Acadia Night Photography Workshop
Instructor: John Tunney
Date: June 14-17, 2023 (Wednesday – Saturday).
Cost: Members $1095/Non-members $1195
Or Pay a Deposit $500 to hold your spot (full payment due by May 2)
Optional 3 nights hotel $375
Maximum 7 people
Join photographer John Tunney for a special 3-night workshop at the height of Milky Way season to photograph the stars against the dark skies above Acadia National Park and its dramatic coastlines, lakes, ponds and woodlands.
In three days of evening and night field shoots and class instruction we’ll cover fundamental and advanced night photography techniques, including:
– Camera settings
– Image stacking and other noise reductions strategies
– Use of Photopills, weather apps and astronomy apps to plan night shoots
– Light painting
– Compositing and exposure blending
– Editing techniques and strategies
– Creating star trails
– Proper use of headlamps and flashlights for night photographers
We’ll begin most days with an afternoon classroom session for instruction, editing and image review. We’ll have an early supper and then head out for a sunset and twilight shoot, and then into the night. Expect to wrap up between midnight and 2am. We’ll spend most of our time on Mount Desert Isle, but may venture onto the mainland too. The weather will guide our itinerary. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll adjust plans to include nightscapes, light painting and more daytime and traditional landscape photography.
The workshop is limited to seven people for the best experience and individual attention as needed.
Who is it for?
Any photographer who wants a magical experience photographing the night skies of Acadia and knows how to control aperture, shutter speed and iso, and has basic editing skills with Lightroom. We will be working with Photoshop, too, but prior knowledge is not required. It is also recommended that you purchase Starry Landscape Stacker for Macs ($10) or Sequator for PCs (free).
What to bring:
An Interchangeable Lens Camera (DSLR or mirrorless)
Fast wide-angle lens (14mm-24mm recommended and at least an F4, F2.8 or faster is highly recommended)
Extra memory cards and batteries
Computer with Lightroom and Photoshop or equivalent
Starry Landscape Stacker (Mac) or Sequator (PC)
Flashlight and headlamp
Sturdy hiking boots
Appropriate attire (it can get cool at night)
Snacks and water for late night shoots
Where to stay:
Lodging is not included, but rooms have been reserved at the Bar Harbor Villager Motel Annex in downtown Bar Harbor within walking distance of restaurants, shops and the harbor. The cost is an additional $125 a night, including tax. You must reserve your room through CCAC to get the special rate.
Instructor Bio: John Tunney is a fine-art photographer, photography educator and author. He specializes in fine-art coastal imagery, including impressionistic seascapes, traditional landscapes/scenics and night photography. As an instructor, he has led classes and workshops for many years, chairs the Cape Cod Art Center’s annual CLICK! Photography Conference and has presented informative and inspirational programs on photography to camera clubs and other organizations. A frequent exhibitor in art shows and festivals, John’s award-winning work has been featured in a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, and in many solo and group shows in galleries and other exhibition centers. He is the author of The Four Seasons of Cape Cod and is a contributing writer to Petapixel.com. You can see his work at www.jtunney.com or on Instagram at instagram.com/johntunneyphotography.