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barns in the fall


Pennsylvania Fall Barns Photography Workshop:

October 20-22, 2023: 2 SPOTS 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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Have questions? Feel free to reach out.
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