PHOTO WORKSHOPS

I've been a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute (API) for about fifteen years, leading nature and digital photography workshops and retreats.  I also teach through the Cape Cod Art Center, and lead private workshops on my own.  My programs cover the technical aspects of using digital cameras, and the artistry of nature photography, delving deep into the art of seeing and compositional techniques. I also teach the fine art of processing images in the digital darkroom, including digital workflow and image optimization in Lightroom and Photoshop CC.  I'm a renowned specialist in night photography, and also teach panorama stitching, HDR imaging, focus stacking, and multiple exposure blending using layer and luminosity masking.

My 2023 workshops are listed below, with course descriptions, field locations, availability and pricing.  If you'd like to be notified as events are scheduled, please sign up for my contact list.

I also do private instruction for individuals and small groups.  See the Private Instruction page for details.

2023 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Click the images or Details buttons for workshop descriptions, pricing and registration information.

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ADIRONDACK WINTERSCAPES

Inlet, NY

January 29 - February 1, 2023

Photograph the charm and glistening beauty of the North Country's 

mountains, woods and waters under the mantle of winter.

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WATERFALLS OF THE FINGER LAKES
WITH CHRIS MURRAY

Ithaca, NY

June 11 - 14, 2023

Waterfalls galore!  One of the highest concentrations of magnificent waterfalls in the country.  Explore creative opportunities for capturing the beauty and grace of falling water. 

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MILKY WAY &
NIGHT LANDSCAPE

 

Tupper Lake, NY

July 16 - 20, 2023

Record the breathtaking Milky Way while capturing  

detail in the Adirondack landscape.

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MILKY WAY &
PERSEID METEORS

Inlet, NY

August 13 - 17, 2023

Learn to capture the magnificence and mystery of the Milky Way and crescent moon,

under dark Adirondack skies.

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ADIRONDACK AUTUMN RETREAT -
TUPPER LAKE

 

Tupper Lake, NY

September 17 - 22, 2023

Our signature event — one like no other!  Refine your personal vision by immersing yourself in the artistry of the photographic medium. 

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ADIRONDACK AUTUMN RETREAT - INLET
Full

 

Inlet, NY

September 24 - 29, 2023

Our signature event — one like no other — this time photographing central Adirondack woods and waters.  Go deeper into the creative possibilities!

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ADIRONDACK PEAK FALL COLOR
WITH CHRIS MURRAY

 

Indian Lake, NY

October 8 - 12, 2023

Back to Indian Lake for some of the Adirondacks' most spectacular

displays of autumn color!

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FINDING NOVEMBER... EARLY
Full - Wait List Available

Details Coming Soon

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Lenox/Pittsfield, MA

October 22 - 26, 2023 (tentative dates)

A special event for seasoned photographers who want to take the art of seeing

to another level.  Discover the past peak landscape's overlooked beauty and enhance your creative vision, in Massachusetts' charming Berkshire Mountains.

THE WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE

Collaboration.   Inspiration.   Fun.

 

With personalized, stimulating field sessions and dynamic presentations, I teach photographers the artistic possibilities beyond their preconceptions, to expand their creative repertoire and produce imagery from the heart.  The goals are not only to help each participant create beautiful images during a workshop, but equip them with the tools to do so afterwards. It's a collaborative approach to the craft — all about information... inspiration... and fun!

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Camera Settings.  Image Processing.  Portfolio Reviews.

 

Private photography instruction customized to your skill level can be one of the most efficient ways to take your photography to new artistic heights.  I offer private lessons in the field and in the digital darkroom, tailored to each individual.  I also provide professional critiquing sessions on-line.  For details visit the Private Instruction page.

SEMINARS FOR CAMERA CLUBS & CONFERENCES

I also offer intensive half-day, full-day and weekend seminars for camera clubs and conferences.  These events can be customized to your group's needs.  For more information, see the Seminars page.  To inquire about an event for your group, please contact me.

TESTIMONIALS
HELEN COGAN

"I can’t thank you enough for an AWESOME workshop.  

You continue to open my eyes to the beauty that surrounds us… and continue to push me to another level of my work."

KATHY MARTIN

“Thanks so much for a great workshop.  I loved the laughter, learning, great spots to shoot in, being inspired, experiencing new waterfalls in the area, and increasing my skill.  I love how you lead and are so encouraging.  I know a workshop led by you is always top notch in quality.  You excelled in this one.” 

CHRIS MURRAY

"I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s a dream come true to be doing this (teaching API workshops), especially alongside you. If the greatest reward for an artist is to inspire others, then know that you are a constant source of inspiration to me.”

JOHN BRUSTROM

"Mark Bowie is a consummate professional.   He is considerably courteous and understanding of the wide range of participants' knowledge and photographic backgrounds and is able to tailor his presentations and expertise to individual levels of understanding.  I wish I could put into words how much I respect him and his mentoring abilities."

OWEN EHRLICH
MIKE HILCZMAYER

“Your presentation on creative viewing of the landscape was excellent - it touched on so many points. I have read or viewed a lot of tutorials and yours was the most informative. You need to do some type of tutorial or book on the subject.”

"Thank you for the time spent these last few days.  I learned a lot and the doors opened to new and different ways to see the creation surrounding us and to capture for all times in an image to be shared.  I went home with some nice shots I was never able to do before.  More importantly, this is the beginning of a new exploration and a new vision."

ELIZABETH GODSIL

“A testament to your ability as an educator... Rob and I have spent the entire evening reflecting on a fabulous few days with you and the group.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge, secrets and photos.  We cannot decide

which course to take with you next.”

ROGER HUGHES

"I truly had a Blessed time during every moment of the workshop.  Peace and Go Deeper!"