Getting Ready for Winter Photography Workshop

 When: December 5, 2020
Registration Deadline: Nov. 21, 2020
Times: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Baltimore Woods, Marcellus, NY
$40 (morning session only)
$75 (afternoon session only)
$100 (all day)

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Baltimore Woods – a winter wonderland

Late summer and early autumn are when many of us enjoy being outdoors most.  We’re under a blue sky with the temperature typically hovering in the upper 60s and 70s. If anyone’s around we’re often tempted to say something like “This is an absolutely glorious day. It doesn’t get much better.”  And, we mean. every word.

For those of us who live in Upstate New York, such thoughts and comments are often followed by another common refrain, “Yeah, but we know what’s coming.” The insinuation is “winter”, followed by a feigned shudder because we all know that winter brings with it cold weather. I’m not necessarily anxious to swap the glorious days of autumn for the cold days of winter but as a nature photographer, there’s a twinge of excitement starting to well up. Winter’s a challenge in many ways, no arguing that fact. Still, it also comes with its own beauty, a beauty most parts of the country don’t get to enjoy without some time-consuming and costly travel.

Macro view of a Geiger Begonia

Besides the natural beauty of freshly fallen snow, I like the hours of sunrise and sunset in that we don’t have to get out of bed so early to enjoy the special light in the morning or stay out so late for the evening show. So, I’m going to enjoy every last minute of autumn. But, that’s not going to keep me from getting ready for some glorious winter photography at the same time and it shouldn’t prevent you from doing the same thing.

Those of us who have been around the block a few times (read that to mean we’ve enjoyed our share of the changing seasons) know that winter is a season that warrants a little more preparation than the others. That’s why Baltimore Woods Nature Center in Marcellus, NY is hosting this Getting Ready for Winter Photography Workshop, Saturday, December 5, 2020.

Who should attend

This is one of my most popular workshops and it’s designed to accommodate beginner and intermediate photographers alike as we prepare for the winter season.

What to expect

This is a two-part day dedicated to making your photography easier and more fun this coming winter. Part one sill be all about the challenges of winter photography and the solutions to those challenges. We’ll explore:

Close-up/macro photography is ideal for creating soft, yet detailed abstract images.

  • Keeping ourselves warm,
  • How to keep gear operational (which means warm),
  • Do’s and Don’ts related to clothing,
  • Challenges with getting photographs exposed correctly,
  • Protecting photo gear from the cold (and the heat),
  • Any other winter photography questions you may have.

The second part of the day starts after a break for lunch (bring your lunch with you). We will explore a subject that’s particularly suitable for photography during the cold, winter months . . . Close-up/Macro Photography. After a presentation exploring everything from the tools to the techniques of Close-up/Macro photography, we’ll pull out our cameras and tripods and focus our attention on dozens of subjects that will be set up to tempt your creativity behind your camera.

Winter photography doesn’t necessarily mean snow photography.

So, don’t procrastinate and miss out on the only opportunity this year to really get prepared for winter photography. Register today to save your seat.

What equipment do you need?

All you need for the morning session is a pencil and something to take notes on since it will be a presentation with plenty for “show & tell.”

If you are a little hesitant about how the equipment you own will serve you for the afternoon session, my recommendation is that you not miss this because you fear you may not have the right equipment. As in the past, I will have a selection of gear for you to try out ranging from macro lenses, extension tubes, teleconverters, reversing rings, focusing rails, tabletop tripods, off-camera lighting, and more.

Compact cameras as well as smartphones can work well for close-up photography.

If you have close-up/photography gear, certainly you’ll want to bring it. That said, you will be able to explore the world of Close-up/Macro Photography regardless of what gear you may have. Of course, there are many tools that can enhance this experience, starting with your choice of camera. Some compact/rangefinder cameras have settings that make creating close-up/macro images exciting while others create additional challenges. The compact camera and even most smartphone cameras will do the trick for close-up images and, depending on whether or not you want to explore the world of abstract photography can be effective for macro photography as well.

Your best tools will likely be the DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) and the mirrorless cameras along with whatever macro/close-up lenses you may have. If you own a flash, focusing rail, reversing ring, dedicated macro lens, etc. you should certainly bring them with you.

Don’t miss the  photos, below, examples of close-up/macro and winter photography

The collection of images here offer just a taste of what you might expect to capture yourself during this workshop. They were taken in past winters when winter conditions didn’t present themselves or, as I said, I wasn’t up for getting out in the cold. A couple of the images here were actually created during a macro workshop in Michigan.

Where’s Baltimore Woods? 4007 Bishop Hill Rd, Marcellus, NY 13108

Map to Baltimore Woods

Bonus: Register at or before this workshop and get a 10% discount on the 2021 ADK High Peaks Winter Photography Event, Jan 28-31, 2021



A special note concerning Covid-19

It will be no surprise to anyone that workshops have had to be canceled due to Coronavirus/Covid-10 restrictions put in place by various governmental entities. While several of my 2020 workshops have had to be canceled, it’s possible that additional workshops will need to be canceled, postponed, or otherwise adjusted in light of these restrictions. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to keep our plans for the balance of 2020 and 2021. With that in mind, an assurance is in order for all those considering joining us. All Covid-19 precautions will be employed as we move forward. Our seating in the program room at Baltimore Woods will allow for appropriate social distancing and all other Covid-19 considerations. Because of Covid-19 requirements, registrations for this event will be limited to no more than 15 people.