Fall Foliage Photo Workshop in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

Where: The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire

When: 9:00 a.m. Friday morning, October 4, 2013 through noon on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Cost: $636.00 ($534.00 for AMC Members.) Includes instruction, lodging, and all meals from Friday lunch through Sunday lunch.

Who should attend: Beginner and intermediate photographers wanting to learn the specifics of photographing fall foliage, while shooting in some of the White Mountains most scenic locations.

Maximum Group Size: 10

Description: This workshop is based in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s signature lodge – The Highland Center in Crawford Notch.  We will spend approximately 2 hours per day inside learning how to get the best images possible from your cameras.  The rest of our time will be spent exploring nearby locales and photographing mountain landscapes, as well as forest scenes and waterfalls.  Specific shooting locations for each day will be determined the night before based on weather forecasts and foliage conditions. Though we won’t be doing any strenuous hiking, you may be expected to walk up to three miles with up to 300 feet of elevation gain.

Lodging: More information about the Highland Center is available at the AMC website: http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/lodges/highland/index.cfm.  The above rates assume you stay in a bunk room (2, 4, or 6 people per room.) Private rooms are available for an additional fee.

Meals: As mentioned above, meals from lunch on Friday through lunch on Sunday are included in the workshop fee.  Breakfast and dinner will be in the Highland Center dining room.  We will have bag lunches ready to take with us on our field trips.  Please mention any dietary restrictions when you register.

Transportation: Participants are required to provide their own transportation to the workshop.  Transportation to photo locations during the workshop will be via an AMC van.

Registration:  Registration for this workshop is handled by the Appalachian Mountain Club. You can register on-line at: http://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/65943 or by calling the AMC at 603-466-2727.

Questions? Please post your questions in the comments field below or e-mail or call Jerry: nature@ecophotography.com, 888-705-8274.

18 thoughts on “Fall Foliage Photo Workshop in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

    • Hi Susan – yes, there is an instruction only price. You’ll have to check with AMC for the exact amount once registration opens, but I believe it will be in the $350 – $400 range.

  1. Hi Jerry. The Fall Foliage trip is full. Is there a waiting list or someone I could call in a few weeks to see if spots have opened?



    • Hi Joe,

      Thanks for the note – AMC hadn’t let me know this had sold out so I’m sorry I didn’t note in on the web page sooner. The folks at AMC usually keep a waiting list, so your best bet to get on that list is to call them directly at 603-466-2727.


    • Hi Marybeth,

      This workshop is not yet full. In fact, registration hasn’t yet opened up (the comments of it being filled up were from last year’s course.) To be notified when registration opens up, please sign up for newsletter at the bottom of this page: http://monkmanphoto.com/

      Here are my gear recommendations:
      Camera gear: In general, I recommend bringing what you already have and not going out and buying lots of new gear just for the workshop (the workshop is a great place to learn which gear you really want and/or need.) The one possible exception to this is a tripod. If you don’t currently own one, borrow or buy one as you will find that it is a necessary piece of equipment.

      Lenses: You will most likely use lenses in the range from wide angle (as wide as you’ve got) to medium telephoto (200mm to 300mm.) We rarely have the opportunity to photograph wildlife during this class, so longer lenses generally are not necessary. However, we will have plenty of opportunity for close-up photography, so I do recommend bringing a macro lens or other close-up accessories like extension tubes and close-up filters.

      Lighting: We will primarily be working with available light, but if you have a flash and/or reflectors, do bring them as they will also be of use for our close-up work.

      Tripod: I highly recommend that you bring a tripod. This is the one piece of equipment I suggest you purchase before the workshop if you don’t already own one. Please e-mail me if you need suggestions or want to discuss your options.

      Camera bag: This probably goes without saying, but you should have a camera bag that fits your gear and that you can comfortably carry for distances up to a mile or so.

      Filters: I currently use three filters, a polarizer, a graduated split-neutral density filter, and a variable neutral density filter. The first two will definitely be useful on this trip.

      Batteries: Bring at least one back-up battery, and don’t forget your battery charger.

      Memory cards: Bring sufficient memory to hold up to 500 RAW files.

      Laptop: If you have one, bring it with you as you’ll want to download photos during the course of the weekend, both to clear off your memory cards and to show the rest of us what you’ve shot.

    • I typically don’t put together an itinerary ahead of time, because as you mentioned it all subject to weather conditions during the course of the workshop. We pretty much always hit Acadia’s iconic locations – Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond, and the cobblestone beach near Otter Cliffs. There are several other coastal, harbor, and woodland locations that we usually visit, but I hesitate to publish a definitive list because people are inevitably disappointed if we don’t visit a spot on the list. My goal with all of my workshops is to give us the best chance for great photos given the weather of the day, while coming away with a representative collection of images for the location of the workshop. That seems to always result in a great experience for everyone.

      • Whoops – just responded as if you were asking about Acadia – sorry about that! The same general approach applies to the White Mountains as well. In the Whites we tend to hit a lot of waterfalls, as well as the Kancamagus area on most trips.

          • Hi Kathy – we primarily drive, park, and walk. Nothing more than 1/2 mile and 100 feet or so of elevation gain.

  2. Thanks Jerry. Also, what can we expect in terms of weather/temperature at this time of year in the White Mountains?

    • Hi Cathy,

      Just about anything goes, weather-wise this time of year. High temps can be from the low 50’s to mid-70’s; lows from the high 20’s to high 40’s. Sunny or rainy -both are likely.


  3. Hi,
    I live in Alaska and have never been to New England state. I am considering registering fo both of your Fall workshops and would welcome your thought on doing both.

    Dave Newton

    • Hi Dave,

      This trips do complement each other if you plan to spend a couple weeks down here. The trip in the Whites will be heavy on waterfalls, streams, and mountain views, while Acadia will feature some of that as well as some great coastal photo opportunities.


    • Hi Greg,

      Unfortunately, this workshop is sold out – just got the word on Friday. There are still a few spaces left for my October Acadia trip though.


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