Fall in Michigan’s Pictured Rocks

StartsOct 5th 2024
EndsOct 9th 2024
Participants10 (Returning Fall 2025 - Contact Us to be put on the Early Announce List)

This hands-on field workshop is designed to practice and expand your landscape photography skills in a place like no other! Imagine 15 miles of colorful, naturally sculpted, sandstone cliffs towering as much as 200 feet above the deep blue-green waters of Lake Superior. Now imagine that you are in the heart of what is arguably one of North America’s top three destinations for fall color photography. Sprinkle in a few dozen pristine lakes, spectacular waterfalls and tens of thousands of acres of accessible public land. No need to pinch yourself – this is no fantasy – this is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and it’s time to shoot!

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Participants should try to plan on arriving Thursday evening. We will meet for an informal (optional) get together at a local “watering hole” that evening. The workshop will officially start very early on Friday morning. On the last day Tuesday we will shoot in the morning and you can plan to be on the road home by noon if you like. We have a block of rooms reserved under Gettle Photography at The Holiday Inn Express in Munising 906-387-4800. We would be happy to help you find a roommate if you like.


Payment schedule
  • -Deposit due upon Registration
  • -Balance Due 8-1-23
Not included
  • -Lodging
  • -Meals
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Located on the southern shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Pictured Rocks blazes with color in the fall. Whether you are new to photography or an experienced shooter, we designed this workshop to be a hands-on experience where you can try new techniques, play with light and color, and expand your skills and photographic portfolio.
Not only will we visit iconic locations of this area, but also many little known photographic gems as well. If the weather cooperates, the highlight of the trip may very likely be the evening that we spend aboard a boat exploring and photographing the cliffs of Pictured Rocks from the unique perspective of the water.
The main thrust of this hands-on workshop will be the landscape both intimate and grand and in the field, we will share our tips and techniques for capturing the magical essence of this beautiful place.
The workshop is built to maximize time spent in the field creating beautiful images. We will be in the field before dawn each morning where we will work until the harsh light of midday chases us indoors. Once indoors, our workshop will continue with classroom sessions designed to expand upon and reinforce the techniques demonstrated in the field. Late afternoon until sunset will find us back in the field shooting and practicing our skills.
As an added bonus, we will spend an afternoon photographing birds of prey brought to us by the Howell Nature Center. These raptor models will be perched in natural settings designed to showcase not only the stunning birds but also the beautiful fall colors.
We are excited to offer this workshop once again. This workshop maximizes your time in the field photographing and learning in a hands-on, real world fashion. With two instructors and a small group, you will receive the attention you need to hone your skills. We will identify and solve photographic challenges and answer questions in the field as they come up. The group size is purposely kept to no more than ten participants so that everyone will be able to have their questions answered as well as have time for one on one instruction.
Any down time where we are not in the field actively shooting (e.g., evenings, etc.) will be spent reviewing the days shoot and learning from each other for immediate feedback to hone your skills.
Each participant will be encouraged to bring a portfolio of 25 images to share with the group (if you are comfortable doing that).