Autumn in Acadia Photography Workshop with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry/CMS Photography (October 14-18, 2019)

Autumn in Acadia

October 14-18, 2019
Cost: $1,995/person
Limited to 8 participants per session - 4 spots left

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For photographers, there may be no better time than autumn to capture the magic of Acadia National Park!

Join acclaimed instructor and outdoor photographer Colleen Miniuk-Sperry (who is also the author/photographer of the award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How, and former three-time Acadia Artist-in-Residence) on this unforgettable educational photography workshop, where you’ll have the chance to capture iconic photographs synonymous with Acadia - the rising sun from Cadillac Mountain, John D. Rockefeller’s historic carriage roads, and the classic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse – at the height of fall colors.

In an learning-intensive, supportive, and small group setting, where pushing ourselves to try new things will be encouraged, attendees will learn how to:

  • Incorporate the creative process into your photography to make unique and meaningful images
  • Connect more deeply with Acadia’s grand and intimate landscapes through mindful observations
  • Tap into visualization, visual language/composition, and lighting techniques to create unique and emotional visual expressions
  • Technically translate what you know, see, and feel into an effective photograph using exposure controls, depth of field, filters, etc.
  • Get immediate feedback on their work in the field and during two image critique sessions

As Colleen helps you get in the right places at the best times to catch luminous fall colors, thunderous waves crashing against the rocky shoreline, and inspiring historical locations across Acadia. Put a new spin on favorite Acadian scenes like Cadillac Mountain, Eagle Lake, Jordan Pond, and Boulder Beach. Explore the kaleidoscope of color as the season changes in places like the Tarn, Sieur de Monts, and Duck Brook.

As you enjoy classic scenes and lesser-known photogenic locations through your own individual lens, you’ll bring home a stunning new nature portfolio of spectacular autumn and coastal scenes based on your unforgettable experience in Acadia!

NOTE: Due to overcrowding at the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse at sunset (typically 100+ photographers crowded around a 30-foot rock slab to “get the shot”), the group will not be visiting this location during the workshop. If photographing the lighthouse is important to you, please plan on adding a day before or after the workshop to do so on your own.

Physical Requirements:
Best suited for mobile, sure-footed participants who are capable of hiking up to two-miles roundtrip on uneven, rocky terrain while carrying their gear. Some steeper, stair-step-like climbs are necessary to access places like Boulder Beach, Newport Cove, and Bubble Rock. Participants may encounter slick, wet rocks along the coast and during inclement weather.

Workshop Includes:

  • Photography instruction (classroom, field, and two critique sessions) plus handouts
  • Expert guidance to iconic and off-the-beaten path locations within Acadia
  • Acadia National Park CUA permit & park entrance fees
  • 4 nights lodging at the Bar Harbor Inn in Bar Harbor (double-occupancy; limited single occupancy available upon request for an additional $500)
  • Continental breakfasts from October 15-18 (provided by the Bar Harbor Inn)
  • A free autographed copy of Colleen’s award-winning guidebook, " Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How " and eBook (which will be emailed to all participants prior to the workshop to help prepare)
  • An invitation to join the closed “CMS Photography: Workshop Alumni Forum” Facebook group

Workshop Excludes:

  • Airfare to Maine (best airport to fly into is Portland-PWM or Bangor-BGR)
  • Transportation to/from/during the workshop
  • Participants’ lunches and dinners
  • Trip insurance

A $500/person non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot on this trip. The final balance is due on or before August 1, 2019. Reserve now by Adding to Cart and completing the registration information at

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be provided in writing. Cancellations made:

  • At least 90 days prior to the workshop start date: A full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be granted
  • 89-61 days prior to the workshop start date: A full refund, minus the full deposit paid will be granted
  • 60 days or less prior to the workshop start date: No refunds will be issued.

If the vacated spot happens to fill prior to the workshop at any time, then a full refund, including the balance paid and the deposit minus a $50 administrative fee, will be granted.

There are no exceptions to this policy. CMS Photography strongly encourages you to purchase trip insurance to protect yourself in the event of unexpected circumstances preventing you from attending our workshops.