The Pocono Mountains are home to rolling mountain terrain, beautiful overlooks, stunning waterfalls, winding rivers, and pristine lakes. While beautiful in every season, autumn provides some of the best and most varied fall foliage colors than anywhere in the entire world. Being a short drive from New York City and Philadelphia, the Poconos is one of the most convenient destinations to leave the stress of city-life behind and reconnect with nature. In short, the variety of autumn colors and location convenience make it one of the best spots for fall photography.
All photography levels welcome. Beginners and intermediate levels will benefit most from the teaching format of this workshop. Chrissy and Matt will work with you to address your learning desires and goals for the weekend. Overall, the workshop will focus on elements such as understanding how to create compelling compositions, your camera’s histogram, and the exposure triangle. Moreover, it will teach techniques on managing high dynamic range scenes, such as the use of photography filters. Overall, we will showcase how to work with the landscape’s light within a scene.
All adult age levels are welcome. Be prepared for moderate activity level. For example, moderate activity level includes hiking 1-4 miles throughout the day on uneven ground and gravel paths with gear. In addition, there will be some portions of the hikes with steeper ascents to reach an overlook or waterfall. However, some shooting locations are not tremendously far from the parking area. Matt and Chrissy will do their best to strike the balance of guiding you on rewarding hikes with relaxing out in nature with your camera.
The workshop will keep a flexible and fluid schedule. Chrissy and Matt will adapt the itinerary each day based on the current fall foliage and weather conditions. Our goal is to put you in the best place at the right time to get a beautiful image of the Poconos. Therefore, the weekend will be its own adventure with as much photography as we can fit into it. It will be a combination of in-field photography shooting and classroom instruction. Meals at the hotel or on the go in between shooting locations.
A typical photography workshop schedule is as follows:
Friday: Guests arrive at the hotel and check-into their accommodations. To start, the group will gather in the evening for a meet-and-greet and short presentation on compositions. After that, the group will have a dinner together.
Saturday: We will leave early in the morning. A shuttle will transport the group to our first sunrise shoot location. Additionally, we will continue shooting as we follow the morning light. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel to grab some food and have a short amount of downtime with an optional post-processing session. Then, we would have an evening departure for a sunset shoot and return to the hotel for late group dinner.
Sunday: We will leave early for one last sunrise shoot. Last, we will return to hotel to say goodbye and allow guests pack and prepare for check-out.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and in order to comply with state, federal, and commercial use permit mandates, the following procedures have been put in place to minimize exposure and maximize group safety.
No one is permitted to attend the workshop if he or she has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had contact with someone who has tested positive within 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.
Do not attend the workshop if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Temperature checks will be administered at the start of the workshop.
Practice social distancing as often as possible when in the field. All workshop guests will be required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose when within six feet of other attendees or instructors, when indoors together, or when in vehicles. If possible, please bring your own mask.
Shared vehicle space, meeting spaces, and high-touch surfaces will be sanitized regularly.
Hand-washing stations and hand-sanitizer will be available frequently for hands and equipment.
Our primary goal is to keep all guests, instructors, staff, and their families as safe as possible while still providing a comfortable, fun, and rewarding experience. These requirements and procedures are subject to change as the official guidance evolves.
Camelback Lodge shuttles will transport each guest and instructors to and from photography shooting locations. In addition, the workshop will comply with all state, federal, and commercial use permit mandates for transportation during the ongoing pandemic.
All Camelback Lodge guest suites have been recently modernized with vibrant colorful pops, rustic furnishings, new fabrics, rich woods and polished marble with nature and landscape art created by regional artists. Camelback Lodge accommodations feature vanity areas with microwave and mini fridge. Suites also feature 16 layouts – many perfect for multi-generational vacations with full kitchens, fireplaces, balconies and spacious lofts. Plus, Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is included with your overnight stay.
TUITION: The tuition of the workshop is yet to be determined which includes everything in the “what’s included” toggle. A non-refundable deposit of $XY is required to reserve one of the twelve spots on this workshop. The final balance of $XX is due and payable 45 days before the workshop begins. Full payment is due at this time. In most cases, there will be no refunds on the full amount if you cancel after the final payment. However, in the event we are able to find a client to fill your spot and the workshop is ultimately full at the start, you will receive a full refund ($XX) minus your non-refundable deposit ($XY). Registration and payment can be made using the registration button.
INDEMNITY WAIVER: All participants are required to sign a standard workshop indemnity waiver prior to the start of the workshop. The indemnity waiver can be found here.
CANCELLATIONS: The cancellation policy is there are no refunds on the $XY deposit because it requires additional effort to re-open enrollment and/or to engage in further promotional efforts to fill the workshop on short notice. The $XX balance is refundable up to the 45 day deadline. The only way the $XX balance is refundable within the 45 day window is if we are able to find a client to fill and take your spot and the workshop is ultimately full when it begins. At that point you will receive a full refund of the $XX balance within 14 business days of the workshop’s conclusion. All refunds are subject to a 5% processing fee.
If the workshop is postponed or cancelled due to an infectious disease event 45 days or more before the workshop begins, you will be given the option to apply the cost paid towards a future scheduled or to-be scheduled workshop or receive a full refund of the $XX balance.
Fall Photography Workshop Overview
08-10 October 2021
With Matt Fischer and Chrissy Donadi, two of Camelback Lodge’s Artist-in-Residence
Limit to 12 participants
All photography levels welcome as this is a teaching workshop
Group dinner at Camelback’s Summit House on first evening
Seminar on composition and creativity
Shuttle transfer between workshop locations
In-field instruction at different photography locations
Option for post-processing overview
A weekend of autumn colors shared with photography enthusiasts
Chrissy Donadi is a professional photographer, writer, and photo educator born and raised in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. She spent many years in the engineering world working long hours and with stressful deadlines. Then a career-based moved to a foreign country pushed her into photography. With no friends or family near or even in the same time zone, Chrissy found herself with a lot of free time, a camera, and some nearby mountains were calling her name. What started as fun weekend excursions quickly developed into a hobby and then spiraled into an intoxicating and blissful obsession. She spent the subsequent years maturing her talents and now works solely as a travel, nature, and landscape photographer. With as much as Chrissy thrives in creating images, she equally enjoys teaching and sharing her passion with others.
Currently based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Matt Fischer grew up in a family with a love for the outdoors, cultivating my passion for the beautiful, wild, and untouched places he photographs. In his own words, “I pride myself not on the images I create, but the experiences that precede those images. My favorite places to capture are miles away from civilization, only accessible on foot with what I have in my backpack. Nature photography is full of polarizing successes and failures as images are often dependent on being in the right place at the right time with the right weather and light. Without an approach of placing the landscape and the experience first, one can lose sight of the reasons for making these images in the first place. I enter the wilderness, foregoing normal luxuries and comforts to bring myself closer to the beauty of our planet, and an appreciation of my insignificance within it. I hope to portray this concept in my images, leading viewers to place value and importance in protecting the natural and wild places of our planet and all living things that call it home.”
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