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Spring in the Adirondacks














Spring is one of the most special and underappreciated times of year in the Adirondacks. When one thinks of trees and foliage thoughts invariably turn to autumn and its stunning array of color. However, spring offers its own spectacular display that is often overlooked. The varying and brilliant shades of green and yellow during springtime are often as beautiful and stunning as anything found in the fall. As an added bonus, streams and waterfalls swollen with the spring thaw rush forth with a majesty and power unparalleled the rest of the year. Spring is also the best opportunity to see wildlife, most notably deer and black bear. Best of all, the park is far more quiet and peaceful than during the widely publicized fall foliage season.

After an initial orientation session on Sunday afternoon we will spend three full days in the field exploring and photographing the waterfalls, streams, ponds, and meadows of the Lake Placid and High Peaks areas. Chris is a renowned expert on waterfall and stream photography as well as black-and-white. He will provide individual field instruction as well as indoor instructional sessions and critiques.  

Field lessons will include tips and techniques on:

  • visualizing a scene in black-and-white

  • reading and shooting the light

  • special opportunities presented by spring shooting

  • fine tuning compositions

  • determining proper exposure for a variety of spring conditions

  • varying shutter speed for creative effect

  • achieving critical focus

  • 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 also give indoor instructional sessions on:

  • optimizing images in Lightroom and Photoshop

  • converting images to black-and-white

  • blending multiple exposures of the same scene for panoramas, HDR’s, layer masks and focus stacks

We will also have critiquing sessions of participants’ images shot during the workshop. 

Chris will help take your spring 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


Computer Skills Needed

A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture will be helpful. Chris will be glad to answer your image processing questions.

Other Considerations

Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, the hilly terrain requires some moderate hiking. 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

$825 tuition only. 

Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is March 19. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.




Dates and Times

Workshop begins Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 pm and ends Thursday, May 23 at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Lake Placid.  Instructions on how to make reservations are below under Lodging.


Directions to the Hampton Inn and Suites can be found on their website. Call them at (518) 523-9500 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 Hampton Inn and Suites is holding a number of rooms under the Adirondack Photography Institute at a discounted rate. Contact them for details: (518) 523-9500 and be sure to let them know you are attending the Institute's workshop. You must give them the code API to get the discounted rate.   Alternatively you can book online at, and enter your arrival and departure date and select add special rate codes.  Under more options enter "API" under group code. 

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 Lake Placid. Welcome and introductory session on spring photography in the region by Chris followed by dinner.

Day 2, 3,4

Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Viewing and critique of participants’ images as well as instructional presentations on artistic spring photography. Afternoon break followed by an early dinner before evening/sunset photo shoot.

Day 5

Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Workshop 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:

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