six-hour session as possible, as well as an experienced guide who can answer all your camera-related questions before you pull the trigger on a big investment.

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Where should I purchase a DSLR camera?

It seems overwhelming choosing one device with all that is out there, and choosing between the different brands seems to be the hardest battle.  In the DSLR market, Canon and Nikon are currently the industry leaders, with Pentax, Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm and Konica just behind them. It really just boils down to your personal preference.

In New York, try visiting the professional stores B&H PhotoVideo (420 9th Ave at w33rd st), Adorama (42 w18th st bet 5th and 6th), Calumet (22 W 22nd St, between 5th and Broadway) and K&M Camera (387 Broadway bet Walker and White).  Online shops and retailers like the above, as well as other resources like DPReview and Amazon's customer reviews, can be very helpful in selecting the right camera for you. 

Another idea is to rent a camera for a day or the weekend, and bring it to one of our One-Day Workshops—really put it through its paces. You'll quickly figure out not only whether the camera is right for you, but what you are looking for in a camera.

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What is your policy on transfers, cancellations and refunds?

 

TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SESSION

Because space is limited and classes often fill up, students cancelling class last minute may prevent other students from signing up for that session.  For this reason, we require that students who need to reschedule their registration within 72 hours prior to the class scheduled start time will be required to provide a 25% re-registration fee* to transfer to another session.   

We are here to guide you through class selection to make sure you benefit from our courses, so feel free to contact us for any questions regarding class selection, registration issues, or if you need to transfer to a different session. 

CANCELLATIONS

While we encourage you to make every effort to attend your registered class, we understand if your situation changes unexpectedly.  Unfortunately, the same situation applies with our limited capacity.  Therefore, students who need to cancel their registration for whatever reason within 72 hours prior to class scheduled start time will be also be assessed a 25% cancellation fee* from any refund requested.

NO-CALL NO-SHOWS

We really appreciate when people let us know they can't make a class, even if it's last minute.   In some cases there may be a student on the waiting list that we can offer that seat to. No-shows are rather unhelpful for this cause, and so we charge a 50% fee* to transfer or refund a registration in the situation of a no-call no-show.   

 

* of the original list price

 

Also, please note:

— Gift certificates are non-refundable

— Credits, promotional discounts, or any special arrangements will be one time per student.

— BKC reserves the right to change instructors if needed without prior notice.

Course Cancellation by BKC

— If fewer than 4 people are enrolled in a class BKC may opt to cancel the session and offer students a refund of the amount paid or a credit towards another session of thier choice.

— If a class is canceled because of unusual conditions or illness of an instructor, BKC will contact students as soon as possible to notify them of this change, and will schedule a make up session as soon as possible.  Please make sure your contact information is accurate!

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What if a class becomes full?

If a course becomes full we will gladly add you to our waiting list.  We would squeeze you in if we had available space and chairs, in the mean time we will notify you if a spot opens up.

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Can I borrow or share a camera with a friend?

Definitely, as long as you are OK with sharing and taking turns to do your assignments with one camera.  This may become more difficult in 8 week workshops, but for a one- or two-day class like our Field Guides and Crash Courses, you'll be fine.

Q

Where can I get my photos printed?

There are several quality places to get prints done.  In New York:

AdoramaPix:  Affordable, good quality-to-price ration.  Online upload and order available.  Does get busy during holidays.  Closes early Friday and all day Saturday 42 West 18th Street  New York, NY 10011  (212) 741-0052

Printspace:  Chromira c-prints are of very good quality, can be affordable if you submit according to their specs.  Prints up to 30x40in. Good for larger prints that won't cost an arm+leg.   151 West 19th Street  New York, NY 10011  (212) 255-1919 ext. 8

Beth Schiffer:  Polleitrronica and Lightjet c-prints.  Excellent quality up to 50x120in.  Nice people.  385 Broadway, New York  (212) 966-3800

Some other places you can try include online mail-order print houses.  They generally do a great job for the money, although you may want to order a couple small test prints first before running a big batch.  Some places we recommend:

BayPhoto.com

White House Custom Color

EZ Prints

 

Q

I have a Living Social voucher. Do I have to take the class before the voucher expires?

Nope.  You only have to register by the date of expiration.  We generally have classes scheduled around 3 months in advance, so you'll most likely be able to find a class that is open that will fit your schedule.  

We periodically do deals with Living Social, Groupon and other daily deal sites, and we find many students who purchase the deal tend to sign up for classes at the beginning and end of the deal period.   So those classes tend to fill up pretty quickly, FYI.

If you've got a voucher and all available classes on our schedule are full or don't meet your schedule requirements, just drop us a line and we'll put your registration on hold until a class becomes available.

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How do I sign up with a voucher code?

If you have a voucher code or gift certificate, just select the class you want and click "SIGN UP", which will take you to your shopping cart.   In the cart, where it says "APPLY COUPON", enter your voucher code and hit "GO".  Your credit will automatically be applied.

To register for classes with multiple voucher codes, it's best to sign up for each class individually and go through the payment portal one at a time.  For example, with a Living Social Field Guide deal, your code will be worth the full price of the any Field Guide, or $120.  You won't need to provide your credit card number, as no payment will be necessary.  Enter your contact details and complete your registration as normal and then move on to the next session and code.

You can, if you wish, opt to use the value of the voucher for other classes.  For example, if you purchased a deal worth $120, you could apply that value to two 3-hour workshops, or one of our 8-week classes.  Any leftover credit can be used later for future classes.