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Marine & Seascape Photography

How to “see” in black and white.

Tuition: $825

Note: Students should have basic knowledge of computer image processing. Students will need to bring a laptop, cords to connect your camera to your laptop, camera, strap, tripod, lenses (normal, telephoto, and any others you want to use), and water shoes.

Once upon a time, black-and-white was the only means we had to communicate with our cameras. For many of us, black-and-white is how we started off in photography, and how we saw images in print. A number of photographers still consider black-and-white to be the purest form of photography. It forces the viewer to see the image rather than the color.

Black & white photo

Shooting black-and-white photographs is in many ways different than shooting in color. There is much more contrast in black-and-white. Shapes and shades become more important. Each day, with guidance from your instructor, internationally renowned photographer Michael Kahn, you’ll learn to capture images using the building blocks for successful black-and-white photography--texture, tonal contrast, shape, form, pattern, and lighting. The coast of Maine is abundant with unlimited strong photographic opportunities and will provide a wealth of photogenic material.

Each day, Michael will lead participants on a photography shoot for a few hours in the morning, followed by discussions on Michael’s work. He will share his knowledge on lighting, contrast, composition, equipment film, processing, printing and more as these topics pertain to black-and-white boat, seascape, and landscape photography. Discussions will also include the work of famous traditional photographers like Beken of Cowes and Rosenfeld of Mystic, as well as discourses of the wooden boats themselves. We will also discuss how to edit your images and how to pick your unique style.

Black & white photo

Following lunch is another few hours of shooting, and an hour of questions and student work critiques where we will review a new image created each day. Shooting locations will include the WoodenBoat waterfront and work-shops, Babson Island, Center Harbor, Brooklin Boat Yard, Benjamin River, the Blue Hill reversing falls, Flye Point, and the beautiful town of Stonington. At the conclusion of the course, there will be a slide show featuring a selection of student images from the week that will be presented in the Boathouse after the Friday night lobster bake.

The goal of this week is to help you capture and create a strong image for black-and-white. “Seeing and thinking” in black-and-white is a very common difficulty for photographers. After this course, you’ll be up for the challenge!

Your MARINE AND SEASCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY course was very enjoyable. There was a lot of sharing and class members were an inspiration to me. Michael Kahn did a great job. His enthusiasm for photography was passed on to all of his students. He shared his work with us and explained the ways he shoots film and why which was very useful to me.”
M.G., Raleigh, North Carolina
Please accept my sincere appreciation for providing an amazing experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. You did it so well, so selflessly, and no words can do justice to the setting, its warmness and inclusiveness. It felt like I was at a family reunion. Thank you for everything!”
F.R., Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts