Everett and Stone Mill Photography Workshop

March 1, 2014 – March 1, 2014

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March 1, 2014 8am – 4pm
Cost: $150
Participant limit: 16

The fourth edition of our Stone and Everett Mills Photography Workshop will provide an opportunity to explore and photograph two of Lawrence’s historic mill buildings to capture and preserve their classic 19th century architecture and the remnants of a bygone era of manufacturing and opportunity.

You will not only learn how to photograph the mills and process your images, you will also learn the history of the mills and how they’re being used today to help revitalize the local community.  The result will be your beautiful images, and a new understanding of what makes these iconic buildings so unique.

In the morning, you will be treated to access to these two historic mills. Steven Perlmutter and Robert Lussier will guide you through the stairwells, open spaces and funky corners of these two historic buildings. You can choose to shoot on your own, or receive individual instruction along the way.

  • Setting Quality: JPEG vs. RAW

  • Making ISO, Aperture, & Shutter Speed settings understandable

  • Getting the right exposure

  • Composition

  • Shooting brackets: The how and why

In the afternoon, we’ll retreat to the classroom for instruction on digital workflow and image processing. The level of instruction will be dictated by the knowledge and needs of the group.

  • Adobe Lightroom

  • File management

  • Processing RAW files (in Lightroom and Adobe Raw)

  • High Dynamic Range processing demo

  • Third-party image processing software


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What we’ll be shooting, Part II: The Everett Mill

The Everett Mill stands six stories tall, spans about three city blocks in length and, like the Stone Mill, it is home to a number of thriving businesses. Unlike the Stone, however, the interior appears much more refined.  The exposed brick walls and wood floors you’ll see as you walk to the Historic Mills Photography Workshops meeting room (just follow the signs on April 6) reflect the character of the Industrial era. But they may leave you wondering, “what’s there to shoot?” The answer lies in the building’s hidden corners and empty spaces.

After morning briefing, complete with a brief talk by the Lawrence History Center on the Mills’ and Lawrence’s place in history, you’ll make your way to the sixth floor. The sixth is largely free of any renovation and full of compositional opportunities. The North end is somewhat cluttered, as it is used for storage, presenting some shooting opportunities as well as challenges. The South end is completely empty. The exposed rafters, symmetrical posts and tall windows will tease your camera and your imagination.

There are views of the Stone Mill to the East, the City of Lawrence to the west and, from the lone south facing window on the sixth floor, a cool view of the Ayer Mill Clock Tower, whose clock face size is second only to Big Ben.

The everett also boasts three protruding stairwells that offer infinite compositions. There is plenty of ambient light in all three.

Wherever you shoot in the Everett, be sure to pay attention to the details. The signs in the stairwells, the latches and hinges on the doors, and the brick work all work together to help weave the story of this magnificent building.


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What We’ll be Shooting

A few participants of our inaugural workshop asked us exactly what we’ll be shooting on April 6th (and May 18!) at the Stone and Everett Mill Photography Workshop, so I thought I would share the details in a blog post or three. So here we go!

The Stone and Everett comprise Everett Mills Properties, one of our partners in this venture. While the complex is home to many local, modern, thriving businesses, there are areas of the mills that remain empty, or are maintained with their original industrial era feel. It is these areas that we will be shooting in the workshops.

The Stone Mill

Third floor, Stone MillWhen you enter the Stone you will wind your way up one of the most interesting spiral staircases you will ever see. Your instinct will be to start shooting there, but resist the urge. We’ll be back. Let’s keep moving.

The first two floors of the Stone are home to businesses, so we will move directly to the third floor.

Wide open and painted white, the light bounces around the rooms on the third floor. A brightly painted red door on the north end makes a great focal point. The tall windows make great subjects on their own, but also provide great views of the Everett Mill, across the compound.

Let’s keep climbing.

Third floor hallway, Stone Mill

Third floor landing, Stone Mill

The fourth floor attic initially appears dark and foreboding. The office at the top of the stairs on the right could be from the set of a Hollywood movie (look for the keys nailed to the floor).

Move past the office and explore the space a bit. The skeletal structure of Stone’s distinctive roofline is revealed in the rafters. Note the skylights and the gear and chain contraption used to open them. The Stone gets hot in the summer.

Check out the alcoves and stairwells. Look for the details and the textures. Look for the signs of businesses that operated out of the Stone and the people who worked there.

Shooting tip: A tripod is recommended for shooting on the fourth floor. And definitely, if you want to shoot brackets for HDR. We will have a couple available as loaners.

On Monday, we’ll continue the journey through the buildings.

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Hi There!

Hello and welcome to the first official Blog Post of the Historic Mills Photography Workshops!

The idea for mill workshops came about through a love for shooting these historic old buildings and our love for Photography. They have become a reality through the support, encouragement and cooperation of our community partners.  Our goal is to help photographers at all levels expand their creative vision in interesting locations and walk away with a greater appreciation for history held in the walls of these magnificent structures.

So what will you find on this little Blog?

  • Updates on pending workshops
  • Announcements of future workshops
  • Historical facts and images of the mills themselves from Steven’s and my archives
  • News from/about our sponsors (big news coming later this week)
  • Guest blog posts
  • Seriously whimsical musings from Steven, the master of sarcasm

Be sure to like us on Facebook. Twitter and Google Plus are coming this week.

If you have any questions about the workshops do not hesitate to email info@historicmillsphoto.com.


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