Acadia NP Photography Adventure

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Acadia NP 18-OCT-2012 Lester Picker $895 $995 Sold out

Discuss this workshop

Stunning sunrises and rugged coastlines await.

October 10-14, 2016

Some call it the most beautiful National Park in the country, a tiny gem compared to its larger siblings. Whether or not you agree, Maine’s Acadia National Park is most definitely a sparkling jewel for its combination of geology, flora, fauna… and weather.

Join us for a 4-day exploration of the exciting photographic possibilities in Acadia. We will explore its intimate coves and vaunted mountains, its pristine seashore and lush forests. We have also timed this workshop to take advantage of fall foliage with its resplendent colors.

Each morning we will embark on an adventure taking us to the fog-shrouded rocky coast or to photograph sunrise atop a mountain. We might visit a beaver pond at sunrise to capture these amazing engineers hard at work. We might hike a wooded path to capture sunlight streaking through mature pine forests, or photograph along one of Acadia’s picturesque fresh-water ponds.

Each evening we will have an optional image review and critique.

The workshop will be led by Les Picker, a Nikonians Academy faculty member and professional photographer who has more than 600 published credits in National Geographic books and magazines, Forbes, Fortune publications, Better Homes & Gardens and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Les is the photo columnist for and his blog is widely followed and often quoted by media.

Les lived in Maine for ten years and received his doctorate in ecology from the University of Maine, using Acadia National Park for his research. Few photographers know the intricacies of Acadia as does Les.

This year Les will be accompanied by his video assistant, who will help participants learn how to more effectively use Nikon (or Canon) video on their DSLRs or point-and-shoot cameras. This creative outlet is increasingly being adopted by photographers to express their creative intent.

Workshop fee: $1095, plus hotel, transportation, meals. Down payment of $448.50 to be paid when signing up. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. Meals are at participants’ expense. Healthy snacks and bottled water are provided as part of workshop fee. Workshop Itinerary

October 10

Arrive by 5:00 PM in our Bar Harbor hotel

5:30-7:00 PM - dinner

7:00-9:00 PM Introduction and Orientation

October 11, 12, 13

Wake up early for sunrise/first morning shoot (locations are weather dependent)

Second morning shoot


First afternoon shoot

Second afternoon shoot

Sunset shoot


Evening image review and critique

October 14

Early morning shoot

Discussion and wrap-up by noon

Depending on daily weather conditions, we'll attempt to photograph these places:

Depending on daily weather conditions, we will photograph some of the most iconic and spectacular scenics in and around the National Park, including Jordan Pond and The Bubbles, Ocean Drive, Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs and Cove, Somes Sound, Bass Harbor, and more.

More Background

For more information about this workshop, please see Les' website here

For interesting reading about Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor and all the other picturesque towns where we will be photographing, including places to eat, I recommend these websites:

Explore, Eat, and Relax in Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Maine

A New Yorker Talks to Herself about Maine | News and Notes about Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island

  • You will learn

    • Landscape photography
    • Travel photos
    • Acadia photographic hot spots
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Special instructions regarding clothing, equipment and other information will be provided for participants when you register.
  • What is provided

    • Workshop instruction
    • You'll need to arrange for accommodations in Acadia. Les will provide hotel information to each participant.
  • Venue Information

      A venue for this workshop has yet not been locked down.


Photograph Acadia NP, Bar Harbor and the rugged Atlantic coastline.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop, we will refund your tuition except for a $125 fee. If you cancel less than 30 days before the workshop, we will refund 50% of the tuition. If you cancel less than 7 days before the workshop, we offer no refund.


Following Acadia NP Photography Adventure workshops are organized in Acadia NP:

Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
18-OCT-2012 Lester Picker $895 $995 Sold out
10-OCT-2013 Lester Picker $895 $1020 Sold out
16-OCT-2014 Lester Picker $1095 $1220 Sold out
15-OCT-2015 Lester Picker $1095 $1220 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.