Special workshop focus: properly using a wide angle lens
June 5-9, 2016
Acadia National Park in Maine is a special place, the unique rocky shore, Cadillac Mountain, pristine ponds, old buggy trails and beauty everywhere you look. It is a favorite place for photographers and tourists, so we’ll go before the summer crowds arrive.
Join professional photographer Loren Fisher and explore the rocky coastlines, marsh grasses, harbors and the incredible town of Bar Harbor.
We’ll start the workshop at 3 p.m. on Sunnday and and finish after a morning shoot on Thursday. The beauty of Acadia is sunrise (the top of Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the U.S. you can see the sunrise) so we will be getting out early to catch the best light of the day. The sun will rise at 4:52 a.m., so the days will be starting early. And since we also want to catch the beautiful light at the end of day (sunset is 8:09 p.m.), we’ll take a break around noon each day to catch our breath. We’ll be exhausted but exhilarated by the end of the week!
During the workshop, I’m putting a special focus on making sure you get the most out of your wide-angle lens. Most people don’t use their wide lens to get the most creative shots they can, the real purpose of a wide-angle is for much more than just getting more area into the shot. You’ll learn how it can add depth and emphasis to your photos that will make your images pop and you’ll get more “wow” from your viewers.
I’ll also be helping you determine what is the best angle for your shots, how some simple but seldom considered composition techniques will enhance your photos and how to get the most from each of the gorgeous scenes we will be visiting. I keep the group small, so we can work other areas where you think your photography needs improving. We’ll spend some time in the “classroom” but I’m a believer in learning by doing, so we’ll be out in the field as I work with you as you’re making pictures. As a follow-up to the workshop, you’ll be able to submit photos to me and I’ll give you tips to help with your future shooting.
Who should Attend:
This workshop is geared for all photographers. Most of our shooting locations will be just beyond the parking lot but several will involve some rock scrambling. Hiking boots are recommended.
Price: $1179. Early registration by April 1 is $979. Former participants in one of Loren’s workshops: $959. Registration fee does not include food, lodging or transportation.
Maximum group size: 8
Mother Nature can throw a lot into the mix in northern coastal Maine. Of course, I can’t guarantee sunny weather, but great pictures can be made no matter the weather. We will be out in the dark before sunrise (think headlamps) and after sunset. Early in the morning you will need layers and a windbreaker, fleece or wool hat and light weight gloves. The temps will feel cooler and damper since we are right on the ocean. Wear plenty of synthetic layers and wool socks. Rain gear (for yourself and your camera) is highly suggested – light drizzle and mist may be encountered at some point during the workshop. Once you register I will send you a detailed list of what to bring.
Depending on the light, we will shoot at a couple of locations before a late breakfast. Plan on bringing some snacks for the early morning and a water bottle. We will take some time off in the middle of the day for a shower, nap, downloading images or to work on your images. Mid afternoon we will grab something to eat and then head out again to catch the evening light and sunset.
The hotel room is not included in the price, but I have blocked a group of rooms at a group discount for $109 per night, which is great for a hotel of this quality. Once I receive your deposit you will receive the name of the hotel and how to reserve your room. If you decide to arrive early the discounted price will be available to you.
When it comes to camera gear, if you have it, bring it: Camera body, all your lenses, polarizers, ND filters, camera manual, extra battery and charger, tripod, wired cable release, flashlight or head lamp, lots of memory cards, rain jacket and pants, rain coat for your camera, boots, extra pair of shoes, wool socks, lots of synthetic layers, umbrella. A more detailed list will be sent before the workshop.
We will shooting lots of water scenes and I recommend using a polarizer filter for these. Also bring some liquid lens cleaner and plenty of lens clothes. The ocean spray will coat your lens even if you are not right next to it. It’s important to get that salty spray off your lens. We will be shooting waves crashing on the coast so a six-stop or higher neutral density filter will be helpful in blurring the action and giving you a nice, soft cottony look to the water.
Payment: The full fee is required 60 days prior to the workshop.
Deposits and Cancellations:
A $200 deposit must be paid in order to secure your space in our workshop. Full payment must be received 60 days prior to the workshop.
I must receive notice of your cancellation in writing, at which time I offer the following refunds:
60 days or more before workshop: Full workshop or deposit refund.
59 to 30 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost.
29 or fewer days before workshop: no refund. If you must forfeit your workshop fee we will refund your full payment, minus the deposit, if I can fill your spot. I will also issue you a credit to be used on another workshop within the next year.
No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.
If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid, but I’d have to be on my deathbed before I’d cancel. But if I’m on my deathbed and need to cancel the workshop, I will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as airline ticket, hotel deposit or rental car, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. I suggest you purchase trip insurance to be safe, but I’ve never cancelled a destination workshop and it would take a major catastrophe before I cancel.
Questions? Email Loren at Loren@LorenPhotos.com or call 802-332-6611.