Fall in Acadia National Park Photography Workshop

A workshop for fall and coastal scenery photography, encompassing fieldwork and artistic development.

Workshop dates: 15th to 17th and 22nd to 24th October, 2014.
Led by Robert Nunnington.

This is an exciting opportunity for nature photographers to hone their skills in the unrivaled scenery of Acadia National Park. Robert has photographed this region extensively and know the premier locations for a diverse range of imagery and learning experiences. October offers unique opportunities for photographing the glorious fall colors of hardwoods and berry bushes, reflections in beautiful ponds and lakes, together with the always popular rugged coastal scenery for sunrise and sunset images. For such a small park, Acadia and its surroundings have an outstanding range of photographic subjects and opportunities for learning field techniques.

Robert will individually instruct and share his knowledge, experience and photographic vision, while demonstrating the key field techniques for photographing both grand vista and intimate landscapes. Selected scenic locations will be used to demonstrate individual photographic concepts and techniques (both traditional and innovative) and to encourage and develop individual photographic vision. The teaching is not just limited to the subjects at hand, but will also encompass his many years of experience working as a professional natural history photographer in Southern Africa and North America.

View some images taken by Robert in Acadia National Park.

Who should attend?

  • This is a hands-on workshop for photographers who prefer to have their tuition in the field, rather than in the classroom. However, there will be critique and review sessions of the days shooting, together with specific references to PhotoshopTM or other post processing software and techniques for image optimization, where appropriate. This will take place in the evenings and at suitable times during the day.
  • The workshop is aimed at amateur nature photographers with moderate skill levels; it is less suitable for raw beginners. However, because of the small group size, individual attention can be given to attendees, irrespective of experience or expectations. Digital or film shooters are welcome.
  • Wonder how that shot was made, or what do I need to know to nail that picture or effect? Robert will share his experience and the professional techniques to help in your creative and technical development as a natural history photographer.
  • Attending the Workshop should be viewed as an investment in your future growth as a photographer. The workshop is suitable for both photographers on a tight schedule or those who wish to spend more time on learning techniques in detail over several days.
  • The workshop is also valuable for those wishing to discover some of the region’s prime scenic locations, for possible future visits to the region. Indeed, it is strongly recommended that attendees plan their schedule to spend an extra day or two in the region after completing the workshop. This will reinforce the learning process and the techniques introduced during the workshop.

What is the focus for the Workshop?

  • Carefully selected locations will be used to demonstrate a range of photographic concepts and techniques, and to encourage and develop the participant’s photographic vision.
  • The primary focus is learning how to capture or distill the very essence of the scene – by recognizing and isolating the key elements, and successfully incorporating them. For instance, by using sweeping foregrounds, selective cropping or focusing techniques, getting closer or backing off.
  • The pros, cons and use of different types of light and atmosphere will be discussed.
  • Teaching and developing techniques for composing both the grand vista and intimate landscapes, using a wide array of lenses from wide angle to macro and telephotos (the landscape photography “tools”).
  • Special attention to control of perspective and depth of field using perspective control (tilt and shift) lenses will be given. This is specifically for attendees wishing to learn large format techniques and apply them to 35mm imagery. Attendees not owning one of these lenses are encouraged to rent one for the duration of the workshop. Links to some lens rental companies are listed at the bottom of the page. (NAPP members may qualify for discounts with these retailers.)
  • Included in the techniques will be the creation of images with dominant and interesting foregrounds using wide angle or ultra wide angle lenses. This can be considered as “photography from the ground up”! The technique is also used to split the images into specific foreground, middle and background zones, with the appropriate balance and emphasis.
  • In order to be able to put the inner vision into practice, the tools of compositional development such as visual aids, the rules of thirds, the Golden Mean and achieving compositional balance and structure will be discussed and demonstrated.

What can the attendees expect from the Workshop?

  • Tuition on how to best photograph the many aspects of Acadia in fall – from the top of Cadillac Mountain to the spectacular woodlands of Wonderland; the elegant stone bridges, quiet reflections in the many ponds and lakes, and, of course, the stunning coastline. Other opportunities to photograph insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians will be taken as they arise. Specific topics of interest can also be accommodated, such as harbors or lighthouses.
  • Above all, compositional structure and balance with a view to developing a landscape photographic vision will be emphasized. To support the artistic development, techniques for scenic and macro photography will be demonstrated and discussed. For instance: control of exposure, depth of field, use of natural light and flash, maximizing the use of digital and lens technology, polarizing and graduated neutral density filters, and composite images.
  • Learning how to use the technology for what it does best – but not letting your approach be dictated by it. Technology is not a crutch for fine art landscape photography, it a tool to be used – or not.
  • We make the most of the daytime opportunities, and are out well before dawn for the first light on the ocean. We will then concentrate on intimate scenics, plants and possibly some wildlife. A rest break will be taken during the day, depending on the weather, followed by an afternoon session and sunset locations. The day is paced to maximize the photo opportunities, and the schedule is flexible to maximize the best light.
  • Note that some of the locations will involve fairly short (normally a mile or less) but steep hikes, so a reasonable degree of physical fitness is required.
  • Feedback and critique will be given either during or after each days shooting.
  • A full list of topics which will be covered during the workshop, together with a suggested packing list, will be forwarded to attendees prior to the workshop.
  • An introductory presentation on fine art natural history photography will be held on the afternoon/evening prior to the first day of shooting.

How is the Workshop different from others?

  • The teaching, discussions and photography are centered on field techniques, not the classroom. The workshop is about fine art landscape photography and using specific field techniques to achieve the final desired image; where the field techniques will encompass the use of equipment and how to get the best out of it.
  • Robert has 20 years of knowledge and experience of shooting in Southern Africa, together with 12 years of shooting in the US, and brings a somewhat different perspective to the art of nature photography.
  • Knowing the region is a key aspect of teaching on location, for both the learning experience and ensuring the attendees take away some creative and unusual images.
  • The teaching is tailored to an individual’s aspirations and requirements, and can cover other techniques not specifically associated with the subjects or theme of the workshop.

Fall in Acadia National Park Workshop details

Dates available: Two 3-day workshops: 15th to 17th, and 22nd to 24th October 2014.
Price: Full price $750.

Special offer! Register by June 30, 2014 for only $700!
Payment: A 25% deposit must be received when registering for the workshop. The balance is due the first day of the workshop.
Cancellation policy: Deposit will be non-refundable within 30 days of workshop start date.
Maximum no. of people: 6 per workshop
What is included: Afternoon/evening get-together (14th and 21st October).
Three full days of workshop tuition.
What is NOT included: Travel including airfares, fees, taxes and trip insurance to Acadia N.P., Maine.
Admission fees, including Park Admission.
Meals and beverages.
Phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.
Additional excursions or use of watercraft.
Guarantee of “good” weather or vibrant colors!
Nearest Airport: Bangor, Maine.
Hotel Information: To be announced, we are working on options for group accommodation. However, there are many hotels, motels and other accommodation types in the area; here are two links with details of Acadia accommodation: Bar Harbor Info or Visit Maine, for attendees preferring to arrange their own accommodation.
Contact details: Robert Nunnington – email Robert
Tel: (937) 291-1733
Lens rental companies: Lens Rentals, Inc. – www.lensrentals.com
Borrow Lenses – www.borrowlenses.com
Lens Pro To Go – www.lensprotogo.com

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