Ricketts Glen State Park is truly one of Pennsylvania's scenic gems. And in the fall, with the colors popping, it doesn't get much better for landscape photographers! This small state parks has numerous flowing waterfalls (22 named falls to be exact) with the 94-foot Ganoga Falls being the highest. The old growth forest, waterfalls, and flowing creek provides many photographic subjects to explore and find unique compositions for compelling images. 

We will be hosting a multi day photography workshop which will include two long field sessions and an intense image processing class.  During this workshop we will start early in the morning and hike the Falls Trail which follows alongside two streams, staying out shooting as long was we want and the light cooperates.  This will give us ample time to work scenes and provide in the field instruction and tips. The trail is approximately 3.5 miles with elevation declines and gain, it's considered a moderate hike with a couple short and steep sections.  Participants should be in good physical health as there is elevation gain to hike out of the glen. Also the trail can be slippery so it is important to be mindful and cautious of where you walk. Expect to get wet (if you want to) as the best images are often made by getting in the stream itself and up close to the cascading water. 

Participants should plan to arrive the evening of Thursday October 18 for a meet and greet, and the workshop will wrap up by mid-day on Sunday October 21.  Philadelphia (2.5 hr drive) and Wilkes Barre/Scranton (40 min drive) are the two nearest airports. We will be using a local hotel in either Benton or Wilkes Barre as our home base. Further details regarding lodging will be sent out upon registration. 

WORKSHOP DATES:  October 19 - 21, 2018

INSTRUCTORS:  Josh Snow and Chris Byrne

LOCATIONS: Ricketts Glen State Park. 695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814

COST: $1100  ($350 deposit to secure a spot)

GROUP SIZE: Limited to 10 participants. 2 to 1 instructor ratio.



  • Lightweight, quickdry pants.
  • Closed toe shoes that can get wet (I love these SEAC Neoprene Boots to keep the dirt out),
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella (as a splash guard for the camera, not for the photographer!)
  • DSLR & Lenses ranging from wide angle (16mm) to telephoto (300mm). 
  • Camera manual
  • Memory cards
  • Tripod
  • Cable Release Trigger
  • Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)
  • Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc. 
  • Computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Notebook


  • Meals and snacks
  • Lodging
  • Transportation
  • Park entrance fees





It took many years for me to find photography as a means of artistic expression. I remember as a kid, my father had a collection of National Geographic magazines that were pristinely kept on a book shelf. Every time I would open one I was taken to a new and wonderful far away place with different cultures and scenery. Sure the articles were great, but the photographs.......ahhh the photographs, they were spectacular. I was particularly drawn to the nature images and they inspired me to get out in the woods in my own backyard and see what I could find. Fast forward many years and after studying finance in college and working over 15 years in the stock market (and not getting rich) I found myself in a place in life without any inspiration or excitement for what I was doing. Photography was a hobby of mine and after taking a camping trip in 2011 with my soon to be wife to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and the Grand Tetons that I realized that the photos I was trying to take in those majestic places really weren’t doing them any justice. After breaking my point and shoot camera on the Yellowstone leg of that adventure, I decided that if I was going to get a new camera, and invest in a nice one, then this time I would actually learn how to use it to capture good images the way I envisioned them.  And thus my obsession with photography and the constant learning of the craft began!

After completely devoting myself to photography and through some careful planning, I was able to give up my corporate career in the fall of 2015 and become a full time photographer to pursue what gives me much more joy in life.  The world is a big place and I feel very fortunate to be able to travel and see as much of it as I can. Through photography I am able to share my experiences and teach others what I have learned to create impactful imagery. Hopefully I can take the viewer on a journey that puts them right there next to me as I frame up a shot. If I am any good at my “new” job, then you will want to see these places for yourself, find and experience new ones, and have moments that make you stop and breathe it all in with a child like wonder. I truly believe that nature is good for the soul. The more you explore, the more you will be inspired. 



My name is Joshua Snow, born in the appalachian foothills of North Carolina but raised in upstate New York, not far from the finger lakes. Growing up I was an extremely artistic kid but lost touch with it through my adolescence, and then into adulthood when a career was more important. Photography was never really on my radar but I always enjoyed paintings and drawings. It was 2012 when I had reached a severely unhealthy weight and began exercising and hiking the endless waterfalls that dotted the areas around my home, then came the camera. I began photographing wildlife, and waterfalls and quickly became obsessed with the technical side of photography, as my career had taken me into engineering. Then it guided me back into artistry and creativeness, and from there the two halves melded together and have morphed into what I am today. I identify as a fine artist, by way of photography, drawing inspiration from painters mostly. I have packed up my life, and little family and moved to the desert southwest where I now lead others in pursuit of their artistic goals, in photography workshops all over the southwest and beyond. 

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We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants may either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses incurred and therefore recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.