Winter in Acadia: A Creative Photography Workshop
February 12-18, 2017
Cost: $2,995 (all-inclusive except transportation)
Limited to 6 participants
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Inspired by outdoor photographer's Colleen Miniuk-Sperry's three terms as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park (including the park's first winter residence), join Colleen for this one-of-a-kind photography adventure at a time when most photographers do not experience the park (winter) in a place few get to stay (the SERC campus on the Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park).
This creative photography retreat offers a learning-intensive, hands-on environment where pushing ourselves to try new things will be encouraged. We will discuss and practice ideas for visualization, mindful observations, telling a story through composition and light, and other creative techniques while polishing our technical skills. In addition, specialized sessions with guest speakers on geology, astrophotography, and other topics will help participants learn about Acadia's landscapes to connect more deeply with the subjects you see through your lens.
Because everyone learns differently, we will use a blend of lectures, critiques, and guided outdoor excursions throughout the day mixed in with free time to explore your own creative vision. Lectures will review key concepts, techniques, and tips on a variety of subjects. Assignments will help focus your attention on building skills in a single area. Daily interactive critique sessions will provide you the chance to get quick feedback on your progress throughout the week and help refine your own evaluation skills.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a new portfolio of photographic work based on their unique winter experiences in Acadia National Park to share with the workshop group and their broad audiences at home.
Cost for this unique experience is $2,995/person which includes:
- 6 nights lodging, from Sunday, February 12 until Saturday, February 18 in private bedroom/shared bath suite on the SERC campus in Acadia National Park
- All meals and beverages, starting with dinner on February 12 through breakfast on February 18
- Daily morning and afternoon snack breaks
- Acadia National Park CUA permit & park entrance fees
- Photography instruction (classroom, field, critiques) and handouts
- Special guest lectures/presentations
- Transportation to/from/during the workshop
- Trip insurance
- Warm clothes
A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot for this workshop. The final balance is due on or before December 31, 2016.
Want to prepare for the locations we'll visit? Or can't make this workshop, but want to learn more about photographing in Acadia National Park in all seasons? Pick up an autographed copy of Colleen's award-winning guidebook Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How today!
A full refund, minus a 10% fee, will be granted to cancellations made at least 90 days prior to the workshop. A full refund, minus the full deposit paid, will be granted to cancellations made with a minimum of 60 days notice prior to the workshop. No refunds will be issued within 60 days of the workshop. If the vacated spot happens to fill prior to the workshop, then a full refund will be granted.
There are no exceptions to this policy. CMS Photography strongly encourages you to purchase trip insurance to protect yourself in the event of unexpected circumstances preventing you from attending our workshops. We recommend Travelex Insurance (www.travelexinsurance.com) or securing through your local AAA if you are an AAA member (aaa.com; in Arizona, they use Allianz Global Assistance).
Testimonials From Previous Attendees:
- "You're an extraordinary instructor, with a personality that easily connects with people. You have not only deep and wide knowledge - creative and technical - but also the ability to share that knowledge in a way that participants understand and internalize what you've shared. Learning through presentations, executing and receiving feedback in the field, and experiencing critiques pulled the pieces together. I hadn't shot landscapes since film days, and even then, wasn't outrageously intentional about it. I left with reinforced and new knowledge that will be beneficial not only for landscapes, but other subjects." ~ Helen W.
- "Another fabulous workshop with Colleen! I can't say enough about her knowledge and enthusiasm. She's great at getting me out of my comfort zone, in a good way." ~Rebecca W.
- "The pace was perfect. We were given ample time to download and critique our images. The critique sessions were excellent; I'm always learning from this process." ~Dixie P.
- "...the ideas and concepts shared made me think, not just during that day but afterward. I am still mulling over what I learned and how I can apply it." ~ Amy M.
See more photos and hear insights about this trip from previous students on our blog:
- Rebecca Wilks: youcansleepwhenyouredead.com/wordpress/winter-in-acadia-photo-retreat-guest-blogger-rebecca-wilks/
- Dixie Pearson: youcansleepwhenyouredead.com/wordpress/winter-in-acadia-photo-retreat-guest-blogger-dixie-pearson/
- Amy Minton: youcansleepwhenyouredead.com/wordpress/winter-in-acadia-photo-retreat-guest-blogger-amy-minton/