The Coast of Maine Rockport and Bar Harbor, Maine

10/3/2019 - 10/9/2019

Why not go to Maine with your camera? Really, there’s nothing like it anywhere in the world. And we’re northwest-people, but we truly can’t get enough of Maine.

From the deep blues of the North Atlantic waters to the pinks of morning sunrises, it’s clear that this area is a color photographer's dream come true.  Add fall foliage into the mix and you have the perfect time to visit New England. Autumn color blankets the granite shoreline and the thick inland forests. White birches stand out against red, orange and yellow maple leaves. Nearby rocky crags reach out from the pounding surf.

A colorful character himself, Doug Johnson guides you through this week of beautiful scenery and photographic discoveries while providing an experience you won’t soon forget. As any trip to Maine wouldn’t be complete without visits to charming lighthouses and quaint harbor towns, you photograph Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, journey to Monhegan Island and discover endless compositions around Friendship Harbor. While visiting Acadia National Park, you photograph from atop Cadillac Mountain, along the ever-changing rocky coastline near Otter Cliffs and in the Birch Forest at the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

This course leads you through these many shooting locations – always at the best times of day – and Doug is right there with you, available to work side-by-side with you, answer your questions and talk you through any challenging situations. On top of that, he will offer constructive group critiques of your images so that you can improve tenfold.

Students in this workshop will learn:

  • How to properly expose their images with the Zone System of exposure.
  • How hyperfocal focusing can help you achieve sharpness throughout your entire image.
  • How to use Adobe Lightroom to process your images for greatest impact.
  • How to improve your landscape compositions.
  • When to photograph for the best possible lighting in your images.


This workshop will begin in Camden, Maine at the Country Inn at Camden Rockport on Thursday, October 3, at 7 p.m. and ends at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center in Bar Harbor, Maine on Wednesday, October 9, at noon.

Tentative schedule for this workshop:

Thursday, 10/3
Evening: 7 pm: Introductions and Orientation
Friday, 10/4

Field Shoot: Friendship Harbor



Critique / Lecture

Field Shoot: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Saturday, 10/5

Field Shoot: Marshall Point Lighthouse

*No-host breakfast at Port Clyde


Field Shoot: Monhegan Island

Sunday, 10/6

Field Shoot: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Depart Camden for Bar Harbor



Evening: Evening Off
Monday, 10/7

Field Shoot: Otter Cliffs & Little Hunter's Creek


Afternoon: Critique
Evening: Field Shoot: Cadillac Mountain (Blue Hill Overlook)
Tuesday, 10/8

Field Shoot: Wild Gardens of Acadia, Eagle Lake




Evening: Final Images & Triptych Due
Wednesday, 10/9

Field Shoot: Cadillac Mountain

Final Slideshow




 * Optional


Meeting Space

This workshop will begin in Camden, Maine at the Country Inn at Camden Rockport on Thursday, October 3, at 7 p.m. and ends at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center in Bar Harbor on Wednesday, October 9, at noon.


There is a room block set up at the Country Inn at Camden Rockport for the dates of October 3 through 5 (3 nights), departing October 6. Please make your reservation by calling the number below. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography to get the room block rate.

Country Inn at Camden Rockport
8 Country Inn Way
Rockport, ME 04856
Country Inn at Camden Rockport

Rates: $169 per night + tax (extra person $15 per night). Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis. The hotel provides a deluxe continental breakfast each morning.

Cutoff date: Make your reservations by September 2, 2019. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel for their cancellation policy.

The second location for this workshop is The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center. There is a room block set up for the dates of October 6 through 9 (4 nights), departing October 10. To make your reservation please go to the website below or call the hotel directly. The group number for Rocky Mountain School of Photography is 43039.

The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center
119 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Rates: $169 per night + tax (patio or balcony). Room choices are based on a first-come, first-served basis. The hotel requires a one-night advance deposit to guarantee the reservation.

Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel for their cancellation policy.

Cutoff date: Please make your reservation by August 5, 2019. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.

Air Transportation

RMSP is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.

The nearest international airport for this workshop is the Bangor International Airport.

Bangor International Airport
287 Godfrey Blvd.
Bangor, ME 04401

Travel during the Workshop

You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that you carpool to get to know fellow students.

Most major car rental companies are represented at the Bangor International Airport. Please visit the airport website for more details.


Workshop tuition includes a boat trip to Monhegan Island. Any additional fees and/or supplies will be the responsibility of the participant.


We want your experience at an RMSP workshop to be full of learning and fun. We recognize that preparation is one important key to success. The following is meant to be a packing aid, not a shopping list. If you have questions about what’s needed, please call Bob McGowan, our Student Services Associate, at 800-394-7677.

For RMSP’s general list of recommended gear, click here:

Note: Not everything on the website linked above is required for the workshop. Use the list below as your guideline and the link above if you would like a recommendation on a lens, body or accessory to purchase. Also, please register for the workshop before buying gear, as registration will make you eligible for the B&H EDU program which will potentially save you hundreds of dollars on gear. Learn more here:

  • Digital SLR camera or interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera
  • Sturdy and reliable tripod
  • You’ll need at least one lens. The “kit lens” that came with your camera (most likely an 18-55mm) will be fine
  • Bring any other lenses that you own (a variety of focal lengths is always helpful). Macro is not a focus on this workshop, however avid macro shooters may want to bring a macro lens.
  • Laptop
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Flash drive
  • Spare batteries for equipment (especially for your camera) 
  • Extra memory cards
  • Camera manual
  • Camera bag or backpack 
  • Note taking materials
  • Cable release wireless remote
  • Camera and lens cleaning supplies
  • Polarizer
  • Dedicated Flash
  • Filters (split neutral density, neutral density)
  • Lens shades for all lenses
  • Gray card
  • Professional air blower for sensor cleaning (eg. rocket blower)
  • Camera & lens cleaning supplies
  • Ground cloth, cushion or knee pads 
  • Camera rain cover if your camera and lens are not water resistant 
Personal Items
  • Weatherproof clothing that can be layered underneath for warmth
  • Medium to heavy jacket
  • Sturdy footwear for walking on uneven ground or trails
  • Yaktrax (in case there are icy trails or boardwalks)
  • Umbrella
  • Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks for between meals in the field
  • Travel alarm clock and wristwatch – or smartphone with an alarm 
  • Pocket sized flashlight
Tuition: $1,795
Deposit: $300
Possible Discounts:
Friend of RMSP:$50
Early Registration:$50
if registered before 7/5/2019


Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson is a Colorado native now living in Missoula, Montana. Before a life-changing pursuit of photographic art, he was an outdoor educator for more than 20 years, passionately teaching people backcountry skills in navigation, mountaineering, avalanche awareness and wilderness first aid. Since graduating from RMSP’s Summer Intensive program in 1996, Doug’s work has covered many diverse projects in the documentary, commercial, fine art and educational fields. Assignments have taken him from coyote shooting in Wyoming to the last stages of a woman’s life to the graffiti-covered alleys and abandoned buildings of Denver. He is currently involved in an ongoing project called Art Music, which fuses the art of photography with live musical performance. His educational philosophy is fun, intuitive and full of creative persistence. No matter where you are in your photographic journey, Doug’s balance of the aesthetic with the technical can help you further express your unique vision.



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EDU Advantage Program

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