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?
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 images 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 for creative and moral support
Roger Ellsworth on-site b&w film developing + scanning.
I'm a videographer, how will I share my final project?
Videos are absolutely welcome, big time!!
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?
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 projects, relax, and connect, so if you can't stay the whole time, its just less fun for you! However we require at least 2 full days.
What are Bourbon Glamour Shots?
We set up a janky studio with a dated backdrop, blast some music, dress up, and take outrageous photos of every camper. Bourbon is involved but not required. Choose your poison and please bring 80’s/90’s clothes to wear and share.
What is your refund policy?
No refunds on our end. Refer to Silver Sands Motel since you’ll be booking your stay through them.
I don't have a car, how can I get there and back?
LIRR - we can pick you up/drop you off at the train station. :)
Is there WiFi?
Barely. We suggest you use that vacation responder and enjoy the human social aspect.
What should I bring?
Your cameras, drones, digital and/or film. A laptop for editing and whatever you will need material-wise for your project. Bring a swimsuit, and an 80's outfit for your Glamour Shot.
Check In/Check Out:
Check in is Monday afternoon. Welcome BBQ that night at 6pm. Check out is Thursday.
2017 Camp Counselors: