Hone your digital photography skills in a picture-perfect part of the world. Using Maine’s beautiful outdoors as your backdrop, you and your group mates will collaborate, create, and edit memorable photos together under the watchful eye of our professional photography instructor. No experience is necessary – over eight days, you’ll learn, practice, and discuss the basics of digital photography. Your final portfolio may include anything from rugged landscapes, to portraits of your peers, to coastal wildlife. Amid your photography sessions and visits to quaint coastal towns, your group will also take time for meaningful community service, coastal hiking, beach-combing, and sea kayaking. You’ll leave the trip with great new friendships, a heightened understanding and appreciation for photography, a digital portfolio of your images, and a professionally printed and framed piece of your work.
Discover Maine Digitally
From our home base in mid-coast Maine, we’ll split our time between learning the nitty-gritty of digital photography with our instructor, and exploring the surrounding area with our cameras. We will experiment with apertures, shutter speed, lighting, and more. We’ll work on individual photos and editing, as well as collaborate in the analysis and feedback process. In addition to playing games and cooking as a group, we’ll spend much of our days on walks that highlight the beauty of Maine’s summertime splendor, exploring the bustling towns and working waterfronts near us, and sea kayaking along the rocky coastline. These activities are full of potential opportunities to snap great images!
The Apogee Touch
As with all of our trips, Apogee believes that outdoor activity sparks inspiration, wonder and creativity. Maine offers the perfect opportunity to take newly learned technical skills and physically apply them to a beautiful and complex setting – all with the support and collaboration of a professional photography instructor, outstanding trip leaders, and a group of great new friends. Together we’ll experiment, push our limits and learn from one another. At week’s end, we’ll celebrate our successes, friendships and memories with dinner out and a small “gallery opening”.
Please see our General FAQ page for many more frequently asked questions and answers!
Aside from the trip cost, what are the additional expenses for this trip?
Apogee’s tuition costs are meant to be all inclusive and include all meals, accommodations, and activity fees. The most significant additional expenses on our Maine Coast Photo program will include travel to and from Maine, a sleeping bag, a camera, and a laptop.
Does my child need to bring their own camera equipment?
The short answer is yes. Enrolled students will receive an equipment list that will provide all of the details. In brief, students will need to come to the trip with a digital camera that, at minimum, has the ability to independently control shutter speed, lens aperture, and ISO speed rating. Most point-and-shoot cameras have these basic features. (If you’re not familiar with these features – don’t fret! Any place that sells cameras, even online retailers, can tell you if a camera can do this.) You’ll need to bring an extra camera battery and your charging cord. Additionally, we ask that students bring a laptop and any cords and/or memory cards needed to connect the camera to the laptop. Students will also need a way to download the images from the camera to their computer. This can be done with a cable and/or memory card reader. Please make sure you have the appropriate cord and/or card reader to connect your camera to the computer. Our photo instructor will show students how to download the chosen editing program, pixlr.com or PhotoScapeX, both free programs, upon arrival. Please contact the Apogee office with any follow-up questions about these items.
What will my child have to do in order to prepare for his or her trip?
Our master photography instructor would like students to consider the following questions before trip start day.
- “What do I enjoy photographing or think I might enjoy photographing?”
- “Why do I enjoy photography?”
- “What purpose do I think photographs can serve?”
- “What purpose do I want my photographs to serve?”
Other than contemplating these questions, no other preparation is required for the Maine Coast Photo program.
What are the accommodations like on MCP?
There is no camping on our MCP trip. Instead, our MCP groups will be staying in rustic yet comfortable indoor accommodations in Maine’s mid-coast area. These accommodations will have regular access to electricity, running water, and secure storage for electronics and camera equipment. Students will sleep in beds with sleeping bags as bedding and will be able to shower daily.
What does a typical day on MCP look like?
Our MCP group’s schedules vary from day to day. Typically, about half of every day will be spent working with cameras and Apogee’s master photography instructor – learning the basics of the camera’s functions, shooting photographs, and editing our work. We will spend the other portions of our days in outdoor exploration (often with our cameras, of course!) – we’ll sea kayak, hike coastal trails, volunteer at a community-focused organization, and maybe even splash around in the chilly Atlantic. In the evening, we’ll cook as a group, spend time playing games, and continue to work on our photos. We’ll likely seek out sunrises and/or sunsets to take advantage of different lighting conditions in our photos and make the most of our beautiful coastal location.
My child will be flying to this trip start. How will they connect with their leaders?
Please note that Apogee staff members do not travel with students; our trip leaders will already be in Maine on arrival day and will stay in Maine after the trip ends. Apogee staff and trip leaders will have a detailed flight itinerary for each student who is flying to the trip start and will be at the airport to greet them on arrival. Once students are with their leaders, they will call home to let their parents know they have arrived and are with their group. Please see our blog post for specifics regarding students traveling as Unaccompanied Minors. Further, we encourage you to coordinate travel with other attendees; we’re happy to put you in touch with other enrolled families from your region. We will provide enrolled families with a Travel Information document covering details specific to traveling to and from Maine, including airport information and arrival and departure time windows. Please contact Apogee with any specific questions or concerns regarding drop-offs and/or pick-ups.