Black-Coffey Caverns Photo Workshop (Morning Session) – Saturday, August 6, 2022


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Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022
Time: 10a-1p
Cost: $75
Max Participants: 10
Location: Franklin County, PA

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After being closed to the public for nearly 70 years, Black-Coffey Caverns (formally Baker Caverns) in Franklin County, PA is now open again for limited tours. However, those tours don’t leave much of an opportunity for photography as you have to stay with your group.

That’s why I’m so excited to offer this photography workshop for those that want to capture great photos of this incredible underground world.

During the workshop, participants will have full access to roam the publically-accessible portions of the cave (which is located below the basement of a private home) and capture photos at their leisure over a period of three hours. Spaces to photograph include narrow corridors, large rooms, different types of cave formations, and even two underground pools of water.

Man standing in Black-Coffey Caverns near Chambersburg PA

What’s even better is that, unlike most caves, there is no fancy lighting here, so you’ll be able to capture a much more natural look within the space than you can at most other caves in Pennsylvania lit only by the lights you bring with you.

That being said, there is some basic infrastructure here including decades-old concrete walkways and staircases, so care will need to be taken during your visit (wear shoes with good traction). Access to the cave is via two staircases comprising roughly 40-50 total steps.

During the workshop, I will be available to assist those that are looking for help with their photography. However, for those that simply want the time to explore on their own, you are free to do so.

A passageway in Black-Coffey Caverns near Chambersburg PA

Because this is an underground workshop, it will go on even if there is inclement weather. However, if I must cancel the workshop due to dangerous weather conditions or other factors, I will try to reschedule it. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, you can apply your amount paid to another photo workshop or receive a full refund.

This workshop also has a minimum number of participants required for it to go on. Should that minimum not be met at least 10 days prior to the workshop, all money will be refunded.

I recommend that all participants bring the following equipment with them in addition to their camera: a sturdy tripod, a strong flashlight (not just the one on your phone as the cave is literally pitch black), shoes with good traction, a light sweatshirt or jacket, and clothes that can get dirty (spots are a bit muddy and you may get some dirt on yourself).

Giant cave formation in Black-Coffey Caverns near Mercersburg PA

This workshop is located in Williamson, PA, roughly 75 minutes southwest of Harrisburg and 20 minutes from Chambersburg.

If you have any other questions regarding refund policies, suggested equipment, or anything else, read our FAQ page. You can also message me using the form below.

Note regarding Covid: All participants will be required to sign a waiver to participate in the workshop. This waiver will note the inherent risks of participating in a workshop during the current pandemic.

Unless required by local regulations or requested by the owner of the cavern, masks will not be required (The instructor will have his own mask and will put one on when working one-on-one with you if you would like him to). However, we will ask all participants to maintain social distance from each other where possible.

Woman descending steps into dark Black-Coffey Caverns near Greencastle PA

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, have tested positive for Covid-19 within 10 days of the workshop, or meet the CDC guidelines for quarantining, we ask that you not come to the workshop. We will provide a full refund if you are unable to come due to a Covid-related illness/quarantine.

Note that we will always follow local regulations and the wishes of the cave’s owner, so these policies will be changed should local regulations change or if requested by the owner of the site.

About the Instructor

Jim Cheney of UncoveringPA is the instructor of these photo workshops. Jim Cheney is the writer, photographer, and creator of Uncovering PA. He is an award-winning photographer that has photographed all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Jim’s photography focuses on creating unique images utilizing long-exposure shots of waterfalls, sunsets, sunrises, and cityscapes. He also has an interest in abandoned photography.

You can see more of his work on the UncoveringPA Instagram page or on his personal Instagram, JimCheneyPhotography.

Click here for a list of equipment used by Jim.



Black-Coffey Caverns Photo Workshop
Black-Coffey Caverns Photo Workshop (Morning Session) – Saturday, August 6, 2022