Photograph Nantucket

5 Days - Nantucket Island
Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2020
Activity Level
Skill Level
All Levels

Registration opens soon. Call 602.712.2004 for details.

Registration deadline: August 1, 2020

Photograph one of the most beautiful and well-preserved whaling villages in the world.  Founded in the mid-1600s, Nantucket was once regarded as the whaling capital of the world before the last whaling shipped sailed away in 1869.  While the industry ceased over 150 years ago, the island still retains much of the influence from that time.  Much of the town and harbor still looks architecturally the same today as it did 200 years ago which the exception of museums, galleries and boutique stores occupy the majority of the historic buildings.  Today the harbor is a fixture for many a seaman who docks their boats at the island.


This workshop is four and one half intense days of photography, instruction, and camaraderie on one of the most visually stunning islands in America. In this workshop you will be shooting vast, seaside vistas, atmospheric sunrises enhanced with majestic lighthouses and the historic, cobblestoned Nantucket village and harbor.


The relatively small island keeps travel time to shooting locations to a minimum, thereby maximizing your photography time. And, the people of Nantucket make sure that their buildings and natural areas are well maintained ensuring that your photographs will be beautiful.


Between shooting sessions, you will share your photos with like-minded, fellow photographers and a skilled workshop leader will provide helpful tips and critiques that will push your photography to the next level.


Over the course of the workshop we will have photo opportunities at the following locations:

  • Nantucket Village – Quaint and full of atmosphere, Nantucket village with its cobblestone streets and beautifully maintained architecture is a visual treat.
  • Nantucket Harbor – Once the center of Nantucket’s whaling operations, the harbor handles sailing vessels, yachts, ferries, and small craft. Beautiful commercial and residential buildings extend right to the water’s edge.
  • Brandt Point Lighthouse – This small but visually delightful lighthouse is set very close to the village and marks the entrance to the harbor.
  • Madaket Beach and Harbor – The beach and harbor sit on the far western tip of the island making it one of the rare locations on the east coast where you can observe a sunset over open water. This is a rich photographic location because of a pond situated just over a berm from the ocean and, sitting just yards to the east of the beach is Madaket harbor which is dotted with picturesque boats and is surrounded by classic cottages.
  • Sankaty Head Lighthouse – The Sankaty Head Light is a lighthouse located on Nantucket Island. It was built in 1850, was automated in 1965, and is still in operation. It is located at the easternmost point of the island, in the village of Siasconset.
  • Siasconset (‘Sconset) Village – The area was settled as a fishing village in the seventeenth century. The core of one of the older fishing shacks known, as “Auld Lang Syne” is believed to date from the 1670s. Various other cottages date from the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of the houses were haphazardly added to contributing to the unique look of these Nantucket cottages. Today the village is a quiet and charming corner of the island.
  • Great Point Lighthouse – Officially Nantucket Light, Great Point Lighthouse is located on the northernmost point of the island. First built in 1784, the original wooden tower was destroyed by fire in 1816. The following year a stone tower was erected which stood until toppled in a storm in March 1984. Rebuilt again in 1986, the stone tower was built to replicate the old one, and still remains in operation today. The lighthouse sits on a thin spit of beach where the currents of the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Sound meet.
  • Middle Moors – This is an expansive piece of conservation land all the way out east on Milestone Highway in the Wauwinet and Quidnet areas. It’s the most picturesque, beautiful terroir on the island. And, it’s very accessible.

Workshop includes:

  • Field and classroom photo instruction.
  • Four-nights lodging based on double occupancy.
  • Entrance and permit fees.
  • Roundtrip transportation while on the island.
  • Water, snacks and a group dinner.
  • Pre-workshop webinar.
  • Post-workshop critique.

Please be aware that shooting locations stated in this itinerary may change. Each day we will determine which locations are best based on light and weather.  We want to give you the best photo opportunities possible.


Day 1 – Monday, September 21, 2020 – Arrival and Nantucket orientation Day.

  • Reception, welcome and get-to-know-you meeting
  • Photo-walk through and orientation of Nantucket village: harbor, Main Street, residential streets and key historic locations.
  • Golden hour shoot of harbor locations.
  • Photo instruction working dinner: student photo level assessment and initial instruction.

Day 2 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – Sunrise and sunset shooting day at the island’s tips.

  • Sunrise shooting session at Sankaty Head Lighthouse
  • Quidnet Beach access shooting session.
  • Early photo instruction breakfast at the Wauwinet House.
  • Early afternoon Middle Moors trails nature shoot.
  • Mid-afternoon Siasconset village and ‘Sconset Bluff Walk photo walk-through.
  • Sunset photo session at Madaket Beach.
  • Photo review and critique dinner at Millie’s restaurant on Madaket Beach.

Day 3 – Wednesday,  September 23, 2020 – Nantucket village, harbor and north shore day.

  • Brandt Point Lighthouse and Nantucket harbor sunrise shoot.
  • Photo critique breakfast.
  • Free time for personal shooting and exploring Nantucket village.
  • Mid-late afternoon Steps Beach and Miacomet Beach shoot.
  • Madaket Beach improvement photo session. Photo review and post-processing dinner in town.

Day 4 – Thursday, September 24, 2020 Great Point and northeast harbor.

  • Trek to early morning shooting session at the Great Point Lighthouse in the dunes at the far northeastern tip of the island. North
  • Shore and wetlands shoot along the Polpis Rd.
  • Golden hour shoot of the Nantucket Harbor and village.

Day 5 – Friday, September 25, 2020Improvement and best photo awards breakfast and departure from the island.

  • Morning classroom session for a debriefing and awards.
  • Depart the island for home or further exploration.
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CANCELLATION POLICY: – Effective April 1, 2019 
Should you find it necessary to cancel your workshop, the following cancellation policy applies – NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
  • 90 days full payment is due
  • 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less $100 administrative fee.  Voucher is good for 18 months.
  • * 60 days or less until departure – No refund.

* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less $100 administrative fee.

NOTE:  Workshop bookings including, but not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging and more are requiring firm financial commitments at 90 days.  Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can some time be unavoidable that is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.

Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.PAYMENT TERMS:  A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space.  Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit.  Final payments are due 90 days prior to departure.  Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.