and capturing the miracle of the season
Are you ready to re-energize your passion for sharing your world?
We invite you to join us for an intimate, inspiring getaway
that will change the way you take photos forever.
Fall Foliage Photography Workshop:
“Autumn in the Catskills”
(October 4-7, 2022, Walton, NY)
(With an optional add-on experience on October 8—DETAILS TBD—if you’d like a 4-day workshop.)
It’s about you, your camera, the season, and the stories of your life.
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The shared experience of a Nick Kelsh Photography Workshop will feed your photographic soul…
I went to the fall foliage workshop just wanting to have fun with other photographers, enjoy a chance to play with my camera, and figure out a few difficulties I had technically. I got that and so much more. So when Nick says it will re-energize your passion and build your confidence, it is NO EXAGGERATION!!!!! And it is loads of fun to boot!!!! (I hope to see y’all at another workshop down the road!) A workshop with Nick is not only a learning experience, but one where we laughed and shared our love for photography while building friendships in the process! I get emotional every time I look at the photos. Trying to find the words to capture the weekend and explain it to friends and family… “Awesome” and “amazing” and “wonderful” repeated over and over and over is pretty much what I’ve come up with so far. I think this is a case where I’ll have to let my photos speak for themselves! Nick and his wife Anne are as kind and fun as they seem online…even more so in person, I do believe! I hope to be able to attend once again! One of the attendees described it as a “once in a lifetime experience that I hope happens more than just once”— a perfect description of how I feel!
Nick Kelsh, totally from the heart, the (country) photography workshop was really perfect for me… exactly what I needed and what I expected. I was honored to be there, and would love to do it again. Thank you so much for taking the time to top off our weekend with all that discussion and analysis in the post-workshop webinar session. It was the perfect way to review all the great times we had and the things we learned, along with tons of editing advice. It was fabulous, you are fabulous, Anne is fabulous. Thank you so much for everything. I am aching to do it all again. And I hope you (and ALL my new photographer-friends!) will come to Boston one of these days soon. I want more!!!” 🙂 ♥ 🙂 ♥ 🙂
Wow, Nick! Thanks for the incredible workshop! I was the newbie of the group, having just discovered your teachings a few months before the workshop. I still hadn’t had time to finish a single class. I took a chance and dove headfirst into an amazing experience. I was definitely the least experienced photographer there. And walked away with skills I will use the rest of my life. And friends. I’m forever grateful to be a part of your first photography workshop. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. I’m no longer just a mom who likes to take pictures. I’m a photographer!”
An exclusive invitation to a place I love
My family and I love autumn weekends in the pastoral farm country of New York’s Western Catskill Mountains. I fell in love with this part of the country at Anne’s family home one Thanksgiving when I first met Anne—and after visiting frequently throughout our twenty years living in Philadelphia, we moved our family here permanently in 2019. I am now delighted to call the Catskills home.
So many of my favorite photographs that you’ve seen me post are from this gorgeous area. All the seasons are so beautiful here and I’ve loved photographing every one. But when we chose a date for our wedding, it had to be autumn. The Catskills are famous for their stunning fall foliage.
So we couldn’t have felt luckier to discover a perfect location for a photography workshop there, high on a hill with gorgeous vistas, rolling meadows, multiple ponds, a cozy farmhouse and spectacular old barn.
We’re excited to invite you to join us in this idyllic spot—at this perfect time—for a truly special experience… a classic autumn country getaway (picture it: crisp air, golden fields, jewel-toned leaves, apple trees, farmers markets, pumpkin patches, seasonal meals from local harvests) combined with an intimate, intensive, personalized, hands-on photography workshop. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from my lifetime of shooting photographs, while visiting one of our country’s notable vacation areas.
You’ll be inspired, be challenged, photograph, eat, play, relax, explore, grow, bond and, I predict, above all else, be absolutely thrilled with how it will change your photography.
You’ll gain the skills and confidence to take control of your camera. You’ll enjoy a memorable getaway and return home with those memories beautifully captured in the kind of photographs you’ve always dreamed of shooting. The kind that you’ll now be comfortable shooting consistently – photographs that will enrich your life and the lives of those you love and those you photograph.
The Western Catskill Mountains
A distant relative of mine came to visit a couple of years ago. He was retired and he and his wife were on a two-year, 50-state marathon driving vacation. I asked them—now having seen our beautiful nation as few people ever do—where in the United States they would settle.
They talked it over and without even knowing where my wife had grown up they said that it could very well be the Catskill Mountains area of New York State—the location of our photography workshop. It’s a selection difficult to argue with. I’ve been shooting photographs here for years now and posting them on our Facebook page. People have been wowed by the light, drawn in by the details of Americana, and have used the words “Norman Rockwell” dozens of times to describe the pictures that I’ve taken there. (I love Norman Rockwell, by the way.)
The place just feels real. The people are real. It feels like America. The rolling hills are incredibly beautiful in all seasons but autumn is truly unforgettable. I absolutely guarantee that all of the attendees will fall in love with this beautiful part of the northeastern United States, just as Anne did growing up here and I have since.
(When we hosted our first summer workshop in the area a few years ago one of the attendees fell in love with it and bought a property that weekend. True story.)
Our Venue with Amazing Views
Nestled in the Western Catskill Mountains atop a beautiful hill
on hundreds of secluded, stunningly beautiful acres, well off the beaten track,
is an intimate property, private and peaceful.
Many have said it’s a magical place.
MORGAN POND FARM
Head up the shady dirt road about a mile, enjoying the glowing golds and reds of turning leaves. Go slowly. You don’t want to miss spotting a deer or wild turkey or pea hen or a sleepy possum. The road deadends at the top of the hill, with a classic farmhouse on the left and a historic 1880s barn on the right.
Morgan Pond Farm is a sanctuary to celebrate a slower life. The property has been lovingly cared for over 50 years since dairy operations ceased, with the owners planting thousands of trees, building five ponds, managing the wood lots for timber and wildlife and, most importantly, making it a special place to be with friends and family…and fellow photographers!
Located in the heart of the Catskills with wide-open vista views and features thoughtfully appointed rooms to ensure a comfortable stay and plenty of outdoor spaces to slow down, enjoy the fresh air, and beautiful ponds, and take a break from your busy lives and enjoy and photograph all that nature offers.
It’s a 200 acre photographic playground classic farmhouse and historic barn against a backdrop of autumn colors, waving grasses and wildflowers, crystal clear ponds, and scenic trails throughout the fields and woods.
Our workshop will take advantage of the many various photographic possibilities on this beautiful property.
We’ll also shoot in various locations around surrounding towns, on nearby farms, and scenic local spots including historic covered bridges, classic red barns, Catskills landscapes, grazing livestock, pumpkin fields, farmers markets, and plenty of rural Americana.
And of course we’ll do our best—with luck from Mother Nature!—to show you the optimum spots for viewing and photographing the fall foliage that has made this region famous.
Why spend this time with me?
Very simply, you want to shoot beautiful photographs. Maybe you have a fancy expensive camera that you’ve never taken full advantage of. You’d love to confidently shoot in manual mode and you’ve decided you’re finally going to crack the proper exposure “code.”
You aspire to professional looking photos with out-of-focus backgrounds, the beautiful soft focus of bokeh lights, or the blur of motion captured, but think you could never do that! Or maybe you can already do that but you want to free your imagination to explore your artistic side, using the amazing creative controls your manual settings offer.
And you’ve always wanted to dedicate time away from your daily distractions to your passion, this hobby you love. Getting together for a few days with like-minded photographers who share your enthusiasm for this miraclous medium sounds like heaven.
I can help you. This workshop is for you. No question.
I’ve hosted hundreds of seminars, retreats, public speaking events, webinars, and written and/or photographed nine books and I’ve come to the conclusion that the small group over a period of days may very well be the perfect teaching and learning format. There’s enough time for me to connect with every student personally and still give you time to be alone with your cameras and exercise your mind’s eye—in other words, shoot great photographs.
For me personally, these workshops could possibly be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my career. A list of the great photographic experiences of my life would have to include some of these workshops. They were thrilling, and I’m incredibly proud that the attendees have repeatedly asked when we can do it again – and have come back for subsequent workshops!
Yes, we’re going to make sure you’re secure in knowing how to use your camera in manual mode but I want more than that for you. I want you to think like a photographer. I want you to think in terms of photographic communication—I want you to tap into your inner storyteller. I want you to create images—during the workshop and beyond—that will enrich your life and the lives of the people you love.
I want to help you get there. And I want you to have good old-fashioned fun doing it.
Oh, and one more thing…
I guarantee you’ll leave a better photographer.
Nick Kelsh is a renowned photographer—with nine published books and repeat appearances on OPRAH and THE TODAY SHOW—who has become a photo-guru and friend to many thousands of family memory keepers and photographers of all levels. Nick’s passion for teaching and helping others, knack for creatively delivering photography instruction in easily digestible bites, and inspiring, entertaining style make learning photography easy and fun on his How To Photograph Your Life website, blog and Facebook page, and in his popular online courses, live workshops and speaking engagements.
Here’s What You Get:
A three-day, three-night immersive photography workshop in the farm country of beautiful Delaware County, NY—at or near the peak foliage season.
We’ll kick off the event with a welcome dinner and introductory photo slideshow and discussion on Tuesday evening. Take advantage of your Free Bonus Session by coming early on Tuesday for your personalized, one-on-one camera settings checkup with Nick. The first 6 people to register will be guaranteed an individual session, and other sessions will be “first come, first served” (individual or small group by camera brand) as time allows.
We’ll then spend the next days diving into lessons, assignments, photo shoots, reviews/critiques and editing. As always with photography, we’ll be working on mastering or reviewing your camera settings, lighting, composition, and many other specialized techniques and general tips. We’ll shoot in various locations around the property and nearby farms, and a variety of scenic local spots which could include animals, people, barns, machinery, birds, flowers, landscapes and plenty of rural Americana.
Our schedule will include both lessons/discussions and in-the-field training. We’re going to do our best to find optimum spots in the vicinity—not to mention optimum time of day and light conditions (calling all earlybirds!)—for viewing and photographing the fall foliage that has made this region famous. We’ll build in flexibility to adjust for whatever current weather, lighting and foliage conditions the weekend brings.
Oh, and of course, we’ll give you some free time to hang out, relax, and avail yourself of all the property offers.
You’ll leave refreshed and re-energized, full of delicious local harvest meals; with deeper photographic knowledge and skills; wonderful new photo-friends, a collection of photographs you’ll be proud of, and the confidence, creativity and control of your camera to consistently capture the photos you’ve always dreamed of shooting.
My Fall Foliage Photography Workshop is a magical three-day event that will:
- Give you the confidence and skills to control your camera creatively in the daily situations that make for great photographs.
- Improve your understanding of various lighting situations and techniques, ability to expose photographs properly, compositional thinking, storytelling tactics and your post-processing and editing skills.
- Establish new ways of thinking about your photography and the way you take pictures. It will help you not just relax but empower you…and it all shows up in your pictures.
- Make you aware of just what makes photographs that work…and photographs that don’t. You’ll be guided by me and enjoy the support and feedback from a diverse group of photographers who share your passion.
- Give you a heart, head, and photo album filled with wonderful memories of a unique autumn rural experience shared with what are surely to become lifetime friends. This is guaranteed to be unforgettable.
SPECIAL ADD-ON DAY EXPERIENCE—TBD*
Extend your stay and learning opportunities with our extra ADD-ON DAY option to get the most out of your time here, making a full 4 Day Fall Foliage Workshop.
When you register for our 3 Day Fall Foliage Workshop, add this option to join us on an extra day-long excursion to a nearby attraction for an additional Catskills autumn photography experience.
*Specific location TBD, depending on attendee preference, weather and pandemic reopening status of various activities we’re considering. Some possibilities are our local “Taste of the Catskills” festival, or a trip to Cooperstown, or possibly Woodstock.
You can trust us to create a special experience so join us in our ADD-ON OPTION to get one more adventure and photography packed day with Nick out of your Fall Foliage Workshop!
PRE- WORKSHOP PREPARATION
Before the workshop begins you’ll be asked to upload a set of ten photographs to give us a sense of who you are and where you are in your photographic journey. It could be a picture of your family and then your photographic greatest hits and/or mistakes! I’ll review these with you in a private consultation call before the workshop and then we’ll share them with the group in our opening night presentation, as we get to know each other and all share our photographic achievements, challenges, and goals.
MASTERING MANUAL MODE
We welcome a diversity of experience and skill levels among attendees. I know that we’ll have students attending this workshop who could probably teach significant portions of it. On the other hand, we’ll have people with expensive cameras who lack the understanding of how to take full advantage of all the bells and whistles.
To level the playing field, I want to make sure that all attendees are relatively comfortable with their camera settings before we get to Wednesday morning. If anyone who’s attending wants to get on the phone with me before the weekend, I will be happy to walk you through your settings.
You’ll be asked to watch (or review) my 60-minute “F-stops, Shutter Speeds, and ISO Made Easy” training in advance of the workshop.
Also, I will be available on location during the day on Tuesday, October 10th, for anyone who wants to be among the first to arrive so that I can sit down one-on-one with you to demystify your camera settings. A basic knowledge of the exposure triangle and a rough understanding of how to take a light reading is going to go a long way here. Time for these one-on-one sessions is limited, so register and arrive early to take advantage of this bonus.
On the other hand, for some students, coming to grips with their cameras settings over the course of the workshop may be the huge personal milestone they’ve been dreaming of. It’s all good, believe me. My point is this: I want to help you before the workshop really gets going so we can maximize our time shooting photographs and telling stories.
We shoot photographs to tell stories so we will spend time addressing this all important topic.
We’ll talk about the how to tell a story in a single image and how to shoot a collection of images that tell a story.
We’ll focus on shooting photographs during this workshop that tell stories in a personal way…your way. I want you to go home with a set of pictures that was taken by a specific personality—you. That’s, after all, what good storytelling is all about; it’s the way the story is told and not the story itself.
I want your pictures to say something about how you feel about the world and the people you’re with. That attitude is going to result in the very best family photos when you get home.
And we’ll discuss the difficult but necessary task of choosing which images to keep and which to delete. We’ll discuss how cropping, editing, and converting to black and white (or not) can enhance your photos and the storyline.
Storytelling with a camera is an art and you will not leave the workshop having mastered it, believe me. But your ability to be a visual communicator will grow and flourish.
Essentially, we’re all going to photograph the same barns, trees, landscapes, people and views but, as all great storytellers know, the story is in the telling. This is a profound lesson to learn as a photographer.
It’s not about being self-centered, it’s actually the opposite. It’s about sharing your vision with the world. It’s what we photographers do.
FOLLOW UP VIDEO AND VIDEO RECORDING
A couple of weeks or so after the workshop we’ll have a followup session via webinar for a final overview of the experience, review of your photos and editing lessons.
You’ll be asked to evaluate and edit your collection of photographs during the week following the workshop and submit a sample of them for my review with the group. We’ll discuss content, technique, composition, and storytelling and I’ll demonstrate editing techniques in Lightroom.
You’ll receive a recording of this session to download for review as needed—and as a keepsake of the group’s greatest hits and our shared experiences together during this memorable workshop.
Get 6 Great Bonuses!
INCLUDING AN EXTRA BONUS OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR FIRST REGISTRANTS!!
In order to give you all the support you need, we’re giving you the added benefit of the following bonuses, making your workshop package even more valuable (combined bonuses are valued at more than $1000). This is our way of preparing you to get the most out of your workshop experience, and for optimal success afterwards.
Personal Pre-Workshop Phone/Skype Consultation & Photo Review with Nick
Discuss where you are in your photographic journey, your goals, challenges and any questions you may have. Get samples of your photographs reviewed for feedback, advice on how to prepare to get the most out of your workshop, and a personal plan for growing your skills to take your photos to the next level! (Valued at $125)
Basic Photography Course (Self-Study)
The first module of this course will get you familiar with all your camera settings, and then you’ll learn, or review, the fundamentals of composition, artificial and natural lighting, photo storage/editing and more. Whether you shoot with a DSLR camera, point-and-shoot or even your smartphone, you’ll master the practical tips & techniques of the pros. (Valued at $79)
GOING MANUAL Course (Self-Study)
This is my best-selling manual photography course with everything you need to know to make the concepts of manual photography finally click! Watching (or rewatching) these 8 modules of video lessons will prepare you for the workshop and provide plenty of review after. You’ll get comfortable with the 3 key settings—the exposure triangle—and much more, to give you a great foundation to start taking your photography to the next level. (Valued at $159)
Camera Settings Checkup (Live with Nick before workshop)
(Frst 6 registrants get individual sessions!)
Arrive early to get a FREE session (first 6 registrants guaranteed a private session—otherwise, small group by camera brand, as time allows) to get yourself and your camera ready to hit the ground shooting. I’ll give your settings a once-over and get you up to speed on all those buttons and dials! We’ll clear up any confusion or problems that have been holding you back. (Valued at $100)
Follow-up Live Webinar Review/Editing Session
A few weeks after the workshop once you’ve had time to evaluate/edit your photos and submit a sample collection to me, we’ll have a final session via live webinar to provide an overview of the workshop, review of your photos and extra editing lessons. We’ll discuss content, technique, composition, and storytelling and I’ll demonstrate editing techniques in Lightroom. You’ll receive a recording of this session to download for review as needed—and as a keepsake of the group’s greatest hits and our shared experiences together during this memorable workshop. (Valued at $150)
SPECIAL EXTRA BONUS:
Free Portraits by Nick
During the workshop you’ll get FREE personal portraits by Nick Kelsh! Joining Nick in a live workshop gives you a great opportunity to be professionally photographed by a renowned photographer—so be sure to consider that you’ll be photographed when deciding what clothes to pack! Location, lighting and schedule will dictate when you’ll be photographed. Includes retouched digital files. (Valued at $350)
Your Farmhouse Accommodations
(Just picture it in autumn colors!)
You’ll experience a relaxing country getaway in a special location that’s most consistently described by guests as “magical.”
Depending on the size of the group and attendee preferences, guests can stay in the farmhouse on the property, additional rustic cabins on the property, or nearby inn, motel or airbnbs if greater privacy and amenities are preferred.
Family style breakfasts are included, as well as our Welcome Dinner on Tuesday evening and Farewell Brunch on the last day. You’ll enjoy homegrown and healthily cooked meals made as much as possible from fresh, local, organic ingredients. (Remaining meals will be shared in local restaurants, at your own expense.)
A spacious, classic farmhouse – 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, and spacious outdoor shower – located in the outskirts of Walton, NY – less than two and a half hours north of New York City. Large covered porch, and wrap-around porch with incredible mountain views. There is a wood-burning stove in the living room, coming together to create the perfect space to gather. The home features modern amenities (Bluetooth-enabled sound system, with outdoor speakers, reliable high-speed fiber internet.
Morgan Pond Farm is located on 210 acres at the top of a dead-end road, surrounded by 35 acres of fields, orchards, five swimming ponds, old bluestone quarries to explore, and many whimsical mowed paths. Also near the house is a fire pit area, The creative “outdoor living” areas on this property make Morgan Pond Farm feel magical for families and groups. There’s a large swimming pond with canoes, several frog ponds, hiking trails and old logging roads, old quarries, and small cabins to explore. Chairs in the shade for reading, a porch swing for dreaming, picnic tables for lunching, a fire pit for warming and an organic garden that always needs weeding!
PLEASE NOTE: Rooms will be reserved on first come, first served basis, in order of workshop registration—so book now to secure your preferred room! (See FAQ for room photos and pricing.)
#1 Bedroom – King Bed
#2 Bedroom – Queen Bed and Twin Bed
#3 Bedroom – Twin Bed and Bunkbed
Sleep sofa available in the sitting room
One bathroom in the house (clawfoot tub with hand-held shower spray) and a spacious private outdoor shower.
Two cabins are available a short walk from the house:
Duck Cabin – Three Single Beds (and compost toilet)
Meadow Cabin – Queen Bed, loft, wood-burning stove, compost toilet with privacy tent
Please note: For attendees who prefer more privacy, a private bathroom, modern shower there are nearby inn, motel or airbnb options within a 5 to 10 minutes drive. (See FAQ for alternative accommodation links.)
Foliage… Barns… Animals… Landscape… People… Details…
Click through the photographs below for a sample of photographs taken in and around the area to give you a flavor for what you will experience … and photograph.
Treat yourself to this valuable experience.
You deserve it!
There’s no doubt that this is a significant investment.
It’s a commitment to yourself and your passion that will pay you back for the rest of your life.
Consider this: for the cost of a memorable autumn getaway under the experienced guidance of a renowned photographer, you will grow as a photographer in joyful and unexpected ways that will enrich your relationship with photography for as long as you live.
You’ll always be able to tap into the moments and insights that are going to make this workshop so amazing.
Plus you’re guaranteed to go home with some amazing photographs—and an amazing group of new photo-friends!
This is an opportunity you’ll want to experience if you can.
Ready to take your photography to the next level—in one of the northeast's most spectacular seasonal locations?
Join us now to be a part of this autumn experience!
Don’t miss this opportunity to grab your spot for an amazing fall foliage photography workshop.
Rooms in the house are limited and assigned on a first come basis, so register now to secure your top choice room. (Additional housing is available in nearby inn, motel or airbnb cottages.)
CATSKILLS FALL FOLIAGE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
October 4-7, 2022
(Your registration fee is 100% refundable for one week, so it’s risk-free to reserve your spot while you make your travel arrangements!)
So are the Catskill Mountains in Autumn calling YOU?
Join us for
FALL FOLIAGE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
(Onsite rooms are limited and assigned on a first come basis in order of registration.)
Hurry to register now if you want to…
- Get the room you want (first come, first serve).
- Grab your 4 BONUS TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES plus take advantage of a chance to be professionally photographed by Nick.
- Be first in line to claim a slot for your personal one-on-one Camera Settings Session with Nick. Remember: The first 6 people to register will be guaranteed an individual session, and other sessions will be “first come, first served” (individual or small group by camera brand) as time allows.
- Be sure to get in. The workshop is limited and, given the popularity of Catskills fall foliage, we expect it to fill up!
Once those slots are filled you’ll miss the opportunity to enjoy this rare experience on the road to photographic improvement—and to enjoy a wonderful autumn getaway with like-minded photography enthusiasts in what many feel is the Catskills’ most beautiful season.
Want in, but not sure about travel/housing yet?
No worries… it’s RISK-FREE to secure your spot!
We understand that you may need a little time to look into travel arrangements or make plans with potential roommates—and we can help coordinate both— so we welcome you to register now to get a discounted spot (and secure your bonuses). No worries … we will allow a full refund of your workshop fee until August 20, so it’s risk-free to reserve your spot while you make suitable travel arrangements! After that date, your fee will be refundable up to 48 hours from the time of registration.
So you can reserve your spot with absolutely no risk, while you take the time you need to finalize your travel plans.
Still on the fence?You may have lots of questions, so click the button below to see all the answers!
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WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
Very simply, this workshop is for anyone who wants to become a better photographer.
Photographers of all levels are welcome. Probably the most satisfying experience will be had by owners of an SLR or DSLR camera. You want to be able to manually adjust your f-stops, shutter speed and ISO settings. Having said that, if you want to do this workshop with only a smartphone camera, I would welcome that challenge (as long as you wouldn’t mind all the discussion of manual photography) – that could be a wonderful photographic experience for sure. I will try to make the challenge for each participant personal and appropriate to their level and interest.
WHAT IS THE COVID POLICY?
All participants must be fully vaccinated (including boosters, in accordance with the CDC definition of fully vaccinated at the time of the workshop). We are excited to be back out doing in-person workshops again but the health and safety of our attendees will always be our first priority.
Covid protections and requirements are subject to change depending on the current circumstances at the time of the workshop. Masking and social distancing will be required as deemed necessary by CDC and local government guidelines and recommendations at that time.
Travel Insurance is recommended. (If you’re looking for travel insurance with protections for a wide range of travel emergencies and trip interruptions including those due to Covid-19, check out SquareMouth.)
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST?
The workshop fee includes:
- Three-day photography workshop with hands-on instruction, assignments, photo review, and editing instruction
- One hour Skype consultation & photo review with Nick prior to the workshop
- Bonus Camera Settings Checkup with Nick if you arrive early on Tuesday. The first 6 people to register will be guaranteed an individual session, and other sessions will be “first come, first served” (individual or small group by camera brand) as time allows.
- Nick’s Basic Photography Course (self study)
- Nick’s Going Manual Course (self-study version)
- Bonus Portrait by Nick at the workshop (you get edited/retouched digital files)
- A welcome dinner on Tuesday evening, all breakfasts, and a closing meal on Friday.
- All admission fees for any attractions we visit on the group photo tours
- Transportation during the workshop
- Follow-up webinar after the workshop for photo review and editing instruction
- Accommodations are not included and must be booked separately (See next question for housing details.)
- Airport transfers
WHAT IS THE HOUSING SITUATION AND HOW ARE ROOMS RESERVED?
Rooms choices will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis (so register for the workshop asap). Nightly rates for rooms in the farmhouse range from approximately $40 – $100 depending on room selection and single/double occupancy.
Rooms will be reserved on first come, first served basis, in order of workshop registration—so book now to secure your preferred room!
#3 Bedroom – Small Room with Twin Bed and Bunkbed – As a private room $70 or Double Occupancy: Twin $40, Bunkbed $30
Please note all rooms share the one bathroom in the house (clawfoot tub with hand-held shower spray—hey, it’s modest country living! 🙂
and there’s a spacious private outdoor country shower.
Meadow Cabin – Queen Bed, loft, wood-burning stove, compost toilet with privacy tent
ALTERNATIVE HOUSING: For attendees who prefer more privacy, a private bathroom, modern shower there are nearby inn, motel or airbnb options within a 5 to 10 minutes drive.
Airbnbs: (Search Walton, Hamden, Delancy—check distance from Budine Hill Rd, Walton, NY as a reference.
The Hamden Inn – Two Airbnb apartments, newly renovated. 7 minutes away.
Covered Bridge Guest House – Hamden (10 Min) – 607-434-1998 – Jack Neukirk
Modern Catskills Farmhouse with a view
Private Mid-Century Cabin with a View (14 min)
Motels (These are humble country hotels):
Octagon Hotel, Hamden -(across from the Octagon Farm) – (3 miles) 34350 State Highway 10, Walton – (607) 865-3190
The Walton Hotel 37 Stockton Ave, Walton, (607) 865-4724 (6 miles) There is no website. Basic local strip motel
Just remember, the alternative housing options are not on hold so even if you think you may prefer alternative housing, you may want to still register for the workshop asap to secure your place in line for the onsite rooms, just in case you it turns out that you’d like a room in the farmhouse instead—the workshop fee is refundable for a week while you explore travel and housing plans.
CAN I ROOM WITH A FRIEND?
Yes! We’ll appreciate you sharing accommodations with friends or fellow participants, as rooms are limited. Rooms will be booked first come, first serve, so if you and a friend register for the workshop at the same time, you’ll be able to book a room together. After you register for the workshop, you’ll be invited to join our private Facebook group for attendees, and you can find a roommate there if you don’t already know one. If you don’t book with someone you know and do not choose a private room, you’ll be assigned a roommate if available … a great way to make new photo-friends!
CAN I BRING A SPOUSE OR OTHER TRAVEL COMPANION?
Yes, absolutely! It’s great to take advantage of such an opportunity to share such a trip, so we are pleased to offer a reduced rate guest pass for your traveling companion to cover the same food, local transportation and activities expenses that your workshop pass covers. Companions are welcome to join us in all meals and touring activities, but their pass will not include photography instruction (although as a bonus they’ll pick up plenty of tips for their own iphone photography during the trip!)
We realize, though, that many of you will be looking forward to focusing on yourself and your photography during the workshop—and bonding with fellow participants—so we will all, of course, respect that as the goal of our group. We have found that companions have always added and never subtracted from the workshop experience.
At checkout you’ll see the option to add a Companion (with either a 3 Day or 4 Day Guest Pass, depending on whether you’ve added the ADD-ON DAY to your cart. After purchase, you’ll receive a questionnaire from us which includes a place to tell us your guest’s name.
WHAT’S WITH THE ADD-ON DAY?
We originally created our workshops as 3 Day events, but we had people who wanted to either spend more time learning photography with us, or see more of a locale, or have a longer, more significant experience for their travel time/expense.
But we still wanted to be able to keep our workshops affordable for those who prefer a shorter or more affordable workshop.
The add-on day allows us to create a complete workshop experience in 3 days at a lower cost, but offer a different special photography experience for those who prefer a 4 day experience. (Approximately 80% of attendees choose the 4 Days.)
Be sure to look for the option to add the ADD-ON DAY to your cart at checkout!
WHAT ABOUT MEALS?
Tuesday’s welcome dinner, daily breakfasts, and a closing meal on Friday are provided.
Other meals are at your own expense. We will arrange group meals at a local restaurants.
Meals will generally feature fresh, local, organic, sustainable, farm-raised, grass-fed, home-grown or home-cooked food as much as possible. You are also welcome to bring personal snacks or foods and will have free use of the house kitchen.
BYOB for the weekend if you like, but we will provide wine and beer at the welcome dinner and evenings at the house. Our photo tours will take us into towns so you’ll have access to local shops/liquor store, if desired.
Attendees tend to use Venmo as a convenient way to split costs during group restaurant meals.
WHAT DOES THE PROPERTY INCLUDE?
The property includes a recreational barn, swimming pond and hot tub (bring your bathing suit?), firepit, walking/hiking trails, old logging roads and stone quarries, a trailmap, books and boardgames.
WHAT ABOUT CELL SERVICE AND WIFI?
There is good cell-service and highspeed WiFi access in the house.
WHAT IS THE LOCATION AND HOW DO I GET THERE?
We’ll spend time at various locations in and around Walton, Franklin, and Hamden, NY, in beautiful Delaware County—in the Western Catskill Mountains—about 2 1/2 to 3 hours northwest of New York City.
The workshop is headquartered at:
Morgan Pond Farm
987 Budine Hill Road
Walton, NY 13846
Here are directions:
Enter Budine Hill, Walton, NY in your GPS before you start. (There is limited to no cell service on our country roads!)
You will turn onto Oxbow Hollow from Rt. 10, then travel approximately 200 yards, then turn up Budine Hill. Drive to the top of the hill – approximately one mile. This is a one-lane road. Please drive slowly for safety, dust, and especially watch for deer!
(See next question for airport info.)
PLEASE NOTE: You will not have cell reception on most of the rural roads in this area so be sure to pre-set your GPS directions and have printed directions as a backup!
*Also, when driving in the area PLEASE WATCH CAREFULLY FOR DEER!!
WHERE DO I FLY INTO AND HOW DO I GET TO THE LOCATION FROM THE AIRPORT?
The best airport is probably Albany (80 miles). From there you could rent a car, take a shuttle to Oneonta (we can arrange rides from there) or share a ride with another attendee – you can connect with other participants in our private Facebook group for this workshop.
Binghamton is closer (45 mi.) but a small airport with very limited (and more expensive) flights.
Other alternatives are: WilkesBarre/Scranton, Stewart (Newburgh) (70 miles), Ithaca (72 mi) and Syracuse (82 mi).
For cheaper flights, try Newark (2.5 hr drive) and Philadelphia (3.5 hours) if you’re willing to add the extra driving time in exchange for lower cost.
WHAT ABOUT LOCAL TRANSPORTATION?
Once you’re in Walton, we’ll arrange all local transportation. However in past workshops we’ve found it can often be more convenient, comfortable and flexible to drive multiple cars rather than a large van so if you bring a car and end up carpooling other participants we’ll cover the gas!
WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?
Please let us know if you have any special dietary or mobility needs. You can email us at [email protected], or let us know if you’d like a phone call to discuss how to accommodate any concerns.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
Bring your camera and all the lenses you may want to use. If you have a tripod—and it’s not a hassle to bring—bring it. (Many folks in the past have brought their tripods and ended up not using them. It’s your call. It’s NOT mandatory.) If you own a detachable “speedlight” you can bring that, too. (Although, again, past participants have ended up not using them, so you decide.) And, of course, chargers, portable batteries, a flash drive.
When you pack your equipment for our photo-tours, try to keep yourself light and mobile. Your choice of camera bag is important. There will be some walking involved — and for the most part you’ll be using your camera and whatever lenses you own.
Bring your laptop for post-processing your photos. We will do some editing work onsite during the workshop. I use Lightroom for editing and I’m going to suggest you do, too. If you plan to use Lightroom it would be good to have it installed before you get there. If you need help learning to use it before the workshop, here’s a course I recommend: https://www.howtophotographyourlife.com/product/how-to-edit-photos-self-study/
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I PACK?
Comfortable walking shoes (for short hikes around farms) and waterproof boots (hiking/rain) will likely be much appreciated! Almost everybody around here has durable rubber boots—hey, they’re farmers! Just be aware we may walk through dewy fields or a muddy pigsty. Casual, comfortable clothes (that you’ll be glad to be photographed in – see below). Layers to adjust for chilly mornings/evenings and warmer days. Long pants if you want legs protected in fields, etc. A raincoat (which we hope you won’t need!) Rain/sun hat. Bathing suit for the hot tub! Jacket or coat for nights. Sunscreen. You will not need anything too nice to wear—any restaurant we may go to will be country casual.
All bedding and towels are provided.
Keep in mind that you’re going to end up in photos taken by me and others throughout the workshop (which I may share in my blog or Facebook page), so take that into consideration if you care what you’re wearing—seasonal outdoor clothes, avoid t-shirts with logos, etc.
*And for the bonus portrait sessions, remember to bring whatever clothes you want to be photographed in. If you’re wondering what’s best to wear for that, ask yourself what you want these photos for… a nice personal photo for your family or social media? A business headshot for your work? With your camera for your photography page? Or just looking like you’re on an autumn country vacation? Just dress accordingly. In terms of colors, black isn’t great, bright white is the worst and solid colors are always the safest way to go in photographs.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Of course we hope it will be picture-perfect but we have to be prepared that anything can happen weather-wise. (Our itinerary will be flexible to accommodate weather and light and we will shift outdooor/indoor shoots accordingly.) We hope it won’t rain, but if it does, don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of spaces to work under the protection of barns and other buildings. The upside of rain is that wet leaves have greater color saturation!
Autumn in this area is typically characterized by sunny, cool, crisp days (mid-60s) and nights get chilly (low 40s), so plan your wardrobe accordingly. Locals claim the best weather service to check for greatest accuracy is AccuWeather.com.
And a good app to download to your smartphone is: https://darksky.net/app. Dark Sky is the most accurate source of hyperlocal weather information.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IT WILL BE PEAK FOLIAGE?
We don’t, of course. The intensity and timing of the foliage depends on all sorts of climate factors so is obviously beyond our control. From our experience living in and visiting the area, as well as from the predictions of all the fall foliage forecaster sites, the peak is generally expected to be the first or second week of October.
But what I can tell you is this: no matter what the seasonal variation brings—whether a mix of turning leaves among the green, a sea of vibrant reds and yellows, a wash of lovely muted hues, or even rusty orange and brown falling leaves among bare branches, autumn in the Catskills is always beautiful and offers abundant photo ops that are bound to inspire you!
You can check out I❤️NY Fall Foliage Report.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Your workshop fee is fully refundable for 72 hours after purchase. This will allow you to secure your spot—to take advantage of the first room choice and special bonuses—but be risk-free, with time afterward to be sure you can get travel arrangements in place. (Please contact us at [email protected] if you’d like help with arrangements.)
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Call us. We mean it! Sometimes the easiest way to get an answer or clarification is in a real live back and forth conversation! Anne and I are both happy to get on the phone so feel free to call us any time between 7AM (that would be me) and Midnight (that would Anne!) Eastern time.
Or you can email our workshop coordinator Terryl Hicks at [email protected] or Anne at [email protected] and they’ll be happy to address any questions you may have by email or phone. They can offer advice about transportation, rooming and other logistics to help make the trip manageable, affordable and possible for you!
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So are you ready to experience the wonder of the Catskills in Autumn?
This special getaway which I, as your trusty photography guide, and Anne, with her family history of hospitality and knowledge of area farms and foliage, have carefully and lovingly programmed for you, is sure to engage, enrich and inspire you…in mind, body and soul!
Don’t delay, as space is limited and we expect this workshop to fill quickly.
Also, rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis, so book soon to have the widest choice.
I hope you’ll join us for a memorable experience and I look forward to helping you…
Stay in focus.