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Autumn In Acadia
October 2019 

Acadia Ocean Trail At Sunrise

October 10th - 14TH, 2019



Stunning and breathtaking only begin to describe Acadia National Park. Majestic cliffs rising from the ocean, calm lakes and streams, mountain top overlooks, and fall color. Join me for 5 exciting days of nature and landscape photography.


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What To Expect

The workshop begins mid-day on October 10th, 2019. We'll meet in our private meeting space for a workshop overview and to get to know one another. We plan the workshop together to help you achieve your photography goals.

We're up early for sunrises and out late for sunsets. We also monitor the weather closely and select locations to get the best conditions. In between our location shoots, we grab meals, have breaks, and recharge. I will host post-processing lessons in between shoots, too. I have some prepared material, although I prefer to tailor lessons to your needs. This is your workshop.

After our final sunrise outing, we wrap up our workshop on October 14, 2019. Days will be long and the alarm will ring early. This isn't a vacation and we will "work" during the workshop. Landscape photography isn’t always kind to our sleep schedules. You will be a little ragged afterwards, but you'll also be grinning from ear to ear!

Please note! This workshop involves moderate hiking over uneven terrain. You should be comfortable carrying your gear while hiking. Any questions or concerns, contact me.

What Is Included

  • 8 location shoots in Acadia National Park

  • Daily hands-on coaching and instruction in the field

  • Group and personalized post processing instruction

  • Photo critiques

  • Water and snacks

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation to/from Acadia

  • Logding

  • Meals

  • Travel Insurance

  • Anything else not expressly listed

REgistration Is Open.
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Bass Harbor Lighthouse

What You Will Learn

In my experience, the more questions and thirst for knowledge you bring to the workshop, the more you get out of it. I love teaching photography and thrive on questions.

  • How to create dynamic, compelling landscape compositions

  • How exposure settings affect the appearance and feeling of water in your photos

  • How to best focus your camera for landscapes

  • How to use your camera to its full potential

  • Workflow and post processing techniques to realize your creative vision

  • How to use masking and brushing to make your photos pop!

  • And much, much more…

What To Bring

Participants will receive a complete workshop handbook with details on what gear and clothing to pack. Here's a summary:

  • A camera (of course!). Any make and model is fine. Interchangeable lenses are a plus.

  • A variety of lenses. If you can pack only one, pack your most versatile lens.

  • A sturdy tripod.

  • A laptop with photo editing software.

  • A neutral density and/or polarizing filter.

  • A jacket, hat & gloves, and layers of clothing.

  • Sturdy hiking shoes

  • An open mind and a can-do attitude!

Physical Ability

This workshop will involve some hiking. I classify the hiking as moderate. You should be comfortable hiking on uneven terrain while carrying your gear. Some hikes involve elevation changes. Landscape photography does mean being on our feet for a couple of hours at a time.

Some locations are accessed by forested trails and switchbacks. Others are along rocky and rugged coastlines. All locations are safe (common sense applies). If a location is out of your comfort zone, I never force participation. We'll figure out an alternative.

Photographic Ability

This workshop is for photographers that are serious about improving your craft. You need not be an advanced photographer. I am passionate photographer that wants to help you develop your artistic vision. If you can work comfortably in aperture priority mode and know when it's time to switch to manual/bulb, you are plenty prepared.

What Photographers Are Saying About My Workshops

Blueberry Overlook
Scott listens to his students and provides an experience tailored to our needs.
— Mary
The best training I have ever had.
— David
I will be holding all others to your high standards.
— Vivian
I’m thrilled with the knowledge I learned in composition and news ways to post-process.
— Carol

Frequently Asked Questions

What locations will we visit?
We will choose from a pool of locations on a daily basis. Iconic locations including Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, and Cadillac Mountain are just a few of the places we have to photograph. There are many more great places to choose from, too. Daily weather conditions will play a significant factor in selecting a location. The ocean tides to a degree as well.

Where should I stay?
Our workshop is headquartered at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center, right on the Atlantic Ocean. Staying at the Atlantic is the most convenient option, although you can opt to stay elsewhere. The town of Bar Harbor is a short drive away, has great food, and its own photo opportunities, too. Lodging and food is not included in the workshop tuition.

What will this adventure cost me in total?
I can’t give you a firm number, but I estimate the total cost around $3600. How am I arriving at that number? The workshop tuition, both photography and post-processing instruction, is $1795. The remainder is derived from reasonable estimates: $800 for four nights stay in Acadia, $450 for a domestic flight, $300 for a rental car for a week, and $250 for food. If you're traveling internationally, of course your flight cost will be higher. And if you rent a luxury car and dine on high end seafood every meal, those costs will be higher, too. :-)

Do I need a rental car?
Yes. You are responsible for getting yourself Acadia and the Atlantic Oceanside each day. If you are willing to help with driving (we carpool to locations), let me know!

Can I bring a spouse or +1?
No, unless she/he is participating, too. Our purpose during our workshop is to live and breathe photography. This isn't a vacation. There is "work" in this workshop. But is being out in nature with our cameras really "work"? :-) 

What post processing software do I need?
Anything you are comfortable with using. I use Lightroom, ON1 Photo, and Luminar. I am also familiar with Aurora HDR, Capture One, and Apple Photos. If you don't have any post processing tools, read this blog post and download a free trial. 

My focus with post processing is to teach you why a photo needs adjusting and what should be adjusted to make your photo stronger. The mechanics of how to do that will vary from tool to tool... and it's usually straightforward to figure out once we know why we want to change something in a photo.

Are you authorized to teach in Acadia?
Yes. I teach my workshops with permission granted from Acadia National Park via their Commercial Use Authorization permit. I conduct this workshop based on the permit's guidelines. I am also first aid and CPR certified.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Schoodic Peninsula

Registration, Cancellation & Liability

The workshop size is extremely small. I am taking just 6 photographers on this adventure. I want everyone to have plenty of 1-on-1 time with me. When you finish this workshop, I want you to leave not only with great photos, but as a better photographer, too!

The workshop cost is $1795. That includes personalized instruction, on location guidance, and post processing lessons.

A non-refundable deposit of $795 reserves your space. You will be invoiced for the remaining $1000 about 90 days prior to the workshop. If you need a payment plan, contact me and we'll make arrangements.

Participants agree to join the workshop at their own risk. By its nature, outdoor landscape photography has inherent risks. I’ll never lead you into an area that is unduly dangerous. If at any time during the workshop you don’t feel comfortable, certainly let me know.

Please review my cancellation policy. This policy covers cancellations from both students and the instructor(s) and refund information.

Deposits are non-refundable.