Capture stories by utilizing physical forms and how they play with light.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

This workshop focuses on photographing in the man-made environment, rather than on the grand landscape. It is designed to increase your skills and to help you challenge old habits and break out of ruts. Your focus during the week is not about making the perfect photograph but in approaching the subjects differently, in taking risks, in shifting your point-of-view. The combination of working in a new environment and being deliberate in your photographing will change the photographs you make long after this workshop is over. In this class we will focus our attention on buildings and locations of interest in the midcoast area. 

Our time on location will be used to photograph both the interior spaces and the building in the landscape. We will work on mastering the tripod, proper metering and exposure for complicated lighting situations, and finding the best vantage point to make the photographs that tell the story you want to convey. We will work one and possibly two locations a day.

Several critiques will be held during the week. We will use this time to share our images and experiences with each other, using the information to focus more clearly for return visits to a previous or new location. In either case, the knowledge gained during critiques is of great value.

During the week we will focus on creating photographs. All camera formats, film and digital, are welcome. All levels of skill are welcome but you must know the basics of working with your particular camera. Large format and film are always welcome in my workshops but please note that film processing will not be available during the week.

For critiques film photographers should bring prints from previous work to share with the group. Digital photographers should bring their own laptop to edit for critique.

Course Goals:

My goal is to assist you in making the best pictures you can make during our week together. I want you to make your images, not mine. I can help with the craft and we can talk at length about your ideas but in the end it is your willingness to push yourself to seeing and photographing in ways you might not have previously. I’m excited to take you to some of my most favorite locations to photograph in the midcoast area.

Course Outcomes:

My hope is that you leave inspired about making new work using the tools and concepts you used during the workshop.

Note: Class will not meet on Saturday.

All image credit ©Tillman Crane



Past student work (left to right): Pip Shepley, Lynn Gardwood, Phyllis Raffelson, David Todd

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Instructor: Tillman Crane

Tillman Crane’s distinctive platinum photographs combine 19th century 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. He 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.