Outpost Academy

Photo Academy – St Augustine

Capture the beauty of the St Augustine’s Nights of Lights

Join us for a special Guy Harvey Outpost Photo Academy with professional and award-winning photographer Mark Krancer in St Augustine during the Nights of Lights. Mark will be guiding you through a photo adventure through historical downtown as you capture all its beauty of its renowned Nights of Lights display. Mark will offer instruction, tips, and techniques on creating professional quality images and helping you become a better photographer.

CLASS: Outpost Photo Academy St Augustine’s Nights of Lights
INSTRUCTOR: Mark Krancer
DATE: December 15th

TIME: 5:00 8:30 PM
CLASS SIZE: 12 Maximum
COST: $85 / Photographer


4:45 5:00 PM: Shuttle from Guy Harvey Resort St Augustine Beach to Downtown.

Photographers, please meet at the Resort to shuttle downtown by 4:45. Shuttle will leave at 5:00pm. Mark will provide a an overview of what you will be shooting and tips for shooting on the shuttle to downtown.
5:15 8:00 PM: Photograph Historic Downtown

Nights of Lights has been listed among the top ten holiday light displays in the
by National Geographic. During this festival of lights, downtown St. Augustine glows with holiday magic from the ground to the rooftops. St. Augustines Nights of Lights features millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the Nations Oldest City, and it’s free of charge.
8:158:30 PM: Shuttle from downtown to Guy Harvey Resort St Augustine Beach



  • Any DSLR camera including any detachable lenses you may have.
  • Point and shoot camera if you don’t have a DSLR
  • Cell phone camera if you have no other cameras (which is ok!)
  • A strap or other type of harness to secure your camera gear (especially on the air boat ride


  • A backpack for your gear if you feel you need one
  • Good shoes for walking around
  • Camera batteries
  • Tripod is highly suggested for the night photography portion
  • Any filters, flashes, or other photography gear that you may have and want to learn more about
  • Willingness to learn!

Mark Krancer moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2014 and instantly fell in love with the beauty of the area. The very first day, he passed the “Life” statue in Memorial Park and knew Riverside was where he wanted to be. Whether a historic landmark, the activity of the river, or sweeping cityscapes, Mark saw potential – and Jacksonville’s beauty opened a long-held passion.

Shortly after, he began recording the spirit of the city and surrounding area through his photography. Since then, his love for the area has only grown. Mark deeply appreciates natural beauty when he sees it whether an inspiring sunrise on the St. John’s river, a dockside seascape, a romantic nightscape, or a moving train.

July 2015 saw the creation of Kram Kran Photo. In August 2015, Mark displayed a variety of photographic works at the downtown Jacksonville Library in a month-long exhibit. May to August 2016 marked the first of several rotating and permanent exhibits in which he was prominently featured in the Jacksonville International Airport. He finds passion for his work everywhere and eagerly seeks the next opportunity to capture beauty and bring art to walls.

On September 11, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit Jacksonville and devastated many areas of the city – including Memorial Park. Mark trekked out into the waters this day, sometimes waist-deep to capture the hurricane’s torrent. In a fateful moment, he shot what many consider to be the most iconic photo of Northeast Florida during Hurricane Irma, now known as “Life In The River”. By donating a portion of the sales proceeds from this stunning photograph back to the Memorial Park Association, Mark has been instrumental in helping to rebuild his city’s beloved World War I tribute.

Mark won “Best Photographer” Jacksonville.com‘s 2018 Bold City Best competition, and went full time into his professional photography career. In 2019, Mark became a member of the Professional Photographers of America Association, founded in 1868. In 2020, Mark was honored with several artworks permanently exhibited in the new Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center. Mark was also honored with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s 2020 Art Award for “The Art Of Giving” for his philanthropic endeavors. He also became an official brand ambassador for Guy Harvey Outposts, where he showcases Florida’s natural beauty through his lens and teaches others.

Mark is often featured in art shows and exhibits in and around North East Florida and can be found at Riverside Arts Market during the holidays. Email Mark for his current schedule of events or visit www.kramkranphoto.com for more information and to view
Mark’s work.