Acadia Photography Workshop: October 10, 2020
INSTRUCTOR: J.K. PUTNAM
J.K. Putnam is a professional nature and landscape photographer based on Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park, where he leads tours and teaches photography workshops while also operating a gallery of his own work. John has been a working photographer for over 13 years and in that time has amassed an image collection that spans five continents, six countries, 20 states, and more than 30 national parks, while his work has been published, awarded, and exhibited internationally. However, in recent years John has dedicated himself to documenting Acadia National Park; photographing its flora, fauna, landscapes, and hidden details. He loves teaching, showing off Acadia, and, most importantly, gets outside to photograph every day.
Explore Acadia National Park with resident photographer J.K. Putnam. When it comes to photography, John’s knowledge of Acadia is unparalleled and he uses that knowledge to put himself and his students in the right place at the right time based on the tide, weather, light, and time of year. These workshops are designed to maximize learning opportunities and provide guidance on creating the kind of images you want to create. There will be individual instruction based on your goals and your questions. We photograph from sunrise to sunset on this one-day workshop. There will also be classroom time where we discuss a range of topics that lead to successful image making.
UPDATED: Our first Down East Adventure this year is May 17. While we have not yet canceled any trips, we will continue to evaluate trip cancellations as state and CDC guidance is updated over the coming weeks. We will notify all participants immediately if we decide to cancel a trip.
The payment is 50% refundable in the event you have to cancel, as long as the cancellation is made 21 days before the trip. After that time, your payment is non-refundable. Alternately, 100% of your payment will be refunded if a replacement can be found prior to the trip. However, if, due to state and/or federal COVID-19 policies, a lockdown is still in effect, we will refund 100% or offer credit on future trip.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 this workshops 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 camera 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 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. John 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 3 a.m. until after 9 p.m. 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?
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. We have blocked off rooms at The Inn on Mount Desert in Bar Harbor at a reduced rate. The rooms will only be held until three months before the date of our workshop. Please mention you are with Down East or J.K. Putnam Photography when booking to get the special rate.
What should I wear?
The 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
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?
We go out rain or shine and take full advantage of whatever conditions we are given.
What does my tuition cover?
The price of the workshop includes all fieldwork, group instruction, and individual tutoring. It does not include travel insurance, meals other than what has been specified, transportation, and lodging.
Should I bring a laptop?
Yes. We recommend you bring your laptop to follow along during classroom time and to take notes. We 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
– My two favorite lenses are my 16-35 and 100-400 but we will make anything work.
– Sturdy tripod and head
– Circular polarizing and neutral density filters
– Waterproof camera bag