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Weekend with Adirondack Life

New Location! In the spectacular High Peaks area — home to towering peaks, thundering waterfalls, mountain streams and colorful northern forests.





API and Adirondack Life magazine are teaming-up to bring you a unique, power-packed workshop — a true celebration of photography — in the breathtaking High Peaks region! Here numerous peaks rise over 4,000 feet into the clouds. A mix of deciduous trees and evergreens create tapestries of bold color — some of the richest autumn scenery in the Adirondack Park. The Ausable River, a world-class trout fishery, winds through narrow gorges and pastoral flats. Secluded lakes and ponds are reflective gems in wilderness settings.  September is a magical time to photograph the area, as the fall colors are turning and mist rises from the waters most days.


API staff instructors Mark Bowie and Chris Murray will be your guides and photographic mentors.  What makes this event so distinctive is that they will be joined by Adirondack Life magazine staff.  Learn first-hand from leaders in nature photography and regional publishing the latest tips and techniques for improving your imagery, as well as guidelines and advice for getting your images into print.

This one-of-a-kind weekend will include:

·         Field trips to spectacular photo locations selected for their image-making possibilities, where the instructors will provide live field demonstrations, give advice on the art of seeing and photographing autumn, and answer your questions.

·         Informative presentations by Adirondack Life staff members. The magazine has won dozens of international awards for design and photography; you'll learn about specific pictures chosen by the judges over the years. Discussion of how to submit images for the wall calendar and eight issues of the magazine, the subject matter they love to see (and have seen enough of too), their in-house processes for digital correction and proofing, plus insight on regional publications as outlets for fine photography.

·         Instructional presentations by Mark and Chris on the latest technologies and techniques for photographing landscapes, including blending multiple exposures as panoramas, high-dynamic range (HDR) images, and focus stacks. They’ll also cover night and low-light photography, expressionist possibilities with the camera, image processing, and more.

·         In-depth, 1-on-1 critiquing sessions with API and magazine staff of images you brought from home.

·         Informal meals shared with API and Adirondack Life staff, giving you another opportunity to learn from the pros.

·         A group critique slideshow, highlighting participants’ unique experiences over the weekend.


We are excited to have as our host the Adirondack Trail Inn, located on the banks of the East Branch of the Ausable River. It’s an ideal location, with convenient access to a range of scenic sites. 

Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to be inspired by, and work with, some of the most influential nature photographers and publishers in the Adirondacks today!

Camera Skills Needed

All skill levels welcome. 

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 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 Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop will be helpful.

Other Considerations

Locations visited during the workshop are easily accessible and most do not require strenuous hiking or climbing. Optional hikes involving moderate inclines to small peaks may be offered. Only those in good physical shape and able to ascend and descend moderate slopes should attempt.  As with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.

Group Size

15 participants max.

Registration Fees:

   $575 tuition only 

Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is June 22. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.





Dates and Times

Workshop begins Friday, September 20 at 3:00 pm and ends Sunday, September 22 at noon.

Where to Meet

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


Directions to the ADK Train 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 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.

You can also book online but you must indicate the API workshop in the description/memo area. 

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 instructors are not allowed to provide transportation for participants during the event.

The Program Schedule

Day 1

Mark & Chris will lead an opening presentation on the photographic possibilities in the area and Q&A session, followed by a night photography field trip, if weather conditions permit.

Day 2

Weather-permitting, the day will begin with a "magic light" field trip, followed by breakfast. During the day, the instructors will present indoor instructional sessions and Adirondack Life staff will speak about working with the magazine. They will be followed by afternoon, evening and night photography field trips.

Day 3

Weather-permitting, the day begins with a sunrise field trip. Following breakfast, time will be set aside so that participants may download and select images captured during the field trips, which will be presented during a group show-and-tell session, moderated by API and Adirondack Life staff.

Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.

What To Bring

Click here for a list of photo equipment and outdoor gear recommended for this workshop.