Acadia National Park Night Photography – May 2016


Where: Acadia National Park, Maine
When: May 3-6, 2016
Cost: $1,700

Deposit: $300

Class Size: 6

Registration: If you have any questions or wish to register, please visit Adam’s workshop listing and follow his instructions.

Thunder Hole - Redux

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.

Aurora and Big Dipper Over Jordan Pond


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.

Sunrise From Cadillac Mountain

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:

Day 1 (May 3): Arrive at our home base hotel (see below) for a meet and greet. We will then head out to shoot.

Day 2 (May 4): We will have a class session before leaving to shoot night photography in the field.

Day 3 (May 5): We will have a class session before leaving to shoot night photography in the field.

Day 4 (May 6): We will have a class session before leaving to shoot night photography in the field. 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.

Boulder Beach & Otter Cliffs

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.

Early Autumn on Beech Mountain

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. All participant are required to sign a standard medical and waiver form.

Cobblestone Bridge

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 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.
  • At least a couple 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.

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 within 60 days before the workshop starts. Within 60 days, we will only issue a refund if we can fill your spot.

To register, visit Adam’s workshop listing and follow his registration guidelines!

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