Acadia National Park Photography Safari and Workshop

Acadia Photo Safaris are hands-on nature photography workshops conducted in and around Acadia National Park and led by Howie Motenko, a local, professional photographer. Every photo workshop explores camera setting choices, creating compelling and engaging compositions, and developing a photographic awareness enabling you to capture Acadia’s natural beauty. All photographers and all skill levels (beginner and beyond) are taught in a small, intimate group (limited to 6 participants) during our 3-hour photography tour. Workshops are offered in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings to suit your schedule.


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Jordan Pond Safari

Fri or Sun: 3 – 6 PM

$80 per person

Jordan Pond is at the center of Acadia National Park. We will explore the paths along the pond and the nearby carriage roads while following Jordan Stream to Cobblestone Bridge. Join this workshop and learn how to capture images of pond reflections, water movement, woodsy paths and architectural bridges in a natural, undisturbed environment.

Sunset Cruise Safari

Mon, Thur, or Sat: 4:30 – 7:30 PM

$110 per person

This Sunset Cruise places you on the water and offers a fresh perspective of MDI. Aboard our 28-foot 'lobster yacht', we will cruise to local islands and investigate marine wildlife, lighthouses, and fishing harbors with Acadia as the backdrop. This photo workshop provides a unique opportunity to include water reflections and the sunset into your images.

Ocean Drive Safari

Sunday: 8 – 11 AM

$80 per person

Ocean Drive, hugging Maine's rugged granite coastline, presents five miles of panoramic scenery. From Sand Beach, we'll travel adjacent to the ocean stopping at iconic scenes along the way. This safari will have you appreciating and photographing Acadia's sweeping vistas. Learn how to compose stunning images, using your camera's functionality.



A Private safari with Howie

This Private Safari is all about you! Starting with the picturesque landscape of Mount Desert Island and adding individualized instruction, Howie provides the ideal environment for improving your photography. Learning at your own pace, Howie will discuss your camera settings and hone your eye for compelling compositions. On land or on our boat, Howie will guide you to prime locations for capturing beautiful images while suggesting compositional alternatives, answering all your questions, and critiquing your images. Email for more details and to confirm dates.

Land Rate: $95/hour with a three hour minimum for up to 4 people. [anytime]
Boat Rate: $160/hour with a three hour minimum for up to 4 people. [May 15 - Sep 30]




Our mission is to help you improve your photographic vision and craft through a hands-on experience in the natural environment. Oh yeah, and having fun too!  If you are not satisfied, let us know and we will refund your money. It's that simple.