2021 Bold Coast of Maine Workshops

WHERE

LUBEC, MAINE

WHEN

SEE DATES BELOW

CLASS SIZE

UP TO 6 PEOPLE

PRICE

$1500

REGISTRATION: Read EVERYTHING on this page first, you will find the reservation request form at the bottom of the page.

2021 Available Dates

ALL DATES ARE CLOSED -- WAITING LIST ONLY

All workshops are 3 nights and end early AM of the 4th day. All dates are equally good for the workshop in terms of angles of the Milky Way and the unpredictable weather!

June 4 - 7 (Friday 1pm - Monday early AM) - COMPLETED

July 5 - 8 (Monday 1pm - Thursday early AM) -- CLOSED - Waiting List Open

July 9 - 12 (Friday 1pm - Monday early AM) -- CLOSED - Waiting List Open

August 4 - 7 (Wednesday 1pm - Saturday early AM) -- CLOSED - Waiting List Open

August 8 - 11 (Sunday 1pm - Wednesday early AM) -- CLOSED - Waiting List Open

COVID-19 Safety Requirements

In order to attend this workshop you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time the workshop starts. If you will not be able to get vaccinated in time please check back next year. No exceptions, please don't ask.

Having everyone vaccinated creates a safer environment for all of us when it comes to carpooling, being close together when I'm helping you with your camera, indoor sessions, etc.

We will be meeting indoors at times, and you may join the group for an indoor meal in restaurants at your discretion.

Description & Location

Come explore the real Down East coast of Maine! Join professional photographer Adam Woodworth along the Bold Coast of Maine in Lubec, a small fishing village with a big heart and artist community, which also happens to be the easternmost town in the US. With lighthouses, rugged ocean cliffs, dark night skies, bald eagles, seals, and whales, this is an amazing place to photograph!

This is a landscape photography workshop, with a focus on landscape astrophotography with the Milky Way as conditions permit. This is the coast of Maine after all and clear skies are not guaranteed, but these workshops are scheduled around the new moon cycle so that we have moonless dark skies at night. This area is also a great place for dramatic sunrises and sunsets, with lobster boats, lighthouses, harbors, and rugged coastline as our foreground. There are also opportunities to photograph wildlife including bald eagles, seals, porpoise, whales, and puffins.

The Canadian border is still closed and I don't expect it to re-open in time for any scheduled workshops, so we won't be able to visit Campobello Island.

Curriculum

You will get an overview of everything I know about landscape photography and astrophotography and I will provide personal attention to each person throughout the class.

  • Milky Way photography
  • Sunrise & sunset photography
  • Long exposure photography
  • Focusing for stars in the dark
  • White balance, ISO, shutter speed
  • Star stacking for pinpoint stars and low noise
  • Separate foreground exposures and exposure blending in Photoshop
  • Planning shots with PhotoPills (available on the App Store or Google Play)
  • Lightroom & Photoshop editing
  • We will cover my entire editing workflow

Schedule

  • The schedule is subject to change depending on weather and other factors.
  • The workshop ends after shooting on the third night of the class.

Day 1:  1pm meet & greet, hotel check-in, dinner, shooting for sunset and the Milky Way.
Day 2 & 3:  We will have a 2-4 hour editing session on the 2nd and/or 3rd day depending on weather and the desires of the group, plus some daytime exploring, dinner, then shooting for sunset and the Milky Way. We may have a lot of daytime exploring and light hiking if the weather is good, but keeping in mind that we might need to pace ourselves for a long night out.
Day 4:  Hotel check-out and travel home.

In general we tend to skip sunrise as a formal group during this workshop, especially if we were out the night before, but we may optionally meet for sunrise if we weren't out late. I can certainly point you towards sunrise locations if we aren't meeting as a group.

Lodging

Lodging is not included in the workshop price. Cohill's Inn is offering $15 off per night for workshop students, details will be provided after registration, but there is no guarantee they will have rooms available. There are many other places in town to stay as well. I strongly encourage you to check lodging availability before booking your workshop.

Physical Requirements, Safety & Risks

This is an outdoor nature photo workshop and being in relatively good health is best for the activities we have planned. There will be some hiking involved. Usually we don't hike more than a mile through the woods as a group depending on conditions, but you are welcome to continue further. There will be walking along a cobblestone beach with loose rocks at night. Please be prepared with proper clothing.

Please note that this workshop is in the dark and often along rocky and sometimes dangerous terrain. If you venture out onto rocks at the ocean's edge you acknowledge the risk you're taking. All participants are required to sign a risk of acknowledgement form at the start of the workshop. Adam Woodworth Photography, LLC, is not responsible for any injuries during this workshop.

Not Included

The price of the workshop does not include transportation, camera gear, or meals. You are responsible for all of these.

Required Camera Equipment

You must have camera gear that will be suitable for night photography. Please do not book this workshop if you don't have the minimum equipment, refunds will not be issued if you arrive without the necessary gear. You may consider renting a lens if you don't have an appropriate one.

These are some recommended lenses from various manufacturers, this list is certainly not complete, and only includes wide angle lenses:

FULL FRAME
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8
Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8
Rokinon (Bower, Samyang) 14mm f/2.8

CROP
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8
Rokinon (Bower, Samyang) 10mm f/2.8 (not fisheye)

CROP MIRRORLESS
Zeiss 12m f/2.8
Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 (not the full frame 12mm f/2.8 fisheye lens)

OTHER EQUIPMENT

  • Camera batteries! Don't forget the charger!
  • At least a couple 16GB or larger flash memory cards
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Remote shutter release with timer and extra batteries, preferably one with a programmable timer. Or your camera may have an intervalometer and/or bulb timer built in.
  • Lens warmer to keep your lens fog-free at night - I will have enough available to loan to everyone if you don't have your own. Something like this CooWoo Lens Heater with this Anker battery is what you want. You can use any USB battery pack but this Anker one is small and light and will power the lens heater for 4-5 hours.
  • Headlamp with a red LED mode. Your headlamp MUST have a red LED mode on it to limit the amount of light that will get into the shots of other workshop participants and to help preserve your night vision. One like this Black Diamond Spot works very well.
  • Laptop for editing your photos. To get the most out of the editing sessions (if available) you MUST have up to date versions of Lightroom Classic (or other professional raw editor) and Photoshop installed. PLEASE NOTE: Lightroom is NOT THE SAME AS Lightroom Classic.
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR LAPTOP IS MODERN! OLD COMPUTERS WILL NOT WORK!
  • Warm clothing - it can get cold on the seacoast at night even in the summer!
  • Proper footwear - hiking boots recommended for some outings

Airport & Rental Cars

Bangor, Maine, is the closest major airport and there are rental cars available there. Lubec is about a 2 to 2.5 hour drive from Bangor. You could also fly into Portland, roughly a 4 hour drive to Lubec.

Tuition & Cancellation Policy

The full tuition cost for this workshop is $1500.

Since the dates are so close at this point, full payment is required to book your spot.

There are no refunds of any amount unless I can fill your spot. In the event I can fill your spot you will get a full refund minus a $200 cancellation fee.

In the event that circumstances beyond my control force me to cancel the workshop completely, there will be 100% full refunds given. But Adam Woodworth Photography, LLC, is not responsible for any non-refundable airline tickets, lodging, car rentals, or other travel fees that you may have purchased before the cancellation of the workshop. I strongly consider getting refundable airline tickets and travel insurance to cover such losses in the event of a workshop cancellation and you decide not to go on your planned trip.

Weather Policy

Night photography depends on clear skies, but sadly that is beyond my control! We will try our best to shoot every night of the workshop. However, I cannot offer refunds if the weather prevents us from seeing the stars at all. But I can tell you that you will come away with lots of knowledge for shooting and editing landscape astrophotography images! If we are clouded out at night we can go out for sunrise, and other daytime photography including the old smokehouse buildings, lobster boats, rocky coastline (fun for long exposures and black and white even on overcast days), macro shots of barnacles, sea shells, and other options. We also have the option of some more indoor classroom time if available and the group is interested.

Registration

Please fill out the form below to request your spot in the workshop. I'll check your equipment list to see if it will work for the workshop and I'll e-mail you back with information on how to pay the tuition online.

You must be 18 years of age or older. By filling out this form you acknowledge that you understand the weather and cancellation policies.