Is CGA only for professional photographers/videographers?
Nope! It's for everyone. If you love photography and videography, you are welcome. It's a great mix of seasoned photographers/videographers and newbies, all collaborating, teaching, and encouraging each other.
How much is CGA and what's included?
$1000 covers your stay for 3 nights and 4 days, Tons of 120+35 mm Fuji film, Instax film and cameras, use of lighting, gels, and incredible film cameras like Hasselblads and Mamiya's from our friends at Fotocare, Camp Counselors to assist you hands on with lighting, shooting, scanning, developing film, printing, a male and female model, a pro make-up artist, b&w film processing and teaching on site by Roger Ellsworth with all of your chemicals included, archival photo paper for your final project to be printed on the final day up to 17x24, an on-site cook that will cook 3 home-cooked meals a day for all dietary needs, Relationships, new friends, late night bonfires, and the feeling of self-satisfaction and empowerment that comes from visualizing and completing a personal project and seeing it hung on the wall like it's supposed to! All Campers are more than welcome to stay an extra night to just relax and enjoy the house. Meals will not be provided on that day.
Can I pay half now and half later?
Unfortunately not. We need 100% payment to secure your date.
Is CGA a workshop?
It can be definitely be viewed that way since we all learn something new about ourselves and about the mass amount of camera gear on hand, but don't expect inspirational talks with slideshows of beautiful photos you didn't take!! We would rather give you time to create and connect with one another. CGA is more like an artist residency for all levels. Everyone will create an image or video to share. You don't need to know exactly what you're doing until you start doing it. Many Campers arrive with no idea, and leave with more than they could have imagined. We have created a place for experimentation and wonder. It's about enjoying your camera for personal use and having the space to create something outside of your daily norm.
What is the deal with the photo project? Is it really required?
Yes. There's plenty of workshops out there that focus on the business of photography, and those are great, but this is the opposite. We want you to come here and empty out. Exhale the clients and breath in your own needs. This time is to create something for yourself. To find the photographer inside of you that got a little lost while creating so much for others. A place to allow your curiosity to run wild surrounded by the tools to help you organize your thoughts and execute your vision. So yes, it is required. Consider it homework for the soul, and everyone gets an A+.
I don't know what to create for my project, help!
Allow us to set the scene to get those juices flowing. We have this incredibly weird house. All of the rooms are completely different, but have a similar vibe. Think peeling wallpaper, quilted blankets, wonky windows, and it's kinda spooky in a 1950's ballerina school kinda way (because that's what it was). You can shoot stills, video, or whatever you want. Just make sure you'll be able to share whatever medium you choose to work with. We will have camp counselors on hand to help you with creative direction, post production, makeup, lighting technique, and to offer critique if you crave it. You will then edit and choose a final image or a series of up to 3 images to print on site to display on Thursday afternoon, which you must be present for! We will have a large printer and paper (17x22) for you to use. The magic of this exhibit will be that it was made in the same surroundings with such different perspectives, creating a cohesive narrative and viewing experience. It will become one big beautiful gallery show in the house of which it was made. So there you have it. Four days to create for the show, and the rest of your time can be spent however the heck you want. Helping others bring their visions to life, being photo subjects, chilling out, hiking, chatting, eating, drinking, napping, playing ping pong, and making new friends for sure.
Who are the Camp Counselors?
Founders Chellise + Mike on hosting + Lightroom post production / Amber Johansen Den Mother / Samm Blake on critique + printing / Daniel Orren on off camera lighting/techie/aka nerd / Roger Ellsworth onsite B+W film Developing / Ashley G Garner and Rijard Bergeron on art, photography, modeling, and creative direction / Lynn Weinberg on commercial makeup / David Weintraub on coaching + breaking thru struggles / Quyn Duong on CGA Organizing
I'm a videographer, how will I share my final project?
Videos are absolutely welcome, big time!! Just bring a laptop or projector as your screening device for the final day to share with everyone. It can play alongside all of the hanging images.
I only want to shoot analog film, How will I print my final project?
We suggest using instant film or B&W 35mm/120 film. Roger can teach you how to develop on site and scan for print. Please bring your own b&w film for this just in case we run out! Color film cannot be developed on site.
I can't stay the whole time, can I still attend?
Our house is limited to 20 devoted campers. We want everyone who attends to be committed from Mon-Thurs late afternoon to fully share and benefit from the group and to have enough time to complete their project, relax, and connect, so if you can't stay the whole time, please come next year!
What are Bourbon Glamour Shots?
We set up a janky studio with a dated backdrop in the auditorium, blast some music, dress up, and take outrageous photos of every camper. Bourbon is involved but not required. Choose your poison and please bring costumes to wear and share! The mo' Glammier the mo' better.
What is your refund policy?
We will refund 50% if you cancel within 30 days of CGA. If you have to cancel in less than 30 days, there will be no refund. You also have the option of selling your ticket to another photographer/videographer. Reach out to us so we can share it with our wait list.
What are the accommodations like at Big Indian Springs?
It's a 3 story house with lots of bedrooms. Some with king and queen beds, some with twin beds, most are shared, some are not. It is first come first serve with the rooms. There are 2 or 3 bathrooms on each floor. All meals are included. Our kitchen Den Mother Amber will be there to grocery shop and prepare 3 daily meals. Help in the kitchen is welcomed and encouraged! You will have access to the kitchen to make your own snacks. BYOB if you're picky, but we may have some booze sponsors...party!!
I'm extremely private. Can I request my own room?
It would be nice to be able to offer this, and we know that there are some very private people out there. We respect this but we cannot hold rooms for anyone, it's just not fair. Please arrive early (3pm Monday doors open ) if you want to be guaranteed your own room because they are very limited.
I have dietary restrictions, will there be enough food for me to eat?
Absolutely! Please share your dietary restrictions when applying so Amber can include you in on the feasts.
I don't have a car, how can I get there and back?
We will send out a shared Google Doc for ride-shares. There is also the option of taking the train into Phoenicia. We will come and get you/drop you off. If you plan on taking the train, please email us first so we can try to get as many of you together as possible on the same train to avoid multiple trips on our end, thanks!!
Is there WiFi?
Yes, but barely. We're in the mountains, so use that vacation response and enjoy the human social aspect!
What should I bring?
Your cameras, digital, film, old and new. Sharing is encouraged and we typically have an array of goodies to try out from our friends at Fotocare and Fuji. A laptop for editing is advised, extra special film, and whatever you will need material-wise for your project. If you don't have a laptop to edit on, hopefully another camper will be cool enough to let you borrow theirs for a window of time. Bring outdoor shoes, a swimsuit, and an 80's outfit for your Glamour Shot.
The address is Big Indian Springs Rd, Cruickshank Rd, Big Indian, NY 12410. Thats right, no numbers. This house is its own entity. You will lose wifi the closer you get, so we highly recommend taking a screenshot of your directions. We will display neon poster boards on the NY-28 to help guide you so you don't miss your turns.
Check In/Check Out:
Check in is noon Monday, Aug 21st. We will have a Welcome Dinner around 7:30- ish with a little intro talk. Check out is Thursday afternoon anytime after 3pm, after the gallery showing.