Stonington Photography Workshop: September 18, 2020
INSTRUCTOR: FRED BLOY
Fred Bloy is a New England based professional photographer currently based out of Newburyport, MA with strong roots on Little Deer Isle, ME. As an award winning photographer and frequent contributor to many publications, he focuses on finding and capturing beauty in the sometimes overlooked raw New England scenery.
Mostly self-taught, Fred began taking photos as a hobby while working as an Environmental Engineer and quickly emerged as a sought after and respected New England photographer. He turned his passion for photography into a full-time profession by launching Frederick Bloy Photography providing both professional services as well as selling fine art prints online and through Kingman Gallery on Deer Isle, ME.
Fred’s excitement and love of photography is contagious and bound to rub off on people. His artistic motivation is that relentless search for the perfect image to capture and share with the world. His goal is to take a chaotic scene, remove distractions, and simplify it down to create a beautiful image. Before finding a composition Fred always ask himself these questions “Why did this scene catch my eye? What in particular makes it so beautiful or interesting? How should I execute? How can I edit this to bring it to the next level?” Fred will explore these questions with students in the field and in concentrated classroom sessions.
Explore timeless Stonington, Maine and surrounding areas with recognized local photographer Fred Bloy. Coastal Maine is full of quaint working harbors with bold scenic coasts…Stonington quietly encapsulates all of that. With Stonington being off the beaten path it has remained fixed in time offering picturesque and gorgeous scenes that are undershot. Join Fred as he shows you around a place he knows so well while sharing his favorite insights and photographic techniques with you! Fred will determine exact shooting locations based on weather and sea conditions. Possible locations will be around Stonington Harbor, the beautiful granite shore of Sand Beach, the many quite saltwater inlets, Pumpkin Lighthouse, and the historic Deer Isle Bridge. We will make the absolute most of the conditions we get and photograph from sunrise to sunset.
While on location Fred will be there to individually assist, educate, and give gentle critiques to help achieve your personal goals. These workshops are meant to provide an engaging and fun learning experience with close one on one guidance and instruction. There will also be classroom time where we will discuss how to plan a shoot, execute in the field, and process images afterwords. Fred will share some his favorite Lightroom editing techniques and will then open the floor to look at student work and give feedback. Fred will help new photographers learn the basics and seasoned photographers take their skills to a higher level. Its not all work and photography though! We will enjoy the local cuisine together over some good laughs as well! If there is time and weather permitting a private motor boat will be available during free time in which Fred can take those interested out to explore the outer islands. You will come out of this workshop with new and extensive knowledge in photography but perhaps most of all, lasting bonds and friendships! Workshops will be limited to 5 people and will fill up fast.
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 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. Fred 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. If there is time and weather permitting a private motor boat will be available during free time to explore the outer island for those who are interested! 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?
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?
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
– Rubber or Waterproof Boots (not absolutely necessary, but there may be mud or wading in some
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 our favorite things to do! Please keep an open mind when it comes to your expectations about what ‘good’ conditions are. We 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, 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
– Lenses to cover 16-200mm are recommended
– A sturdy tripod and head
– Waterproof camera bag