Live your best creative life


Landscape & Nature Photography Conference

October 4-8, 2020 

From the mountains to the seasides, experience this 5 day, hands-on, autumn landscape photography conference shooting side-by-side with the pros.

Immerse yourself in the awe of nature at Acadia, one of America’s first National Parks. From glacier-scoured granite peaks to fall-covered woodlands, towering pines and rocky beaches, explore, learn and push your creativity as you photograph landscapes, textures and forms from sunrise to sunset and into the night, including Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Cadillac Mountain, Boulder Beach and more. All is conveniently located minutes from charming Bar Harbor, making it a perfect destination to spark your creative soul.


Learn from some of the world’s best nature photographers

Out of Acadia brings together over a dozen of the best nature and landscape photographers in the world. Ranging from grand landscapes to intimate scenes, learn hands-on a variety of photography styles and diverse perspectives from this all-star team. Each day you will go into the field to shoot side-by-side and photograph all the best places in Acadia National Park and surrounding area. With this many passionate photographers in one place, we promise to deliver an inspired, mega-workshop and photography experience for you to remember.

“It was an amazing week. In all different kinds of ways. You learn a ton of information from phenomenal photographers. It’s something for everyone.”

Location & Accommodation

Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine is the gateway to Acadia National Park where you will experience spectacular landscapes and photograph everything from oceanside cliffs to mountain forests, sand beaches and hidden gardens. You will stay at the Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor, an oceanside hotel that is set-up as a perfect basecamp for photographers, with first-class conference facilities and accommodation with ocean views. The surrounding area provides even more opportunities to photograph the local fishing community nearby, from lobster fishermen to lobster pots, buoys and nets. This was the location of our very first landscape conference and we are super excited to return to learn, play and be inspired.

“When talking about the magic of Acadia, locals and visitors alike often suggest there is something about this coastal park that grabs a hold of your heart and doesn’t let go.”
— COLLEEN MINIUK, Photographing Acadia National Park


What makes this conference unlike any others? You will be staying in Bar Harbor, Maine, the gateway to Acadia National Park, where each day you will experience spectacular landscapes and shoot side-by-side with over twelve of the best landscape and nature photographers in the world. Each day choose where you want to go and what you want to photograph. From oceanside cliffs to mountain forests, you won’t want to miss out on any of these epic photography experiences.
“The program was filled with amazing photographers to learn from. Whether you are a beginner or pro, this conference is for everyone. Highly recommend!”
  • Techniques for seascape, landscape and flower photography
  • Capturing great light
  • Find your photographic style
  • Slowing down and going beyond the iconic shot
  • Using ND filters for long exposures
  • Capture tack sharp images every time
  • Composing intimate scenes to grand landscapes
  • Techniques for dramatic night photography
  • Processing for dramatic black and white images
  • Workflow from capture to print
  • Post-processing secrets of the pros
  • And much more

A sample of the 100+ sessions to choose from.


Each day will be an adventure as you explore and photograph Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Maine. Keep yourself immersed in photography, morning, noon and night. Push your creativity and skills with daily hands-on, in-the-field photography classes, discussions and small group critiques.
Day 1

Meet & greet reception 4pm
Reception and Maine lobster boil
Welcome by Chris Smith, founder of Out of Chicago
Opening keynote presentation with Colleen Miniuk

Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

Morning field sessions
Group lunch/afternoon presentation
Afternoon field sessions
Dinner on your own in fabulous Bar Harbor
Evening classes, workshops, image reviews and night excursions
Scheduled time to work with an instructor one-on-one

Day 5

Morning field sessions
Group breakfast
Closing presentation
Check out of hotel (11am)

What makes us different?


We bring over a dozen photographers with multiple perspectives to one place and create an experience you can’t get anywhere else. With over 75 classes, workshops and interactive sessions to choose from, compare this to a regular photography workshop or conference, for just as much cost or more.

Traditional Workshop

  • Hands-on, in-the-field instruction.
  • Single instructor.
  • Small group.
  • One photography style and perspective.
  • Everybody follows the same schedule.

Out of Chicago

  • Hands-on, in-the-field instruction. (10 or fewer people)
  • Small group classes and interactive sessions.
  • 10-15 leading photography instructors in one place, at one time.
  • Diverse styles and perspectives from one photography genre.
  • Limited to 100 attendees for an energetic yet intimate event.
  • Meet other photographers with your same passion.
  • Social time with attendees and instructors including group meals and more.
  • Vendors and opportunities to buy and test equipment.
  • Choose from a variety of classes and excursions to create your own personalized, daily photography adventure.
  • All classes and field-sessions included in price.

Traditional Conference

  • 10-15 photography presenters.
  • Vendors.
  • Hundreds of attendees.
  • Additional pricing for field-sessions.
  • Everybody follows the same schedule.

Our promise

Live your best creative life

Out of Chicago brings together passionate enthusiasts with world-class photographers, all in one epic location, where you learn and shoot side-by-side with the pros. Since 2014, we have organized more than 15 hands-on photography conferences in Chicago, New York City, Moab and more. We are all photographers ourselves, so we understand what it takes to be inspired, get to the right place at the right time and live our best creative life.


From iconic landscapes to dramatic outdoor spaces, we handpick each location for our conferences so you can get the most out of photographing a place. Inclusive of first-class conference facilities to stepping out your door for the first morning light, we promise you a perfect place to learn and play.


Each event brings together over a dozen world-class photographers from across the country that specialize in one niche of photography. Spend five days immersing yourself in classes and interactive sessions, learning side-by-side from the pros. This means you can learn, shoot and play in your passion with others just like you.


Get five full days of personal, hands-on instruction in the classroom and in the field. We teach it. Then you practice what you learn, with your favorite photographers at the top of their game. Pro-level photographers will lead you on daily excursions and assist you in getting the perfect shot.


Take your photography to the next level with some of the world’s most creative photographers in their field. We’ve gathered over a dozen leading photography instructors, each with their unique perspectives, to teach you what they know. This means we are all here with one purpose – to help you make great images.


Receive feedback from instructors during daily group critique sessions or get post-processing help during your session. Return home with gallery ready images you are proud of.


Be part of a community that is as passionate as you are about photography. Get to know attendees and instructors over several days. Stay in touch afterwards on Instagram or in our private Facebook group. Come back the following year to connect again but, in a new location.



Reserve with a deposit of $1000. The remaining balance is due 60 days before the event. This event is limited to 100 attendees. Does not include airfare, accommodation, transportation or park permits.


What’s included?

Opening lobster bake dinner, 3 lunches and closing breakfast
Hands-on instruction from the top photographers in the field
More than 75 scheduled sessions to choose from for a personalized learning experience
Daily hands-on workshops and in-the-field excursions
Personal one-on-one sessions and small-group image reviews
Private Facebook group to connect with your fellow photographers to coordinate carpools

“Thank you for enriching our lives by bringing us all together with such beautiful, passionate instructors. They gave us so much inspiration. So many life lessons. Not just photography.”

Frequently asked questions

How do I get to Acadia?
You can fly into Bangor, Maine (1 hr drive), Portland, Maine (3 hr drive) or directly to Bar Harbor’s regional airport through Boston but it’s a small plane and has limited flights.

How do I book my room at the hotel?
Guests can make reservations for the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel by visiting and entering group code: 77530 or by calling the reservation team at 800.336.2463. Mention “Out of Chicago” at registration.

We recommend everyone stay here, since this is the conference venue, and part of the fun is hanging out with photographer friends and instructors, eating breakfast and sharing the elevator together as you start and end each day. Alternatively, you  can save a little money by staying across the street at the Bar Harbor Motel ($159/nt) or Acadia Inn ($179). The same phone number above should connect you to any of these hotels.

How are we getting to the photo locations?
We will coordinate carpools from the Atlantic Oceanside for each field session.

What Acadia locations will we photograph?
We’ll photograph lighthouses, seascapes, gardens, mountains, forest trails, tide pools, rocky cliffs, lobster boats, lobster traps and so much more in Acadia. Acadia and Bar Harbor are an amazingly diverse photography location.

What fitness level is required for the excursions?
Some of the excursions will have almost no walk. You get out of the car and start shooting from the overlook. Other excursions require a hike. We will describe the excursion difficulty in the descriptions before you choose your excursions.

What is the weather in Acadia in October?
Typically, highs are around 60 with lows in the 40s.

What if it rains or snows?
Be sure to bring appropriate weather gear. Remember that bad weather often makes the best images. Schedules will be re-arranged as needed to accommodate extreme weather conditions but most field sessions will go out in the rain.

Who is this event for?
Photography enthusiasts and pros. All levels of passionate photographers are welcome. Just be ready to eat, sleep and drink landscape photography for five days.

How can I learn more about Acadia before the event?
We recommend Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How, authored by Colleen Miniuk and The Photographer’s Guide to Acadia eBook by Michael Hudson. Both Colleen and Michael are instructors at Out of Acadia.

What photography equipment do I need?
You’ll want a DSLR or mirrorless camera and a tripod. We’ll share detailed equipment recommendations before the event. A laptop is suggested so you can work on your images during the post-processing and critique sessions.

Will there be a chance to hang out with the instructors?
You bet! Throughout the week we will eat meals together, go out to dinner in Bar Harbor and photograph together in small groups. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and hang out with your favorite photographers.

Will I be sitting in classes all day?
This is a hands-on, immersive photography experience. We’re not going to bring you all the way to Acadia to sit in a classroom watching something you could watch in bed on Youtube. Over five days, you’ll learn new techniques in the field while shooting with some of the world’s best photographers. There is classroom time available to practice post-processing and to get feedback on images, but you’ll be in the field most of the time. There are plenty of options available each day for you to create a schedule that matches your interests, inside and outside the classroom.

When will I choose my sessions?
We will release the full detailed schedule a few weeks before the event. We’ll send information on choosing sessions at this time and give directions to choose sessions. Group presentations are open to everyone. In-the-field sessions are limited to 10 participants. All participants will have an equal opportunity to get into the sessions of their choice.

Can I bring a non-photographer friend or family member with me?
Of course! They are welcome to join us for the group presentations at no charge. The in-the-field teaching excursions are limited to ten people and are reserved for conference attendees only. A meal pass will be offered at an additional charge so that they can join us for group meals.

What is the refund policy?
You can read the refund policy here.

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