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Spirit of Structure: Mid Coast Maine

Spirit of Structure: Mid Coast Maine

September 9 – 14, 2018 Mid Coast, Maine Class Size: 15 Registration is through the Maine Media Workshops

In this class we will focus our attention on buildings and locations of interest in the mid coast area. Possible locations include Montpelier, the home designed by Henry Knox for his retirement after serving as George Washington’s Secretary of War; Fort Knox; Penobscot Narrows Observatory; Owls Head Transportation Museum; LC Bates Museum; a day on Pemaquid Point and Penobscot Marine Museum. Locations will be subject to weather and availability.

Our time on location will be used to photograph both the interior spaces and the building in the landscape. We will work on mastering the tripod, proper metering and exposure for complicated lighting situations, and finding the best vantage point to make the photographs that tell the story you want to convey. We will work one and possibly two locations a day.

Several critiques will be held during the week. We will use this time to share our images and experiences with each other, using the information to focus more clearly for return visits to a previous or new location. In either case, the knowledge gained during critiques is of great value.

During the week we will focus on creating photographs. All camera formats, film and digital, are welcome. All levels of skill are welcome but you must know the basics of working with your particular camera. Large format and film are always welcome in my workshops but there is little time or opportunity for processing film.

For critiques film photographers should bring prints from previous work to share with the group. Digital photographers should bring their own laptop to edit for critique.

Course Goals: My goal is to assist you in making the best pictures you can make during our week together. I want you to make your images, not mine. I can help with the craft and we can talk at length about your ideas but in the end it is your willingness to push yourself to seeing and photographing in ways you might not have previously. I’m excited to take you to some of my most favorite locations to photograph in the mid coast area.

Course Outcomes: My hope is that you leave inspired about making new work using the tools and concepts you used during the workshop.


Registration is through the Maine Media Workshops.