Acadia, May 2016 Astrophotography Workshop

Landscape Astrophotography Workshop
Acadia National Park
May 3-7 2016

Where: Acadia National Park, Maine
When: May 3 – 7, 2016 (4 nights, leave on the 7th)
Class Size: Limit of 6 people
Cost: $1700 per person
Deposit: $300
Registration: Read EVERYTHING on this page first, you will find the reservation request form at the bottom of the page.

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The Destination

Join renowned photographers, David Johnston and Adam Woodworth, on a night photography workshop to the famous Acadia National Park. Adam Woodworth is extremely familiar with night landscapes in Acadia National Park, and knows where the locations are for night photography. You’re sure to shoot some of the best photos of your life in this amazing park with the guidance of David and Adam.


Throughout each day, David and Adam will help you reach your full photography potential by helping you develop your technical photography skills, as well as your creative vision for photography. You will be taught composition strategies and how to shoot incredible night photography. During any downtime, David and Adam will show you different post processing techniques that will help you take your editing skills and your overall photography to the next level.

Even though we will go over post processing, the focus of this workshop is to work on your night photography in the field. That means we will be spending the majority of the time shooting outdoors. With that in mind, it should be known that we will remain flexible due to the uncertainty of weather. If the weather at night is not suitable for night photography, this will turn into a landscape workshop during the day.

Here is a tentative schedule that we will be going by during the workshop.  PLEASE NOTE that the actual schedule will be dependent upon weather conditions, etc.  Please be flexible in scheduling during this workshop.

Day 1 (May 3): Class and meet & greet from 2-6pm. We will then head out to shoot from roughy 9pm or 10pm until 2 am.

Day 2 (May 4): Class from 2-6pm, night photography in the field from 10pm-2am.

Day 3 (May 5): Class from 2-6pm, night photography in the field from 10pm-2am.

Day 4 (May 6): Class from 2-6pm, night photography in the field from 10pm-2am. This will be the last night we shoot.

Day 5 (May 7): Since we conclude the night photography May 6, this day is for participants to check out and travel home.

Host Hotel

Atlantic Oceanside Hotel

119 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel has given this workshop a special group rate of $99 per night. If you book this workshop, you will be given the code for this rate.

Although we will use Atlantic Oceanside Hotel as our base of operations, you should feel free to stay somewhere else in or near Bar Harbor if you wish. Feel free to choose another property to suit your budget and needs

Physical Requirements

This is an outdoor nature photo workshop, so general good health and fitness will help maximize your comfort and enjoyment. That said, the activities we have planned should be well within the ability of people in moderate to good shape. Hiking will always be less than one mile (one way) over easy to moderate terrain.

Please note that this workshop is in the dark and often along rocky and 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.

What’s Included

Tuition covers guiding and instruction by David and Adam only. Transportation, lodging, meals, park entrance fees, and all other costs are the responsibility of workshop participants.

Required Knowledge

This is not a beginner’s photography class. You must be familiar with the basics landscape photography, the controls of your camera, exposure principals, etc. You probably should not book this workshop if you are still learning the basics of photography, and instead book later on when you’re more comfortable with landscape photography.

Required Camera Equipment

You must have the following items to take this workshop. 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.

  • DSLR – crop frame or full frame camera (please bring the manual)
  • Wide angle lens with an aperture of f/2.8 or brighter
  • For full frame, 16mm or wider is recommended. The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 is highly recommended, and the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 (Bower and Samyang make the same lens) is an excellent inexpensive manual focus lens but please test it to make sure you can get objects very far away in focus.  Some copies are not able to focus properly – refunds will not be issued if you do not test your lens for infinity focusing prior to the workshop.
  • For crop frame, 12mm or wider is recommended. The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens is a good choice.
  • If you have 24mm on a full frame or 16mm on a crop frame you can still get by as long as the aperture is f/2.8 or brighter.
  • Lots of fully charged batteries!  Bring as many as you can.
  • Lots of flash cards!  At least a few 16GB or larger flash memory cards.
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Remote shutter release with timer, wired or wireless and extra batteries
  • Chemical hand warmers (Little Hotties, Grabbers, Hot Hands, etc) for keeping your lens unfogged
  • Rubber bands to keep the warmers in place
  • 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 or portable computer (e.g. iMac) suitable for editing your photos.  You MUST have editing software installed.  My editing sessions focus on Lightroom and Photoshop, you should at least have Lightroom installed.

Recommended Items

  • Additional headlamp and/or flashlight and batteries
  • Laptop
  • External backup harddrive – I’d hate for you to lose your photos because your memory card dies or your computer crashes!  I recommend making backups of your photos.
  • Warm clothing – it can get very cold on the seacoast even in the summer!
  • Proper footwear – good grip and waterproof
  • Food & water – bring plenty to get you through the night
  • Things to keep you comfortable in the outdoors – bug spray, chair, blanket, etc


You must provide your own transportation to and around Acadia.  You will need to rent a car if  you’re flying into the area.

If you’re flying into the area please consider traveler’s insurance and refundable airline tickets in case the workshop needs to be cancelled or rescheduled for reasons beyond our control.

Park Pass

The outdoor workshop is held in Acadia National Park, you must purchase a park pass to display in your vehicle while you’re in Acadia.

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 Milky Way photos!

Tuition and Cancellation Policy

A deposit of $300 is required to secure a space on this workshop. Full tuition is due 60 days before the workshop starts.  A full refund minus a $100 processing fee is available if you cancel 60 days or more before the workshop starts. Within 60 days, we will only issue a refund if we can fill your spot.

Registration – SOLD OUT! Fill out the form below to be placed on the waiting list.

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 $300 deposit via PayPal.  You can use a credit or debit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account.  You must be 18 years of age or older.

Name *

I agree to the following: the fee for this workshop does not include lodging, transportation, food; I am 18 years of age or older; that I will be exposed to hazardous terrain; and I fully understand the weather, cancellation, and refund policies as stated above. *