How does Shoot Along work?

Shoot Along offers 52 weekly lessons. We break down concepts into manageable sections, giving you a chance to concentrate on just one skill at a time. Many of our members sign up year after year to keep their practicing skills. 

When does it start?

Registration for Shoot Along will start soon! After joining, you will get a confirmation of your subscription by email. A "Welcome" email with with your first lesson. Subsequent lessons will arrive every Monday.  

Who can participate in Shoot Along?

Anyone over the age of 13 with a DSLR camera may participate in the year long and 8-week courses. Since the objective is to capture your family, we do not recommend this program for people interested in still life, landscape, commercial or other genres of photography.

Do I have to post images in the private Facebook group?

No. participating in the private Facebook group is optional! Some parents find it very useful to post images and receive encouraging feedback from others who are learning about photography at the same time. The group is a friendly, non-competitive option for those who would like to use it. We do not guarantee that pictures posted to the Facebook group will receive constructive criticism from a moderator or from other members, but the more you participate the more likely you are to make connections and build a friendly camaraderie.

What kind of camera should I have?

The lessons are best followed with a DSLR, mirrorless, or creative-controlled camera and any lens. It is not necessary to purchase a new camera or any specific lens, flash or extra equipment.

I am new to photography. Will this be too advanced for me?

No. Lessons are designed for all levels. If you are new to photography you can learn and practice new concepts right away.

I am an experienced photographer. Will this be too easy for me?

No. Lessons are designed for all levels. If you are familiar with your camera, some of the weekly lessons will cover information you may know, so this is an opportunity to challenge yourself creatively. 

What is your refund policy?

We guarantee your satisfaction with our products and subscriptions.  There is a 15-day refund policy for all subscriptions and digital products. If you do not wish to continue with your subscription you may cancel for a full refund simply by sending us an email within 15 days of your purchase. The full terms and conditions may be found here.

Will you share business advice for professional photographers?

No. Shoot Along is not a forum for professional networking. The objective is to help parents take better pictures of their own families. If you are a professional photographer we absolutely welcome your participation with your personal imagery, but there will not be a component specifically geared toward active professionals. We discourage discussions about images that are created during client sessions.

Can I give a membership to a friend?

Yes! Shoot Along makes a great gift. Many people undertake the project with a friend, sister or teenage child. It’s wonderful to encourage each other throughout the year and see how your photography improves. Gift certificates will be available.

Do I have to buy Photoshop Elements 14 if I purchase a subscription to the editing videos?

We demonstrate editing on Photoshop Elements 14 because it has sophisticated tools but is not as expensive as the professional versions of Photoshop or Lightroom. Its a great piece of software to invest in if you are just getting started with editing. You may apply the ideas demonstrated in Photoshop Elements 14 to most other software programs. We recommend that if you plan to learn from the videos, you have Photoshop Elements running on your computer so that you may practice demonstrated editing techniques yourself. If you have a higher level of Photoshop running, that is also acceptable.