Acadia National Park - June 14-17 2020
Sunset & Night Sky • 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 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.
In mid June the sun sets around 8:20PM and the Milky Way appears vertically in the sky shortly after sunset. We will be set up & shooting before sunset and through the night for approximately 6 hours.
This is a comprehensive workshop with an emphasis on in the field shooting that will consist of 3 days/nights of photography (approximately 18 hours) and 1 day of Processing instruction & image critiques (approximately 5.5 hours). Check out our Processing page for some examples of what we will be covering in class.
June 14: Afternoon - meet and greet, discuss camera settings and features of the night sky - in the field photography 7PM-1AM
June 15: Afternoon - daytime tour of Acadia NP and in the field photography 7PM-1AM
June 16: Afternoon - in the field photography 7PM-1AM
June 17: Afternoon - 1-6:30PM classroom instruction and image processing & critiques
*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 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 entire skill set of shooting during all times of day with our main focus being sunset and night photography 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 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. 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.
Home Base: Our home base for this workshop will be held at the Edenbrook Motel in Bar Harbor where we have arranged for a block of rooms at a discounted rate. The motel is closed for the winter season from late October until the beginning of May but they do monitor voicemail messages - please contact the motel at 207-288-4975 to reserve your room and tell them you are with the Mike Taylor Acadia Photography Workshop in June 2020.. You are of course free to stay anywhere in the Bar Harbor/Acadia area. We will arrange for a conference room to be used on June 17 for our classroom / processing session.
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: $1,699 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.
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