Maine Coast Photography Workshop
Including Acadia National Park
Join us as we photograph many iconic scenes along the Maine Coast and in Acadia National Park. We'll focus on shooting lighthouses, quaint harbors and scenic coastal settings.
Southern Maine Lighthouses: October 5th - 8th, 2017
Participants should check in with Andy on Thursday, (Oct. 5th, 2017) in the hotel lobby/breakfast room at 3:00 P.M. We'll have introductions, a brief discussion and then leave for our first shooting location.
First Lodging Location: Microtel Inn & Suites, 6 Market Place Drive, York, ME 03909. 207-363-0800
Check-in Thursday, Oct. 5th, 2017; Check-out Friday, Oct. 6th, 2017.
Comfort Inn & Suites, 329 US Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074. 207-883-2700
Check-in Friday, Oct. 6th, 2017; Check-out Saturday, Oct. 7th, 2017.
Hampton Inn, 140 Commercial Street, Bath, ME 207-386-1310
Check-in Saturday, Oct. 7th, 2017; Check-out Sunday, Oct. 8th, 2018.
The emphasis of part one will be to shoot both a morning and evening at three scenic lighthouses on the southern coast of Maine. Part one of the workshop ends after shooting on the morning of the 8th. Each day we will be relocating to a new hotel, having a GPS unit in your car will make this process simpler. Assistance with post processing is not a part of this workshop.
Acadia National Park/Mount Desert Island: October 8th - 12th, 2017
Participants should check in with Andy on Sunday, (Oct. 8th, 2017) in front of the hotel lobby at 2:30 P.M. We'll have quick introductions, a very brief discussion and then leave for our first shooting location.
Cromwell Harbor Motel, 359 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Reservations only 800-544-3201, info 207-288-3201
Check-in Sunday, Oct. 8th, 2017; Check-out Thursday, Oct. 12th, 2017.
The emphasis of part two will be to shoot a lighthouse, rocky coastal scenes, a lake, streams, quaint buildings, harbors, carriage roads and bridges. The workshop ends after shooting on Thursday morning. A lot of time is spent shooting in the field on this workshop, we may have some midday time to aid with post processing but post processing is not emphasized on this workshop.
LODGING: We think it is convenient for participants to stay in the same hotels as the instructor, but it is not necessary. There are many nearby hotels in each location we visit, so please select a hotel that makes you feel comfortable. Participants need to contact hotels directly and reserve their rooms upon registering for the workshop.
During this workshop many shooting locations will be just beyond the parking lot, many will involve rock scrambling and a few during part 2 will involve carriage road hiking 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. Our longest trail is less than 1 mile each way. 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 possible temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather. Be aware that mornings can be very chilly. Often we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. We plan to arrive at our morning location each day around 6:00 A.M. Sunset is approximately 6:00 P.M.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend using a polarizing filter with many photographs on this workshop. Andy now combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to teach participants his field and post processing techniques (part 2) 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.
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.)
Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Acadia National Park.
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