I've been looking into the Tiffen workshops more and more lately and have been considering enrolling. How much operating experience do most people usually have while enrolled in these? I ask because I'm relatively inexperienced with Steadicams and I wouldn't want to enroll being WAY too beginner for the course.
Also, are the Tiffen workshops for operators who already know their way around the equipment well?
No such thing as being "too beginner" for a workshop unless it requires proof of prior experience. The Tiffen workshops are mostly for beginners, though i'm sure working operators have taken them as well. Go ahead and sign up for any workshop that will take you, never too early to learn
As Brian has stated about being "too beginner" All of the Tiffen workshops have students of all different skill sets .There have been 1st AC (wanting to up skill),directors (wanting to understand the process),Grips(wanting to become op/steadicam) so there is quite a mixed bag of students that attend workshops .
Being a good camera operator /knowing what a good frame is always a good start .
Tiffen as you would have read offer several different levels of workshops its up to you to make the choice and get along .All of them are great fun and you meet some other ops from around the world .
I find it interesting that out of the thousands of posts and hundreds of threads, this comment above is censored, merely because I warned someone to make up their own mind before someone else (named above) lashes out because of the OP not choosing his (named above) path in life, career, and/or equipment choices. Truth and honesty are hard for some to accept but when all is said and done, there it remains.
Purchase the book. It's a fantastic read, and you'll have a solid primer when going into the workshop. Then, after the workshop, read it again. And again. And again. Speaking of which, where'd I leave my copy?