Monument Cove

Acadia National Park - May 2-4, 2019

Night Sky • Acadia Session 1 - 3 Day Workshop

Please read our Mission Statement for info regarding Mike's teaching style.

Visit the GENERAL OVERVIEW & ITINERARY PAGE for more information about gear specifics, clothing, weather, etc.

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 3 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.

In early May the Milky Way begins to rise around 11:15PM on the Eastern horizon and appears as an arc in the sky. We will be set up & shooting before then and for 3+ hours each night. Classroom time will begin at 2PM each day and end around 6:30PM for a long break before we head out to shoot the night sky. You will have plenty of time to have dinner, shoot sunset, relax, explore, take a nap, etc.

This is a comprehensive workshop that will consist of 2 nights and 3 days - approximately 8 hours of in the field photography and 10+ hours of classroom tutorials & processing time. Check out our Processing page for some examples of what we will be covering in class.


May 2: Late afternoon - meet and greet, discuss camera settings and features of the night sky - in the field photography 11PM-3AM

May 3: Afternoon - 2-6:30PM classroom instruction & image processing - in the field photography 11PM-3AM

May 4: Afternoon - 2-6:30PM classroom instruction & image processing

*We will talk with all participants regarding itinerary changes depending on weather conditions & forecast

In The Field Photography: 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 use LED panels strategically to illuminate landscape features. We will also be covering the process of shooting horizontal panoramas as time permits. Mike and Sonia will help 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 layering, masking, and transforming. We will also go through detailed instructions regarding the capturing & processing of images featuring exposure blending, horizontal panoramas and star trails images as time allows. Mike will work with each participant on their images as we progress. 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 as well.

Home Base: Our home base for this workshop will be held at the Bar Harbor Hampton Inn where we have arranged for a block of rooms at a discounted rate. The hotel is closed for the winter season until the beginning of May so please contact us for information on reserving your room. You are of course free to stay anywhere in the Bar Harbor/Acadia area. We have reserved the conference room at the Hampton Inn for all our classroom and meeting needs.

Lodging, transportation and meals are not included in the investment amount. We will be carpooling to the photography locations.

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.

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.

Availability: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 6 participants

Investment: $1,199 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 workshop or your reservation will be subject to cancellation. Please contact us ASAP if issues arise.

If you have a friend or significant other who would like to attend the workshop but not participate as a photographer, 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.

Payment: Use the Paypal buttons below to pay the full amount, a 50% deposit or the remaining balance.


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