September 13 - 16, 2021
Tupper Lake, NY
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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

  • Color Grading

  • Pre-Sharpening and Sharpening for Digital and Print Output

  • Noise Reduction

  • 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 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

$995 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 13th.

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 (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 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.

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 –