Explore the Beauty of Infrared Photography

August 15 – 19, 2025

Join us for a deep dive into black-and-white infrared photography. Whether you’re an experienced infrared photographer, a beginner, or want to get started, this workshop is for you. We will focus on the art of black-and-white infrared photography. Our specially designed itinerary will ensure maximum shooting opportunities in a wide variety of settings.

The Adirondack State Park is the largest protected area in the continental US, and our opportunities for stunning photographs are seemingly endless. It’s a target-rich environment that’s sure to draw your eye to its possibilities. Stunning vistas and intimate forest scenes will allow us to explore extended techniques like long exposures for moving water or clouds.

This trip is timed to minimize the notorious buggy season in the Adirondacks earlier in the summer. However, we’ll still be able to take advantage of morning fog on the water and all the green foliage that pops in infrared.

Infrared photography poses unique issues; we’ll guide you through them all. Need an infrared camera? No problem. We can advise you on your purchase or rental before the workshop. We’ll review lens hot spots, exposure, focus concerns, post-processing and more. For a brief introduction to infrared, see our blopost on Infrared Photography. Read through it and then contact us with your questions.

Note: There are many ways to create infrared images, including many that result in color images. This workshop will focus solely on monochrome photography with infrared converted cameras.

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Johnathan Esper
Johnathan Esper
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Location

Adirondack State Park, New York, USA

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Tuition

$4,995

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Dates

August 15 – 19, 2025

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Availability

Open for Registration
Limited to 8 Guests

Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

August 15, 2025: We’ll pick you up at or near the Albany airport at 12:00 PM for our 90-minute drive to the lodge, which will be our base for the next five days. Once settled, we’ll briefly meet to review infrared photography techniques and technical concerns before heading out to our first location. Dinner is followed by a brief image review session to ensure all technical issues are handled here on the first day.

August 16–18, 2025: We will photograph locations within the Adirondacks’ Eastern and High Peaks regions, specially selected for infrared photography. We’ll be out from the early morning hours and a full day of photography. One of the unique attributes of infrared photography is that midday lighting conditions are excellent for infrared shooting, so less emphasis will be placed on sunrise and sunset.

Locations include mossy streams deep in forests of the Pharaoh Wilderness Area, a multitude of small ponds and wetland bogs throughout the North Hudson region, the decay of abandoned Frontier Town theme park, and, of course, the Schroon Lake shoreline where it’s common to witness early morning fog and the common loon. The Boreas Ponds tract offers beautifully framed views of the Adirondack High Peaks from the south. Blue Ridge Falls provides many compositional opportunities for water cascading over the rocks in a forest setting. The Newcomb region has forest scenes filled with northern white cedars along the lakeshores of Rich, Harris, and Woodruff Lakes. The Hudson River also flows through this area close to its source below Mt. Marcy, and we know of several easy access vantages over it. We’ll photograph classic scenes of the Lake Placid and Keene Valley areas, including Connery Pond, Adirondack Loj Road fields, and Cascade Lakes. Elizabethtown region is often overlooked by photographers and offers gems, including Split Rock Falls and amazing views of the Giant Wilderness. We’ll view the Champlain Valley from the most accessible Adirondack fire tower to ascend on Belfry Mt.

These will be days full of photography, but we’ll also make time to review your images. We’ll explore best practices for processing infrared images, discuss composition concepts, and more.

August 19, 2025: This morning we have our final early morning shoot, followed by breakfast and checkout. We’ll drive those going back to the airport for flights after 2:00 PM.

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Fitness

Moderate: Long days with hikes on uneven ground of up to one mile with moderate elevation gain. Daily walking totals up to 3 miles.

Flights

Arrive Albany International Airport (ALB), Albany, New York before 12:00 PM on August 15, 2025. Flights out can be made after 2:00 PM on August 19, 2025. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $500 supplement.
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
  • All permits and park fees.
  • All transportation during the workshop.
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Albany, New York.
  • Unscheduled airport transfers.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.
  • Single rooming available for $500 supplement.

Payment Terms

  • Your deposit of $2,995 will hold your space in this workshop.
  • The balance is due not later than May 1, 2025.
  • All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.

Testimonials

“I wanted to send a huge thank you for making the trip so memorable. I’ve learnt more than I ever thought I could with the guidance from David and Johnathan. I was able to push myself creatively and physically in ways I never thought I could. I’ve left the trip with a more self confidence and belief that I can take on any challenge I put my mind to. Really grateful for this experience and the lifelong memories. ”

— Drishti Arya, Adirondack Fall Foliage '22

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