Image Processing Workshop
Due to popular demand we are introducing our first-ever workshop devoted specifically to image processing!
Photograph northern Adirondack waters then learn processing techniques to match your visualized image to their ultimate expression.
Image processing is an art form in itself. Learning to process well can take your photography, and your artistic expression, to new levels. If you’ve been looking to create a solid foundation for your image processing, this is it! In this inaugural processing workshop, we will photograph late summer in some of the most water-laden terrain in the Northeast. The Tupper Lake region and nearby Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is home to pristine lakes and ponds, rivers, streams and waterfalls. With the changing of the seasons, fog rises from the waters most mornings and fall colors emerge in the forests. The possibilities for creative photography here are unbounded.
But the major emphasis of this workshop is image processing. Professional Adirondack photographers Mark Bowie and Chris Murray will guide participants through the process of shooting and processing images for maximum impact. In the field, they’ll cover strategies, tips and techniques on the art of seeing and creating meaningful compositions. Then in intensive digital darkroom sessions, they’ll use some of the resulting images to demonstrate state-of-the-art image optimization techniques and processing workflow in Lightroom, Camera Raw and Photoshop. The principles and techniques are also applicable to other processing software.
The workshop is geared towards intermediate- to advance-level photographers with at least a working knowledge of digital processing. Mark and Chris will cover a wide range of basic to advanced techniques for making customized global and local image adjustments, within a sound image optimization workflow.
Here are some of the techniques they’ll cover:
Visualizing your final image in the field and in the digital darkroom
Assessing what needs to be done to images in processing
Exposure adjustments to affect the mood of an image
White Balance selection — globally and locally
Color and contrast theory
Correcting Color Casts
Targeted exposure, contrast and color adjustments
Using the Tone Curves
Enhancing depth through transitions in contrast, luminosity, color, texture and sharpness
Accentuating the natural light path to direct viewers through an image
Hue, Saturation, and Luminance adjustments
Pre-Sharpening and Sharpening for Digital and Print Output
Processing images so they seemingly glow from within
Layer masking for localized adjustments and exposure blending
Overview of luminosity masking for making targeted, feathered adjustments
Blending multiple exposures to create HDR’s and panoramas
Blending focus stacked images
Black and white conversion and processing
Processing night images – Milky Way, star trails, noise reduction
Expressionistic techniques to create abstract, painterly images
Join Mark & Chris for this intensive processing workshop and take your image processing to artistic excellence!
Camera Skills Needed:
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 this workshop.
Description of skill levels - click here
Computer Skills Needed:
A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom, Camera Raw, Photoshop or other image editing program will be helpful. Participants should bring a laptop computer with image editing software installed to practice the demonstrated techniques.
Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, the terrain may require some short hiking. Participants MUST be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate 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.
Maximum 12 participants
Registration Fees – $995. See details below for a description of what is included.
Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for the early registration discount is June 13. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.
Dates and Times
The program begins Monday September 13th at 3:00 pm and ends Thursday, September 16th at noon.
Where to Meet
Participants will gather at Shaheen’s Adirondack Inn.
Shaheen’s Adirondack Inn is located at 314 Park Street in Tupper Lake, New York 12986. 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 inn at (518) 359-3384.
Lodging is the responsibility of the participant and is not included in the registration fee. We suggest Shaheen’s Adirondack Inn for this event. Contact them at (518) 359-3384 or (800) 474-2445 for reservations. *Reservations must be made by September 5th. The inn is offering discounted pricing for this workshop, so make sure to mention that you will be taking part in an Adirondack Photography Institute event.
Other lodging suggestions in Tupper Lake:
Red Top Inn - (518) 359-9209
Tupper Lake Motel – (518) 359-3381
Park Motel and Cabins – (518) 359-3600
Meals are the responsibility of the participant and are not included in the registration fee. Mark and Chris will organize and provide advice on nearby meal options.
Getting to the Event
The two nearest airports are Burlington International Airport and the Adirondack Regional Airport. Rental cars are available at both locations.
The Program Schedule
Participants gather at Shaheens. Welcome and introductory session on photography in the region by Mark and Chris. Sunset photo shoot. Dinner locally. Optional night shoot.
Day 2, 3
Morning field trip followed by breakfast. Instructional presentations by Mark and Chris on digital workflow and image processing in Lightroom, Camera Raw & Photoshop.
Image analysis and group critique of participants’ images.
Afternoon field trip. Sunset, twilight and night shooting field trips.
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 –