Experimental Photography

Using your camera as a tool to create HDR images, TImelapse video, night photography, and much more

With digital photography we have seen new kinds of experimental photographic processes emerge, broadening our vision beyond the confines of traditional photography. Whether it is expanding the dynamic range of an image, the focus range for macro photography, capturing time and motion, or even expanding the resolution of our cameras to produce stunning large photographs, these processes can greatly enhance our creative vision.

In this hands on week-long workshop Young Artists work both in the field and in the classroom to experiment with the following techniques: HDR (realistic as well as artistic), time lapse, stitched panoramas, night photography, focus stacking, and light painting.

Prerequisite: Students are required to have a desire to learn new techniques. Some of the techniques require specific software that we will learn together in class. Basic software editing skills, and being able to use your camera in manual mode is required.

What you will need:

Students should bring a DSLR camera, tripod, lens, memory card and a minimum of 120GB Hard Drive. We have cameras, tripods, and accessories available for loan for the duration of the workshop if needed.

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critique, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators, and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. 

All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day, and are driven back at the end of the each day, following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day, and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling, and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop, and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $75 over the one-week period for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.  

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board

Instructors

Matt Smolinsky

Matt is a practicing artist and dedicated teacher. He teaches photography, video, and digital art at the University of Maine, and has been on the Maine Media summer faculty since 2006. Matt received a Bachelor’s degree in communication from Boston University, and an M.F.A. in photography from Maine Media College. He began his professional photography career as a photojournalist working on newspaper staffs in New York, Michigan, and Massachusetts. Between 2002 and 2005 Matt lived in Seoul, Korea, working on a long-term documentary project while teaching kindergarten and English. In 2009 Matt co-founded a non-profit organization called Obscura, where he serves on the board of directors and manages the scholarship and publishing programs. He is a native New Yorker and currently lives down the road in Rockland, Maine.