Charles J. Kozora Jr. // Photographer

McConnells Mill Workshop: Fall 2021

Reasons to Book

Creating a memorable and amazing image requires a combination of planning in advance, seeing the creative compositional possibilities on location, and applying your technical skills to execute the shot. Chuck will share with you his experience on these elements and apply the local knowledge that only comes from living just 15 minutes from McConnells Mill and having the opportunity to photograph the park’s many beautiful locations, each season, for over 10 years.


Payment by check in full is required to secure space on this workshop, which is due 14 days prior to the start of your scheduled workshop date. Note on check the workshop name and date attending.


Price: 73.00 USD per person
Date Option #1: September 18, 2021
Date Option #2: September 25, 2021
Duration: 3 hours
Location: Mcconnells Mill State Park, Portersville, Pennsylvannia USA
Max class size: 3


McConnells Mill State Park is a 2,546 acres Pennsylvania state park in Perry and Slippery Rock Townships, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park features a deep scenic gorge with a restored watermill, a covered bridge, numerous geological rock formations, and numerous waterfalls during all seasons.

The workshop capitalizes on the slippery rock gorge, rocky terrain, and variations of water flow. Photographic gems are found at the grist mill and off Rim Road, as well as hidden along and off trails for seasonal waterfalls. Many waterfalls are not listed on the map but my ocal knowledge will lead you direct to them. Indeed, I can guide you to the named falls of Alpha, Kildoo, etc found on the park map but I can also navigate you to tributaries that shine at only certain times of the year. Spring brings heavy waterfalls, Fall brings colors, and Winter brings ice formations. This is an amazing place for landscape photography anytime, but knowledge of when and where is best day-by-day is critical.

Let me take you on a journey to some of the best spots that the park has to offer.

Includes: Intensive photography instruction in the field, image lectures, image critiques, and optional post processing training in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Does Not Include: Airfare, transportation, and lodging & meals.

Itinerary: With class size kept very small, a high degree of workshop customization is available. In advance of our scheduled date(s), we will communicate often to finalize the itinerary to meet your goals for visiting specific locations and learning specific techniques

Physical Difficulty: Dependent on photo locations selected, short, medium, and long hikes on this workshop can occur. Much of the hiking will be on rocky surfaces and any short off-trail hiking could be on steep terrain. From the list below, sturdy hiking boots and trekking poles are highly recommended.

Suggested Items to Bring

  • Camera (DSLR, Mirrorless, iPhone)
  • Your camera manual if you're unsure how to change settings
  • Variety of lens from ultra-wide to telephoto
  • Tripod required for slow-shutter waterfall shooting
  • Extra batteries and memory cards
  • Lens microfiber cloth for cleaning
  • Bottled water/snacks
  • Sturdy boots that protect your feet
  • Trekking poles can be beneficial
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • A fully charged cell phone