Our signature event — an experience unlike any other
workshop! With new shooting locations and opportunities.
Special Note: With the popularity of the retreat, we are holding registration slots for any previous attendee until March 1. After that, registration will be open to anyone.
The retreat program is our ultimate Adirondack
photography experience; a classic artist's retreat for experienced
photographers who want to immerse themselves in their craft. This is
a time when all of your attention can be put toward realizing your
vision and sharing the fruits of your creativity.
As a participant you will be challenged to create a body of work based on your experiences during the week and share your results with the group. (We will be printing some of your work for display in the retreat space.) You will also assist in guiding your fellow participants toward their goals through your supportive suggestions and insights.
You will be photographing a variety of Adirondack landscapes
chosen for their diverse possibilities — scenic mountains, woods,
and waters that make the Adirondacks so distinctive. Your activities
will be planned to take advantage of all the little things that make
the Adirondacks unique in the pantheon of American wild places.
Mark and Joe will play dual roles during the week: guide and participant. As guides they have created activities and exercises designed to inspire and challenge you. They will also lead all field trips, discussions and critique sessions. As participants they will be shooting along with you, sharing their work, and taking part in all creative activities.
At the end of the retreat we will assemble a representative
selection of the work of the participants into an e-book, which
everyone will take home as a memento of their experience.
There are no pre-planned instruction or demonstration sessions given during the retreat. However, Mark and Joe will provide any assistance that you require during the retreat, technical or otherwise, as the need arises.
This is a great opportunity to expand your horizons while working alongside two of the area's premier photographers and teachers.
This program is for Intermediate and Advanced skill level photographers who would enjoy growing their skills while working in a close-knit group.
You are new to photography and have so many questions you're not even sure where to start. You are not comfortable with your camera. You're not sure what makes some photographs look great and others not so great. You're looking to the instructor to help bring some order to the confusion and set you on a path.
You can find your way around the camera, but there are features you don't understand or know how to use. You don't feel that you can adequately capture what you see. You're hoping that the instructor can give you guidance on the when and how of using specific camera features, while also helping you to understand how to compose a good photograph.
You feel pretty comfortable with most of your camera features, although you may have questions about some of the details. You've taken some photos that you're quite pleased with. You are mostly looking to the instructor for new ideas and constructive help with your compositions.
You know how and when to use your camera features. You are pleased with many of your images. You might be looking to work in some new locations. Or maybe you’d like to tap the energy of a group of talented people to add to your creative toolbox.
Participants should be capable of performing the image processing steps necessary to take their images from capture to print. Joe and Mark will be happy to assist you as needed.
10 participants max.
Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is June 24. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.Click here to register online
Retreat begins Sunday, September 24 at 5:00 pm and ends Friday, September 29 at noon.
Participants will gather in the parlor at the Woods Inn. All indoor sessions will take place in the conference center on the property.
The Woods Inn is located on Fourth Lake in Inlet, New York. For driving directions go to www.mapquest.com and enter ZIP Code 13360 as your destination. If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the Woods Inn at (315) 357-5300.
Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their cost is not included in the registration fee. Mark and Joe will work with the group to organize meal times and locations.
If you have special dietary needs please make them known to the Woods Inn staff when you arrive for the event.
Joe and Mark highly recommend staying at the Woods Inn as a way of maintaining the close-knit retreat atmosphere. Contact them at (315) 357-5300 for details. Make sure to mention that you will be taking part in an Adirondack Photography Institute event.
For other nearby lodging options contact the Town of Inlet Information Office.
The two nearest airports are Syracuse Hancock International (SYR) and Albany International (ALB). Rental cars are available at both locations.
Participants’ vehicles will be used for transportation during field trips. We are adamant about carpooling as much as possible to minimize the number of vehicles needed for any given field trip, as well as to lessen our impact on easily damaged roads and trails. Note that the instructors are not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.
You’ll get to know each other at a welcome dinner. Joe and Mark will present the plan for the week and answer questions.
Morning group field trip. Post-trip review and discussion. Download the morning's images and make selections for display. Complete assigned exercise, if any. Group discussion around participants’ images. Image processing and printing. Afternoon, evening and night group field trips. Post-trip review and discussion.
You choose whether to attend the morning group field trip or shoot on your own. Post-trip review and discussion. Image download and selection for display. Complete assigned exercise, if any. Group discussion around participants’ images. Image processing and printing. You choose whether to attend the afternoon, evening and night group field trips or shoot on your own. Post-trip review and discussion. Breakfast, lunch, dinner at scheduled times.
Morning group field trip followed by breakfast. Image download and selection for display. Submit images from the week to Joe and Mark for inclusion in the group presentation. Retreat wrap-up.
Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.
The program leader has provided additional information regarding your needs for this program. Click here to view or download that information. Please contact the leader directly with questions.