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Creativity in Nature

A brand new event with API!  

Join Jackie in early fall in the Adirondacks to re-discover everything you ever knew in the natural world

From the tiniest mosses and mushrooms to the "floating" islands of trees and everything in-between, we will explore with our cameras and a child's inquisitive mind; asking questions and answering them in the form of visual imagery. We will be open to all possibilities from wide angle to macro, as well as Lensbaby or other lenses you may have. One subject may take on many dimensions and moods depending on how you feel or what you wish to convey. Do you wish to create a visual image that expresses a particular mood, just focuses on nature's beauty, the season, a transition, or perhaps provokes deep thought.


Weather permitting, most of our days will begin and end at various outdoor locations with the rising and setting of the sun. We will intersperse time in the field with sessions in the classroom where we will upload, edit, and evaluate our work. Jackie will offer input to everyone and share demos on creative techniques for post-processing. All work will be done in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Participants will be encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and try new ways of seeing, processing, and sharing their work. We will go over the slideshow module in Lightroom. Those with Lightroom may prepare their own slideshow, but regardless of format, everyone will share images that represent their artistic journey during the time together. 


Some techniques we will explore include selective focus, high key, abstract, multiples, shooting textures, and adding them in Photoshop.


Camera Skills Needed

This program is for Intermediate and Advanced skill level photographers who would enjoy growing their skills while working in a close-knit group.

Description of skill levels - click here

Computer Skills Needed

A working knowledge of Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw (or equivalent) will be essential to get the most from the editing lessons. Familiarity with Photoshop is not required, but please note that it will be necessary to apply some of the editing techniques that Jackie will share.

Other Considerations

Locations visited during the retreat are easily accessible and do not require any strenuous hiking or climbing. However, participants must be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate inclines. As with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.

Group Size

8 participants max.

Registration Fees


Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is July 20th. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.

Click Here to Register Online


Dates and Times

Retreat begins Friday, September 20, 2024 at 5:00 pm and ends Wednesday, September 25, 2024 at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather at The Marina Motel.  


The Marina Motel is located at 6 South Shore Road, Inlet New York 13360.  For driving directions go to Google Maps and enter the motel's address as your destination. If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the motel at (315) 357-3883..


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

The Marina Motel will be our base for this event.  The motel is holding a block of rooms for us at the discounted rate of $189/night so be sure to mention you will be taking part in the Adirondack Photography Institute Retreat.  We recommend making your reservations soon after registering for the  workshop.  Contact them at (315)  357-3883 for reservations.  


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

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.

For any questions about this event please contact Jackie Kramer 


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