Adirondack Peak Fall Color

Two distinctive autumn locations in one incredible workshop — the Long Lake and Schroon Lake areas!

Each section of the Adirondack Park is distinctively different, harboring its own scenic wonders.  For this workshop, we’ll base ourselves out of two locations: the villages of Long Lake and Schroon Lake.  The first couple of days will be spent photographing around Long Lake.  We’ll then work our way towards Schroon Lake to explore another side of autumn, spending the next three days photographing a wide variety of landscapes.


The central Adirondack lake country around Long Lake is carpeted with lush forests sprinkled with numerous lakes and ponds, rivers, and waterfalls.  The autumn forests explode with color; yellows, oranges and reds are mixed with aquamarine, tangerine, cherry, peach and other fanciful colors.  Shorelines are rimmed with maple, beech, birch and cherry, their colors creating impressionistic paintings on the waters.  With the changing of the seasons, mists rise from the waters most mornings, softening the rich colors to beautiful pastels.


The gentle, rolling terrain of the central lake country gives way to wilder, more rugged country around Schroon Lake.  Here the mix of deciduous trees and evergreens drape whole mountainsides with tapestries of bold color — some of the most dazzling fall foliage in the North Country.  The Elk Lake-Clear Pond Preserve may contain the grandest juxtaposition of mountains and waters in the Adirondacks.  The area also offers some of the finest stream and forest photography in the Park, especially in and around the Pharoah Lake and Hoffman Notch Wilderness Areas.  There’re the Spectacle Ponds, Crane Pond, Blue Ridge Falls, and the Schroon River, which alternates between wild whitewater and placid stretches that reflect the fall colors.  The possibilities for creative photography here are unbounded.


Mark Bowie, Adirondack Life contributor and author of three photography books on the Adirondacks, has worked extensively in this area.  He'll be joined by Chris Murray, also an Adirondack Life contributor and and passionate teacher.  They’ll be your guides, and the emphasis will be on shooting, shooting, shooting!  You will typically shoot for several hours around sunrise and sunset each day, and other times as favorable lighting conditions present themselves.  You'll even photograph the moody blues of twilight and the magnificent Adirondack night sky.  Field lessons will include tips and techniques on:

  • reading and shooting the light

  • photographing autumn forests, waterways and reflections

  • fine tuning compositions

  • determining proper exposure in a variety of conditions

  • varying shutter speed for creative effect

  • achieving critical focus

  • working with your range of lenses, from wide angle to telephoto

  • shooting color and tonal palettes for creative effect

  • using Live View to compose and focus

  • using the LCD screen and histogram to refine compositions, check exposures and confirm focus


Mark and Chris will also give indoor instructional sessions on:

  • the Art of Seeing Creatively

  • special opportunities unique to autumn

  • optimizing images in Lightroom and Photoshop

  • blending multiple exposures of the same scene as panoramas and HDR’s, and using layer masks and focus stacking


We will also have critiquing sessions of participants’ images shot during the workshop.  Join Mark & Chris as they help elevate your fall photography beyond the commonplace to artistic excellence!

Camera Skills Needed
All skill levels are welcome.

Users of all types of cameras may attend. However, digital SLR or mirrorless cameras are preferred for their ability to provide immediate feedback and instant access to the images. Without one, you will not be able to take full advantage of the indoor sessions in this workshop.

Description of skill levels - click here

Computer Skills Needed
A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop or other image-editing program will be helpful.

Other Considerations
Locations visited during the workshop are easily accessible and most do not require strenuous hiking or climbing. Optional hikes involving moderate inclines to small peaks may be offered. Only those in good physical shape and able to ascend and descend moderate slopes should attempt.  As with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.

Group Size
15 participants max.

Registration Fees
$995. See details below for a description of what is included. A d
eposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is July 4. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.

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Dates and Times

The workshop begins Sunday, October 4th at 2:00 pm in Long Lake and ends Thursday, October 8th at noon in Schroon Lake.

Where to Meet
Participants will gather in the lobby of Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake.


The Adirondack Hotel is located at 1245 Main St., Route 30N in Long Lake, New York.  For driving directions go to Google Maps and enter the inn’s address as your destination.  If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the Adirondack Hotel at (518) 624-4700. 

Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their cost is not included in the registration fee. Mark and Chris will organize and provide advice on nearby meal options.

Lodging is the responsibility of the participant and is not included in the registration fee.

This workshop will be based out of two locations: the villages of Long Lake and Schroon Lake.  Participants are asked to make lodging reservations for Long Lake for the nights of October 4th and 5th, and for Schroon Lake for the nights of October            6th and 7th.

In Long Lake, we suggest staying at the Adirondack Hotel.  Contact them at (518) 624-4700 for reservations. 

Shamrock Motel & Cottages - (518) 624-3861

Sandy Point Motel – - (518) 624-3871


The Silver Spruce Inn Bed and Breakfast will be our base for the Schroon Lake portion of the workshop.  The address is 2003 U.S. 9, Schroon Lake, NY.

 We recommend that all participants stay here.  Call them at (518) 532-7031 for reservations and details.  Breakfast is provided.   Make sure to mention that you will be taking part in an Adirondack Photography Institute event.

Getting to the Event

The two nearest airports are Albany International Airport (ALB) and the Burlington International Airport (BTV). Rental cars are available at both locations.

Transportation During the Event
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 instructor is not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.

The Program Schedule

Day 1

Participants gather at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake.  Welcome and introductory session on fall photography in the region by Mark and Chris.  Sunset photo shoot.  Dinner locally.  Optional night shoot.

Day 2, 3,  4 

Morning field trip followed by breakfast.  Instructional presentations by Mark and Chris on artistic Fall Photography:

The Art of Seeing
Weather & Reading the Light
Using Exposure to Create Mood
Shooting the Adirondack Autumn Color Palette
Lens Selection and Use
Creative Use of Filters
Multiple Exposure Techniques for Expanding Tonal Range, Depth of Field and Resolution:
Layer Masks
Focus Stacking
Creating Abstract, Expressionistic Images
Image Optimization in Lightroom, Camera Raw & Photoshop. Image analysis and group critique of participants’ images.

Afternoon field trip. Sunset, twilight and night shooting field trips.

Day 5

Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Image analysis and group critique of participants’ images. Workshop wrap-up and participant slideshow.

Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.

What To Bring
Important: The program leaders have provided additional information regarding your needs for this program. Click here to view or download that information. Please contact the leaders directly with questions:

Mark Bowie –

Chris Murray –