Acadia National Park, Maine Photography Workshop
Fall Colors in Acadia NP - Autumn

October 8th - 12th, 2024
Instructor: Andy Cook
Join us as we photograph many iconic scenes in and near Acadia National Park. We'll focus on shooting rocky coastal scenes, lakes, streams, quaint buildings, harbors, carriage roads and bridges.

This workshop is geared for the intermediate to advanced photographer. However, beginners with a working knowledge of their camera can gain a lot of experience and instruction. Each participant is assisted at their level. We focus on helping participants create the most appealing compositions of each location we visit. We also delve into extensive discussions on equipment, exposure, metering, filters, post processing and personal tips. This is a workshop environment, Andy is present to aid in the field and teach his techniques for landscape photography. If you are an advanced photographer he is happy to help or stay out of the way. Acadia National Park Photo Workshop

Itinerary Outline

Participants should check in with Andy on Monday, (Oct. 7th, 2024) in front of the hotel lobby at 6:30 P.M. We'll move to the instructor's room for introductions, meeting and discussion.

Lodging Location:
Cromwell Harbor Motel, 359 Main Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Reservations only 800-544-3201, info 207-288-3201
Check-in Monday, Oct. 7th, 2024; Check-out Saturday, Oct. 12th, 2024.

The workshop ends after shooting on Saturday morning, Oct. 12th. A lot of time is spent in the field on this workshop, we will have some midday time to aid with post processing but post processing is not emphasized on this workshop.

LODGING: We think it is convenient for participants to stay in the same hotels as the instructor, but it is not necessary. There are many nearby hotels in Bar Harbor, so please select a hotel that makes you feel comfortable. Participants need to contact hotels directly and reserve their room upon registering for the workshop.

Acadia National Park Photography Wokshop
Acadia Photography Wokshop
Acadia Photography Wokshop

Generally, participants can expect to be at a shooting location for the start of civil twilight and we'll stay at that location through sunrise. We will provide snacks for the early mornings, please bring a reusable water bottle. Most days we will go to a late breakfast after the morning shoot. On some days we've scheduled a midday break allowing time for napping, downloading, Photoshop assistance... Weather can make drastic changes to our itinerary. We will be at a shooting location each evening for several hours. We have dinner in a restaurant scheduled for most days after shooting sunset.

COST: $1,590.00 per participant. Target number of participants is 8.

Deposit Amount: $300.00 due at time of registration. This deposit becomes non refundable 90 days in advance of the workshop.

Full Payment of the workshop is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. If final payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as canceled, please review our cancellation policy on the registration page.

Acadia National Park Photo Workshop

Be prepared for possible temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather. Be aware that mornings can be very chilly. Often we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. We plan to arrive at our morning location each day around 6:00 A.M. Sunset is approximately 6:00 P.M.

More Information

TRANSPORTATION: Most people flying to Maine for this workshop will find flying into Bangor, ME, Portland, ME, or Manchester, NH to be the best choice, others will find Boston to be adequate.

Driving time from Bar Harbor, ME to Bangor, ME is 1.5 hour.
Driving time from Bar Harbor, ME to Portland, ME is 3.75 hours.
Driving time from Bar Harbor, ME to Manchester, NH is 5 hours.

Driving Conditions: Driving conditions will consist of mainly paved roads. When possible we prefer that participants car pool with each other to help limit our impact and get to know each other. A standard rental car will be sufficient.

Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend using a polarizing filter with many photographs on this workshop. Andy now combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to teach participants his field and post processing techniques for doing so (requires a cable release with some cameras). To receive post processing assistance please bring your laptop with Photoshop installed.

A lens range from 18mm to 400mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended. However, we think participants should bring their entire range of lenses. To blur wave action into a mist, bring a 6-stop (1.8 filter) or higher neutral density filter, this filter can be the screw on type. Andy carries both a 6-stop (1.8) and a 10-stop (3.0) in his bag.  Note: Andy highly recommend this filter when shooting coastal scenes. It allows one to create compelling, longer exposure photographs. If bringing this filter, also bring a cable release. Note: Many variable ND filters have issues with banding and differential darkening, Andy does not recommend using variable ND filters. Bring lots of memory, 64 to 128 gig if downloading and formatting cards for reuse. 32 to 64 gig per day if not formatting and reusing cards.

One should shoot with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from standing height without cranking up a center post, to very close to the ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments from the legs to the center post; i.e. the legs move independently. Please use a cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid camera shake. Unless the camera has a built-in level, we recommend having a 2 axis flash shoe bubble level for this workshop, it is the easiest way to make sure photos are level; the ocean looks level. Please buy these at a reputable dealer; they run about $35.00.

The Fine Print

We do not guarantee the weather. Workshop fee does not include transportation, lodging or meals. We usually go out as a group to a restaurant for late breakfast and dinner, due to large seasonal crowds we may break into smaller groups for some meals. Locations visited may vary year to year impacting what compositions are available to photograph. In order to keep our workshop fees as low as possible we may overbook any given workshop by 1 space. Usually this results in 8 participants, but from time to time we may have 9 participants attending. We require an acknowledgment of risks be signed before going into the field. We will send the acknowledgment of risks upon registration, please return it at the start of the workshop. In the event Rocky Mountain Reflections Photography, Inc. (RMRPI) cancels a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances such as inability to obtain permits, instructor injury, death... Then, RMRPI will refund fees collected by RMRPI for the affected workshop. In the event of a natural disaster, government closure or other happening of this nature that causes a workshop to be canceled, RMRPI may be unable to refund workshop fees. If this happens then funds collected by RMRPI will be applied as credit toward a future workshop of the participant's choosing. RMRPI will not be held responsible for other expenses (airline tickets, hotel deposits, rental car...) that may be associated with any canceled workshop.
Acadia National Park Photography Wokshop

GPS for car

Spare Camera Batteries
Camera's Manual
Lots of Memory
Extra Shoes and Socks
Rain Gear
Hiking Boots
Warm Clothes
Acadia Photo Workshop
Acadia NP - Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Location not part of workshop, if desired participants should photograph here before or after the workshop.

To be as prepared as possible for this workshop, please review the 2 videos, 7 lessons and 10 workshop handouts found at the link below:

Below please find the PDF handouts recommended for this workshop. One needs to print or download to a digital device these documents before the workshop from the link above.

For this workshop we recommend that participants:

*Print: Blank Workshop Locations Visited.

*Print or download to field digital device: CFDER Field Reminder (This is useful to those new to our workshops and/or trying to develop a useful field workflow.)

*Print or download to field digital device: Steps to Capture Panorama Photographs

*Print or download to field digital device: Hyperfocal chart for camera’s LMF. (Unless you already have a depth-of-field app on your smart phone.)

*Print or download to digital device: Andy’s Camera Settings (Only if unsure about what the camera’s settings should be.)

*Print or download to digital device: Tripod Tips and Techniques (Only if one is new to tripod use or are considering a tripod purchase.)


Series of video lessons teaching post processing for Landscape and Nature Photographers. Excellent for beginners and intermediate users of Adobe Photoshop.

Group photo
2021 Group Photo

Workshop Effort Scale
This workshop is not our most or least difficult. It is best described as in the middle. Many locations are just beyond the parking lot. We have scheduled two carriage road hikes with some elevation gain. The longest hike is about 1 mile each way. The hiking may deemed vigorous activity or light activity based upon one's condition. One or two locations may involve rock scrambling (using hands and feet to move over rocks). Trail hiking surfaces and those beyond the parking lot are generally uneven, hiking boots are recommended. One doesn't have to be in tip-top shape, but a participant's enjoyment will be enhanced by good health and preparation. Please consult with your doctor before attending our workshop.

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