Acadia National Park - July 19-22
4 Day Workshop
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While no knowledge of night photography techniques is required for this workshop, please understand this is not a Photo 101 class - you should have a decent working knowledge of your camera gear and how the Exposure Triangle (aperture, shutter speed & ISO) works. Please contact us with any questions or concerns BEFORE signing up for this workshop. Thanks.
This is a 4 day astrophotography workshop in Acadia National Park. This workshop has been planned around the New Moon cycle to maximize the visibility of the features of the night sky. Acadia is well known for having some of the best dark skies remaining on the East Coast. This incredibly scenic region includes Sand Beach, Otter Cove, Otter Cliffs, Boulder Beach, Hunters Beach & Little Hunters Beach, Eagle Lake, Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain and more.
This is a comprehensive workshop with an emphasis on post-processing that will consist of 3 nights and 4 days - approximately 12 hours of in the field photography and over 15 hours of classroom tutorials & processing time. Check out our Processing page for some examples of what we will be covering in class.
July 19: Early evening - meet and greet, discuss camera settings and features of the night sky - in the field photography 9PM-2AM
July 20: Afternoon - 2-6PM classroom instruction & image processing - in the field photography 9PM-2AM
July 21: Afternoon - 2-6PM classroom instruction & image processing - in the field photography 9PM-2AM
July 22: Afternoon - 2-6PM classroom instruction & image processing
In The Field Shooting: We will be covering the entire skill set of shooting at night including the techniques involved in taking very long exposures for foregrounds to blend with sky shots and how to actively and statically use different lighting to light paint features in the dark. We will also be covering the process of shooting horizontal & vertical panoramas. In the middle of July the Milky Way appears vertically in the sky shortly after sunset. We will be set up & shooting around sunset and through the night for approximately 4 hours. Mike will take turns helping each participant with composition, lighting, troubleshooting, etc.
Classroom Instruction: Our classroom time will mainly consist of processing tutorials and techniques via Lightroom & Photoshop and some of our favorite plug-ins to create remarkable images. Bring your laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop installed to learn techniques for processing in the digital darkroom. We will cover Mike's entire digital darkroom workflow from RAW file to finished image - from the basics of adjusting highlights & shadows, white & black levels, contrast, clarity, noise reduction, color balance, sharpening, lens corrections, etc. to the more advanced techniques involved in complex masking, layering, transforming and exposure blending. We will also go through many detailed and progressive instructions regarding the capturing & processing of star trails, horizontal & vertical panoramas, exposure blending and time lapse. Mike will take time to help each participant with their images. Check out our Processing page for examples. The planning and scouting of night sky shoots, including the apps that are instrumental for reconnaissance, will be covered at length as well.
Home Base:Our home base for this workshop will be held at the Bar Harbor Grand hotel where we have arranged for a block of rooms. To reserve your room, please use their online Room Reservation tool and make sure to mention that you're with the Taylor Photography group in the "Special Request/Comments" section. If you prefer to call the hotel, their number is 207-288-5226 and they are available 8AM-3PM Monday-Friday during their winter hours. The hotel opens for the season at the end of March. You are of course free to stay anywhere in the Bar Harbor/Acadia area.
Lodging, transportation and meals are not included. We will be carpooling to the photography locations. For our classroom sessions we have reserved a conference room in a building located three blocks from the Bar Harbor Grand.
More specific information regarding meet up time & location and a PDF covering the essentials of night photography will be sent out to participants via email well before the workshop date. All participants will receive a hard copy of the PDF handout to go over during our meet-and-greet session.
Availability: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.
Physical Requirements: Boots or shoes with decent tread are necessary. Photography locations will be in areas with uneven terrain including sand, tree roots, rocks, seaweed & tidal pools but nothing that should bother anyone who is in decent shape. Anyone who has balance issues should contact us before signing up.
Investment: $1699 per participant. Alumni discount of 20% if you've taken a previous workshop with Taylor Photography. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to reserve a spot or you may pay in full. The full balance is due 60 days before the scheduled workshop date or your reservation will be subject to cancellation.
If you have a friend or significant other who would like to attend the workshop but not participate, they will still need to register as a participant by paying 50% of the investment amount and sign the required waiver & consent form before we head out into the field. It is important that we have an accurate headcount for each workshop.
If you have any hesitation about signing up, check out the Testimonials page where clients have shared their experiences.
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