FAQ's

FAQ's including information about booking a holiday.

If your question isn't answered in the following FAQ's, please get in touch using the details on the 'Contact us' page.

How do I book a photography holiday?
  • To secure your place on a photography holiday, please pay the deposit* online via the ‘buy now’ button on the relevant holiday destination page.
  • If you have been offered a discount, please enter the PROMO CODE in the appropriate field on the Booking Form. The discount will be applied to the balance not the deposit. The full deposit stated is payable at the time of booking.
  • To book a photography holiday, please complete the online booking form.

* N.B. Please read our Terms and Conditions before you make a booking as the deposit is non-refundable.

How and when do I pay the balance for my holiday?
You are welcome to pay in full for your photography holiday at the time of booking or at any other time before the holiday - otherwise we will request the remaining balance 12 weeks before the start of the photography holiday. This can be paid by bank transfer or as a PayPal payment**

** Credit card payments are only available as a PayPal payment. This means you will have to pay additional transaction charges. Please be advised that the transaction charges are 3.65% of the total payment. If you would like to pay by credit card, please get in touch and we will let you know our payment account details and the total balance payable including the transaction charge.

What is included in the price of a photography holiday?
Our photography holidays have been put together to give you a unique, once in a lifetime, holiday experience. Please refer the photography holiday page for what is included, but here are some general inclusions which apply to all of our holidays unless stated otherwise .

General Inclusions for photography holidays:
Accommodation: Single occupancy hotel* accommodation in either a single, twin or double room. Rooms will be allocated at check in on a first come, first served basis. (*unless specified otherwise on the holiday page)

Breakfast (unless otherwise stated)

Transport to all locations in one vehicle (unless stated otherwise) for the duration of the holiday.

How long does a photography holiday last?
This depends on the location and will be stated on each photography holiday information page.

How many people will there be on a photography holiday?
Photography Holidays: There will be a maximum of 10 photographers plus 2 Tripods at Dawn photographers.

Who are your photography holidays for?
Tripods at Dawn photography holidays are for anyone with a love of photography. This is not a tuition based holiday so you will need to be familiar with your camera and happy taking photographs. Our photographers will happily offer guidance and advice on shooting techniques and compositions but are not there to offer individuals intensive one-to-one tuition. If you love the great outdoors and photography then we would love you to join us. As our holidays are to spectacular locations and include some additional sight seeing trips, non photographer partners may enjoy these locations also. Please be advised that the main focus of the holiday is photography so partners will need to be happy waiting, often for several hours, at one location as we compose our masterpieces!

I'm worried I won't know anybody?
Please don't worry. It's amazing how quickly everyone makes friends when they share a common interest in photography.

How fit do I need to be?
All photography holidays have a fitness rating. Currently only easy and moderate levels of fitness are required for our holidays. Some of the locations we will visit, will require walks of around 30-60 minutes, it may be necessary to climb over a style or walk up a moderately steep hill at some point. We recommend that you wear sturdy walking footwear as we often have to walk over uneven, rocky or slippery ground.

I’m not a morning person; do I have to get up for dawn?
No, you don’t have to, but the clarity of light is so beautiful at dawn that it would be a shame for you to miss out.

What equipment do I need to bring?
It is essential that you bring a camera that you are familiar with using. If you intend to photograph in low light (dawn & dusk) or photograph the Northern Lights then a tripod and cable release are essential.

Photography kit that would be useful:
A wide angle lens is ideal but please bring any other lenses you wish to use such as a telephoto to pick up landscapes from a distance or a macro lens for close up work.
Cable Release
Neutral density graduated filters
Polarising filter
Lots of film or memory cards
Head torch
Camera manual

What clothes do I need to wear?
Please dress for the changeable outdoor weather. Layers are the best option as it can get very chilly waiting for the light especially at sunrise and sunset but also get very warm walking to the locations. Clothing should include outdoor/walking trousers, windproof /waterproof jacket, walking boots, hat, gloves. It is a good idea to bring some spare footwear (which you can leave at the hotel) in case you get wet, muddy or drenched in the sea (It happens more often that you’d think!).

Do I need to get insurance?
We recommend that you secure holiday and camera insurance prior to the workshop. Your household insurance may already cover you for this. Please note section 10 of our terms & conditions. Please use your common sense when photographing by the water, walking over slippery rocks and along cliff top and canyon areas and please do not leave your camera unattended on a tripod as it could be swept away by the sea or blown over (we have seen both of these happen!!).

We also recommend that travel insurance is taken for any trip. In the unlikely event that minimum numbers are not achieved to make the trip viable this will cover you for cancellation of any flights you may have booked.

Travel and photographic insurance are your responsibility.

N.B. Please read our Terms and Conditions before you make a booking as the deposit is non-refundable.