Acadia Fall Foliage - Oct 17-20 2020 - miketaylorphoto

Acadia Fall Foliage - Oct 17-20 2020

Fall Foliage & Night Sky • 4 Day Workshop


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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 4 day sunset and 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.

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This is a comprehensive workshop with an emphasis on in the field shooting that will consist of 3 days/nights of photography and 1 day of Processing instruction & image critiques. Check out our Processing page for some examples of what we will be covering in class.

Proposed Itinerary*:

October 17: 

October 18-19: 

October 20: Classroom instruction & image processing - group dinner

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

We always suggest that participants try to arrive the day before a workshop begins and stay a day after the workshop ends if possible to remain flexible with changing weather conditions - as we check local forecasts, sometimes it becomes inevitable that we will have better weather conditions just before or just after the scheduled workshop dates, in which case we will take advantage of the forecast and go shoot on those dates.


In The Field Photography: We will be covering the skill set of shooting during all times of day with our main focus being sunrise and sunset where we will be chasing the best lighting conditions in the area. We will also spend some time shooting some night sky images where will cover 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 panoramas as time permits. Mike and Sonia will help each participant with composition, lighting, troubleshooting, etc.

Classroom Instruction: Our classroom time will 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. As time allows we will do some image critiques as well.


Our classroom time will 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 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 exposure blending as time allows. We will also spend some time on image critiques. Mike will work with each participant on their images as we progress. Check out our Processing page for examples.

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