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Visual Story Telling



Course Outline:

  • Learn photographic skills that will improve your photography.

  • Composition and technique; what makes a good subject?

  • Best camera settings for different compositions and time of day; Low light including Blue Hour, Golden Hour.

  • Filter use, tripod, Panographs, ICM, long exposure, night photography, which lens is right for this photo, is color the best choice?

  • Ecological Photography: What am I trying to say? What am I feeling? 

Included with Tuition:

Instructional classroom time for Lightroom editing, and Photoshop. We will discuss other editing software options that include Luminar Neo, On 1, NIX.  A discussion of workflow, pre-location investigations and scouting will be included.

  • A group Zoom Session 1 week before the workshop.

  • 2 Sunset Locations and 2 Sunrise Locations to be determined by weather.

  • Locations to include Cape Cod Shoreline, salt marshes, lighthouses, boats, sand dunes, rivers, and inlets. 

  • Small workshop limited to 10 participants with 2 instructors - Sam, & Mark.

  • Q&A during the duration of the workshop for all things Photography.

  • Post-Workshop Image Sharing 

TUITION - $495

All levels are welcome and we'll spend as much time with you as possible considering each participant's needs. However, having some photography knowledge and experience is recommended. Email us if you have any questions. 

Some Things to Consider:

This workshop welcomes all photographers, including those who shoot with an iPhone, although bringing a Mirrorless, or DSLR camera is highly recommended to get the most out of the workshop. 

Computer Skills and Editing Software:

Much of classroom time we will be teaching and covering post-processing techniques and workflow. Both Sam, & I use multiple software platforms, but our primary program is Adobe Lightroom. Basic skills for editing your photos would be helpful, and having a working knowledge of Lightroom basics would be beneficial, but not necessary. 

Activity Level:

Mostly easy, with some medium level locations such as sand-dunes and uneven terrain. The majority of our locations don't require long hikes, in fact many are within several hundred feet or so.


That said, we begin early (before sunrise), and can sometimes run late for evening shoots. We will be giving you breaks during the day for downtime. Outdoor adventures do have some risk, all participants will be required to sign a waiver. 

Chatham Light, Morning Blue Hour

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Getting There  

The Cape is 75 miles from Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston, Massachusetts and T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence, Rhode Island with connecting flights to Cape Cod Gateway Airport (HYA). Learn more here: cape cod

Date and Time

The photography workshop starts late Friday afternoon, October, 4th, 2024, and runs through Sunday afternoon, October, 6th, 2024. 

Lodging and Meals

Lodging and meals are not included in the registration fee. Meals are the responsibility of each participant.  We recommend booking your room at (Hotel TBA soon). We will generally meet in the lobby to begin our day.


Day 1 

  • Gather in the lobby at the (Hotel TBD). Meet and greet, a quick overview of the class expectations. Head out for a sunset shoot. 

  • Night photography opportunity (Weather permitting).

Day 2 

  • Early Morning Sunrise field trip.

  • Break for Breakfast mid-morning.

  • Classroom session and post-processing late morning, into mid-afternoon.

  • Midday break (free time). 

  • Early Evening: Sunset photography jaunt.

Day 3 

  • Early Morning Sunrise field trip.

  • Break for Breakfast mid-morning.

  • Classroom session.

  • Review and Wrap-up.

Note: Itinerary is for approximate times, as this may vary due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Our goal is to make the best use of our time and be adaptable to the conditions.   


This is a great time of year to be on the Cape. Often called Cape's Second Summer; Fewer crowds, warm temps, and lovely Autumn foliage that usually runs thougth late October. 

What to Bring 

We'll have a download to our master list of clothing, gear, and other recommendations for this workshop. Feel free to contact us for any additional questions or concerns. 

What about Drones? 

Yeap, You Betcha! Both Sam & I are Part 107 FCC Licensed Commercial Drone Pilots. Many workshops may be anti-drone but we're not! We know the rules and would ask you to respect them when flying with us.  

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Nauset Light, After Dark, Sam Carr

TUITION - $495


  • Lodging and meals

  • Transportation to, and during the workshop

  • Airfare 

  • Trip insurance

  • Any additional excursions

Cancellation & Refund Policy


Upon cancellation of the class due to any circumstances beyond our control, we will transfer your tuition to another class, or refund your payment in full. 

Weather can make, or impair opportunities when photographing outdoors. While a little rain hasn't stopped us before, we can't promise optimal conditions i.e. burner sunrise/sunsets, photogenic clouds, night sky visibility, etc. 

We don't offer refunds for inclement weather, or weather events that may hinder our attempts to safely photograph when on location. We do however, make every effort to safely conduct the class, and offer alternative photo opportunities during the class when weather disrupts our plans. 

If you have further questions regarding payment and workshop details, please contact us: 

Seals inshore, Mark Houde


Photograph Cape Cod in Autumn

Learn to make more meaningful photographs

Discover new post-processing techniques

Have a ton of fun with other like-minded photogs

Make awesome memories and experiences

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Sandy Neck, Mark Houde

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Sam Carr, Mark Houde

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