Various Dates (1-day and 3-day trips available)
Explore Maine with acclaimed photographer Benjamin Williamson. Ben knows the coast of Maine like no other, and his excitement for photography is absolutely contagious. These workshops are designed to maximize learning opportunities and provide guidance on creating the kind of images you want to create. This is not a photo tour. There will be individual instruction based on your goals and your questions. We photograph from sunrise to sunset on our one-day workshops, and we hope to have special opportunities for night photography this year during our 3-day courses. There will also be classroom time where we discuss a range of topics that lead to successful image making. This year’s schedule has blossomed into a full-fledged exploration of coastline from southern Maine to Acadia. We wanted to be sure that there were opportunities for everyone this year, and this expanded lineup is jam-packed with one amazing location after another.
“Thanks for a wonderful day yesterday! It was informative, creative, with a “just right” mix of technical and artistic information. We found the workshop very worthwhile.” — Mary D’Ambrosio
Do I need a lot of experience or expensive gear to take this workshop?
No. You can make great images right away with simple equipment, and that’s what I aim to teach you. If you have photographed before and aim to update yourself on the latest techniques in digital photography, this is definitely for you. If you are just starting out and have a new camera you want to learn, this is for you, too. If you are a seasoned veteran who doesn’t need much help, just wants to go to great locations and have fun with like-minded individuals, well, this is for you, as well! You will need a basic dslr and a tripod, but you don’t need a lot of fancy gear. I’ve put together a list of recommended accessories.
What does the workshop schedule look like?
We will start the evening before with a group dinner, and then plan on leaving for our photo workshop very early the next day. We generally leave an hour and a half before sunrise to allow time to travel to our location and set up in time for the best light. If it looks like the morning will be very cloudy or rainy, we can forgo the extremely early start and head out at sunrise. After stopping at a couple of places to photograph, we’ll enjoy breakfast together and then convene for classroom lessons. I will give a short presentation, go over basic Lightroom editing, and then open up the floor to look at student work and give critiques. After classroom time, we will enjoy lunch and rest a bit, and then head out again for our afternoon shooting, and go right through sunset. Depending on the time of year you sign up, some days can go from 4 AM until after 9 PM. These are long, grueling days, designed to give you the best possible experience and set your passion for photography on fire!
What about transportation?
Participants are responsible for their own transportation. We encourage carpooling to reduce our environmental footprint, and also to park at locations with limited spaces. If you prefer to drive yourself, you can do so.
What about lodging?
We will provide a list of suggested lodging establishments for the workshop. Maine is a popular place and many hotels and BnB’s fill up fast. We ask that you stay close to our predetermined morning meet-up location.
What should I wear?
My most recommended piece of gear is a pair of sturdy shoes. We walk across the hard and angular rocks in many of these locations, so hiking shoes are very helpful. We also like to layer, which usually means a base layer of synthetic, fast wicking material, a warm fleece or soft shell, and a down jacket for cool mornings. Other suggested items are found below.
– Insect and Tick Repellant
– Waterproof Outerwear
– Wool Socks
– Two hats, one for warmth, the other for sun protection
– Rubber Boots (not absolutely necessary, but there may be mud or wading in some locations)
Should I be concerned about ticks?
Yes. All outdoor activities in New England carry the risk of picking up these nasty hitchhikers. Please use bug repellent that you can apply to your skin, or even better, permethrin, which you apply to clothes you plan on wearing in the field. Also, give yourself an extensive review when you get home at night to check for ticks.
What happens if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
Bad weather is good weather to landscape photographers. If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes. There are many idioms that apply to the weather, and if you don’t already know, following the weather is one of my favorite things to do! I’ve been running workshops for years now, and I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a single day where we haven’t enjoyed being out photographing, even in the rain. Please keep an open mind when it comes to your expectations about what ‘good’ conditions are. I want to teach you how to shoot in all conditions!
What does my tuition cover?
The price of the workshop includes all fieldwork, group instruction, individual tutoring, water and snacks. It does not include travel insurance, meals other than what has been specified, transportation, and lodging.
Should I bring a laptop?
Yes. I recommend you bring your laptop to follow along during classroom time and to take notes. I also recommend you bring a card reader so that we can share and critique your photos if you’d like.
What camera equipment do you recommend I bring?
– DSLR or mirrorless camera
– Lenses to cover 16-200mm are recommended
– Sturdy tripod and head
– Circular polarizing filter
– Waterproof camera bag
“Thanks for a wonderful day yesterday!It was informative, creative, with a “just right” mix of technical and artistic information. We found the workshop very worthwhile.” – Mary D’Ambrosio, Clifton Park, NY
“You provided us all an amazing day yesterday!” – Laura Joyce-Hubbard, Highland Park, IL
“Thanks so much for a great learning experience. I am energized to learn and become a decent photographer.” – Valerie Slater, Chevy Chase, MD
“I enjoyed our day together and feel I got a lot out of it.” – Frank Fowles, Raymond, ME