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September 22 - 27, 2024
Tupper Lake, NY
We expect this event to sell out quickly.  
Please register as soon as possible.

Our signature event — an experience unlike any other workshop — in the northern Adirondacks' Tri-Lakes region.

Special Note:  With the popularity of the retreats, we are holding the majority of registration slots for previous attendees

until January 15, 2024.  After that, registration will be open to other intermediate to advanced level photographers.


The retreat program is our ultimate Adirondack photography experience; a classic artist's retreat for experienced photographers who want to immerse themselves in their craft. This is a time when all of your attention can be put toward realizing your vision and sharing the fruits of your creativity. As a participant you will be challenged to create a body of work based on your experiences during the week and share your results with the group. (We will be printing some of your work for display in the retreat space.) You will also assist in guiding your fellow participants toward their goals through your supportive suggestions and insights.  You will be photographing a variety of Adirondack landscapes chosen for their diverse possibilities — scenic mountains, woods, and waters that make the Adirondacks so distinctive. Your activities will be planned to take advantage of all the little things that make the Adirondacks unique in the pantheon of American wild places.

Mark will play dual roles during the week: guide and participant. As a guide he has created activities and exercises designed to inspire and challenge you. He will also lead all field trips, discussions and critique sessions. As a participant he will be shooting along with you, sharing his work, and taking part in all creative activities.  At the end of the retreat we will assemble a representative selection of participants work into an e-book, which everyone will take home as a memento of their experience.

There are no pre-planned instructional sessions given during the retreat. However, Mark will provide any assistance that you require during the retreat, technical or otherwise, as the need arises. This is a great opportunity to expand your horizons while working alongside one of the area's premier photographers and teachers.

Camera Skills Needed

This program is for Intermediate and Advanced skill level photographers who would enjoy growing their skills while working in a close-knit group.

Description of skill levels - click here.

Computer Skills Needed

Participants should be capable of performing the image processing steps necessary to take their images from capture to print.  Mark will be happy to assist you as needed. 

Other Considerations

Locations visited during the retreat are easily accessible.  Though no strenuous hiking or climbing is required, we may hike up some of the area's smaller peaks.  Participants must be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate to steep inclines.

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 max.

Registration Fees


Deposit of $250 required at time of registration. Deadline for early registration discount is July 17th. Click here for information on any other discounts that may be available.


Dates and Times

Retreat begins Sunday, September 22, 2024 at 5:00 pm and ends Friday, September 27, 2024 at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather at the Tupper Lake Motel, 255 Park Street, Tupper Lake.


Lodging is the responsibility of the participant and is not included in the registration fee. The Tupper Lake Motel will be our base for this event. The motel is holding a block of rooms for us at discounted rates of $110/night (one queen bed) and $140/night (2 queen beds) until May 1, 2024, so be sure to mention you will be taking part in the Adirondack Photography Institute workshop. We recommend making your reservations soon after registering for the workshop. Reservations must be made by emailing the motel at  The motel will not answer the phone during winter.

Other lodging suggestions in Tupper Lake:

TrailHead by Weekender - (518) 359-3384
Sunset Park Motel – (518) 359-3995

Red Top Inn  - (518) 359-9209


Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their cost is not included in the registration fee. Mark will work with the group to organize meal times and locations.

Getting to the Event

The two nearest airports are the Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK) 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 instructor is not allowed to provide transportation for participants duing the event.

What To Bring

Click here to download a What To Bring list for this workshop. Feel free to contact me with questions: (413) 442-9125 or

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