Maine Coast Photography Workshop
May 18th - 24th, 2021
Biennial Workshop; Next one held in October 2023
Instructor: Andy Cook
Join us as we photograph many iconic scenes along the Maine Coast and lessor know locations. We'll focus on shooting lighthouse, coastal scenes, quaint buildings, harbors and more.

This workshop is geared for the intermediate to advanced photographer. Each participant is assisted at their level. We focus on helping participants create the most appealing compositions of each location we visit. We also delve into extensive discussions on equipment, exposure, metering, filters, post processing and personal tips. This is a workshop environment, Andy is present to aid in the field and teach his techniques for landscape photography. If you are an advanced photographer he is happy to help or stay out of the way. 1st Run / Exploratory Workshop
Andy will be photographing during this workshop.
Maximum number of participants is 8.

Itinerary Outline

Participants should check in with Andy on Tuesday, (May 18th, 2021) in the hotel breakfast room at 5:00 PM for introductions, meeting and discussion.

Lodging Location:
Microtel Inn and Suites York, 6 Market Place Drive, York, ME 03909. Phone: 207-363-0800
Check-in Tuesday, May 18th, 2021; Check-out Wednesday, May 19th, 2021.

Relocate to Scarborough
Lodging Location:
Comfort Inn & Suites 329 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME, 04074. Phone: (207) 883-2700
Check-in Wednesday, May 19, 2021; Check-out Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Relocate to Brunswick
Lodging Location:
Comfort Inn 199 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011. Phone: 207-729-1129.
Check-in Thursday, May 20, 2021; Check-out Friday, May 21, 2021.

Relocate to Rockland
Lodging Location:
Rockland Harbor Hotel, 520 Main Street, Rockland ME 04841. Phone: 207-594-2131
Check-in Friday, May 21, 2021; Check-out Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Relocate by ferry to Monhegan Island
Lodging Location:
TBD when closer, potential options are Monhegan House 207-594-7983; this hotel may not be open in which case we will rent a couple of houses. Participants need to be open to sharing a house with other participants. On this island restaurants may not yet be open in that case participants will need to bring food to the island for meals. This island is small and does not have vehicles; one must be able to walk and carry belongings. One should consider bringing a smaller piece of luggage to use while on the Island. Andy will bring a duffel bag for use on the island and leave the remaining luggage in the car on the mainland.
Check-in - Saturday, May 22, 2021; Check-out - Monday, May 24, 2021.

Relocate to Camden
Lodging Location:
Lord Camden Inn, 24 Main Street, Camden, ME 04841. Phone: 207-236-4325
Check-in Monday, May 24, 2021; Check-out Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

The workshop ends after shooting on Monday evening.

LODGING: We think it is convenient for participants to stay in the same hotels as the instructor. Participants need to contact hotels directly and reserve their rooms.

Generally, participants can expect to be at a shooting location for the start of civil twilight and we'll stay at that location through sunrise. We will provide breakfast snacks and water for the early mornings. Most days we will go to breakfast after the morning shoot and then relocate to a new hotel, having a GPS unit in your car will make this simpler. Post processing assistance during this workshop is very limited due to frequent relocations. We will be at a shooting location each evening. We have dinner in a restaurant scheduled for most days before shooting sunset. Some evening meals may be a picnic in the field.

COST:  $1,690.00 Repeat discounts and referral credits may also be applied. (Max. 8 participants)

Deposit Amount: $300.00 due at time of registration. This deposit becomes non refundable 90 days in advance of the workshop.

Full Payment of the workshop is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as canceled, please review our cancellation policy on the registration page.

During this workshop some shooting locations will be just beyond the parking lot, some will involve rock scrambling and a few will involve hiking around an island and some elevation gain. The hiking may deemed vigorous activity or light activity based upon one's condition. Trail hiking surfaces and those beyond the parking lot are generally uneven, hiking boots are recommended. One doesn't have to be in tip-top shape, but a participant's enjoyment will be enhanced by good health and preparation. Please consult with your doctor before attending our workshop.

Be prepared for sudden changes in weather. Be aware that mornings and evenings can be very chilly. Layered clothing is required to adapt to fluctuating temperatures. Often we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. Sunrise is approximately 5:00 AM, sunset is approximately 8:00 P.M.

More Information

TRANSPORTATION: Most people flying to Maine for this workshop will find flying into Portland, ME, or Manchester, NH to be the best choice, others will find Boston to be adequate.

Driving time from Portland, ME to York, ME is 1 hour.
Driving time from Camden, ME to Portland, ME is 2 hours.

Driving time from Manchester, NH to York, ME is 1 hr 15 min.
Driving time from Camden, ME to Manchester, NH is 3 hours 15 min.

Driving Conditions: Driving conditions will consist of mainly paved roads. When possible we prefer that participants car pool with each other to help limit our impact and get to know each other. A standard rental car will be sufficient.

Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend using a polarizing filter with many photographs on this workshop. Andy combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to teach participants his field and post processing techniques for doing so (requires a cable release with some cameras). To receive post processing assistance please bring your laptop with Photoshop installed.

A lens range from 18mm to 400mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended. However, we think participants should bring their entire range of lenses. To blur wave action into a mist, bring a 6-stop (1.8 filter) or higher neutral density filter, this filter can be the screw on type. Andy carries both a 6-stop (1.8) and a 10-stop (3.0) in his bag.  Note: Andy highly recommend this filter when shooting coastal scenes. It allows one to create compelling, longer exposure photographs. If bringing this filter, also bring a cable release. Note: Many variable ND filters have issues with banding and differential darkening, Andy does not recommend using variable ND filters. Bring lots of memory, 64 to 128 gig if downloading and formatting cards for reuse. 32 to 64 gig per day if not formatting and reusing cards.

One should shoot with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from standing height without cranking up a center post, to very close to the ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments from the legs to the center post; i.e. the legs move independently. Please use a cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid camera shake. Unless the camera has a built-in level, we recommend having a 2 axis flash shoe bubble level for this workshop, it is the easiest way to make sure photos are level; the ocean looks level. Please buy these at a reputable dealer; they run about $35.00.

The Fine Print

We do not guarantee the weather. Workshop fee does not include transportation, lodging or meals. We usually go out as a group to a restaurant for late breakfast and dinner, due to weekend holiday crowd we may break into smaller groups for some meals. Locations visited may vary year to year. Maximum number of participants is 8. We require an acknowledgment of risks be signed before going into the field. We will send the acknowledgment of risks upon registration, please return it at the start of the workshop. In the event Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. (RMRPI) cancels a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances such as inability to obtain permits, instructor injury, death... Then, RMRPI will refund fees collected by RMRPI for the affected workshop. In the event of a natural disaster, government closure or other happening of this nature that causes a workshop to be canceled, RMRPI may be unable to refund workshop fees. If this happens then funds collected by RMRPI will be applied as credit toward a future workshop of the participant's choosing. RMRPI will not be held responsible for other expenses (airline tickets, hotel deposits, rental car...) that may be associated with any canceled workshop.

GPS for car

Spare Camera Batteries
Camera's Manual
Lots of Memory
Extra Shoes and Socks
Rain Gear
Hiking Boots
Warm Clothes

To be as prepared as possible for this workshop, please review the 2 videos, 7 lessons and 10 workshop handouts found at the link below:

Below please find the PDF handouts recommended for this workshop. One needs to print or download to a digital device these documents before the workshop from the link above.

For this workshop we recommend that participants:

*Print: Blank Workshop Locations Visited.

*Print or download to field digital device: CFDER Field Reminder (This is useful to those new to our workshops and/or trying to develop a useful field workflow.)

*Print or download to field digital device: Steps to Capture Panorama Photographs

*Print or download to field digital device: Hyperfocal chart for camera’s LMF. (Unless you already have a depth-of-field app on your smart phone.)

*Print or download to digital device: Andy’s Camera Settings (Only if unsure about what the camera’s settings should be.)

*Print or download to digital device: Tripod Tips and Techniques (Only if one is new to tripod use or are considering a tripod purchase.)


Series of video lessons teaching post processing for Landscape and Nature Photographers. Excellent for beginners and intermediate users of Adobe Photoshop.


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