Johnson-Maine

The Coast of Maine and Acadia National Park

10/04/2014 - 10/10/2014
$1795
$300

Tuition Discounts

$50 off
$50 off if deposit received by 07/06/2014
Please Note: If you are registering more than one participant, please call us at 1-800-394-7677 to process it for you.

Where We Go: Between the reds and yellows of the fall foliage, deep blues of the North Atlantic waters and pinks of morning sunrises found along the coast of Maine, it’s clear that this area is a color photographers’ dream come true. Doug Johnson guides you through this week of beautiful scenery and photographic discoveries while providing an experience you won’t soon forget. As any trip to Maine wouldn’t be complete without the requisite visits to lighthouses and quaint harbor towns, you photograph at Marshall Point Lighthouse, journey to Monhegan Island and discover endless compositions around Friendship and Port Clyde harbors. In Acadia National Park, photograph from atop Cadillac Mountain at sunset and along the Mount Desert Island coastline.

What You Learn: During this week you divide your time between location shoots held when the light is at its best, and a classroom setting in which Doug provides lectures on technical and aesthetic concepts.  These may include finding compositions that jump out at you, exposure considerations for shooting sunrise and sunset and how to choose the right piece of equipment for the job.  During field shoots, Doug is available to offer suggestions, answer questions and talk you through tricky situations.  His constructive feedback during group critiques further solidifies your learning process.

Considerations: You should be comfortable with the manual exposure operation of your camera. Be prepared to hike one to two miles on easy to moderate trails.

Tuition Includes

Monhegan Boat Tour

Locations

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Meeting Space

This workshop begins on Saturday, October 4 at 7 p.m. and ends Friday, October 10 at noon. You will stay at two different hotels during this workshop.

Hotels

While in Rockport we suggest that you stay at the Country Inn at Camden/Rockport for the dates of October 4-7. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly. Be sure to identify yourself as a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

The Country Inn at Camden/Rockport
8 Country Inn Way
Rockport, ME 04856

Rates: Standard rooms have been blocked at the rate of $139 per night plus tax.

Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservations no later than September 5, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy.

 

Your second destination will be Bar Harbor, Maine.  We suggest that you stay at the Atlantic Oceanside from October 7-10.  Reservations can be made by calling the number below and identifying yourself as a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Atlantic Oceanside
119 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(888) 296-0403

Rates: Standard rooms have been blocked at the rate of $149 per night plus tax.

Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservations no later than September 5, 2014. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy.

Parking

Free parking is available at both hotels.

Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The nearest international airport for this workshop is the Bangor International Airport.

Bangor International Airport
287 Godfrey Blvd.
Bangor, ME 4401

Travel During Workshop

You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that students carpool to get to know fellow students. Your welcome email will include questions asking how your prefer to travel during the workshop. Be sure to send back your information on time. Your final email will include a list of people who plan on driving and are interested in carpooling.

Meals

You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop.

Fees

Workshop tuition includes a boat trip to Monhegan Island. Any additional fees and/or supplies will be your responsibility.

Resources

Acadia National Park
www.nps.gov/acad

Camden, Maine
www.camdenme.org

Bar Harbor, Maine
www.barharborinfo.com

Maps
www.mapquest.com

Weather
www.weather.com

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson is a Colorado native now living in Missoula, Montana. Before a life-changing pursuit of photographic art, he was an outdoor educator for more than 20 years, passionately teaching people backcountry skills in navigation, mountaineering, avalanche awareness and wilderness first aid. Since graduating from RMSP’s Summer Intensive program in 1996, Doug’s work has covered many diverse projects in the documentary, commercial, fine art and educational fields. Assignments have taken him from coyote shooting in Wyoming to the last stages of a woman’s life to the graffiti-covered alleys and abandoned buildings of Denver. He is currently involved in an ongoing project called Art Music, which fuses the art of photography with live musical performance. His educational philosophy is fun, intuitive and full of creative persistence. No matter where you are in your photographic journey, Doug’s balance of the aesthetic with the technical can help you further express your unique vision.

The Coast of Maine and Acadia Schedule & Equipment List
(This is also downloadable by clicking here.)

Schedule

Morning Afternoon Evening
Saturday 7-9 Opening
Introduction & Orientation
Sunday Field Shoot Lecture/ Critique Field Shoot
Monday Field Shoot Field Shoot
*Boat Ride
Field Shoot
Tuesday Critique/Lecture Bar Harbor Field Shoot
Wednesday Field Shoot Critique Field Shoot
Thursday Field Shoot Critique Dinner Break
Friday Field Shoot Closing Ends at Noon

Please keep in mind that this is an example of the schedule.  This schedule is subject to change due to class size, weather and any other unforeseen need to make adjustments. 

Equipment & Supply List

Note:  The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. Please call 800-394-7677 if you have questions.

Equipment Checklist

Camera
Digital SLR camera

RMSP welcomes all other camera formats as well.
Please keep in mind that only digital images will be critiqued on this workshop.

Lenses
Wide angle lens (17-35mm)
Normal lens (35-70mm)
Telephoto (70-300mm)

Macro Equipment and Filters
Optional:
Macro lens
Close-up filters/diopters
Extension tubes

Filters
Polarizers

Optional:
Split neutral density filter (Singh-Ray – 1 stop hard, 2 stop soft)

Location/Field Equipment
Camera bag or backpack
Spare camera batteries
Equipment manuals
Tripod
Cable release/remote
Camera & lens cleaning supplies
Note taking materials
Rain cover for camera

Optional:
Lens shades for all lenses
Cushion or knee pads
Gray Card 

Flash
Optional:
Dedicated flash
Pocket bounce/soft box
Flash cord
Spare batteries 

Clothing and Personal Items

We suggest you bring the following with you on this workshop:
Weatherproof clothing that can be layered for warmth
Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots
A good umbrella
Light to medium jacket
Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm
Travel alarm clock and/or a watch
Water bottle
Pocket sized flashlight
Snacks for between meals in the field

Laptop Information

Digital SLR users must be able to:

  • Download and store your images on your laptop
  • View your images after downloading them
  • Select and transfer specific images for daily critiques using one of the following:
    • Empty Compact Flash/SD card
    • Jump Drive
    • Portable Hard Drive

All students must supply their own laptop computer with the following specifications:

RAM (Memory) – Minimum of 4 GBs.

Free Hard Drive Space – We recommend that you have at least 60-70 GBs of free space on your laptop’s built-in hard drive if you plan to store photos on your computer.

External Hard Drive – Bring 1 or 2 external hard drives dedicated to your photography.

Virus Protection – Please update your virus protection prior to the workshop.

Operating System CDs, Passwords and Cables/Cords – As needed

 

FAQ

What is the 2015 workshops schedule?
Please see our Event Calendar.
Which workshop is right for me?
Foundation Workshops require varying levels of previous photographic experience. Beginners should start with Basic Photography. Travel workshops require that you are familiar with the manual operation of your camera. If you are uncertain about where you should begin, please call and we will be happy to help you decide what class is right for you.
What is the cutoff date for registration?
We accept registrations on a first-come first-served basis until a workshop is full. Register early! If your favorite workshop is full ask to be put on a wait list.
How do I register?
  1. Register online
  2. Call the RMSP offices at (800) 394-7677
How many participants are in a workshop?
Depending on the workshop there can be a maximum of 14, 16 or 20 students. Generally we add an assistant when registration exceeds 8 students.
What is a "Friend of RMSP"?
Once you’ve taken an RMSP course you become a "Friend" and are able to deduct $50.00 off workshop tuition.
Explain Foundation and Travel workshops?
Foundation Workshops are designed with a stair-step approach that teaches you to think, see and create with your camera. Travel workshops take you to a beautiful location with an instructor who knows the area and the light and how to get you to the perfect shooting spot.
What is included in the tuition?
Most workshop tuitions include the instruction only. Hotel stays generally are not included. Selected hotels, most of which have special RMSP rates, are noted in the accommodations section of each workshop. Transportation is included on selected workshops. Additional charges such as entrance fees/admissions to national parks and select shooting venues are extra.
How do we pay for a workshop?
Most workshops require a $300.00 deposit and the balance paid 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Payment options include personal checks, cash and Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.
What is RMSP’s cancellation policy?
Please read our cancellation policy. Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes. RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.
Travel Insurance
RMSP recommends that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself from circumstances that may prevent you from attending a workshop. Please check with your insurance agent about this low-cost service. RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

Other Logisitics

Hotels
Blocks of rooms are reserved on most workshops. Unless otherwise specified workshop participants make their own reservations for accommodations.
Travel
On most workshops travel is the responsibility of the workshop participant. RMSP provides a car-share list as part of the workshop e-correspondence. Participants usually get together on the first day and make arrangements to share car rides for field shoots. We encourage carpooling for the sake of camaraderie and also to reduce the impact on our environment.
Meals
You will be given breaks during the workshop to purchase and enjoy meals, however in some locations meals take a second place to shooting at the right light. It’s always a good idea to include snacks for those moments when a regular meal is not available.
Free Time
RMSP wants to make sure you get what you want, need and expect from a workshop. Expect to be busy from morning until evening every day. If you’re coming to an outdoor workshop remember that sunrises and sunsets will be part of the shooting schedule!
Spouse / Partners
On most RMSP workshops non-photographing spouses/partners are welcome to come to shooting locations and some critiques. Lectures and any other learning sessions are not open to guests. Please call our office for the guidelines for your specific workshop.

Equipment

What should I bring?
Each workshop has a list of suggested equipment which will be sent in an email approximately 90 days before the workshop begins. If you have questions about a specific workshop please give our office a call.
Computers
All participants should bring a laptop computer for downloading, sorting, viewing and selecting images for daily critiques. Computer specifics are included in the equipment lists for each workshop. Digital lab workshops held in Missoula may have a limited number of desktop computers available for use. Please call our office if you need to reserve a computer. Please feel free to contact us either by phone or email with any further questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you to an RMSP Workshop!

Cancellation Policy

Note: Workshop content may change from that advertised based on weather, access to shooting locations, and other unforeseen situations. Whenever possible, registered students will be notified ahead of time of any changes. RMSP reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet minimum participant requirements, in which case participants will be informed as soon as possible and all money will be refunded. RMSP is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

Cancellation Policy for Workshops

  1. For cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the workshop start date: RMSP refunds any tuition paid, less a $50 processing fee.
  2. For cancellations received 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP refunds any tuition paid less the tuition deposit.
  3. For cancellations received within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: RMSP retains full tuition.
  4. For cancellations after the workshop is in progress: RMSP retains full tuition.
  5. For no-shows: RMSP retains full tuition.
  6. Refunds will be processed within 30 days after our office receives notice of cancellation.

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