Frequently Asked Questions


Who should attend?
Each course is directed towards a specific level of photographer (Green for Introductory, Purple for Intermediate and Red for Advanced) as detailed in the course information.


What is a typical course like?
Evening courses consist of weekly or bi-weekly classes, with most classes starting with a homework review which is followed by a presentation on the week's topics. Most classes spend about 50% of the class on each part, permitting lots of time to learn from other students.

Many classes include optional field trips, which consists of a 2 hour hands-on photographic outing. Field trips are usually located within central Halifax, but occasionally are further out in the HRM. Transportation is not provided. For the Photo 101 course, the course fee includes one field trip, but students may opt to attend additional field trips (if scheduled) for an additional fee.


If I have to miss a class, can I arrange a make-up session?
If you expect to miss a class, please notify the Eric Boutilier-Brown ASAP. At the very least, digital notes will be provided, but if possible, a make-up class may be scheduled for a $30+HST fee.


What equipment do I need to bring to my class?
For most courses, no equipment is needed for the first class. Intermediate and Advanced classes often ask for students to bring samples of their photography to the first class, as described in the course description.


How many people will be in a class?
Each courses or workshop has a minimum enrollment of 4 students, with a maximum number of students ranging from 6 to 10, depending on the course or workshop.


Payment Required:
Once a weekend or evening course or workshop has reached minimum enrollment, a non-refundable $50 deposit is required to hold your registration. Payment in full is due by the start of the class or workshop.


Courses may be subject to changes in schedule or cancellation with a full refund due to insufficient enrollment.

Course Prerequisites:
Some courses have a minimum skill level required, and may have prerequisites or equivalents necessary for enrollment. Please check the online course information for full details.


Insufficient Enrollment:
If a course or workshop has insufficient enrollment one week (7 days) before commencement, it will be canceled, and registered students will be notified. In this event, all fees are refunded or may be transferred to another workshop.

All efforts will be made to facilitate poor weather locations for field trips. If a field trip cannot proceed due to weather, it will be rescheduled to the nearest possible date, and students will be notified of the new date. Students may opt to take the rescheduled field trip or fees may be applied to another scheduled field trip. Refunds will NOT be offered on account of weather.


Evening class cancellations due to weather will be posted on the first page of this website by noon of the day of the class. No direct notification of weather cancellation of classes will be made.

Instructor Illness:
In the event of instructor illness, notification will be made to students directly via e-mail. All efforts will be made by Eric Boutilier-Brown Photography to find replacement instructors prior to cancellation of a workshop.

Refund Policy:

There are no refunds for course deposits or fees due to student withdrawal, unless the course has been cancelled (see above).


Waiver of Liability
YOUR PAYMENT FOR ANY WORKSHOP WITH ERIC BOUTILIER-BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY CONSTITUTES FULL AGREEMENT TO THE FOLLOWING WAIVER OF LIABILITY, AND IS AS BINDING AS YOUR SIGNATURE. This agreement is a prerequisite and condition to participating in any workshops with Eric Boutilier-Brown Photography. Eric Boutilier-Brown Photography, workshop staff or Instructors, shall have no responsibility or liability for personal safety, welfare and health to any participant or loss or damage to any participant's property, or for personal injury or damage to the property of any other person resulting from the participant's involvement in the Workshop, and may not be held liable for injury or loss of any kind while attending their course. Eric Boutilier-Brown Photography shall have no responsibility for the acts, errors or omissions of instructors, staff, or other providers of services to participants in the course of the Workshops.