Star Island Corporation

Take a Photograph on Star Island, Have a Memory Forever

The photographs you take on Star Island will stay with you forever. Star is a true photographer’s dream with abundant sunlight. The historic structures surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean offer unique perspectives to focus your camera on. With little to block the view on Star Island, you will be amazed at the mesmerizing colors that sunrises and sunsets create. The wide open ocean and expansive skies are easy to fit into a shot, just as quiet nooks and table settings will delight your eye. It is no wonder that Star Island, known for its creative inspiration to writers and painters, has been hosting photographers for a number of years. Some come back year after year to our 44 acre island and find new subjects to photograph on each visit.

Taking part in a photography workshop on Star is simple and enjoyable. You’ll gain knowledge from other photographers and best practices for camera use. You’ll learn while doing, and you’ll find that on Star Island there is no shortage of natural beauty.

These programs on Star Island provide the best opportunities for practicing your photography skills whether a beginner or a pro:

Shooting Star Photography Retreat

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Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13

This annual retreat for the NH Society of Photographic Artists is open to everyone interested in photography. Now in its 18th year, this retreat is great for both film and digital photographers. Participants will gather each day for a series of instruction with time set aside to take photos. This retreat provides an opportunity to learn from each other and to learn from guest photographers.

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Road Scholar Digital Photography Workshops

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Saturday, August 29 to Friday, September 4 or Saturday, September 5 to Friday, September 11

Explore, study and photograph the beautiful Isles of Shoals. Each day includes instruction, critique, historical studies, free time for exploring, composing and taking photographs and the mutual support of other photographers. Emphasis will be on composition, visual language and learning how to see. Beginning and experienced photographers are welcome.

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Star Arts

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Saturday, June 20 to Saturday, June 27

This annual summer program provides a wealth of opportunity for the creative soul through a multitude of workshops. The photography workshop is special this year as it focuses on the spiritual photography. Instruction will be based on connecting your own spiritual aspect to taking pictures. Exercises will demonstrate ways to pick and set-up photo shoots. Photos will be discussed and critiqued throughout the week.

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Open Studio


Saturday, June 20 to Sunday, September 20

Throughout the summer you can come out to Star Island and use the island as the subject for your photography. Your photographs can juxtapose the textures of rocks against the clean lines of clapboard siding, or photograph migrating birds as they travel north or south. If you’re visiting for an overnight, make sure to be on the west end of the front porch come sunset to find one of the most spectacular views you’ll ever see.

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Looking for something else? We have programs focused on a myriad of topics like history, religion, and the arts. Click here to explore our complete 2015 program list.