Considering signing up for your very first workshop, but feel intimidated by the gear? Have no fear! Our introductory workshops are designed to put you at ease, and take the mystery out of image-making technology. We'll help you make the most out of your own camera, or you can borrow some fantastic equipment from our Digital Services Department. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable with your tools, so that you can get to work creating beautiful images and telling compelling stories. You might feel green right now, but by the end of your workshop you'll be set up with a foundation of skills that can be built upon for years to come.

We gave the heads of our film and video departments some of your most frequently asked gear fear questions. Here's what they had to say...

I've only ever shot with a point-and-shoot, and don't own a "real" camera. What do I do?

We have tons of great gear available for you to try out. Borrow one of our Canon DSLRs for the duration of your workshop!

Will everyone in my class be bringing their own gear?

Many students bring the equipment they own and want to learn more about, but we have plenty of cameras, lenses, tripods, and flashes for you to borrow.

If I borrow gear, will someone help me learn how to use it?

Our Digital Services Department can help you learn how to use anything that they lend out. You'll also be doing plenty of experimenting in the classroom and on location.

Will I be handicapped if I don't know how to use photo/video editing software?

Being familiar with photo/video editing software is not essential for most introductory classes. But we do offer some great one-day, two-day, and week-long workshops focused on software like Photoshop, InDesign, and Lightroom for anyone who wants to learn more.

I haven't been in a darkroom in 30 years. Do I need to be able to mix chemicals?

Not for an introductory course. When you're ready for the advanced classes, you'll need to be able to mix your own chemicals.

Will Maine Media provide gear to borrow if I take a Destination workshop?

You will need to bring your own gear for workshops held outside of Rockport.

I'm not sure that I'm ready for a week-long workshop. How will I know?

We also offer one and two-day introductory workshops on select weekends throughout the year. Take one of those, and you'll be hooked! 

For a complete list of our introductory workshops, go to our website, select the discipline you are most interested in, and use the search tool to choose "Beginner" workshops.