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Boston Harbor Islands Overnight Photography Excursion with Joseph Marrone

August 24, 2013 - August 26, 2013

$75 - $200

This August 24 – 26, 2013, the Griffin Museum of Photography and Joseph Marrone are offering a workshop for members and non-members to the Boston Harbor Islands for a weekend photography excursion.  Come explore the islands for the day on Saturday, August 24 or choose to camp overnight for a one-of-a-kind photographic learning experience, Sunday, August 25 – Monday, August 26.

The Boston Harbor Islands hold a wealth of history, being active in harbor defense from 1904 to the end of World War II.

Project Description: 
The goal of excursion is to give individuals an opportunity to immerse themselves in a scenic and inspiring setting that is a world away from their own. They will gain new photographic knowledge and techniques, learn the cultural history of the islands, and explore the islands remaining forts and relics.

The backdrop for the photo sessions will be the serene and lush landscape of five Islands and the fine details that show the change of architecture and life on the islands and how it’s evolved over time. Over the course of the workshop, the group will be instructed on techniques that will allow them to create interesting and lasting photographs. At the beginning of each day, I will cover the basics of landscape photography to make sure that everyone is up to speed. As the day turns into night, I will demonstrate proper camera set up for shooting nighttime photography. History on the Islands can be taught on Ferry ride to Islands, during meal breaks and over a campfire. Each person will have ample amount of time to set up his or her campsite and to eat. Since the islands aren’t very large, there is no reason to rush.

Course Description:
I am knowledgeable in most types and levels of photography but not limited to macro, portrait, HDR, panorama, nighttime, light painting, long exposure and time lapse photography. Each day we will cover a few different techniques, broken down into separate times throughout the day and night. I will encourage the photographers to start making images right away but also guiding them towards creating beautiful and strong imagery. We will discuss a few of these techniques by focusing on one of them at a time visiting new islands. History of Islands will be taught during travel and down time but referring to early history arriving at new islands.

A detailed itinerary of each day will be sent to you after registration.

Equipment List: 
Here is an equipment list of important items to bring.


  • Camera (dslr, slr, point and shoot) -Camera bag -Sleeping bag
  • Tent -Bug Spray, Sun Screen -Food (snacks) and Water
  • Towel, Bathing suit (optional)
  • Extra clothes (socks, sweatshirt, pants) -Flashlight -Hiking or comfortable shoes

Each island has at least two park rangers patrolling twenty-four hours a day. All the islands have compostable toilets that are private and clean. George’s and Peddock’s Island both have fresh water; Peddocks Island has a fresh water pond. A first aid kit will be provided. The Coast Guard can arrive in 10 minutes for any type of emergency.


August 24, 2013
August 26, 2013
$75 - $200
Event Category:


Boston Harbor Islands
Boston , MA United States + Google Map