The Blue Ridge is perhaps one of our favorite locations on the east coast for fall foilage. When you combine that with a mystical, fairy tale atmosphere of the lush forest in the nearby Smoky Mountains, you are set up for extraordinary photography.
We’re excited to announce this workshop and bring our friends (old and new) to these gorgeous locations. We’ll explore mountain vistas with views above the clouds, rolling over the peaks. We’ll venture deep into the holler’s (southernism for deep valleys) to photograph the streams, forest floors, and rushing waterfalls, all surrounded by some of the country's best color.
Speaking of waterfalls, the national park is home to over 730 miles of pristine mountain streams that come alive with a palette of fall colors.
We’ll spend our sunrises photographing the beautiful mountain vistas and our days will be spent seeking adventures and basking in the valleys, forest and capturing waterfalls.
Even though it was a group workshop, they still made time for each person individually and were great at taking in everyone’s interests. I can’t wait to do another workshop with them.
Liliya Shames
Brooklyn, NY

General Info
Workshop Dates:
October 15th - 18th, 2017
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Class Size: 10 (5 per instructor)
Cost: $995 USD
Recommended Lodging
Holiday Inn - Biltmore East
1450 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC, 28805
Activity Level
Linville Gorge and Falls, Dry Falls, Beacon Heights, Grandfather Mountain, Roan Mountain, Price Lake, Brinegar Barn, Cades Cove, Newfound Gap, Crabtree Falls, Looking Glass Rock, Craggy Gardens, Lin Cove Viaduct, Devil's Garden, just to name a few.

Day One
Let’s get started on our adventure! We’ve all planned, packed and we’re ready to meet each other! We’ll gather at the hotel for a meet and greet followed by dinner and our sunset location. We’ll keep it low key tonight while we begin our new friendships and cover photographic techniques.

Day Two
The sunrise waits for no one. We’ll be up and out early to travel to our vista for sunrise. We’ll look forward to a busy day of exploring, photographing while taking time to stop for lunch. Directly following lunch we’ll be back on our way into the forest for some of the most magical sites on east side of the Mississippi. We’ll stop for a bite of southern food, and head out for our sunset location before calling it a day.
After sunrise we’ll gather around the hotel for an optional photo critique. All guests are encouraged to bring up to 5 images to be discussed.
Day Three
Another day of chasing fall foilage will be upon us and we'll start our adventure with sunrise followed by photographing nearby streams and then brunch. Today we'll chat about compositional techniques that will assist you with adding depth to your images. By teaching our eye to be aware of our surroundings, we'll look for light, movement, and focus on compositions. Fall foilage in the Smokies provides ample opportunity to create images with gorgeous amber, rust, reds and golds.

Day Four
Last day! We guarantee friendships will be forged and we’re all going to wake up dreading that our amazing adventure is coming to a close. We’ll wake up early for sunrise and venture out to capture more of the beauty surrounding us. We’ll photograph into the day and break for lunch where we’ll say our goodbyes.
Topics We’ll Cover
- The secret to making an impact with your images
- How to set yourself up for success in the field
- From snapshots to fine art – making the most of the location
- The use of natural light
- Long exposure work with the use of filters
- Making full use of your histogram
- Getting past dynamic range.
- Manual bracketing
- Capturing water movement
- Proper exposure
- Getting the most out of your tools within your digital darkroom
- Learn the rules, so you can break them.
Recommended Gear:
- Digital SLR Camera
- Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
- Standard to Wide Lens with Lens Hood
(10 - 70mm)
- Telephoto Lens with Lens Hood (70 - 400mm)
- Sturdy Tripod
- Wireless Remote or Cable Release
- Circular Polarizer Filter
- Neutral Density Filters
- Your Favorite Gear Bag or Backpack
- Hiking Boots, Waders, Water Shoes
- Layers of Clothing
- Coat, Gloves and Something to Cover Your Head and Ears (Temps in the higher elevations can drop quickly)
- Headlamp or Flashlight
- A Spirit of Adventure!

Physical Requirements
Most of the locations we have scheduled will be within the ability of anyone who is in moderate shape. Although a short hike will be necessary to arrive at some locations, the trails are not trecherous. A standard liability waiver is included with your booking.

What's Included
Professional one-on-one instruction in the field, expert digital darkroom instruction and critiquing, hours and hours of shooting, many amazing images and several new friends!

What's Not Included
Airfare, hotel, airport fees and taxes, visa fees, meals and transportation (Participants are asked to carpool. Due to liability reasons, we are not able to transport guests).

Payment and Cancellation Policy
Because we have reached the 90 day mark, full payment is now required. If you wish to cancel after full payment has been made, our refund policy is stated below:

Between 90 and 30 days: 25% refund
Less than 30 days and no-shows: 0% refund

If we happen to find another guest to take your place, we will give you a full refund (minus the $250 deposit that is required when booking before the 90 day mark).

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