Beauty of Gloucester MA Rocky Neck Artist Colony: Creative Seeing, Storytelling, Travel

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety. Ansel Adams.

Rocky Neck Artist Colony Gloucester MA is a great location to practice your travel photography.  There is amazing beauty everywhere you look once you learn how to see more creatively. With expert coaching and guidance you can capture the scene in a way that is creative, unique and exciting.

I find most people want the photo to match their memory of the moment. But are often disappointed in the results. So they just keep shooting and shooting hoping for the best.  Sure you can get better on your own, but it is more efficient to get some guidance. I can help you simplify your photography so it shines! 

About our destination: Rocky Neck Artists Colony is the crown jewel of Gloucester's working inner harbor. It is the home of one of the oldest artist colonies in the United States and home to the oldest working ship yard in America! I have met with the owner of the ship yard and arranged for us to do a photo shoot in the yard so you will have special access to this fascinating area. I took these photos while scouting the location for our class.

We have permission to get up close to the ships that are being worked on and will hear the stories of their time a sea. You will have exclusive access to parts of the ship yard not open to the public to get the most unique photos possible.

The ship yard is a treasure trove of textures, shapes, and colors. I could have spent all day in this one spot, but there is much more to see on the rest of Rocky Neck

In this fun and educational event, you'll discover techniques that improve every single photo you take from now on. Bring your iPhone, Point and Shoot or DSLR. All levels welcome to participate in this workshop.  Moderate walking.

• Do you sometimes wonder exactly where to put the subject of your photo for greatest impact? My instructions on composition will make this clear.

• Are you sometimes disappointed in the shot you get because it does not match your experience? I can help you use color, line, texture and light to catch the moment.  

• Are you ready to take your camera off Auto but not sure where to start? We will cover the basics so you can take photos that are in focus and properly exposed.

Then join us and discover how to capture the true beauty of a place. Discover how to see the hidden structure of the scene. Once you see it, you can capture it in your photos. You will immediately feel the difference in your photography because they will have more impact and power.

You will each receive a private mini class during the workshop so we can focus on exactly what you want to learn on the spot. Questions about going off Auto? Not sure how to frame the subject? Want to sharpen your focusing skills? It is up to you to choose what you would most love to learn.  

Even if you have been to Rocky Neck before, this day is sure to help you see it with fresh eyes. I have scouted some fantastic areas for our class to shoot. We will work in three different areas so you can collect a variety of images including the galleries, the docks and and a historic point with a fantastic view of the Gloucester Harbor.  

There will be three structured"assignments" designed to challenge your creativity and encourage your unique style of photography. These assignments will come with a handout and a specific skill for you to hone during the assignment. For example, you might be asked to show us Rocky Neck using only color. This could require a completely fresh point of view bound to make your images more dynamic.

This is a "no technical jargon zone", so if you're a total beginner, I promise that you will feel at ease and totally comfortable in this relaxed and fun setting. I provide individual coaching and suggestions so you will improve immediately.

We will have a picnic lunch. You can bring your own or pick up a sandwich at a local shop.

Logistics: We will meet at 10:00 AM on Rocky Neck. If you live in Boston, some of us will take the 8:30 Train from North Station which gets us to Gloucester Station by 9:30 Then we will get a ride over to Rocky Neck. And some people may drive from Boston so carpooling will also be a possibility.

Class will officially end at 4:30 you can take the 5:18 train back to Boston. There is also a later train if anyone wants to stay after class and have a lobster dinner on the docks!

Another option is for you to drive and meet us there. Get there any way you can but don't miss this opportunity to spend the day with other like minded photo enthusiasts. You will meet some great people, have some fun, and learn lots!

Tuition: $125.00 This includes materials, private coaching time, short group lectures with sample photos and mini critique. And don't forget, I offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not delighted at the end of the day. So there is nothing to risk and so much to gain.

This will be an inspiring way to get your photography skills up and running for the Fall travel season ahead.

Please RSVP today to reserve your space. I am limiting the group size to 10. I am very excited to be offering this photo experience and hope you will join us.

Warmly, Suzanne