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Adirondack Winterscapes 2022

Our popular winter workshop, in the gorgeous High Peaks

and Tri-Lakes region — with spectacular shooting locations, new field lessons and instructional presentations.

Winter in the Adirondacks is a magical time and the Lake Placid-Saranac Lake-Tupper Lake region has its own northern charm. There are dramatic snow-covered mountains and pristine forests. The numerous lakes, ponds and waterways become encrusted with intricate ice formations. Even small snowfalls create winter wonderlands. Snow quiets and simplifies the landscape, accentuating lines and form. Portraying it artistically in photographs requires special attention to composition, exposure and processing. Through both field lessons and indoor instructional sessions, Mark will explore the art of seeing winter’s beauty and demonstrate techniques specific to creating compelling winter images. With the emphasis on “shooting & processing”, we’ll photograph a variety of locations, during the day and at night, and take time to process and share our images. Possible shooting locations include Whiteface Mountain and the McKenzie and Stephenson Ranges, Mt. Joe, Algonquin Mt, Mt Colden, Lower Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Lakes Flower and Colby, Second Pond, and other lakes and ponds in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest and St Regis Wilderness. Come explore the special beauty of winter in the North Country!


Field lessons will emphasize attention to detail, with tips and techniques on:

  • reading and shooting the light

  • seeing from different vantage points

  • fine tuning compositions

  • determining proper exposure

  • achieving critical focus

  • working with your range of lenses 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 will give indoor instructional presentations on:

  • winter weather & the Art of Seeing

  • extreme snow & ice

  • the compositional benefits of open water

  • winter patterns

  • using exposure to create mood

  • shooting winter’s color and tonal palettes for creative effect

  • multiple exposure blending for expanding exposure latitude and resolution: layer masks, panoramas and HDR’s

  • focus stacking to maximize depth of field


Mark will cover efficient digital workflow and image optimization in Lightroom, Camera Raw & Photoshop, including; 

  • RAW processing in Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW

  • applying global adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop for white balance, tonality, contrast and color control, highlight and shadow control

  • noise reduction and pre-sharpening

  • making local adjustments to contrast, color and tonality

  • selective dodging and burning

  • working with layers


Camera Skills Needed

All skill levels are welcome. Users of all types of cameras may attend. However, digital SLR 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

Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, some moderate hiking in snow may be required. Participants must be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate inclines.  Though not necessary, feel free to bring snowshoes or cross-country skis to access snow-covered forests. 

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

$795 tuition only.

Click Here to Register Online

Deposit of $250 required at time of registration.  Deadline for early registration is December 1, 2021. 

Click here for information on any other discount that may be available. 



Dates and Times

The program begins Sunday, Jan 30th at 5:00 pm and ends Wednesday, February 2nd 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 not included with the workshop tuition and are the responsibility of each individual.  Mark will work with the group to organize meal times and locations.


The Hampton Inn and Suites is holding a number of rooms under the Adirondack Photography Institute at a discounted rate. You can book your reservation by calling the Hilton Reservations toll-free number at 1-800-HILTONS.   Please mention the API 2022 WORKSHOP at  HAMPTON INN & SUITES LAKE PLACID  or the unique code  API 2022 Workshop  to receive your group rate.   Or you can use the link below to book online:

Book Online at Hilton Direct (you must indicate the unique code API 2022 Workshop to get the discounted rate)

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.  Note that the instructor is not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.

The Program Schedule

Day 1

  • Participants gather at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

  • Welcome dinner and opening presentation on winter photography by Mark.

  • Night shooting session.

Day 2, 3

  • Morning field trip followed by breakfast.

  • Instructional presentations by Mark on Artistic Winter Photography:

    • Winter Weather: Reading the Light, Color Palette, Open Water, Extreme Snow and Ice, Winter Patterns

    • Winter Exposures: Using Exposure to Create Mood

    • Digital Workflow: Multiple Exposure Techniques for expanding tonal range, depth of field, and resolution: panoramas, HDR’s, layer masks, focus stacking and more.

  • Image analysis and group critique of participant's images.

  • Afternoon field trip.

  • Twilight and night shooting sessions.

Day 4

  • Morning field trip followed by breakfast.

  • Presentation by Mark - Image Optimization in Lightroom, Camera Raw & Photoshop.

  • Group critique.

  • 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

The program leader has provided additional information regarding your needs for this program. Click here to view or download that information. Please contact Mark Bowie directly with questions: or 413-442-9125.

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