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RAQUETTE LAKE, NEW YORK

Digital Photography: Conquering Cameras and Computers Without Curses

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Program #16453RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Sagamore is at 1900 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Digital camera and computer (laptop) and camera manual.

Itinerary for Jun 1 — Jun 5, 2014

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Type: Lodge

Description: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic.

Facility amenities: Lake, trails, 27 historic buildings, surrounded by Forest Preserve lands.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Baths in hallways, many with claw-foot tubs.

Additional nights before: 99
Please call for availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 01 - Arrival/Orientation
Afternoon: CHECK IN: Available from 4:00 pm

Dinner: The chef will carefully prepare buffet meals provided in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Dinners typically include selections such as: a hot entry, like creamed chicken over biscuits, veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti/meat balls, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham; salads, along with several dressing choices; potatoes, rice or pasta; a vegetable choice; bread or rolls; milk or juice. Coffee & tea are always available Note: Sagamore's buffet line is bountiful and varied. If you do not think that you can choose the foods you need for your special diet from the buffet, please supplement with your own that may be stored for your convenience in our walk-in cooler and/or cooked in an available microwave. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Sagamore's water is pure and delicious. Please do not bring bottled water.

Evening: ORIENTATION: Tonight we will meet each other, have an orientation to Sagamore, the great camp of the Vanderbilts, including a 15-minute DVD, and will go over the schedule.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic.

Facility amenities: Lake, trails, 27 historic buildings, surrounded by Forest Preserve lands.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Baths in hallways, many with claw-foot tubs.

Additional nights before: 99
Please call for availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 02 - Lecture/Workshop/Lecture/tour
Breakfast: All breakfasts are served in the Vanderbilt dining hall, with lovely views of the sun rising over the mountains of the Blue Ridge Wilderness. Breakfast choices typically include selections such as: one hot entry, like blueberry pancakes, egg strata, french toast, or scrambled eggs; hot & cold cereal & milk; a variety of donuts, bagels & pastries; and several juices. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests.

Morning: PRESENTATION: The course will begin witha lecture on composition, point of view, and understanding camera settings. This basic introduction to digital camera use will serve as your foundation for good photography with any camera.

Lunch: Lunch in the Sagamore dining hall. Lunches typically include selections such as: sandwich meats, cheeses, breads and condiments: a hot entree like macaroni & cheese or soup; various salads, like cole slaw or potato salad; cookies or granola bars; a variety of fresh fruits; milk and a variety of juices or lemonade. Coffee, tea, Sagamore water are always available.

Afternoon: ACTIVITY: We will take our first pictures. Sagamore has 27 historic buildings with unique rustic architecture. It is also on a pristine lake and has myriad natural subjects to select as your themes.

Dinner: Dinner in the Sagamore wood-paneled Dining Hall.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Tonight we will have a presentation on an aspect of Sagamore and the camp's role in Adirondack history. Sagamore was the wilderness retreat of the Alfred Vanderbilt family for over 50 years. It has been designated a National Historic Landmark. There are 27 authentic buildings to see while we discuss the functions of the structures and their uses for entertainment. Several famous guests stayed in the buildings you will be occupying including Gary Cooper, Gene Tierney, Howard Hughes and General George C. Marshall.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic.

Facility amenities: Lake, trails, 27 historic buildings, surrounded by Forest Preserve lands.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Baths in hallways, many with claw-foot tubs.

Additional nights before: 99
Please call for availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 03 - Lecture/Workshop/Nature Lecture
Breakfast: Breakfast in Sagamore Dining Hall.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Our discussion this morning is about demystifying digital jargon. Having read your manual will be a plus. Your instructor will help you translate the terms you know from traditional photography into this new language of electronics.

Lunch: Lunch in Sagamore Dining Hall.

Afternoon: ACTIVITY: We'll continue with more shooting in order to gain confidence in our skills. Again we will have time to choose indoor and outdoor subjects that catch your "photographer's eye."

Dinner: Dinner is at 6 PM.

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: For those interested in the nature, tonight we'll have a lecture from a regional birding expert, who will discuss one of many initiative being undertaken in the Adirondack Park to conserve the region's wildlife. Or, for those who wish, continue working on your digital portfolio.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.sagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic.

Facility amenities: Lake, trails, 27 historic buildings, surrounded by Forest Preserve lands.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Baths in hallways, many with claw-foot tubs.

Additional nights before: 99
Please call for availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 04 - Lecture/Free time/Workshop
Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8 AM

Morning: PRESENTATION: This morning, our discussion will center on what to look for in additional equipment; we will also familiarize ourselves with computer technology necessary for getting shots out of the camera and emailing to friends and family.

Lunch: Lunch is at noon.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: We will discuss ways to enhance and manipulate photos via the computer.

ACTIVITY: We will do more shooting. We are practicing to gain both confidence and skill.

Dinner: Dinner is at 6 PM

Evening: ACTIVITY: Tonight we will critique our work. This is an opportunity to see the work of others and to ask about your own. The critique concentrates on the positive and putting more and more skill into your own work. This is a true learning experience.We will practice our computer skills.

Lodging: Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Five: Thursday, June 05 - Discussion/Workshop
Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8 AM

Morning: ACTIVITY: We will download our shots to the computer, email them to friends, and practice getting them back out of the computer as prints. This will be the last activity of the course. Good luck and good shooting!

Lunch: Lunch is at noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Sagamore Institute-Raquette Lake, NY
Adirondack MuseumCalled the "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks." It is located in Blue Mountain Lake.
For additional information, visit: www.adirondackmuseum.org
Raquette Lake Navigation CompanyDine and cruise boat on Raquette Lake, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks.
For additional information, visit: www.raquettelakenavigation.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
4 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
5 Hands-on experiences

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