Autumn from the Summits

Witnessing the sunrise and sunset from the summit of an Adirondack mountain is an unforgettable experience. The views are never more stunning than in autumn as the reds, golds, and oranges spread out like a tapestry over the hills and valleys below. Fortunately, one needn’t hike the tallest mountains for the best views. Some of the most spectacular and iconic scenes within the Adirondacks are from the smaller and lesser-known peaks within the Lake Placid area.


After an initial orientation session on Friday afternoon we will spend the weekend in the field exploring and photographing the views from several of the smaller peaks of the Lake Placid and High Peaks region. The smaller peaks obviously require far less effort and time to reach while allowing more time for photography. Note that this workshop will require participants to have the ability and stamina for hikes of easy to moderate levels of difficulty. Most peaks we will visit are <=1 mile to the top.


Field lessons will include tips and techniques on:


  • reading and shooting the light

  • fine tuning compositions

  • shooting multiple exposures for panoramas

  • determining proper exposure for a variety of lighting conditions

  • achieving critical focus

  • visualizing a scene in black-and-white

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

  • using Live View to compose and focus

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

Chris will help take your images to a new level. Our low instructor to participant ratio guarantees everyone significant one-on-one instruction in the field, and the beautiful settings will give each plenty of inspiration to explore their photographic vision.


Camera Skills Needed

All skill levels are welcome.

Users of all types of cameras are encouraged to attend, however digital SLR cameras are preferred for their ability to maximize the learning possibilities of this workshop.

Description of skill levels - click here


Other Considerations

This workshop will require hiking up steep and hilly terrain. Participants MUST be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate to steep inclines. They should wear sturdy boots and use caution on slippery and rocky slopes.


As with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.


Group Size

10 participants max.


Registration Fees

$695 tuition only. Park entrance fees are the responsibility of the participant.


Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is July 2. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.

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Dates and Times

Workshop begins Friday, October 2 at 3:00 pm and ends Sunday, October 4 at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather at The ADK Trail Inn in Upper Jay.


Directions to the The ADK Trail Inn can be found on their website. Call them at (518) 527-1155 if you need further assistance.  


Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their cost is not included in the registration fee. Your leader(s) will work with the group to organize meal times and locations.


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

The The ADK Trail Inn is holding a number of rooms under the Adirondack Photography Institute. Contact them for details: (518) 527-1155 and be sure to let them know you are attending the Institute's workshop.

Getting to the Event

The two nearest airports are Syracuse Hancock International (SYR) and Albany International (ALB). 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

Rather than adhering to a set itinerary, we will stay flexible so that we optimize our time in the field, giving you the best chances to capture great images based on weather and lighting conditions. We plan to photograph throughout the day.


Day 1

Participants arrive in Upper Jay. Chris will lead an opening presentation on the photographic possibilities in the area and Q&A session, followed by an evening hike, if weather conditions permit. Dinner will follow.

Day 2

Weather-permitting, the day will begin with a "magic light" morning hike to a local summit, followed by breakfast. During the day, Chris will guide participants to other, non-strenuous locations for more shooting. After some rest there will be a sunset photography hike, followed by dinner.

Day 3

Weather-permitting, the day begins with a sunrise field trip. Following breakfast, there will be a weekend wrap-up.

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 leader(s) have provided additional information regarding your needs for this program. Click here to view or download that information.

Please contact the leader(s) directly with questions: