Canon’s Photography in the Parks workshops offers free professional photography and videography lessons in a hands-on environment that creates lasting memories. The sixth annual Canon Photography in the Parks program comes to Acadia National Park Saturday, Aug. 18 through Wednesday, Aug. 29.

All workshops are free and open to the public. The Canon Photography in the Parks Program offers participants the opportunity to learn about photography or hone their skills through free professional instruction as they take part in a guided walking photo tour of some of the most scenic national park areas. Participants can bring their own equipment or borrow, at no charge, Canon equipment from a selection of EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses, PowerShot point-and-shoot cameras, or VIXIA camcorders. Equipment is available for photographers at every skill level. A major credit card is required at time of registration in order to borrow equipment, and all minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Following the tour, participants have the opportunity to print their work on site and to download their image collection later from the Program website. Visitors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.

New to this year’s program are Canon video workshop sessions. Visitors can experience and learn about shooting video using VIXIA camcorders or EOS digital SLR cameras and participate in a hands-on videography demonstration with experts. Those interested in the workshops should show up 15 to 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time.

Instructors are experts at putting artistic and technical concepts into language that participants of all ages will understand and help unleash their creativity. They will lead photo and video workshops three times daily.

The Maine workshops will take place at: Schoodic Education and Research Center Institute (SERC Institute), Aug. 18 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Jordan Pond House, Aug. 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27 and 28 at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and Sieur de Monts Nature Center, Aug. 21, 23, 26 and 29 at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information on the Canon Photography in the Parks program, visit Canon U.S.A. at or on Facebook; or call (800) 925-2949.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or