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: Gathering in the Reading Room of the Conference Building (historically known as the New Laundry) where the majority of our classroom sessions will be held, we will have introductions of participants and program staff followed by an informative overview of the program and Sagamore itself. We’ll review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. There will also be a preparatory session with instructor Burdette Parks to get everyones' computers set-up for the morning class. The remainder of the evening is free to enjoy the surroundings and begin getting to know your Road Scholar colleagues. Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks is the steward of Great Camp Sagamore and is dedicated to its use for education and interpretation. Our mission is to foster understanding, care, and respect for nature, people, and their critical interdependence. Great Camp Sagamore strives to be a place where broad and diverse audiences gather to use these unique buildings and natural setting to explore and understand Adirondack culture, the region's natural environment, and our relationship to both.
Breakfast: * EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY: For the energetic and adventurous, begin each morning with an optional "Golden Hour" opportunity before breakfast, Golden Hour is what we call the first and last hours of sunlight, noteworthy for offering photographers the softest, warmest, most diffuse light of the day. The camp's location on the southwest corner of Sagamore Lake makes it an ideal spot for sunrise and early morning Golden Hour opportunities. Breakfast will be in the Dining Hall at 8:00. Enjoy a hearty repast with your new Road Scholar friends and colleagues.
Morning: WORKSHOP: We will begin the morning session with a quick overview of the course and then explore the work environment of Lightroom to include menus and panels. Then with a basic understanding of Lightroom's features, we will create individual Lightroom catalogs which will be used and built on through the course. Lightroom is a sophisticated photography tool and the course is designed to provide specific instruction on its features and time to practice using those features. It is a concentrated workshop that necessarily includes daily class time as well as significant individual computer time. Photo exercises will be assigned at the end of each class.
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: EXCURSION: With a member of the camp staff you will use the early part of the afternoon to explore and examine the Great Camp Sagamore complex of 27 buildings, a National Historic Landmark that is an architectural marvel situated in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. While learning a bit about Sagamore’s origins, we'll use the opportunity to take photos of the camp and the surrounding vistas. The camp is located on the peninsular southwest edge of 180-acre Sagamore Lake in the 40,000-acre Blue Ridge Wilderness. After the tour, there will be time to relax around the camp and fulfill assigned photo exercises.
Dinner: Dinner in the Sagamore wood-paneled Dining Hall.
Evening: WORKSHOP: The evening classroom session will focus on getting to know and working in the Library Module. This will include defining and understanding menus, labels, selections, keywords, filters and appreciating the power of Collections. We will also take time to understand the differences between Importing and Exporting and how to use these vital program functions.
Breakfast: Breakfast in Sagamore Dining Hall.
Morning: WORKSHOP: Lightroom was created initially as a photographer's digital management and organizational program. Over time a suite of very powerful photo editing tools evolved. In this morning's session, we will dive into Lightroom's second most important Module, the Develop Module, where the editing happens. Each module incorporates its own set of menu selections so we will examine those and then look at workflow and individual editing tools with a concentration on global editing practices. Exercises will be assigned at the end of class.
Lunch: Lunch in Sagamore Dining Hall.
Afternoon: PHOTO EXERCISES: The afternoon is flexible time for workshop activities at your own pace. Each classroom session ends with the assignment of interesting, challenging photo exercises. Part of the afternoon can be spent shooting those exercises and part could be spent sharpening Lightroom skills. FREE TIME: With all of that out of the way, you can just kick-back and relax on the shore or on the lake in one of Sagamore's watercraft.
Dinner: Dinner is at 6 PM.
Evening: PHOTO REVIEW: During the days of the workshop you will be capturing many interesting images. This will be our first opportunity to share some of those images and discuss how well they work and why and how they might be optimized with digital editing.
Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8 AM
Morning: WORKSHOP: Global editing is just the tip of Lightroom's iceberg of editing prowess. To provide more finely targeted editing, there's a selection of Local Editing tools. This morning will be devoted to learning what they are, how they work and how to apply them to give you more control over the “optimization” of your images.
Lunch: Lunch is at noon.
Afternoon: FREE TIME: This afternoon is free to do some exploring on your own. You might wish to visit the Adirondack Museum (a drive of 16.5 miles). Sometimes referred to as the Smithsonian of the Northeast, the Museum has an extensive collection of Stoddard photographs. If you prefer something more hands-on, hike around Sagamore's Lake Trail. For the robust and adventurous, you can hike up one of several trails in the area, such as Castle Rock, Black Bear Mountain, Rocky Point, or Bald Mountain, each of which offers breathtaking views and can be climbed in enough time to return for dinner. For a quieter time, take a canoe out onto pristine Sagamore Lake to see loons or mergansers. Or, just relax in an Adirondack chair with a good book.
Dinner: Dinner is at 6 PM
Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Seneca Ray Stoddard. An illustrated slide lecture presents the renowned 19th-Century photographer — also a naturalist, writer, poet, artist and cartographer — who did much of his work in the Adirondacks. Stoddard helped to popularize the Adirondacks among the general public with his guidebook, “The Adirondacks: Illustrated from 1873-1914.” Among his many projects, Stoddard was commissioned by William West Durant, Sagamore's designer and builder, to develop an elaborate photo album of this, his greatest achievement. We will see numerous examples of Stoddard’s photos.
Breakfast: Breakfast is at 8 AM
Morning: WORKSHOP: After an overview of Lightroom's remaining Modules, we will look at more advanced editing strategies and examine if or when to incorporate Photoshop into your editing workflow. Camera and editing exercises will be assigned to promote improvement of learned skills.
Lunch: Lunch is at noon.
Afternoon: EXERCISE AND PRACTICE: The afternoon is flexible time for workshop activities at your own pace. The instructor will be available to field questions or help resolve issues with problem solving. Part of the afternoon can be spent doing camera assignments and part could be spent on Lightroom assignments. With all of that out of the way, be sure to leave some time to kick-back and relax on the shore or on the lake in one of Sagamore's watercraft.
Dinner: Our last evening meal will be in the Dining Hall, or perhaps a BBQ at Sagamore's Lakeside picnic tables.
Evening: PHOTO REVIEW: In a true learning and enlightening experience, we will share and review samples from our camera and Lightroom exercises, focusing on putting more and more of the skills you’ve learned into your work and learning from the discoveries of others
Breakfast: After our last "golden hour" opportunity, we'll have our last meal together in the Sagamore Dining Hall.
Morning: FINAL REVIEW: We'll finish up with a brief review of the course and a focused Q & A session to map out pathways to further development. This shortened morning session allows everyone sufficient time to pack up equipment and be prepared for departure. Please note that check-out is by 10:00am. We trust you have enjoyed and benefited from this new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventure in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!