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 on our second annual New York Finger Lake Workshop. 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 barns, 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.

See last year’s workshop gallery HERE

Why does fall foliage turn so red?

Why do leaves change color?

Your instructor, Keith Skelton, has over 35 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. Time allowing we will go over your images and Lightroom processing. 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.


WEDNESDAY - October 17, 2017 We will meet in Canandaigua 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 18th Early departure for Letchworth State Park.

FRIDAY - October 19th Watkins Glen, the Finger Lakes National Forest and Taughannock Falls will be on our schedule.

SATURDAY - October 20th Cayuga Lake and Ithica will be on our schedule.

SUNDAY - October 21st Morning shoot before traveling home.

REGISTER AND PAYMENT - Discounts for former students!


Rochester NY will be the closest airport to our destinations. Also, look into flights into Buffalo which might less expensive. Buffalo is 77 miles 95 miles to Canandaigua NY. Rochester NY is 30 miles to Canandaigua NY. I use Google Flights for the best prices.

ACCOMMODATIONS Important details: I have rooms reserved in Canandaigua NY Oct 17,18,19,20 for four nights. 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.

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 and wet terrain. Note that there is considerable stair climbing at some of the Waterfalls. Food and transportation are NOT included. We will eat meals together, but it is not required.

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