Workshops

Student Images From Amelia and the Southern Sea Islands

December proved to be the perfect time for a workshop based on Amelia Island. The weather was cool, but not cold. The winter light was beautiful. The marsh was still showing some green. There was a hint of fall color in the landscape. Beaches were quiet. And it was easy to find a parking space and to get into local restaurants.

We had a great group of women who gathered to explore Amelia, Big Talbot, Little Talbot and Fort George Islands—photographing natural, designed and cultural landscapes, along with seascapes and stunning skies. Here’s a peek at some of the work they created throughout the week.

Photos ©2018 Chris Wood, Betsey Henkles, Kate Kirby, Ann Leese and Sara Gray.

Student Images: Maine Media Photographing Water Workshop

What better way to spend a week in summer than exploring the Maine Coast, photographing water? We had a group that did just that in July. In addition to photographing the ocean, rivers and water gardens, they got their feet wet photographing fog and rain as well! Still water, moving water, reflections and recreational activities were all part of this class. Here are a few of the watery images captured by students:

Credit: Students of Photographing Water, a week-long workshop offered by Maine Media Workshops and taught by Lee Anne White, July 2018.

Student Images: Maine Media Garden Photography Workshop

We had a talented, enthusiastic and supportive group that gathered in Maine during July to explore botanical and garden photography. This was mostly a field workshop, with lots of time spent in lots of gardens--both public and private. Here are a few images highlighting the work of each student. Enjoy!

Landscape Photography Workshop on Great Cranberry Island, Maine


Landscape and Place
A Photography Workshop on Great Cranberry Island, Maine

August 9-11, 2018

Maine fog. ©2017 Lee Anne White.

Maine fog. ©2017 Lee Anne White.

What is this thing we call landscape? What do we mean by place? And what elements in the landscape give a place a sense of place? How can we move beyond the obvious shots to photograph the true character of a landscape or the "fingerprints" of place? We'll explore these questions through discussions, image reviews and extensive in-the-field photography during a three-day workshop on Great Cranberry Island, Maine.

The workshop is sponsored by the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation. Details and registration information can be found on their website.

www.heliker-lahotan.org/workshops

Student Images: May Studio Workshop

It's always a treat to share the work created by students in my workshops. This one took place in my studio in late May. We explored simple, creative ways to create a compact and affordable home studio for photographing nature with both natural light and continuous lighting. Though we all love photographing nature and gardens outdoors, shooting in the studio allows us to spend more time with our subjects, to work with them in more creative ways, and to do so in a controlled (okay, air-conditioned and bug-free) environment. It is also a great way to keep shooting in winter when it is difficult or impossible to work outside. Anyhow, I hope you will join me in celebrating the work of these avid and talented photographers!

Student Images: Advanced Explorations in Botanical Photography Workshop

In the Advanced Explorations in Botanical Photography Workshop this past fall at Maine Media Workshop, we spent a lot of time in the studio exploring natural light, studio lighting and still life photography. Of course, that didn't keep us from visiting a garden each day for fresh air, inspiration and just a few more images. Here are a few of the photographs taken by the students in that workshop. I hope you'll join me in applauding them for their work!

Student Work: Creative Explorations in Botanical Photography

Photo credits: Merrill Saltzman, Jonathan Harris, Scott Royer, Anne Blumberg, Bill Sargent, Suzie Mullally, Stu Schaffner, Sara Gray, Dianne Roberts, Bill Snyder, Judy Fletcher and Gary Biasucci.

I recently completed teaching the first of two photography workshops this year at Maine Media Workshops. The twelve students in Creative Explorations in Botanical Photography split their time between Maine gardens and the studio, taking a closer look at plants and exploring creative ways to capture their personality. Students came to the workshop with varying degrees of photographic experience. Some have photographed plants for many years; others were just exploring the subject in-depth for the first time. Most were color photographers, but a few shot in black-and-white. They all came wearing different hats: artist, journalist, street photographer, designer, documentarian, gardener and more. It was fascinating and inspiring seeing their work evolve throughout the week. The slideshow above showcases this work, with six images from each student in random order. And yes, the lupines were in bloom!

My second workshop at MMW is Advanced Explorations in Botanical Photography, which will run October 8-14 at what we hope will be peak leaf season (though these things are difficult to predict). It is a continuation of this initial workshop, and will delve more deeply into studio techniques and the development of a personal project. We will spend a bit more time in the studio and visit different gardens and nature preserves. The advanced class is open to anyone who has taken a previous botanical/garden workshop from me or by portfolio review.

What a Week at Maine Media Looks Like

At the end of each week at Maine Media Workshops, everyone gathers in the sound studio following a lobster dinner to share their week's work with the other classes and staff. I'm always amazed by both the quality and creativity of the work and the range of work being created on campus. While my class is busy photographing flowers in the studio or in gardens, others are creating books, filming documentaries or delving into alternative photographic processes in the darkroom. Still others are sleeping, as they will be up all night photographing the stars. This is a video created by the Maine Media staff showing some of the classes at work the week of June 18, which is when my workshop took place. Just thought you might enjoy an insider's look at what happens on campus.

New Video from Amelia Island Workshop

One of the participants in my recent workshop, Amelia and the Southern Sea Islands, created this wonderful video of our time together on the islands. Many thanks to the multi-talented Sara Gray for her vision, video footage, production skills and generosity. Thanks, too, to the workshop participants for sharing a few of their images from the week for inclusion. They were a fun and talented bunch whose company I thoroughly enjoyed and whose desire to look at things in new ways through the lens of a camera was inspiring.

Video produced by Sara Gray Creative