OUT OF ACADIA 2021

Landscape Photography Conference

October 10-14, 2021

Image by John Putnam

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 are conveniently located minutes from charming Bar Harbor, making it a perfect destination to spark your creative soul.

INSTRUCTORS

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 these world-class photographers. Each day you will go into the field to shoot side-by-side and photograph all the best places in Acadia National Park and the surrounding area. We promise to deliver an inspired, creative 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.”

– JEANINE

Highlights

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 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 this epic photography experience. The event is limited to 100 attendees. In-the-field sessions are in small groups, limited to no more than 10 participants per instructor. 

  • 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

Location and 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

Conference Price

$2400

Reserve with a deposit of $1000. The remaining balance is due August 31st, 2021. Event is limited to 100 attendees.

What’s included?
Opening Night Lobster Bake Dinner
3 Lunches | 1 Closing Breakfast
Hands-on instruction from the top photographers in the field
Daily hands-on classes, in-the-field excursions and image reviews
Customized schedule to fit your interests
Private Out of Acadia online community to connect with your fellow photographers to coordinate carpools

What’s not included?
Does not include hotel, airfare, transportation or National Park Pass.

“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.”

– USHA

Key Details

Itinerary
Out of Acadia, takes place October 10th–14th, 2021. The event begins on October 10th around 4pm with a welcome reception, dinner and opening keynote with Colleen Miniuk. We will end on October 14th at 11:00 am. We will share a more detailed itinerary with you as we get closer to the event.

Transportation
You are responsible for your own transportation. 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. During the event, excursion groups will carpool together with other attendees to each location or you can drive on your own.

Hotel Reservations
We recommend everyone stay at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel since this is the conference venue. Part of the fun staying in one place is hanging out with photographer friends and instructors, eating breakfast and sharing the elevator together as you start and end each day.

We have a block of rooms reserved for attendees at the conference center, the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel ($202 + tax a night) and the Bar Harbor Motel ($159 + tax a night) across the street. Registration information will be sent when you sign up for the conference.

Final Payment
Your second payment is due August 31st, 2021.

National Park Pass
You will need a park entrance pass to enter Acadia National Park. Park entrance passes are available at the park or online at Recreation.gov. We recommend you purchase this before you arrive.

Reading
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. For additional  information, please review the FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We have a block of rooms reserved for attendees at the conference center, the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel ($202 + tax a night) and the Bar Harbor Motel ($159 + tax a night) across the street. Registration information will be sent when you sign up for the conference.

After registering for your conference, you will get an email with details about the conference including key dates, hotel information and more.
Be sure to stay connected via email to receive crucial event communication including surveys about your preferences and updates as needed.

We will send an email to registered attendees before the event and ask you who you want to work with, what you want to learn, and the locations you want to photograph. Our team will take this information to create your personalized schedule for the event. One of the benefits of attending our conferences is being able to work with and get to know a variety of instructors, with a diverse range of styles. It may not be possible to go in the field with the same instructor every day, but everyone will be able to work with their top instructor choices and photograph their top locations.

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.

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 split the group to accomodate all hiking abilities when necessary.

Typically, highs are around 60 with lows in the 40s.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You can view all of the events you’re registered for by logging into your Out of Chicago account. In the upper right corner of the website, go to “my account” and “my conferences”. You should see your conference listed there. If it is not, please email us at support@outofchicago.com.

You can read the refund policy here.

With the evolving recovery of the pandemic, we continue to observe recommendations by  the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and local guidelines for events. This includes physical distancing, masking, health screening and sanitation protocols.

Please stay home if:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • You have had close contact with a person who has symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Please see our updated refund policy in case you choose not to attend or the state regulations do not allow our event to run with this format.

If you have any other questions, please email me at chris@outofchicago.com

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