October Week of Fall Color

A 200mm lens combined with panoramic techniques quickly leads to massive image dimensions. At over 35,000 pixels wide this image could take up 10 feet of wall space.

October Week of Fall Color  – Panorama
Workshop Oct. 16th, 1pm – 20th 1pm
Full week of accommodation included
Check-in Oct. 14th 3pm, Check-out Oct. 21st 10am
Instructors Aaron Priest and Vincent Lawrence
5 Workshop participants max.
ONLY 2 Spots Remaining

Acadia Images is excited to offer new workshop for the 2018 fall foliage season.  We will be hosting a 4-day panorama-focused nature photography workshop with a weeks worth of accommodation at a private house located in the photographic hub of Acadia, overlooking Northeast Harbor. For this workshop there will be two instructors:  Vincent Lawrence, owner of Acadia Images and year-around resident of the area.  Co-instructing will be Aaron Priest, a world renown panoramic and high-resolution photographer from Maine.  Aaron has been collaborating with Acadia Images for several years on workshops including Milky Way, Milky Way Panorama, Night Sky Time Lapse, and daytime Panorama.

By including a full week of accommodation you are able to arrive early and stay an extra day, making the most of the Fall Foliage season in Acadia.  Take some time to explore on your own.

NOTE: If you are registered and unable to attend the accommodation portion of tuition ($800) is non-refundable. The remaining tuition can be used towards a future workshop.

What the workshop covers:

Learn everything from the basics to the complex of panorama photography in this post-processing intense 4-day workshop. All the principles of nature photography still apply, but there are unique considerations for panoramic compositions. If you have never tried a pano, have tried but had problematic results, or want to learn how to perfect this technique this is the workshop for you.  Please bring whatever pano gear you have and if you want to try out panos for the first time there are two Really Right Stuff multi-row panning heads to experiment with.  Post processing will be a major focus of this workshop and you will need to bring a laptop with Photoshop 6 (or newer) or Lightroom 6 or newer (now referred to as Lightroom CC Classic).  If you really want to get into multi-row panoramas you’ll want to have either PTGui (recommended), AutoPano Giga, or Hugin (free).

This workshop with start at 1pm on October 16th with an overview of panoramic technique and pitfalls.  We’ll then delve into the issue of parallax and diagnosing the no-parallax-point on your camera.  We’ll head out into beautiful Acadia National Park in the late afternoon to start shooting panorama material.

This workshop covers:

  • Camera settings for panorama
  • No-parallax-point identification
  • Use of panning heads
  • Single row panos
  • Multi-row panos
  • Spherical panos
  • Dynamic range issues and HDR
  • Image post-processing for panoramas
  • Stitching and blending
  • Projections and distortion

At a minimum you will need a camera, lens, tripod, tripod head with an independent panning lock, and a laptop with Lightroom 6 or Photoshop CS 6 or newer.  If you have other equipment such as a panning clamp and rail (which is necessary to eliminate parallax) you will have more compositional options and better stitching.  If multi-row or spherical panos are your endgame then you’ll want to have a multi-row panning head such as the ones from Really Right Stuff or Nodal Ninja.

Panoramas get big fast, especially with 36 and 50 megapixel cameras. You’ll need plenty of available storage, both in camera and on your computer.  While out in the field it’s best to take notes, either on paper or on your phone, about the sequence you shoot.

Shot at 70mm, this multi-row pano can be enjoyed printed a full 7 feet wide!

The faint glow of fading evening light catches the foliage below the Beehive’s south face.
A simple 200 megapixel panorama gives high resolution but not necessarily a wide field of view.

The Accommodations:

We are including a full week of accommodations by hosting this workshop at a private townhouse overlooking Northeast Harbor.  Check in as early as 3pm on October 14th and checkout is 10am on the 21st.

What’s not included: 

Meals and transportation are participants’ responsibility.  There is a kitchen available for use at house.  Usually breakfast and dinner are taken as a group in town.  We carpool as much as possible to reduce traffic into the park.  Vehicles entering the Park are required to have a entrance pass, available to purchase at numerous locations around the park.