Coastal Maine | Creative Explorations in Botanical Photography
Location. The Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine
Dates. 2020 dates TBA
This workshop is a celebration of plants and their life cycle. We’ll work both in the studio and in the field photographing all parts of the plant—not just flowers and foliage, but seedpods, stems, fruit and more. Primarily a studio workshop, you’ll learn how to set up a simple, affordable studio in your own home to photograph plants and still life arrangements. We’ll work with both natural light and continuous studio lighting, and in both color and black and white. We’ll also get out to explore a number of outstanding Coastal Maine gardens during the week.
The setting for this workshop is mid-coast Maine and the picturesque harbor town of Rockport. Meals are provided under the pavilion on the Maine Media Workshops campus, and a number of visiting workshop instructors give talks in the evenings which are open to all workshop participants. Our days will be a mix of shooting in the studio, photographing gardens, discussions, demonstrations and image reviews. Come prepared to look at plants in new ways, to open your mind to creative thinking, and to grow as a photographer—no matter what your starting level.
The class is ideal for photographers with an interest in plants, flowers and gardens; avid gardeners who wish to expand their photographic skills; and those who love bringing nature indoors. Participants should be familiar with their camera equipment and image processing software, and should bring their laptops or tablets for processing images during the week. Recommended equipment includes a DSLR camera with lenses (macro capabilities are highly recommended) and sturdy tripod.
The workshop begins with orientation on Sunday evening and wraps up with a lobster (or steak) dinner and presentations from all the classes on Friday evening. Most participants fly in and out of the Portland, ME, airport, where they can either catch a shuttle to the workshops or rent a car. Bangor is also an option. There is plenty to see and do if you decide to stay a few days after the workshop and explore coastal Maine.
The course is offered by Maine Media Workshops. Registration and other arrangements should be made with them directly.