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Out of Acadia: An Out of Chicago trip

October 1 – 5, 2017
The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center
Bar Harbor, Maine

We arrive October 1st for a welcome reception and opening presentation by Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, author of Photographing Acadia National Park. The next three days are filled with field sessions, classes and critique sessions from sunrise to night. Before we depart on the 5th we will go out to shoot one last time, eat breakfast together and end with our closing presentation.

Where is this happening?

The conference classes, critique sessions, post-processing sessions and meals take place at The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center. The Atlantic Oceanside is just outside of the park and is within a 20 minute drive of 90% of the best photo locations in Acadia. The conference center is less than a mile from the restaurants and shops of beautiful downtown Bar Harbor.

When should I arrive and depart?

Registration and hotel check-in begins October 1st at 3 p.m. The closing talk ends at 10 a.m. on October 5th. Please book your flights accordingly!

What is Out of Chicago?

We run the annual Out of Chicago Photography Conference. We also lead tours and workshops throughout Chicago. In 2016, we ran the Out of New York Photography Conference in the heart of Manhattan. Out of Acadia is our first landscape photography focused event.

What makes this different than the Out of Chicago Conference?

Well, of course, it’s not in Chicago. But the philosophy behind this event is totally different than the Chicago conference. The Out of Chicago Conference is a buffet. You learn cityscape, street, landscape, portrait, travel, post-processing, macro, wildlife and architectural photography. 400 photographers descend on Chicago for a diverse weekend of photography. The Out of Acadia trip is a steak dinner. You and 99 photography friends will immerse yourself in a landscape and nature photography experience like no other with some of the greatest landscape photographers in the world.

What do I get for signing up before November 5th?

  • You save $300 by getting the early bird price
  • You’ll be in the first group of registrants to choose your classes and excursions. Classes and excursions are limited in size, so be sure to sign up now.
  • Access to an online event this winter. You’ll interact with instructors, get tips for photographing Acadia and get the inside scoop on plans for the week.
  • Access to an exclusive night excursion with our instructors during the conference

Why did you choose Acadia National Park for your first landscape photography conference?

When choosing a landscape photography destination we needed an amazing location with easily accessible destinations. If we were to go to a park like Yellowstone, some of the locations would be 3-5 hours away from the conference center. At Acadia you’ll be able to take up to three separate excursions into the park each day while also learning in the classroom. There are a few iconic locations throughout Acadia, but we will take you to some of the lesser known gems as well. We’ll schedule excursions to more than 30 different locations throughout the park. And Acadia is one of the most beautiful locations on Earth. There is nothing else like it.

How can I research the park?

Without a doubt, the best resource on Acadia for photographers is Colleen Miniuk-Sperry’s book, Photographing Acadia National Park. Colleen is our opening presenter and will lead classes and excursions during the week throughout the park.

Who are the instructors?

We have Bryan Peterson, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry and Nick Page lined up. We plan to have 12 landscape photography instructors including many of your heroes.

What makes this different than a photography workshop?

For one, this is cheaper than many photography workshops. And most workshops have one or two instructors. We will have at least 12 instructors. Each one will be teaching their specialty. You’ll learn in the classroom. Practice it in the park. Then return for feedback from the instructors in small group critique sessions.

Will I learn in the field sessions?

Field sessions (or excursions) are limited to 10 participants. Your instructor is there to help you get great shots and learn new techniques. They will also be shooting right along side the group so you can see how the pros do it!

What kinds of classes are offered?

The primary focus will be landscape photography, but Acadia also offers many opportunities for close-up and macro photography. You’ll learn post-processing from the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop to advanced courses in Photoshop and luminosity masking. We’ll offer Landscape 101 to advanced landscape composition and understanding light. Using filters for landscape photography. Advanced techniques for time-lapse, long exposures, and multiple image blending. You’ll also be inspired to try fine art techniques to become more of an artist. Each of these classes will also have an opportunity to get out in the field to practice them or classroom time to try them in Photoshop or Lightroom.

How much does it cost?

The full price is $1249.

What is included in the price?

All classes, excursions and critique sessions are included in the price. The opening reception, lobster bake, all lunches and closing day breakfast are all included in the price. The price does not include travel to Acadia or hotel.

Do I need to pay for my meals?

Breakfast is included in your hotel stay. We will provide one other meal per day. There will be a lobster bake one night and we will provide lunch during the day. The other evenings will be free for you to explore the restaurants of Bar Harbor.

Are there additional fees for excursions or classes?

No! There are no additional charges. You will get to choose whichever classes, excursions, and sessions that you want at no additional charge. That does mean that classes will fill up. Register by November 5th to guarantee that you will be one of the first to choose your classes.

Do I need to pay for parking?

Nope. There is plenty of free parking at the Atlantic Oceanside

How do I reserve my spot?

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot.

Will there be equipment to try out like at the Out of Chicago Conference?

Yes! We’ll have many of your favorite equipment manufacturers on hand to loan out equipment to try during the field sessions.

Do I need to bring a laptop or tablet?

It’s not required, but if you do have a laptop, you can work on your images during the post-processing sessions and get immediate feedback from the instructors.

Will there be a chance to hang out with the instructors?

You bet! We’ll eat meals together, mingle at the reception and shoot together in small groups. There will be time throughout the week to ask questions of your favorite photographers.

Will I be sitting in classes all day?

This is an immersive photography experience. You will learn new techniques in class, but you’ll also be putting them to use. You’ll have the opportunity to take up to four field sessions per day and/or three classroom sessions for a total of up to six sessions each full day.

How are we getting to the photo locations?

We will carpool to each location. We will set up meeting locations in the parking lot. When groups meet they will consolidate into the fewest number of cars. Many of the parking lots in the park have room for only a few cars.

Will I get lost in the shuffle? How big are the classes?

The entire event is limited to 100 people. Breakout sessions are limited and field sessions are limited to 10 participants.

Can I bring a non-photographer friend or family member with me?

Sure! They are welcome to join us for the daily group presentations. Excursions will go to locations where space is limited, and thus are limited to paying photography participants. A meal pass will be offered at an additional charge so that they can join us for group meals. Email michelle@outofchicago.com for more information.

Where do I stay?

We have blocks of rooms at The Bar Harbor Motel ($139 / night), Acadia Inn ($149 / night) and the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center ($179 / night). Visit AOBarHarbor.com and use the code 14021 to get started, or call the reservations line at 1-800-336-2463, and use the group name Out of Chicago.

Will there be fall color?

That’s the plan. This is right time for Acadia. Of course, you never really know how good it will be until we get there.

When will I choose my classes?

We will open up full registration during the summer. At this point you will choose your classes and excursions. We will open it for early bird registrants before we open it to the public. Sign up now!

When is the rest of my payment due?

100% of the payment is due later this spring to keep your spot. Details will be announced soon.

Can I shoot the wildlife?

I’m guessing you want to know if you can photograph the wildlife. Acadia really isn’t known as a wildlife photography destination. There are occasionally moose and bear, but rarley in a location that make them photogenic. In the spring you can take a boat tour to see the Puffins. But in the fall, Acadia is a landscape photographer’s paradise.

What is the refund policy?

If you need to cancel your registration, you may cancel by August 2nd, 2017. You may choose to use 70% of your payment as a credit toward a future Out of Chicago event or a 50% refund of your payment. Refund payments will be made within 30 days of the end of the event. After August 2nd, 2017 there are no refunds.

How do I get there?

The nearest airport is Bangor, Maine. It is an hour drive from Bangor to the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel. You can also fly in to Boston, which would be cheaper. But it’s a 5 hour drive to Acadia. Or fly in to Portland, Maine. It’s 3 hours from Acadia.

Will you be shooting at night?

Yes! We will be teaching night photography and leading excursions at night.

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