Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2015 Grand Manan Photography Workshop Date Set! July 3rd-6th 2014

Very excited to announce June 25th to June 28th as the dates for this year’s Grand Manan photography workshop, four awesome days of amazing photography, great people, learning, and fun for photographers of all levels!.

 Looking forward to another great trip with some great people.
Here are all the details! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me! Reminder that if you can't attend all four days, or just want to do Machias, we can make it work.
And please share with all your photography friends!
 Grand Manan, named by Readers Digest as one of the world's 7 best small islands, is a beautiful island full of photographic possibilities! The fishing villages, lighthouses, wharves and boats. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Amazing shorelines. A wide array of geological features-cliffs, rocks, sandy beaches. Early summer wildflowers. Being a maritime island, the weather can be unpredictable, which can provide some interesting challenges, but also some amazing opportunities
View some amazing photography from previous workshop participants here:
Looking forward to another great trip with some great people. If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact me.

This four day workshop is for photographers of all levels, from beginner on up (iPhoneographers welcome too!) 
Noel will be guiding you around the various areas throughout the entire island, offering suggestions on settings and techniques to try to capture the best images of every site. Only ever used AUTO mode on your camera?  Don’t worry, Noel will fix that the first day.  Noel will go over settings, shooting techniques, composition, lighting, everything to help you get amazing images. There will also be critiquing sessions during the workshop.
Saturday will feature a boat trip to Machias Seal Island (weather dependant), where we will photograph the famous Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, a seal colony on the way back, and possibly see a whale or two!  Even if you aren’t a bird photographer, you will love this. By the end of the workshop you will have galleries of great images.

While taking the whole workshop will provide the best experience, we can work with your schedule! If you only want to attend Saturday/Sunday, or just go on the Machias Trip, contact me and we'll see what we can do!


Thursday June 25th
Arrival by ferry
11am Course Start
11-4pm Shooting
4pm-5pm Supper break
5pm-7pm Critique session
8pm-10pm Sunset shoot

Friday June 26th
Early morning sunrise shoot!
9am-4pm shooting
4pm-5pm Supper break
5pm-7pm Critique session
8pm-10pm Sunset shoot

Saturday June 27th
Trip to Machias
Seal Island (trip is dependent on weather)
Sunday June 28th
Early morning sunrise shoot!
Shooting until 3pm
Course wrap up
Depart on 5:30pm ferry 

Machias Seal Island is a disputed piece of rock in the Bay of Fundy which wouldn’t be special to most people, except for the fact that it is home to sanctuary for seabirds such as Atlantic Puffins , Razorbills, and  Common and Arctic Terns! I'm not a bird photographer by any means, but last year's trip to Machias Seal Island and that hour I spent shooting from the blind was absolutely amazing.
You can see some of my shots here:

I can take a maximum of 19 people with me.  14 can land on the island with me, the other 5 get to shoot from the water. As I had stated, I’m happy to be flexible with the workshop.  So if all the spots arent taken by full workshop participants, I’d be happy to take anyone who wanted to come just for that day!  If you need accommodations, I can see what the Marathon can do for you.  
More info on Machias Seal island here: We may see whales and a colony of seals too! PLEASE NOTE: Trip is dependant on weather and might be cancelled. If that happens, you will be refunded the cost.

A non refundable deposit by April 30th for $100.  This will allow me to ensure spots for the Machias trip.

-You'll get the most if you have a digital SLR or advanced point and shoot with Manual(M) or Shutter Priority Mode(TV/S), but iPhoneographers are more than welcome    
-knowledge of basic camera functions and settings is preferred, but Noel will be going over the settings to use throughout the workshop! Be prepared to learn quite a bit!
-a TRIPOD is a necessity.  I have an extra one if necessary that can be borrowed, if you are looking at purchasing one, I have recommendations on my site or my blog,   
-a laptop or iPad to download photographs to is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as you will taking a ton of photos and will most likely fill your cards! however, I will have a laptop if needed.  A small thumbdrive for moving images would also be handy

One participants, all accommodations/meals, single occupancy                   $1120(inc taxes)
Two participants, all accommodations/meal, dble occup (dbl bed/2 single)   $1850(inc taxes)
Tuition only (Grand Manan residents or those w/other accommodations)         $620(inc taxes)

For those not staying at the Marathon, meals can be included for an extra cost.
For others attending only part of the workshop, contact Noel to determine costs.

Full payment will be required by June 1st to ensure spots.  Payments can be made in installments up to that date.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST: Transportation to/from/ferry cost(info below) *Final meal while waiting for ferry not included in price*

Great workshop...exceeded expectations.  You are an excellent teacher. You have the ability to break things down and explain them as well as respect for an individuals style and approach to learning.  -CW

”It was really wonderful and I enjoyed myself tremendously!!  So much so when I got home Sunday night it felt like it had only been a day trip!!!  Met some really nice people and had such a great time.  It really was wonderful and such a great learning exchange. There were so many sites and sounds to take in yet alone try and photograph. It really was an incredible time and I truly enjoyed it all.  I’m still having some down time after it all but would recommend it to anyone!” -BE

Contact Noel to express your interest. Once I have enough to make them a go I’ll confirm final details.  As always, please forward the info to anyone you think may be interested.

Email Noel ( to register or for more information. Noel can be contacted via phone @ 506-608-6424

Ferry prices are here: Schedule:

VERY IMPORTANT-It is highly recommended that you reserve a spot for your return trip, which we’ll do on Saturday.

I have room in my van to transport people from the Saint John area to Grand Manan and back.  If anyone wants to save gas, or they need a ride, let me know and we’ll book you a spot in the Chenier Quest express!

Noel is an award winning photographer and educator based in Saint John, New Brunswick.  Since 1998 he was worked full-time as a photographer for the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and his work ( has won and been nominated for numerous Atlantic Journalism Awards.  But Noel’s true passion is teaching photography, and infecting others with that same love of photography. Noel knows that every learner has different learning styles, so he uses a variety of methods in his teaching, from lecture to visual to hands-on demonstration. He believes in sharing knowledge, not keeping secrets. He also has both a Bachelors of Adult Education and a Masters of Education from the University of New Brunswick, so he’s got the pieces of paper too. He’s created a photography learning portal at, has a photo tips blog at
He has also just released a series of Photography Assignment Apps on the Apple App store to inspire photographers!  Full info at


For more information on Grand Manan, head to
Sara Wormell, one of my former students, is an amazing photographer and is from Grand Manan, check out her website for some amazing photos of her home island

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Noel Chenier

I hope you find these tips useful!
If so, it would be awesome if you would check out my Learn Photo365 Photography Assignment Generator Apps on the app store, a unique photography app that's meant to inspire you to take great photos!

Perfect for anyone taking part in a Photo 365 challenge, there are over a hundred individual assignments and hundreds of thousands of potential random ones. Versions available for iPhone/iPod and iPad, including free versions so you can try them out! Full details, including reviews and tour videos of the apps can be found at Even if you only download the free version that would help get it up the app store lists!

Noel Chenier

Photographer and teacher
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