Marshall Point Light - Sept 24-25
2 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 workshop has been planned around the New Moon cycle to maximize the visibility of the Milky Way and other features of the night sky. This is a 2 day workshop where we will meet in the afternoon on September 24. We will spend 2-3 hours during our meet-and-greet discussing camera settings & other pre-shoot information and 4-5 hours photographing in the field that night. After getting some rest we will meet in the conference room of the Hampton Inn in Thomaston for a 4+ hour processing session the next afternoon. Total workshop time will be approximately 12 hours.
Home Base: For the third year in a row, our home base and the classroom instruction for this workshop will be held at the Hampton Inn in Thomaston where we have reserved a block of rooms. The Hampton also offers a discount for AAA members. To reserve your room, call 207-594-6644 and tell them you are with the Mike Taylor Photography Workshop. You are of course free to stay anywhere in the area.
Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine is one of our favorite spots to photograph the features of the night sky while incorporating an iconic lighthouse as a foreground element. The skies over the Atlantic Ocean in Port Clyde offer star gazers a chance to see what they may otherwise be missing. Some of the great aspects for shooting here include the long walkway out to the tower, the rocky outcropping & tidal pools at the base of the tower, and most importantly the fantastic "wagon wheel" feature coming from the lighthouse itself, caused by the astragals in the tower cap.
In The Field Shooting: In late September the Milky Way appears vertically in the sky shortly after sunset. We will be set up & shooting around sunset and through the night for 4-5 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, graduated & radial filters, etc. to the more advanced techniques involved in complex masking, layering, transforming and exposure blending. Mike will take time to help each participant with their images as we progress through class time. Check out our Processing page for examples.
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 4 participants.
Physical Requirements: The base of the lighthouse tower at Marshall Point is surrounded by uneven rocks, seaweed & tidal pools and can be slippery. Boots or shoes with decent tread are necessary. Anyone who has balance problems should contact us before signing up.
Investment: $599 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 any hesitation about signing up, check out the Testimonials page where clients have shared their experiences.
Payment: Use the Paypal buttons below to pay the full amount, a 50% deposit or the remaining balance.