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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP® & POST PROCESSING VIDEOS
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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