Highlights of Ohiopyle State Park Photo Workshop – Saturday, October 7, 2023


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Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023
Time: 7:00a-12:00p
Cost: $150
Max Participants: 8
Location: Ohiopyle, PA

Ohiopyle State Park in southwestern Pennsylvania is one of my favorite state parks in Pennsylvania. Whether you like waterfalls, scenic overlooks, or just beautiful mountain scenery, there’s a bit of something for everyone in this park. Even better, much of the park’s best scenery can be easily seen without a long hike. This makes it the perfect spot for a photo workshop.

We will meet a bit before sunrise at Baughman Rock. This roadside overlook is the perfect spot from which to view the sunrise. From there, we’ll head to Cucumber Falls, Ohiopyle Falls, and the Natural Waterslides, some of my favorite waterfalls in western PA. We will also spend time at another spot or two depending on time and weather.

Sunrise at Baughman Rock Ohiopyle State Park Photography Workshop

Much of the workshop will focus on shooting waterfalls, but we’ll also cover how to properly shoot sunrise, as well as woodland scenes around water.

The workshop will cover settings for how to get a smooth look to your waterfall images. We will also discuss how to adjust your shutter speed to cover a variety of lighting situations and to create a variety of looks in your waterfalls. Whether you want smooth water, a bit of motion in the falls, or to stop the movement of water completely, we’ll talk about how to achieve these results.

Cucumber Falls - Ohiopyle State Park Photography Workshop

We will also cover the different shooting modes that you can utilize, how to properly meter your images in challenging lighting situations, helpful filters to have when shooting waterfalls, and creating images with great composition.

This workshop is geared towards beginner or intermediate-level photographers, but anyone is welcome to come along to enjoy shooting in a small group setting. However, while this is a workshop for beginner and intermediate-level photographers, you’ll get the most out of it if you have a basic idea of how to work your camera.

Meadow Run Ohiopyle State Park Photography Workshop

At a minimum, I’d recommend having a camera that you can change the shutter speed on and knowing how to do so. Since all cameras are a bit different, I’d recommend bringing your manual in case we need to figure out how to change a setting on your camera. I also HIGHLY recommend a tripod as not having one will greatly limit your potential shots, though we can work around it if you don’t have one. Please note the full list of required and recommended gear below.

Generally speaking, the workshop will go on even if there is a threat of inclement weather. After all, you can get some great shots during poor weather. Should dangerous weather conditions or other circumstances force a cancellation, we will have a rain date. If you are unable to attend the rain date, you can apply your amount paid to another photo workshop or receive a full refund.

Behind Cucumber Falls - Ohiopyle State Park Photography Workshop

The workshop will be held on rough and slippery terrain and near water. While we won’t be doing any long hikes, there will be both walking and hiking involved in short distances. Please ensure that you are capable of handling short hikes on uneven and slippery terrain before signing up. You are encouraged to consult your doctor if you have any medical concerns. I am happy to answer specific questions about the day and whether this is the right workshop for you.

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

Visiting Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park. Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

There is no minimum age to participate in this photography workshop. However, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone who joins will be required to purchase a ticket regardless of whether they are shooting photos or not.

Our recommended gear list is below. If you have any other questions or want information on our cancellation policy, read our FAQ page. You can also message me using the form below. I’m also happy to provide suggestions on how to spend the rest of your day in the area and will provide a few places to visit at the conclusion of the workshop.

Gear List

Required: Hiking boots or similar shoes with sturdy traction for uneven and slippery trails, drinking water

Highly Recommended: Camera you can change the shutter speed on, tripod, polarizing filter, neutral density filter (3-stop or 6-stop)

Other Recommended Gear: Remote timer, your camera manual, snacks

Natural Waterslides in Ohiopyle, PA

Note regarding Covid: All participants will be required to sign a waiver to participate in the workshop, in part noting the inherent risks of participating in a workshop during the current pandemic. Unless required by local regulations, 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.

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 within 5 days of the workshop or meet the current CDC guidelines for quarantining at the time of the workshop, we ask that you not come. We will provide a full refund if you are unable to come due to a positive Covid test or quarantine.

Note that we will always follow local regulations regarding Covid, so these policies will be changed if necessary should the rules change.

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 Uncovering PA Instagram page or on his personal Instagram, JimCheneyPhotography.

Click here for a list of equipment used by Jim.



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