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barns in the fall


Pennsylvania Fall Barns Photography Workshop:

October 18-20, 2024: NOW OPEN!

Cost: 1,350 total | $450 due at sign-up

Previously sold-out! Hidden in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania are some of the most impressive and photogenic old barns and silos in the country. In comparison to other regions with "tourist" barns, the in-use, rundown beauty of these rustic old farms blew me away. We will spend 3-days shooting in an area around Williamsport that dates back to the early 1800's. October is peak time of year for fall foliage and we will capture hints of gold, orange and red amongst the old silos dotting the horizon. Join me in capturing the history and culture of the countryside of Pennsylvania in the fall.  

Experience Level

Beginner - Advanced 

Both beginners & experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop. I will work closely with you to address  strengths and weaknesses. All can expect to be challenged.



All age levels are welcome on this photography workshop. We’ll drive to each location then walk to the best position for sunrise & sunset. *Reach out if you have limitations.


Field and Classroom

We will be in the field shooting for sunrise and sunset with classroom time & breaks during the day. Learn techniques including composition, image editing and advanced settings.

Group Size

10 people

I prefer to keep workshops small, ensuring that each person will have ample time for one-on-one instruction. This photography workshop is limited to 10 people. 

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 Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Session

Journey Down 

The Back Road 

I will guide you through 3 days of shooting hidden gems as we work on photography concepts. My goal is to help train your eye to see beauty in the details that surround us in everyday life. While there will be hundreds of beautiful scenes to shoot, we will focus on the challenge of finding what is both interesting and photogenic. 


I will always be with the group providing thoughts, advice and real time critique as we explore locations. I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally. By keeping the group small we can react quickly to changing conditions and scout new locations.

Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear 

Dating back to the 1800's

We will be shooting around the town of Hughesville, founded in 1816. The town grew around a gristmill followed by a wagon shop in 1830, several distilleries, a sawmill and planing mill. 


We will be out shooting and exploring during sunrise and sunset to ensure we find the best conditions. During daytime hours we will have classroom time where we will focus on photography concepts and techniques. 

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Image Composition 

Learning how to compose an image is one of the most important elements of photography and probably one of the hardest to master. Starting with this class and continuing throughout the workshop, I will teach you simple and actionable skills that will help you find amazing compositions in any environment.


Creative Editing

We will go through my editing process from beginning to end using a combination of mostly Lightroom with some fairly easy but extremely powerful Photoshop to finish it off. My editing method is very artistic and effective for beginners and advanced users alike. It is always one of the highlights of the workshop.

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Portfolio Feedback

Getting honest and constructive feedback about your images is extremely hard to find. At the end of every workshop I will dig into 15-20 of your best shots to give you insightful critique on how to improve. While these sessions are honest, I guarantee you will go away inspired with new ideas and thoughts on making great images.

Photography Workshop Schedule


On Friday, we will start the workshop off at the hotel meeting room at 2:30pm with an introduction, followed by a classroom session on light and composition. We will have time off for dinner before heading out to shoot through sunset.

On Saturday, we will head out to shoot during the morning light, then return for a break then classroom session on image processing with Lightroom. We will go back out to shoot in the evening for sunset followed by dinner.  


On Sunday, we will head out to shoot early morning sunrise then wrap up about 11:00am with a feedback session that will break down 15-20 of your best images and give you new ideas on how to improve. 

* Exact schedule subject to change due to weather, good light, etc.

Planning Your Trip: Hotel & Travel

Please note that transportation and accommodations for the Pennsylvania Barns Photography Workshop are up to each individual participant. 

Hotel: I have reserved a block of rooms at the City Hall Grand Hotel in Williamsport. After sign-up you will receive an email with information to confirm your stay. 

Car: If you won't have your personal vehicle, I highly recommend renting a vehicle so you can also explore on your own before/after the workshop. We will be carpooling during the workshop. 

Flight: A number of major airlines offer direct flights and connections to the Williamsport Airport. You can also fly into Philadelphia or Pittsburgh and drive for about 3 hours to Williamsport. 

About Williamsport

Williamsport, Pennsylvania (also known as Billtown) is alive with great attractions, artists, Victorian architecture, a vibrant downtown and it is the only city located in the Pennsylvania Wilds. 


In the 1800s, Williamsport was the Lumber Capital of the World. Today it is best known for its a burgeoning arts community and claim to fame as the birthplace of Little League Baseball. 

Nestled between the west branch of the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain, the town is surrounded by more than 300,000 acres of state gamelands, making the area popular with hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. 


I have been shooting for 30 years and one day with Dan has literally changed the way I shoot, select and edit my photos forever. I have had several teachers and mentors along the way, but Dan brought these keys points to light better than anyone else.  Dan is honest, down-to-earth, amazingly knowledgable, helpful and generous with his guidance."

What's Included in the Pennsylvania Fall Barns Photography Workshop 

Instruction from Dan Ballard • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Session • Snacks and Water
 Not Included: flights, hotel, car and food
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    I always tell my students that you DO NOT need expensive gear to create excellent images. Great gear does make a difference in terms of technical quality, durability, ease of use and other factors and I advise using quality products, but creating a powerful, creative image is all about the photographer and the light. While I do recommend shooting with the best gear you can afford, keep in mind this is not the most important factor.
    Camera: (preferably a DSLR or a mirrorless with the ability to shoot raw) Lenses: My ideal setup for full frame is a16-35mm, 50mm, 70-200 or 300mm. If you own a 24-70 or equivalent that is fine. As long as you have something fairly wide and a telephoto. For DX or APS-C users, any combination of lenses that gets you from at least 18mm to 200mm. Preferably from 10mm to 200mm but if you don’t already own a wide angle don’t stress. Other: A sturdy outdoor tripod is a must! Also, plenty of digital memory, extra batteries & battery charger,
 lens cleaning cloth, camera bag that allows you to easily get to your gear. You may want to consider bringing a back up camera as well. Filters: The only filter that I consider a must have is a circular polarizer. While I don't use it often — when you need it you have to have it. There can also be situations where a 10 stop neutral density or variable ND (variable neutral density) can be very useful. This is definitely not something that is mandatory but could be useful on the workshop or shooting in general. I prefer the screw on circular polarizers and ND filters. I also carry a 3 stop soft graduated neutral density filter, and although I rarely use it these days — it can come in handy. If you don't already know what this is or how to use it, don't stress about bringing one. I prefer hand holding 4x6 inch grad ND filters.
    We will shoot rain or shine. A rainjacket is a must and a small travel umbrella is highly recomended. Layered clothing is super important for changing temperatures — early morning can be cold with afternoons getting very warm. Consider thin gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear and sunglasses. Also helpful to have is a flashlight, sunscreen, lip balm and bug spray. For more challenging or strenuous workshops, it is helpful but not mandatory to bring waterproof boots or gators. I don't personally usually use a camera cover (I prefer an umbrella) this is something you may want to bring along.
    Please bring a laptop computer with a card reader for the classroom portion of the workshop. It would be best to have Adobe Lightroom software installed. We will also spend a small amount of time with Adobe Photoshop if you want to have this installed as well to follow along. I use the Creative Cloud and purchasing the Lightroom/Photoshop package which is only $9.99 a month. If you use and prefer another editing program that is not a problem at all. You will still pick up a ton of new thoughts and ideas — much of the editing is focused on the artistic side of image processing. Also, if you don't have a laptop — don't stress. You will still benefit from the ideas shared in the courses. You are welcome to borrow a laptop or share with another student. If you prefer to take written notes, it is a good idea to bring along pen and paper.
    We will be critiquing images taken prior to the workshop, please inlcude a section of 15-20 of your favorite images you would like feedback on. We may also have a chance to critique some images taken during the workshop.
    You must have travel insurance for an international workshop. I recommend bringing quite a few snacks with you. Granola bars, jerky, nuts, etc. Be sure to see what kind of plug adaptor you will need for electronics. If you are signing up from outside of the US, please be aware of VISA requirements for the country of travel.
Have questions? Feel free to reach out.
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