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Fun Photo Field Trip to Rocky Neck : Color, Composition and Creative Seeing
You are invited to spend the day improving your photography skills while visiting a scenic Cape Ann destination. Have fun, learn something new, meet great people! Rocky Neck Artist Colony Gloucester MA is a great location to perfect your travel photography. In contrast to Rockport, which is "cute" Rocky Neck has a more gritty, industrial feel. There is amazing beauty everywhere you look once you learn how to see more creatively. I will help you challenge your assumptions about what makes a good photo great with in the field critique. With expert coaching and guidance you can capture the scene in a way that is creative, unique and exciting. During this one day photo field trip: • Gain confidence in going off Auto. We will practice setting the correct F-stop and shutter speed for a variety of subjects. • Discover how to create balance and movement in your compositions so they are engaging and tell a story. • Learn to see photographically and use the visual elements of light, color, and texture to bring our attention to your subject. See sample photos below If you want to emphasize reflections, get down low and place your camera as close to the water surface as possible. I loved the monochromatic colors of this shot and the fact that we only see the buildings in the reflection. We always have a great time together so check you calendar and see if you can join the fun for this photo excursion. I plan the day from start to finish so you get to focus on experiencing the beauty of the day and photographing it in your own way. We will go slowly, enjoy the easy walking and charming village scenes. Our subjects for the day will include: • The oldest running ship yard in the United States. Great gritty, Marine industrial subjects. • Artist galleries and small charming cottages. Creative compositions. • Seascapes shot from the vantage point of the old paint factory. Perfect your camera settings. Nautical Gritty Shots inside the shipyard warehouse. Beautiful light. Strong composition balancing the key elements in a way that is engaging. About your instructor: Suzanne Merritt is a master level instructor with a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. She has led workshops on beauty, photography, and creativity in Asia, Europe and the United States for the past 20 years. She was the founder of the Polaroid Creativity Lab and in 2015 opened The Curious Soul Photo School in Boston MA. website: ( see more of photography by suzanne and subscribe to her blog for inspiring tips. 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. 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. Knowing some inside info about your subject will help you select the most powerful compositions. These enormous, metal propellers always intrigue me. Bur so far I have not been able to capture them successfully. Maybe you will find the right angle to solve the visual challenge it presents. 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. Using color and lines to create strong leading lines. In this fun and educational event, you'll discover techniques that improve every single photo you take from now on. 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. After lunch we will photograph the artist spaces. Then we will take a short drive along the scenic coast to our final destination, Eastern Point Light House. 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. Logistics: We will meet at 10:15 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 4:15 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! There is also a light house 15 minutes up the road if you want to photograph that at sunset. 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: $145.00 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. WE are going early before the tourist season hits. 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 You are invited to visit my new website: ( see more of my favorite photos and subscribe to my blog for inspiring tips. 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Rocky Neck Art Colony

15 Rocky Neck · Gloucester


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Greetings !
Welcome to the photography meetup group for amateurs who want to discover the beauty of Boston and learn how to take better photos.

This group offers actual classes and workshops designed to help you become a better photographer regardless of your current level or camera equipment. I am a professional photography instructor with 20 years of experience in designing and teaching workshops. I design fun, challenging learning activities for each session that build skills in creative seeing, camera navigation, and photographers way of being. Much of what I teach, I learned while working at Polaroid Corporation for 15 years. My ideas about creativity, beauty, and photography offer a fresh perspective on photography. I take your photography seriously, but we have fun along the way.

Whether you have always called Boston home, or are just learning your way around, this photography group is a great way to discover the beauty of Boston. We are serious about having fun together. We will learn about Boston while honing our photography skills. And after class we always make time for socializing with food and drinks in the neighborhood we are exploring together.

If you've ever wanted to learn how to take better photos, but you don't want to get bogged down with all the technical stuff, then you're going to love this.

This meetup group is for you if:

• You own a camera (or smart phone with a camera) and you'd really like to use it more, but you're not really sure where to start and what to do.

• You would like to explore different neighborhoods in Boston like Chinatown, The North End, and Beacon Hill.

• You enjoy meeting likeminded people from different cultures who love photography.

• Maybe you've taken a photography workshop before or tried picking up one of those thick, boring books, but you quickly got overwhelmed and overloaded with the technical stuff.

• You don't intend on becoming a "master photographer", but you'd like to learn how to take better pictures of things you find interesting. That could be nature, people, landscape, architecture, etc. Whatever you feel drawn to.

And the best part? The techniques you'll learn will have an immediate impact on your photography. You'll see an instant improvement and you'll also have an opportunity to get positive and constructive feedback for your work in a supportive environment.

If that sounds good to you, then I invite you to join our group. You'll learn a lot, meet some warm and wonderful people, and have lots of fun while you improve your photography, your English, and your knowledge of Boston. I'm looking forward to meeting you in person soon.

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