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West Virginia Waterfalls Workshop
June 7-10, 2019 - Canaan Valley, West Virginia

West Virginia Waterfalls

West Virginia Waterfalls Workshop Deposit

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West Virginia is a mecca for nature and landscape photographers and in late spring the rugged mountains come to life with the blush of spring foliage and rushing waterfalls and cascades. This three day workshop will explore the many waterfalls and mountain streams surrounding Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Parks as well as the rugged canyon overlooks and mountain top vistas of Dolly Sods.

This workshop will cover creative and technical techniques. We will have 6 field session photographing everything from grand vistas to intimate waterfalls. We will also have 3 classroom sessions covering beginning to advanced post processing techniques using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop including RAW development, filters in Lightroom, layers adjustments, using masks and brushes, working with luminosity masks, special Photoshop techniques including gaussian blur, dodging & burning, and much more.



  • Photograph stunning waterfalls, mountain top vistas, rugged canyon overlooks, hardwood forest and wildflowers. West Virginia has some of the most stunning scenery on the East Coast.

  • Learn many techniques from professional photographer Joseph Rossbach including use of filters for dramatic effect, perfect shutter speeds for moving water, capturing dramatic mountain light, depth-of-field for razor sharp focus, working with weather to create drama and crafting the perfect composition.

  • Group is capped at 8 participants for maximum in field and classroom instruction.

  • Workshop dates are set to optimize the best water flow and spring greens mixing with wildflowers.

  • Post-processing classroom training is scheduled each day to help you make the most of your image captures including expert instruction in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.



This is only a sample itinerary of what to expect. We keep our itineraries open and flexible to allow us to put you in the best locations under the best light and weather conditions for great photography.

Day 1: Meet and greet at the Canaan Valley resort and Conference Center in our classroom where Joe will kick things off with an introductory presentation discussing many of the techniques we will cover in the field over the next four days from com position and light to use of filters and special techniques. Afterwards we will head out for an amazing sunset looking down a rugged canyon.

Day 2: The forecast looks good for a great sunrise, so we will be leaving two hours before sunrise to drive up to the top of Dolly Sods, a windswept mountain top with scenic vistas to the east. On the way down the bumpy forest road, we will stop at several locations to photograph spring wildflowers and forest scenes. After a break for lunch, we see tin class to discuss developing RAW files using Adobe Lightroom. In the late afternoon, we spend a couple hours photographing waterfalls in the shade of the canyon before heading off on a short hike to a canyon overlook for sunset.

Day 3: It’s raining this morning, so we are off to shoot more waterfalls and streams. The light is perfect and we spend four hours in the field all morning shooting a variety of waterfalls. After lunch, we get back together to dig deeper in post processing, this time exploring the many advantages of working in Photoshop. The weather is wet and dreary, so we have an image critique and then head out to photograph waterfalls the remainder of the afternoon leading up to sunset.

Day 4: The forecast looks amazing for fog this morning, sop we are taking a one hour drive shout to photograph a foggy sunrise at a remote mountain lake. After sunrise, we work macro images of dewy webs in the meadow behind the lake. After driving back to the hotel, we have a lunch and then have a image critique of some of your favorite work from the trip. In the afternoon, we shoot another waterfall before heading back up to the top of Dolly Sods for an amazing last sunset together.



$995.00 PER PERSON

Cost includes:

All instruction and guiding

Classroom session

Any park entrance fee’s

Cost Does Not Include:

Hotel Accommodations

Meal or Drinks

Transportation during the workshop



A non-refundable deposit of 300.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of this workshop. There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot). Please see our cancellation policy for more detailed information.


Moderate - short hikes of less than 1 mile with some scrambling down hillsides to reach waterfalls. A modest level of health and fitness will greatly enhance your experience.


Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center


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The Instructors


Joseph Rossbach

Joe is a full time photographer based out of Southern California although my Assignments and workshop Take me all over the country and internationally. I have been leading photo tours/workshops and publishing my photography for over 15 years. My particular interest at the time is the deserts of the southwestern United states and the eastern sierra mountains of California. When not Leading tours or working on assignments, you can find me exploring some well known and many Lesser known areas of the Colorado Plateau and the Mojave Desert regions.

Joe has been leading photography workshops and tours for over fifteen years and has worked with thousands of photographers to help them refine their vision and skill in the art and craft of nature photography.