Weekend with Adirondack Life
September 22-24
Wilmington, New York


New Location! The spectacular Wilmington area — home to Whiteface Mountain and other soaring peaks, raging waters, secluded ponds and northern forests blazing with fall colors.

API and Adirondack Life magazine are teaming-up once again to bring you a fun and informative weekend, a celebration of photography, this time 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. Numerous lakes and ponds are tucked amongst bedrock, gems in wilderness settings. Late September is a magical time to photograph, as the fall colors are turning and mist rises from the waters most days. Come learn first-hand from leaders in nature photography and regional publishing the latest tips and techniques for improving the quality of your images, 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 API staff instructors will give advice, demonstrate techniques and answer your questions.

  • Entertaining, 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 that have been chosen by the judges over the years. Discussion of how to submit images for the wall calendar and eight issues of the magazine, what kinds of material they love to see (and have seen enough of too), their in-house processes for digital correction and proofing, plus insight on regional publications overall as outlets for fine photography.

  • Power-packed presentations by API staff instructors about 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, digital image processing, and more.

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

  • A group show-and-tell multimedia slideshow, highlighting participants’ unique experiences over the weekend.

We are excited to have as our host the beautiful Hungry Trout Resort, located at the base of Whiteface Mountain. This is an ideal venue for our meetings, meals and accommodations, with convenient access to photography 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!


Mark Bowie, Johnathan Esper and Joe LeFevre, along with selected staff members of Adironack Life

Program Type

Field workshop

Camera Skills Needed

All skill levels welcome. 

Users of all types of cameras may attend. However, digital SLR 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, Photoshop or Aperture 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.

Group Size

15 participants max.

Registration Fees

$550 tuition only

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

Click here to register online

Dates and Times

Workshop begins Friday, September 22 at 5:00 pm and ends Sunday, September 24 at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather at the Hungry Trout Resort.


The Hungry Trout Resort is located at 5239 Route 86 in Wilmington, NY. For driving directions go to www.mapquest.com and enter ZIP Code 12997 as your destination. If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the resort at (800) 766-9137.


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 Hungry Trout Resort will be our “base” for the workshop. Call them at (800) 766-9137 for reservations and details.

Other recommended lodging in Wilmington:

Ledge Rock at Whiteface – (518) 946-2302

Alpine Country Inn & Suites – (518) 946-2263

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 instructor is not allowed to provide transportation for participants duing the event.

The Program Schedule

Day 1

API staff will lead an opening presentation on the photographic possibilities in the region 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 fields 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

The program leader has provided additional information regarding your needs for this program. Click here to view or download that information. Please contact the leader directly with questions.

Photos by Mark Bowie