Who are you guys?
Muench Workshops was founded on the friendship and common love of photography shared by Marc Muench, Andy Williams, and David Rosenthal. We are passionate about photography and teaching and along with our pros we bring many decades of experience in shooting, printing, publishing, instructing and travel. We are really proud of the depth of experience we have. Drop us a note, we’d love to hear from you, and we answer every email we receive.
Photo Workshop vs. Photo Tour
We lead photo workshops—not photo tours, and there's a big difference! Expect to be immersed in photography every day with both group and individual instruction, and trust us: you can sleep in at home! Our workshops provide instruction and inspiration for composition, camera use, post-processing, and more. Many of our customers are repeats, some have been with us on over two dozen workshops! If you'd like to ever speak with some of them, just give us a shout, and we'll arrange a phone call.
Are you a real business?
Indeed we are. We're incorporated in the State of California, as Muench Workshops, LLC. Our address is 5483 Toltec Drive, Santa Barbara, California. We always carry proper permits and insurance, and have the right field safety certification for our workshops. Our leaders are current with first aid, and Andy is a Wilderness First Responder. We routinely handle large amounts of money and we've never disappointed a client, something we are very proud of. Our phone number is 917-854-8118.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
We do offer refunds, with limitations. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information. We strongly suggest that you obtain some travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances that require you to cancel your participation in a Muench Workshop.
What about Travel Medical, Evacuation, and Trip Insurance?
Trip Insurance typically covers you when you have to cancel a trip due to an illness or injury, or sometimes even work-related reasons, or family medical reasons. Coverages can include reimbursement for money paid to airlines, Muench Workshops, and other travel providers. It's your choice to purchase this insurance, or not.
Travel Medical Insurance covers you for medical treatment, hospitalization, doctor's visits and more, in countries where your home-based medical insurance will not cover you. We strongly urge you to obtain this insurance for any workshop that is outside of your home country, because your existing medical insurance will not cover you. You will be surprised at how little it can cost for lots of coverage. This coverage is a requirement for some workshops, and we will note that on the workshop website.
Medical Evacuation Insurance covers your medical evacuation from a remote region of the world to the nearest hospital for medical treatment. Some policies will even medically evacuate you to your home hospital, as well. This type of insurance is an absolute requirement for some of our more remote workshops, and we will specifically state this requirement on the website page, where appropriate.
For all of these types of insurance, we recommend Ripcord, from Redpoint Resolutions. One reason for this recommendation is that we work with Ripcord in advance of our workshops, so that they have specific plans in place, in the event that a medical evacuation is required.
To learn more about these types of insurances, check out our blog post.
Can I bring along a friend or my spouse on a workshop?
The quality of our workshops is very important to us, and in order to maintain that, we try to keep the workshops as focused as they are fun. This means that we don't open up the workshops to sightseers. Our workshops are for folks who are serious about learning. That being said, there are some workshops that spouses or friends or significant others are more than welcome on - just ask us!
What's included in the workshop?
All of the information you need for any specific Workshop should be on the sign-up page, and you are always welcome to contact us if you have more questions. For most workshops, all transportation, lodging and meals are included. Also, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
How many guests are on your workshops?
It depends on the workshop. A typical workshop is 8 guests with 2 leaders. A very few are larger (for example, Galapagos, Antarctica, and Svalbard). And some are much smaller (examples are Redwoods, Death Valley, Mongolia, and some Africa safaris are only 5, 6 or 7 guests).
What About Lunch?
We have learned over the years that lunch can eat into either valuable photography time or valuable rest time. What this means is that on some days lunch might mean sandwich on the road, or maybe just a granola bar, energy bar, some fruit, and other snacks. If there are convenient and quick lunch options available we will, of course, take advantage of them. And don't worry, you'll be well-fed on our workshops.
What should I bring to the workshop?
We will give specifics for each workshop, but in general, see our What To Bring page.
What are the basics I should know about my camera before the workshop?
Knowing your camera is important - here are the things you should be comfortable with. Don't worry, if you need extra help we'll be there for you!
What are your payment options?
We accept credit cards via 100% secure transactions through Stripe, personal checks, and bank wires.
What happens if the weather is bad?
We don't claim to have any control over the weather, but we'll do our best to ensure that you have a great time, no matter the conditions. Bad weather often brings great shooting opportunities, and we feel there's always something to shoot! Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more information.
Is my personal information secure?
We promise never to sell or rent or giveaway your email address or other information we have of yours. We will never, ever spam you - we do send a newsletter, typically monthly, which we hope you'll love but you can always opt out from. We never have access to your credit card information, and our cart transactions are 100% secure and safe.