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Spring in Acadia

5.0 (14 reviews)


When: Mon May 27th – Fri May 31st, 2025
Base: Mt Desert Island, ME
Max Students: 5

Tuition: $1,795.00

(Pay $850 Deposit when accepted – Balance due 30 days before workshop)

**This workshop is by application only – please apply below. (If you’ve applied for any workshop in the past, there’s no need to re-apply. Just let me know you’re interested in this workshop.)

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Join me for an exciting 5 days of nature and landscape photography in the beautiful and iconic Acadia National Park. Experience the majestic cliffs that rise sharply above the Atlantic Ocean, as well as pristine lakes and amazing mountain top sunrises. We’ll be visiting classic park locations like Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, Eagle Lake, plus many other less visited locations of equal beauty. My goal is to inspire your creative spirit, help you gain confidence, improve your vision, and push you to grow as a nature photographer.

What You Will Experience

I love teaching and working with other photographers – plain and simple. And you’ll see that each day of the workshop. We’ll visit my favorite locations to capture dramatic and expressive images, and we’ll work together to help you gain confidence in your composition, technique, and ability to convey your personal vision. The techniques we cover in the field will be reinforced in the classroom, helping you improve while still on location. We’ll spend time developing images in Lightroom CC Classic, cover many compositional skills, and learn from each other during photo critiques.

Some of What You'll Learn

• Solid foundation of camera technique (lens choices, exposure, filters, etc)
• Composition and visual design
• Understanding and using light creatively
• Using different tools to achieve your vision
• Creative RAW processing in Lightroom CC Classic

Skill Level

This workshop is designed for serious photographers – beginner to advanced – who want to improve and expand their creative potential. Regardless of your experience, this workshop will give you the opportunity to work closely with a passionate professional dedicated to helping you develop your personal vision. Laptop computer with Lightroom 6 or higher is highly recommended.

IMPORTANT– This workshop involves some moderate hiking over uneven terrain.You should be comfortable carrying your gear while hiking. Any questions or concerns, please call or email for specific info on the type of hiking we’ll be doing.


We’ll be headquartered at the Best Western Acadia Park Inn in Mt Desert Island, which sits right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The nearby town of Bar Harbor provides various shopping and dining options, a public library, great food, and many photographic opportunities when we’re not out on a shoot.
Lodging and food not included in the workshop fee. There will be a complimentary group dinner after the last sunset shoot.

Please call to make your reservation asap, as this is a busy time of year. We have a block of rooms set aside for workshop students – just mention “CreativePath Workshops” or my name.

Workshop starts Monday morning May 27th and ends Friday morning May 31st after our sunrise shoot, so plan on getting to Mt Desert Is on or before Sunday, May 26th.

Acadia Workshop Application

  • I am deeply honored and humbled to be have the opportunity to guide and support you through the next phase of your creative journey. It's also a privilege I don't take for granted.

    Please take the time to complete this application. I only accept a limited number of students and will be reviewing them on a first come first serve basis. If your goals and needs are in alignment with what I feel I can effectively help you with, then I will contact you as soon as possible.

  • About You

  • About Your Photography

  • Thank You

  • Thank you for your time, honesty, and confidence in completing this application.
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14 reviews for Spring in Acadia

  1. Gene Gibbons

    Outstanding workshop! Robert Rodriguez Jr is as gifted a teacher as he is a photographer. He helped me raise my photography to a whole new skill level. I felt I got much more than my money’s worth.

  2. Guillermo Cardozo

    I had high expectations that were all exceeded.

    FIrst, the location just promised to be gorgeous. And from Robert’s books and work which I carefully reviewed pointed that the time and money investment were going to be worth the effort. It was not only worth it, but it turned out to be one amazing personal experience.

    Robert is just 100% dedicated to make the learning experience effective for each student. Taking the time make sure each student is in the right path for getting our photography skills in a continuous improvement in the long term. We received strong foundation concepts and practical tips on visual design and composition for landscape photography. Throughout the 5 day workshop we received permanent guidance to experiment what we were learning.

    It’s not easy that a 5 day workshop runs smooth if you have not planned all the details. Robert is so meticulous with shooting locations, commutes, times and even meal arrangements that it’s the experience is just amazing.

    This is a unique opportunity that I’m just thankful I was able to be part of. Thank you to Robert for his dedication to us and to our great group of fellow students that made this experience memorable.

  3. Ed Sanford

    This was an outstanding workshop. Logistically everything was well-organized and efficient, and there could no be a better location for this learning opportunity. This session gave me the opportunity to work on my ability to “see” and organize the elements of an image in a manner that enhances my creativity. It had the right mix of field, classroom and one on one instruction. Robert is a passionate photographer and a great teacher. I would urge any photographer to take this workshop. No matter how good your skills may be, you will leave this session with another set of creative tools that will improve your work.

  4. Peter Block

    Five stars does not adequately describe my workshop experience. The location was amazing with a variety of subjects; the timing was perfect – we hit the peak of fall foliage; and the weather helped us at every opportunity. Robert knew where and when to go within the Acadia park.

    Robert is clearly dedicated to helping his students. He is knowledgeable on a variety of subjects, beyond cameras and music. He is willing and able to assist you in the field as well as in the classroom sessions. His sense of timing is great. When I needed advice or suggestions, he was just around the corner.

    The Acadia workshop was one of the best I have attended. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their landscape photography skills. If you are unsure about signing up, take a look at some of Robert’s videos that are available online.

  5. James Johnston

    This is my second workshop with Robert and first in the field. Robert is an excellent instructor and inspiration to photographers at all levels and Acadia is just the location to get those creative juices flowing. I can not recommend this workshop high enough to those at all levels hoping to improve their skills and hone their vision in the field. The group was just the right size to allow for one-on-one help and group growth. I will be going on future workshops with Robert without a doubt.

  6. zbrett

    Thank you Robert for teaching me to see. During the week we had the perfect range of weather for a workshop – fog, rain, sun, clouds! The images are amazing and what I learned from you and others in our friendly group will change my approach to artistic photography from now on… Thank you.

  7. John Gorton

    The Acadia workshop exceeded my expectations. Robert is an outstanding instructor and conveyed valuable information to each student.

  8. Jeff Coyle

    I had a great time on this workshop. The small class size, combined with Robert’s great knowledge of photography and the park, made it easy to advance my photography skills (and take some fine pics).

    Robert really makes a great effort to get to know, and individually work with, each of the workshop participants. I’m really looking forward to working with Robert again.

  9. Charles Cino

    This was my first photography workshop and it exceeded all of my expectations. Robert works in a small group so as to allow him ample time with each participant.

    As indicated in a prior review the value far exceeds the cost of the workshop. Robert knows the many photo locations in Arcadia like the back of his hand and forced us to grow and learn to apply the principles he taught on each early morning and evening shoot.

  10. Tana Ebbole

    This was my first real photography workshop. I am now really spoiled as the number of workshop participants was only 5 students. Robert was cognizant to different skill levels and learning styles giving individual attention to each member. He also is a remarkable photographer and in addition to sunrise and sunset photography shoots we had 2 hours of afternoon instruction and learning which were very illustrative and important to our photography shoots each day. I was also very impressed as his focus was on his students not his own photography, he unlike other instructors I observed was not out to do his own shooting and photography.

  11. Leslie Landerkin

    I felt that Robert would be a great teacher after watching him in a B&H presentation. My expectations were surpassed as he also inspired me and enhanced my love for photography. He adeptly provides so much valuable information in presentations and also in casual conversations. I found his guidance especially helpful in the field as I was composing a scene – his subtle changes had dramatic impact in the image.

    Thank you, thank you. Well worth the money, time and work. And I made new friends during the workshop. Robert’s workshop application process contributed to forming a group of students who were similarly motivated and skilled. Thank you, Robert.

  12. Colin Barnett

    This was an outstanding workshop. The locations were well thought out, the logistics were well handled. Robert spent time with each student, and was fully focused on teaching. He used his iphone camera to take pictures on site to illustrate different ways of seeing. Robert also showed some of his prints on various papers. This was done not to sell the prints, but to illustrate how different kinds of papers suited different kinds of photographs. I enjoyed the fact that the workshop was five days, as I did not feel rushed. After the workshop, Robert provided a wealth of supplemental material online to reinforce and supplement the guidance he gave during the workshop. By great fortune, the workshop participants were a delight to be with. Robert’s passion for photography in particular, and for the creative process in general, was inspirational. I came away with more “keepers” from this workshop than from any other one I’ve attended.

  13. Brad Pollock

    I did Robert’s online Printmaker Masterclass during the COVID Pandemic after acquiring a Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-4100 large-format printer. That course was super helpful, and it put me on Robert’s mailing list. When I saw his newsletter announcement about the 5-Day Acadia Workshop this spring, I decided to go for it.

    The Acadia workshop was absolutely wonderful. As promised, it pushed me beyond my comfort zone and really helped me develop my artist vision. I learned an incredible amount and thought that the format was perfect. Robert knows Acadia National Park extremely well, so we were going out to wonderful sites every morning and afternoon. He used a very effective individualized approach with each of the five of us in explaining concepts. As an educator myself, I was very impressed with Robert’s teaching methods.

    The Lightroom editing get togethers in the middle of the workshop days were a really nice touch. We had a culminating 3-hour Zoom editing session last night (a few weeks after getting home from the trip with enough time in-between to review our captured images). Going through images from each of the 5 workshop participants (classmates) last night, we talked about what worked and what didn’t, and addressed some of the challenges in Adobe Lightroom.

    The workshop accomplished what I wanted it to, and it was extremely enjoyable in the process. I’ll be back for more.

  14. Brett Friedli

    The June 2024 Acadia workshop was fantastic! Robert guided our small class to beautiful locations and challenged us to see light, dark, motion, stillness, color and texture. I am a better photographer as a result. In the words of Ansel Adams: “A good photograph is knowing where to stand,” and, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” You taught me both. Thank you!

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