Rochester NY will be the closest airport to our destinations. Also, look into flights into Buffalo especially if you attending the Niagara Falls portion of the trip.  Flights might be less expensive though Buffalo. Buffalo is 77 miles to Rochester and/or 95 miles to Canandaigua NY.


Important details:

I have rooms reserved in Rochester NY Oct 18 for one night. I have rooms reserved in Canandaigua NY Oct 19,20,21 for three nights.  Rooms in Rochester run $200. The rooms rate for Canandaigua are $200 per night. (high season). You do not need to contact the hotels but you will need to pay upon arrival. NOTE: You can try to get your own reservations if you prefer. You will need to confirm that with me

I also have rooms reserved in Buffalo NY Oct 22 which go for $159.00. THIS IS ONLY IF YOU DECIDE TO COME TO NIAGARA FALLS.

REGISTER AND PAYMENT - Big discounts for former students!



Scroll down PayPal link for the discount for previous workshops participants. This class in limited to 10 people.

Workshop reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Please provide a phone number and email address.

I have training in both CPR and First Aid. However, you will be asked to sign a release form before attending the class.

-All types of cameras are welcome.

-A variety of lenses will be used from super wide to telephoto.

-Neutral Density filters will be helpful for long exposures of waterfalls. 

-Sturdy tripods are recommended.

-Bring some sort of water protection for your camera.

Bring clothes for a mix of temperatures, from cold mornings to warm afternoons. Bring shoes that you

are comfortable walking in over rough terrain.

Food and transportation are NOT included. We will eat meals together, but it is not required.

Contact for details.

The Finger Lakes region offers many photo opportunities for spectacular autumn leaves and waterfalls. Choose a lake, pasture or river, and get ready to explore! Routes are easy to navigate, allowing your attention to be focused on the scenery. You will find yourself captivated by the season’s bountiful colors. While every year is different, late September through October typically offers a good chance for an awesome show, with the first three weeks of October typically being peak season.  Click here to follow the current status of the foliage across the region.


This October we will be photographing an amazing array of autumn color, waterfalls and barns in the New York Finger Lake region. This will be a landscape photography excursion unlike most that we experience in the west. We will visit the iconic Letchworth State Park known as the Grand Canyon of the East. The Genesee River runs through this gorge over three major waterfalls. There are numerous lookouts and trails surrounded by the autumn forests. Stony Brook is also near by.

We will explore and photograph the Finger Lakes including Canandaigua Lake, Cayuga Lake, Seneca Lake, Buttermilk Falls, Watkins Glen, and Taughannock Falls at 215 feet tall. Note that this is also a New York winery region.

We will begin our trip by spending 1/2 day visiting the amazing Eastman Museum in Rochester NY. “The George Eastman Museum is an international treasure. The institution encompasses one of the world’s foremost collections of photography and cinema, including the preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology.

The museum is located on the National Historic Landmark estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography and a leader in

the development of motion picture film.”

A optional part two of this class will include visiting and photographing Niagara Falls which is 85 miles east of Rochester, NY. Though touristy, Goat Island provides magnificent close up views of the impressive Horseshoe Falls.  Highly recommended if you have never seen it.

Why does fall foliage turn so red?

Why do leaves change color?

Your instructor, Keith Skelton, has over 30 years of experience as a educator and as a professional photographer. Keith is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography.



We will strive to help you improve your technique and your photographic vision by studying color, composition, and light. We will also discuss black & white digital techniques and panoramas. Our workshop goal is for you to leave New York with great pictures and memories and a fresh outlook on your personal photographic style. It will be a memorable and fun experience for all. Open to photographers with all levels of experience.  Autumn is one of the best times to photograph this region.

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WEDNESDAY - October 18, 2017

We will meet in Rochester NY late in the day allowing people to travel. We will have orientation and introduce each other before heading out for a meal.

THURSDAY - October 19th

We will visit the Eastman Museum in Rochester NY at 10AM. We will then travel 30 miles to Canandaigua NY where we will stay for three nights. We will shoot that afternoon and evening.

FRIDAY - October 20th

Watkins Glen, the Finger Lakes National Forest, Cayuga Lake and Ithica will be on our schedule.

SATURDAY - October 21st

Letchworth State Park will be on our schedule.

SUNDAY - October 22nd.

Morning shoot before traveling home unless you want to see and photograph Niagara Falls. (see below)

A optional part two of this class will include visiting Niagara Falls/Buffalo which is 85 miles from Rochester, NY. Though touristy, Goat Island provides magnificent close up views of the impressive Horseshoe Falls. Highly recommended if you have never seen it.

MONDAY - October 23rd.

Workshop completed by 10am.