Waterfalls long exposure photography and light painting

When: 4/20/18 to 4/22/18
Who: Photographers of any skill level
Where: Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton, PA
Class size: 5 maximum (3 minimum)
Cost: $895.00.00 includes lodging and continental breakfast

REGISTER TODAY! only 5 seats are available

Ricketts Glen harbors Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark. We will be hiking the Falls Trail System on Saturday while we photograph 22 named waterfalls ranging in height from 11 feet to 94 feet. Besides waterfalls the park has many glacial artifacts we can explore.  The park is an old growth forest with diverse wildlife adding to the beauty.

We have rented out an entire lodge for the weekend, the lodge will sleep up to 10 people but we are limiting our class size to 5. Besides our main attraction the falls trail we will star trails and star reflection photography. The first evening we will meet at the Lodge have dinner and a class on long exposure photography techniques. we will end the night with an introduction to light painting techniques. Our last day Sunday we will explore flash and Studio lighting techniques, how you can use your flash to freeze motion and see an unseen world. We will also have a model we can photograph using various lighting set ups.

Waterfall long exposures – General Information

• Photoshop, lightroom tips and digital workflow
• Manual exposure take control of your camera transforming your artistic vision into memorable photographs
• Metering and getting a correct exposure, by learning the exposure triangle
• Histograms and Blinkies, how to fine-tune exposure
• Creative depth-of-field effects using aperture control
• Learn the advantages shooting in RAW
• Compositions Rules, control visual flow within your photos
• How to use ND and ND grad filters
• Night photography tips, low light and full moon landscape photography
• Light painting to your landscapes, Light orbs, bring your imagination and we will try and make it work

$895.00 per person
Returning Explore Photography Workshops clients Save $100.00 ($795.00)
A deposit of $200.00 is required to reserve your spot. Balance due on or before 01/15/18

Only 5 spaces are available! Reserve your place today

What’s Included:

• Welcome dinner on the first day
• Quality, professional, photography instruction
• 6 to 8 hours per day of in-field shooting and instruction, more on our evening photo sessions
• Water and snacks throughout the workshop
• A fun, positive, interactive learning environment
• Small class size of 5 participants maximum

What’s Not Included:
• Transportation, to and from the workshop, including airfare and car rental,
• Incidentals
• Meals, except for breakfast each morning

Schedule: (Schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions , giving you the best opportunity for capturing some great images)

  • 4/20/18-  Welcome Dinner – Group Meeting, bring a few photos on a flash drive to share. Long exposure photography techniques, Light painting
  • 4/21/18 – Morning – we will hike the waterfalls trail (apron 3.5 miles) at a leisurely pace taking our time to capture images at each of the 22 waterfalls along the way. Light painting and star photography.
  • 4/22/18 – Flash and Studio lighting class with breakfast, studio photo session at the lodge, with check out at noon.
  • Safe travels and we hope to see you again at another Explore Photography Workshop.

What should you bring:

  • Camera, if you have a second body bring it along, have a wide angle on one body and a mid telephoto on the second body. 
  • lenses: lens suggestion should include a wide, mid and telephoto range. We recommend 16 to 24 mm, 24 to 70mm and 70 to 200mm.
  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  •  Circular polarizer
  • ND filters, We will have ND filters available for the class to use
  • Extra Batteries, battery charger and Memory cards
  • Cable release
  • Laptop and an external hard drive for backup, with power cord.
  • Clothing
    • Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
    • Clothes you can layer, in central PA morning temperatures can be in the 40’s and afternoons can be close to 70.
    • Hat with wide brim to to keep sun off your face and neck. a warmer Knit hat and light gloves for our night sessions
    • Some people find using  chemical hand warmers may also come in useful, we will have a supply of them if needed


  • Waterfalls all shapes and sizes, fast running water, pools of water that when photographed using long exposure techniques will reveal amazing patterns of motion
  • As a photographer Ricketts Glenn will offers an unlimited number of shapes, textures, and photographic possibilities.
  • Learn how to isolate subjects to get great compositions
  • Light – light painting, stretching light with long exposures, studio and speed light lighting techniques, lean 10 easy speed lighting setups you can use.

Physical Requirements

  • Your safety is ultimately our primary concern
  • Physical Requirements: Good condition, we will hike the falls trail at a very slow rate taking time to photograph every water fall
  • Degree of Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Agility: Ability to walk up and downhill and on uneven, rocky/sandy terrain
  • Mental Requirements: A flexible and positive attitude is essential
  • Photographic Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate, experienced photographers are also welcomed

Travel to our accommodations

The lodge is located about 1 hour from the nearest airport ( wilkes-Barrre/Scranton international Airport).

Directions from the airport are found from the link below

Directions to lodge

Reserve your place today!  I looking forward to seeing you in Ricketts Glen State Park for a great weekend of photography.


A deposit of $200.00 must be made at the time of registration, deposit is refundable until 1/15/18

  • Balance will be due on or before January 15, 2018

The operators of Explore Photography Workshops are:
Authorized Permit Holder of The National Park Service. We are first aid/CPR trained Joe has 30 plus years of medical experience.