Adirondack Winter Weekend
February 9-12, 2017
Inlet, New York


Our popular winter workshop with new field locations, lessons and instructional presentations. With the emphasis on “shooting & processing”, we’ll photograph a variety of locations, during the day & at night, with time to process and share our images. Come explore the special beauty of a North Country winter!

Winter in the Adirondacks is a magical time and the central lake country has its own backcountry charm. There are mountainscapes, snowy forests, and ice-encrusted lakes and rivers. Even small snowfalls that cling to the trees create winter wonderlands. Snow quiets and simplifies the landscape, accentuating lines and form. Portraying it artistically in photographs requires special attention to composition, exposure and processing. Through both field lessons and indoor instructional sessions, Mark will demonstrate techniques to create expressive wintertime images that resonate with emotional impact and meaning. We’ll explore strategies to take advantage of different lighting conditions and learn to see winter’s unique photographic possibilities.

Mark plans to photograph at various times of the day, as conditions warrant. He will also lead twilight and nighttime field sessions, demonstrating tips and techniques to capture amazing winter images during these incredibly beautiful times. Possible field destinations include the Fulton Chain of Lakes, the Moose River, Moss Lake, Raquette Lake, Buttermilk Falls, the villages of Old Forge, Inlet, and Raquette Lake, and the pristine forests around them.

Field lessons will emphasize attention to detail, with tips and techniques on:

  • reading and shooting the light
  • seeing from different vantagepoints
  • fine tuning compositions
  • determining proper exposure
  • achieving critical focus
  • working with your range of lenses for creative effect
  • using Live View to compose and focus
  • using the LCD screen and histogram to refine compositions, check exposures and confirm focus

Mark will give indoor instructional presentations on:

  • winter weather & the Art of Seeing
  • extreme snow & ice
  • the compositional benefits of open water
  • winter patterns
  • using exposure to create mood
  • shooting winter’s color and tonal palettes for creative effect
  • multiple exposure blending for expanding exposure latitude and resolution: layer masks, panoramas and HDR’s
  • focus stacking to maximize depth of field

We’ll cover efficient digital workflow and optimization in Lightroom, Camera Raw & Photoshop. Mark will demonstrate the non-destructive digital workflow he uses to optimize images:

  • RAW processing in Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW
  • applying global adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop for white balance, tonality, contrast and color control, highlight and shadow control
  • noise reduction and pre-sharpening
  • making local adjustments to contrast, color and tonality
  • selective dodging and burning
  • working with layers

Indoor sessions will be held at the Woods Inn in Inlet, offering gracious hospitality, hearty food, and quick access to some of the area’s best photo locations.


Mark Bowie

Program Type

Field workshop

Camera Skills Needed

All skill levels are 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

Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, some moderate hiking in snow may be required. Participants must be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate inclines.  Though not necessary, feel free to bring snowshoes or cross-country skis to access snow-covered forests. 

Group Size

12 participants max.

Registration Fees

$525. See details below for a description of what is included.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Click here for information on any discounts that may be available.

Click here to register online

Dates and Times

The program begins Thursday, February 9 at 5:00 pm and ends Sunday, February 12 at noon.

Where to Meet

Participants will gather in the parlor at the Woods Inn. All indoor sessions will take place in the conference center on the property.


The Woods Inn is located on Fourth Lake in Inlet, New York. For driving directions go to and enter ZIP Code 13360 as your destination. If you have further questions don't hesitate to contact the Woods Inn at (315) 357-5300.


Meals are the responsibility of the participant and their cost is not included in the registration fee. Your leader 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.

We suggest the Woods Inn for this event. Contact them at (315) 357-5300 for details. Make sure to mention that you will be taking part in an Adirondack Photography Institute event.

For other nearby lodging options contact the Town of Inlet Information Office

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

  • Participants gather at the Woods Inn.
  • Welcome dinner and opening presentation on winter photography by Mark.
  • Night shooting session.

Day 2, 3

  • Morning field trip followed by breakfast.
  • Instructional presentations by Mark on Artistic Winter Photography:
    • Winter Weather: Reading the Light, Color Palette, Open Water, Extreme Snow and Ice, Winter Patterns
    • Winter Exposures: Using Exposure to Create Mood
    • Digital Workflow: Multiple Exposure Techniques for expanding tonal range, depth of field, and resolution: panoramas, HDR’s, layer masks, focus stacking and more.
  • Image analysis and group critique of participant's images.
  • Afternoon field trip.
  • Twilight and night shooting sessions.

Day 4

  • Morning field trip followed by breakfast.
  • Presentation by Mark - Image Optimization in Lightroom, Camera Raw & Photoshop.
  • Group critique.
  • 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

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.

What Participants Say

"Awesome experience! Mark is a wonderful teacher - knowledgeable, patient, well-spoken, kind..."

Susan K.

"This workshop was outstanding! Just keep doing what you're doing."

Ken C.

"Loved Mark's attitude and easy nature, as well as his knowledge of the subject and the Adirondack Park. Would definitely do another workshop!"

Sherry D.

"... thank you for all the assistance, support and guidance you gave me this weekend. I’m sure I speak for the rest of the participants when I say that we all felt we’d received individual attention!"

Deborah C.