Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions. Many of your questions may be answered by these, but if not, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The beauty of these workshops and tours is they are open to anybody with a camera and a desire to learn how to take better photos. We will do our very best to customize the Photo Adventures to your personal photography goals. From very beginner to experienced enthusiast, everybody will get something beneficial out of a Photo Adventure. The Photo Workshops may have a different set of requirements and those are more targeted toward specific areas of focus. Please read through the Workshop details for more information and please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions.
Your admissions to any of the local attractions that are listed in the itineraries will be included in your workshop or adventure cost. These things may include a sailing trip, admission to a museum, wine tasting, tickets to a show, etc. Every trip varies, but whatever activities are listed are included, unless otherwise indicated. All multi-day “Workshop” participants will also receive a free goodie bag valued at over $20. In addition, you will have access to complimentary snacks and beverages during the classroom sessions and all trips will include at least one continental breakfast. Again, this will vary by trip.
Your lodging, meals, and transportation are not included with your Photo Tour or Photo Workshop fees. Although we may have some meals together out a local restaurants you will be responsible for your own tabs. Transportation to photo locations and classroom will be your responsibility and a car will be required. We will do our best to car pool and take as few cars as possible, but still plan on having your own transportation to get to the meeting locations every day.
The goal is to have the Photo Workshops range from 4 to 8 students. In some cases we need a minimum of 4 participants to run a workshop. The Photo Tours don’t have the seating restrictions and can accommodate a few more, but again, 4 students is the minimum. We encourage you to inquire and express interest well in advance. Once the 4 person requirement is met a confirmation will be sent to interested parties.
Because having a commitment of 4 or more people at once would be a great help, we would be happy to offer your group of 4 or more a special discount. Please contact us directly to inquire about a specific workshop.
If you will be coming to Maine at a certain time and there are no workshops or adventures on the schedule you can book some private time with either host. We would be happy to be your guide for a day of shooting in the Mid Coast or to be your Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop instructor. You can hire us by the hour or by the day. Please contact us for more details and pricing.
Our goal is for you to leave Maine a better photographer and I’m confident that you will. We encourage you to contact us prior to your trip with a list of specific goals that you have and we will ensure to work those topics into the schedule, along with plenty of one-on-one until you feel that you learned what you needed to learn.
After you book your trip online you will receive a confirmation email with more information. You will be provided with directions, a detailed itinerary, a complete list of recommended things to bring for the trip you are registered for, a waiver to sign, and any other pertinent information.
The Photo Tours are perfect for brand new photographers. We will also be shooting together and your hosts will be right there at side to guide you and answer all your questions. What better way to jump into your new photography hobby, but to have somebody to help you get started. These Tours are not photo competitions and no matter what level you are chances are you will learn something from your fellow participants. We are all out for the same goal, to have fun, learn more about our cameras, and walk away with some beautiful photos.
We always like to say, “It’s not the camera that takes great photos, it’s the photographer.” It truly doesn’t matter what kind of camera you bring . . . you will learn how to better use it and you will get some great shots. The more sophisticated the camera, the more control you will have and the more you are likely to learn, but even if you want to shoot with your iPhone, we can still show you some tricks that will have you amazed. Paula will be personally will be shooting with Nikon DSLRs and a Fujifilm XT-1 and Dee with both Canon and Nikons. The basic concepts of photography remain the same no matter what camera you are using. It’s always a good idea to bring along your users manual along (to make it easier on your hosts to find the specific answers to your technical camera questions).
The one that we can not guarantee is the weather here in Maine. That is completely up to Mother Nature. The good news is that some of the most interesting photos happen during, or shortly after, bad weather. If we have a complete wash out we will find some indoor locations to shoot and practice making the most out of unfavorable conditions – a lesson that every photographer needs to learn!
If you have a laptop we would certainly recommend bringing it. Although not mandatory for the Photo Tours, we will still be going over some Lightroom editing tricks and chances are you are going to want to practice them and edit some of your photos before leaving. It’s always best to have your laptop. The Photo Workshops, on the other hand, do require a laptop and the specific details of what to bring will be listed on each individual workshop’s description.
In addition to whatever camera body and lenses you bring you should also plan to bring a tripod and some rain protection for your gear. We may shoot in light rain and you should ensure that your camera and bag are protected. As far as clothing . . . it’s Maine so expect crazy weather. Bring warm clothing even in the Summer and a windbreaker will be your best friend. Comfortable shoes with a good grip will be required for walking on the rocky terrain. Other nice things to have include: a water bottle, sunscreen, and a USB flash drive to easily share your photos. Laptops are not required for the Adventures but they are required for the Workshops. All Workshop participants should plan to bring 4 – 6 photos of their favorite work for group critique.
We know it’s hard to have a non-shooting spouse and that you may feel guilty running off to a photography workshop without your wife or husband so we welcome non-photographer spouses to tag along for the shoots and activities. All of the sights and activities will be enjoyable whether or not a camera is around your neck. They will, however, have to pay their admissions to any activity that requires extra payment.