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Marine Photography

Techniques and tips for getting that perfect digital shot on and around the water.

Tuition: $825

Note: This is a five-day courses ending Friday evening.

Photographing on, in, or around the ocean is very challenging. The coast of Maine is certainly no exception. Lighting conditions are constantly changing, offering unique opportunities for the most experienced photographer. How to make the most of these opportunities is the test every photographer faces.

Schooners full sail

As we’ve seen, digital cameras have changed the world of photography overnight. Well-known photographer Jon Strout and his able assistant Jane Peterson come to our campus to offer this unique photography course. MARINE PHOTOGRAPHY will be an introduction to camera technique, the chemistry of light, and capturing first-class images. During the week, Jon will conduct daily sessions in shooting with available light. By using proper exposures and correct shutter speeds, you will learn the techniques needed to capture a multitude of conditions.

Students will use their own digital cameras, whether point-and-shoot models or SLR. With the convenience of digital photography, the instructors will critique students’ work daily. Each morning each class will meet in our Boathouse to review the previous day’s work and prepare to cover new ground. But the real essence of this course will be taking pictures with your instructors and on your own. The WoodenBoat School waterfront and boatbuilding shops, the many harbors and local boatyards, the town of Brooklin, and nearby Acadia National Park will provide a wealth of photogenic material. MARINE PHOTOGRAPHY has been scheduled to coincide with the annual Windjammer Sail-In here at WoodenBoat — an exciting gathering of traditional schooners guaranteed to take your breath away. The challenge and pleasure of this week will be to capture it all on film!

I took away more knowledge than I could have done on my own for a year! Photography will be so much more enjoyable using what I learned from Jon and Jane this week..”
T.S., Gloucester, Massachusetts