Adirondack Great Camp Sagamore Photography Workshop

When: July 7-11, 2021
Where: Raquette Lake, NY
Fee: $1,345 (includes room and meals)

Registration Deadline: June 7, 2021 (space permitting)

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The Great Camp Sagamore is a National Historic Site deep in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The power and beauty of its location along with its role in the history of the Adirondack Mountains have put it on many bucket lists . . . not least those of countless nature photographers. People have been enjoying Sagamore and its surrounding wildlands since 1897 as a private residence, sportsman’s retreat, entertainment headquarters, vacation complex, or educational institution.

Great Camp Sagamore . . . not just historic lodging to us photographers.

From the Great Camp Sagamore’s website, we learn that this historic camp was “. . . built by William West Durant from 1895 – 1897” and originally designed on a smaller scale to be his private, self-sufficient family camp.  While small, “. . .  it was fully detailed by Adirondack artisans working with Durant to produce elaborate results. Durant’s dining hall was intimate, seating only a dozen people and the camp’s entire lodging capacity was provided by just five bedrooms in the Main Lodge.  Sagamore was intended as a year-round home for Durant and epitomized his vision of comfort, indeed, luxury, in the midst of a privately owned, unspoiled wilderness.”

This photography workshop takes its cues from the rustic character of the camp itself, along with the opportunities presented by the Adirondack State Park, which is larger than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon and the Great Smokies National Parks combined – is the largest protected wilderness area east of the Mississippi. While taking advantage of the great camp’s location in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains we’ll enhance our photographic skills while enjoying the opportunities ranging from intimated streams to peaceful lakes, roaring waterfalls, and majestic mountain peaks . . . all decked out in the vibrant colors of autumn in the Adirondacks.

In addition to classroom-style lessons, one-on-one instruction fills most of each day.

Instruction: All my workshops are geared and scheduled for maximum personal, one-on-one attention. In addition, daily schedules include time for group instruction on such subjects as Design & CompositionSeeing your image before you click the shutterExpectations of Post Capture Processing, and  The Art of Landscape Photography and in this case How to Maximize Color in Your Images.

You never know where your favorite composition will be found.

Image review: Many consider our “daily image review sessions” to be one of the highlights of our time together. It’s an important opportunity to revel in our successes as well as to learn from the successes of others and discover what we might want to do differently, in anticipation of the next shoot.

Printing: Our final session, Thursday morning, will focus on printing and we’ll send everyone home with a large print (or two, time permitting) of their favorite image from our time together.

The Hudson River begins its 315-mile run adorned in Adirondack color.

Lodging & meals:  Your lodging at the Great Camp Sagamore is sure to be a highlight of your visit to the Adirondacks. Lodging includes all meals (with the possible exception of finding ourselves so engrossed in a photoshoot that we fail to get back to camp during mealtime. Though we try not to have this happen, it’s happened. In this case, we’ll each be responsible for our own meals at a local Adirondack eatery.


A minimum of three participants is required for this workshop. It is with this thought in mind that I will always suggest the details of your planned transportation to the Great Camp Sagamore not be confirmed until you see that only “five seats remain available.” You should feel free to contact me before finalizing your transportation arrangements.