Capture the magical moments that exist in the quiet corners of everyday life

Great images are made from great seeing and the best news is that you can train yourself to see well. Seeing well photographically requires practice. It is not enough to “point and shoot” or “spray and pray”. What you hold in your hands is not nearly as important as what goes on between your ears and behind your eyes. Learning the basic concepts for a good photograph will give you a strong foundation for all future work. Therefore this class will cover five basic concepts for a good photograph: defining your subjectshutters, lenses and f-stops (the “why, when and how”); light (quality and quantity); advantageous use of the frame; and format (seeing the world in different shape).

This will be an assignment-based week. Like scale practice for the piano, daily assignments will help you to exercise your “seeing muscles”. You will be asked to shoot an assignment before you even come to the first day of the workshop. We will look at this work the first morning and each day after we will review the work from the day before. Each day you will have multiple assignments. One will give you the opportunity to practice the daily lecture topic. Other assignments will challenge your sense of view, perspective and feeling. Still others are designed to heighten your sense of the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Each morning we will review the work from the day before. One of my favorite four-letter words is edit and you will have many opportunities to practice as you will be asked to bring in only a few images for each assignment from the day before. I will give a short lecture on the basic concept for the day. Assignments will be drawn and the afternoon and evenings will be spent making (and editing) images.

All levels of photography, from beginner to expert are welcome in this workshop. However, a basic knowledge of how to use your equipment is required. This newly renovated workshop is designed to help bring an expanded awareness to your images, rather than focusing on the crafting of the “perfect” print. Bring your laptop for editing your work, if you have one.

If you are looking for a challenging week to work on your vision and training your eyes and mind to see and think more “photographically” this is the class for you. The challenge for me will be to find ordinary places in Maine. I am very excited to offering this class at the Maine Media Workshops and hope you will join me in this unique location.


Tillman Crane

Tillman Crane’s distinctive platinum photographs combine 19thcentury materials with a 21st century aesthetic.  From photojournalist to teacher and artist he has honed his technique and mastered his craft over the past 35 years. He made his first platinum print in 1987 and since 2001 his work has been exclusively shown as platinum prints. He works with 5x7, 8x10 and 5x12 view cameras.Today’s images focus on the unique sense of place he finds in the ordinary, everyday locations where he lives and teaches.

Tillman has published four limited edition books: Tillman Crane/Structure (2001), Touchstones (2005), Odin Stone(2008), and A Walk Along the Jordan (2009). For the discriminating collector, Tillman collaborates using images of your choice to create one-of-a-kind handmade books of platinum prints.

A skilled teacher, his workshops offer a variety of locations for all levels of expertise and camera formats. Tillman holds workshops throughout the U.S., U.K. and China. If the workshop schedule doesn’t meet your needs let him customize a one-on-one tutorial of your design.

Visit the Tillman Crane Gallery at 22 Pearl Street in Camden Maine, to see more work. Open by appointment. Contact: 207-230-0199, or visit


Course Dates

Aug 2 to Aug 8




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