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September 11 - 14, 2022
Tupper Lake, NY

Early autumn in the Adirondacks — foggy mornings and pastel autumn colors!

 Photograph the lake country and learn processing techniques to take your vision to its ultimate expression.


The Adirondack lake country around Tupper and Long Lakes hosts numerous lakes and ponds.  And we’ll be visiting at our favorite time of year to photograph them.  As the season transitions to early autumn, fog rises from the waters most mornings, suffusing the oncoming autumn colors to soft pastels.  The area also offers some of the finest forest, river, stream and waterfall photography in the Park, especially along the Bog and Raquette Rivers, which alternate between wild whitewater and tranquil stretches that reflect the fall colors.

Amongst this backdrop, we will spend several days examining techniques to refine our art of seeing and effectively present our vision through creative processing.  Image processing is an art form in itself.  Learning to process well can take your artistic expression to new levels.  If you’ve been looking to create a solid foundation for your image processing, this second annual workshop emphasizing the artistic process from capture to optimization is it!

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

  • Color Grading

  • Pre-Sharpening and Sharpening for Digital and Print Output

  • Noise Reduction

  • Processing images so they seemingly glow from within

  • Lightroom’s new masking tools — Color Range, Luminosity Range, Depth Range

  • 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 workshop and take your creative vision to artistic excellence.


Camera Skills Needed

Users of all types of cameras may attend. However, digital SLR and 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 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.

Other Considerations

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.

Group Size

12 participants maximum.

Registration Fees

$895 tuition only. 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 11th.

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


Dates and Times

The program begins Sunday September 11th at 3:00 pm and ends Wednesday, September 14th at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather in the lobby of Shaheen's Adirondack Inn in Tupper Lake.


Shaheen's Adirondack Inn is located at 314 Park Street, Tupper Lake, NY.  Directions to Shaheen's Adirondack Inn can be found on their website. Call them at (518) 359-3384 if you need further assistance.


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 August 21st. We suggest making them as soon as possible. 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 (BTV) and the Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK). 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

Participants gather in the lobby of Shaheen's Adirondack Inn  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.

Day 4

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 –

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