Photo Academy – St Augustine

Capture the beauty of the Nation’s Oldest City

Join us for the upcoming Guy Harvey Outpost Photo Academy with professional and award-winning photographer Mark Krancer in St Augustine. Mark will be guiding you through a photo adventure of the Nation’s Oldest City and the beauty of Northeast Florida’s great outdoors! During the Academy, Mark will offer instruction, tips, and techniques on creating professional quality images and helping you become a better photographer.


  • Photograph historic downtown.
  • Visit the Alligator Farm, Castillo de San Marcos, St Augustine Lighthouse, Washington Oaks State Park (All attraction entry fees included in Academy Pricing)
  • Tour St Augustine waterways photographing downtown from the water & all the wildlife of northeast Florida.
  • Beginners course in drone photography at St Augustine Lighthouse
  • November class will photograph St Augustine Nights of Lights ranked in the Top 10 of best holiday lights by National Geographic!

CLASS: Outpost Photo Academy – Capture the beauty of the Nation’s Oldest City

INSTRUCTOR: Mark Krancer

DATES: October 15-17th, November 19-21st

CLASS SIZE: 12 Maximum

COST: $300 / Photographer. This includes photo & editing sessions, entry to Alligator Farm, Castillo de San Marcos, Washington Oaks State Park, Florida Water Tour.


Tentative Itinerary – Please note that the schedule is subject to change – any changes to the schedule will be emailed in advance to all workshop participants.


Meet & Greet: 4:00 -5:00 pm

Photographers should come in early afternoon on Friday for the first “meet and greet” session with award winning photographer Mark Krancer

Historic Downtown

Tour the historic streets of downtown with Mark capturing all of its charm and unique history.   Here you will learn long exposure and understand how motion and light can come together to create a unique addition to your composition.  If you are new to long exposure, this is a great opportunity to grow and understand the power of your camera as a tool to craft your vision.  The possibilities for creativity are endless and full character.  Please bring a tripod, so you can maximize your class experience for this portion.


Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S.  Positioned strategically on Matanzas Bay, the fort was built by the Spanish to protect the town and offers scenic views of the St Augustine waterways and historic downtown.

Beginner Drone Photography – St Augustine Lighthouse

Learn the basics of how to safely operate a drone while understanding FAA air space requirements.  You will have the opportunity to fly and become familiar with the drone through this hands-on class.  Not interested in dronephotograpy? No worries!  Take this time to explore the historic St Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, where you will have the opportunity to walk to the top if you choose or learn about the lighthouse and maritime archaeology on the ground.

St Augustine Waterway Tour

Touring the Ancient City from the Matanzas river options many unique photo opportunities.  Learn to consider framing your subject quickly and take advantage of the rapidly moving scenes.  Keep an eye out for wildlife from dolphins, manatees and birds.


Beach Photographyat Washington Oakes Park and Coquina Beach

The Spanish were well aware of the amazing natural resource of Coquina rock.  It is still deeply appreciated by photographers.  Enjoy a morning of beach photography at one of the more unique beaches in Florida!   The waves crashing against the rocks offer many creative options, especially for long exposure.

Recap & Photo Editing



  • 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 chargers for your electronics
  • SD card reader or some other way to get files from your camera to your computer, Laptop
  • Good shoes for walking around the state park
  • Camera batteries
  • Tripod is highly suggested for the night photography portion
  • Drone if you have one
  • Any filters, flashes, or other photography gear that you may have and want to learn more about
  • Clothing that is not super bright or loud colors (for wildlife)
  • 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”‘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 for more information and to view Mark’s work.