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Mark Krancer Photo Academy

Outpost Academy

Photo Weekend - Lake Kissimmee

Old Florida Photo Journey!

Join us for the upcoming Photography Weekend at Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Lodge, Marina & RV Resort as we host Mark Krancer, professional and award-winning photographer, to be your guide for a series of Outpost Photo Academies. Mark will be guiding you through a photo adventure of Old Florida and all the beauty offering 5 academies from Night Photography, Wildlife & Landscape Photography, Drone Photography, Editing Session, and Bok Tower. Each academy you will receive Mark’s professional instruction, tips, and techniques on creating professional quality images and helping you become a better photographer. Sign up for your academies today as space is limited!


Class: Outpost Photo Academy – Old Florida Photo Journey

  • Friday Night Lights Academy – Night Photography
  • Saturday Wildlife & Landscape Academy
  • Saturday Photo Editing Academy
  • Sunday Bok Tower Gardens Academy

Instructor: Mark Krancer

Dates: July 8-10th

Class Size: 12 Maximum

Cost: Photographers can purchase individual academies or receive a special price if they book all 4 Academies:

  • Friday Night Lights Academy – $50
  • Saturday Wildlife & Landscape Academy – $85
  • Saturday Photo Editing Academy -$30
  • Sunday Bok Tower Gardens Academy -$50
  • Shutterbug Special – All 4 Academies for $185
Book Now !


Photo by Sherri Michetti
Photo by Sam Linkous
Photo by Sam Linkous
Photo by Louise Kling
Photo by Louise Kling
Photo by Jessica Young
Photo by Jessica Young
Photo by Jessica Young
Photo by Jessica Young



7:00- 9:30 pm   –   Friday Night Lights ($50/Photographer)   –   Camp Mack Riverfront

It’s Kickoff time for our photography weekend! Shutterbugs, don’t miss out on one of the favorite sessions with Friday Night Lights. Join Mark as he shows you techniques and tips on how to be a better night photographer using the lights in nature. Photographers will also be able to photography the large then life 18’ Blazing Bass Sculpture created by artist Bo Woods as we light up the sculpture on Friday night as part of the Bonfire Tournament Series This is a photo session not to be missed!


7:00 – 11:00 am   –   Lake Kissimmee Wildlife & Landscape Tour ($85/Photographer)

The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes offers over 21,000 acres nature and wildlife to photograph. We will take you to those hard to reach and exclusive locations for those images of alligator, cypress trees, migratory birds and more! We ask all those who would like to attend the Tour to register 7 days prior to the date of the academy. Photographers will meet at Camp Mack Outfitter Shop 15 minutes prior to Tour and price of tour is included with this session.

4:00 – 6:30 pm   –   Photo Editing Academy ($30/Photographer)   –   Camp Mack Clubhouse

Capturing a great photo is a wonderful feeling. When you edit, you have the ability to leave your artistic mark on it and to expose the potential that you feel the photo deserves. During the photo editing session, you will learn how to edit whether it is a cell phone, camera, or looking at how Mark edits. Learn exporting best practices, DP I, resolution, and how to best transfer and display. Please download adobe Lightroom CLASSIC prior to class for the best learning experience.

Recommended Gear: SD Card you took your photos on, SD card reader, laptop computer with charger. Please install Snapseed, a free app on your phone, before arriving to Camp Mack if you are shooting with a cell phone. A free 30 day subscription to adobe Lightroom is suggested for lap top users.


8:00 – 11:00 am   –   Bok Tower Gardens Academy ($50/Photographer)   –   Bok Tower Gardens

Photograph beautiful Bok Tower gardens and bird sanctuary. The 205-foot Singing Tower was built upon one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet above sea level and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The sanctuary includes some beautiful gardens and bird sanctuary that is not to be missed! Price of admission to Bok Tower is not included.


  • 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.