• Lake Superior Full Moon Workshop
    August 7 – 12, 2022

    Bristlecone Pine Full Moon

Dates

August 7 – 12, 2022

6 days / 5 nights

The full moon is one of the most breathtaking sights in the sky, and yet capturing interesting photos of it is a surprisingly difficult challenge. In this fun and exciting landscape photography workshop you will learn how to overcome the major challenges of shooting the moon so that you can create truly stunning and one-of-a-kind photographs.

Join me in the breathtaking Lake Superior to photograph the moon alongside the beautiful landscapes of this unique area. The Apostle Islands will be our stomping grounds for this workshop, and we will explore lagoons, State and County Parks, and the National Lakeshore as we photograph. We will primarily be on the largest of the islands, Madeline Island. But during the workshop we will also enjoy a sunset boat cruise with dinner one evening where we will have many opportunities to capture landscape shots of Raspberry’s Island’s historic lighthouse and Devil’s Island’s iconic sea caves.

This workshop is made of field sessions and classroom sessions. In the classroom we will learn everything that goes into making beautiful moon photographs, including the required gear, using the PhotoPills App, artistic and technical approaches to shooting the moon, understanding the moon’s motion, planning the shot, problem solving, and best practices. We will work together as a group to plan our shots, then go into the field to bring them to life! During the week we will have as many as five opportunities to photograph the moon in alignment with the wonderful natural and manmade features of the Apostle Islands. All our shoots will take place around sunrise and sunset, allowing us fantastic opportunities for landscape photography in addition to shooting the moon. During the day we will also have opportunities to discuss post-processing and the meaning of life.

This workshop is being hosted by the Madeline Island School of the Arts, consistently ranked among the top 5 adult arts programs in the USA. All classroom sessions take place on the MISA campus, and photography will take place primarily around Madeline Island, with a few additional opportunities to see the other islands. Participants are strongly encouraged to stay on the MISA campus as well for an amazing community and friendship experience.

Tuition

$1,595

Tuition includes:

  • 5 days of guided photography in the beautiful Apostle Islands, Lake Superior
  • All instruction on landscape photography, shooting the full moon, and post processing
  • All transportation, including stunning boat trips through the Apostle Islands

Itinerary and Logistics

Getting to the workshop

This full moon photography workshop meets on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. Participants are responsible for getting to and from the School on the island.

Transportation during the tour

Once you arrive at the School all transportation will be provided, including inter-island boat trips.

Lodging and Meals

On-campus lodging and meals can be booked directly from the Madeline Island School of the Arts. Lodging and meal costs are in addition to the workshop tuition. Click here for full details of the lodging and meal options.  You are also free to find lodging and meals on your own in the very nearby town of La Pointe.

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival Day. Sunday, August 7th

Your five night program with begins Sunday evening with a wine and cheese welcome reception at the School.

Days 2 – 5

This workshop is made of field sessions and classroom sessions. In the classroom we will learn everything that goes into making beautiful moon photographs, including the required gear, using the PhotoPills App, artistic and technical approaches to shooting the moon, understanding the moon’s motion, planning the shot, problem solving, and best practices. We will work together as a group to plan our shots, then go into the field to bring them to life! During the week we will have as many as five opportunities to photograph the moon in alignment with the wonderful natural and manmade features of the Apostle Islands. All our shoots will take place around sunrise and sunset, allowing us fantastic opportunities for landscape photography in addition to shooting the moon. During the day we will also have opportunities to discuss post-processing and the meaning of life.

Day 6, Last Day and Departure. Friday, August 12th

After our final morning shoot we will head back to the school to wrap up. Check out is on Friday afternoon.

Weather

Expect highs between 75 and 80°F, and lows between 50 and 60. There is likely to be a mix of sun and clouds, and even a chance of thunderstorms. Please check the weather forecast before the workshop and pack appropriately. And remember, 60° mornings can be quite chilly when you are on a boat out in the water!

What you Need

Camera Gear

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera (FX and DX format are both fine).
  • Lenses from wide (16mm) to telephoto (70-200 mm).
  • A long telephoto like the Nikon 200-500 mm or Sigma 150-600 mm lens. VERY IMPORTANT.
  • 1.4x Teleconvertor (completely optional).
  • Sturdy tripod.
  • Sturdy ballhead or gimbal head capable of holding a 500 mm lens.
  • Smartphone or tablet loaded with the PhotoPills app. (PhotoPills app is $10).
  • Paper and pencil for taking notes.
  • Filters (CPL, 10-stop ND, 6-stop ND, 3-stop soft GND recommended but not required).
  • Don’t forget extra batteries, memory cards, and lens wipes.
  • Water bottle.
  • Clothing to suit the weather and conditions.
  • Creativity and a positive attitude.

Highly recommended items

  • Flashlight or headlamp.

Recommended clothing

Due to variable conditions, we recommend bringing multiple layers of non-cotton clothing (Merino wool and fleece are highly recommended), a warm jacket and pants, a warm hat, gloves, warm socks, and sturdy footwear (waterproof boots or hiking shoes are recommended), with lighter layers for warm days. We also recommend bringing a windproof rain jacket and rain pants just in case. A wide-brim hat, sunglasses, and a large water bottle will also be indispensable.

Costs

Workshop Tuition – $1,595 USD

  • A 25% deposit ($398.75) is required to reserve your spot.

Lodging and Meals

  • On-campus lodging and meals can be booked directly from the Madeline Island School of the Arts. Lodging and meal options can be selected during the workshop registration and checkout process. Click here for full details of the lodging and meal options.  You are also free to find lodging and meals on your own in the very nearby town of La Pointe.

What’s Included

  • 5 days of guided photography in the beautiful Apostle Islands, Lake Superior
  • All instruction on landscape photography, shooting the full moon, and post processing
  • All transportation, including stunning boat trips through the Apostle Islands
  • Delicious, endless snacks throughout the workshop
  • A fun, positive, interactive learning environment
  • Small group size
  • Memories of a lifetime

What’s Not

  • Transportation to the Madeline Island School of the Arts
  • Lodging and meals
  • Personal items, souvenirs, passport/visa fees as applicable
  • Trip insurance

Cancellation Policy

This workshop is hosted by the Madeline Island School of the Arts and abides by their policies. View the policies here:

https://www.madelineartschool.com/policies/registration-policies/

Your Tour Leader

Josh Cripps

Josh is an acclaimed landscape photographer and educator from California. He gives presentations for companies like Nikon and leads exciting photo tours around the world. Josh has been obsessed with photographing the full moon since 2017 and is becoming known as “that crazy moon guy.” His photo of the 2019 annular solar eclipse earned worldwide attention and was published by NASA, CNN, and dozens of other media outlets.

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