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Mark Krancer Photo Academy

Outpost Academy

Photo Academy - Lake Kissimmee

Old Florida Photo Journey!

Join us for the upcoming Guy Harvey Outpost Photo Academy with professional and award-winning photographer Mark Krancer on Lake Kissimmee. Mark will be guiding you through a photo adventure of Old Florida and all the beauty of Central 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 migratory birds as Lake Kissimmee is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.
  • Experience exclusive and untouched areas on the Kissimmee Chain of Lake with Alligator Cove Airboat Tours to photograph its wildlife and beautiful cypress trees.
  • Tour Lake Kissimmee Park to photograph landscapes, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, sandhill cranes, turkeys and sometimes even bobcats.
  • Visit Bok Tower and capture its beautiful gardens and bird sanctuary.

Class: Outpost Photo Academy – Old Florida Photo Journey

Instructor: Mark Krancer

Dates: 2022 Dates Coming Soon!

Class Size: 12 Maximum

Cost: $150 / Photographer. This includes photo & editing sessions, entry to Lake Kissimmee State Park, entry to River Ranch Rodeo. Photographers can purchase airboat tour for an optional $50 (must be purchased 7 days prior to academy). Not included is lodging, airboat tour fee, and meals.

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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: 5:00- 6:30 pm

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

Friday Night Lights 7:30- 9:00 pm

For all the night photographers, join Mark as he shows you techniques and tips on how to be a better night photographer using the lights in nature.


Lake Kissimmee Wildlife & Landscape with Alligator Cove Airboat Tours

The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes offers over 21,000 acres nature and wildlife to photograph. Alligator Cove will take you to hard to reach and exclusive locations for those images of alligator, cypress trees, migratory birds and more! This is optional, but not to be missed portion of the class. We ask all those who would like to attend the Airboat Tour to register 7 days prior to the date of the academy.

Mid-Day Sessions

Intro to Drone Photography – Don’t have a drone? No problem. Mark will help photographers with their drones or without your drones the intro in to drone photography.

Birding & Wildlife Photography – Hike to Lake Kissimmee State Park and photograph Cow Camp, white tail deer, bald eagles, and more!

Saturday Evening

Tips and techniques to photo editing


Bok Tower Gardens

Photograph beautiful Bok Tower gardens and bird sanctuary.


  • 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.