The Pisgah National Forest shares in some of the most variation of color on the east coast, for fall foilage. When you combine that with a mystical, fairy tale atmosphere of the lush forest in the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains, Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests, you are set up for extraordinary photography.

We’ll explore mountain vistas with views well above the clouds while they're rolling over the peaks below. With several hundred miles of pristine mountain streams in the area, we’ll take advantage of the frequent, low lying fog and venture deep into the holler’s (southernism for deep valleys) to photograph not only the cascading streams, but also the dense forest floors and rushing waterfalls, all surrounded by autumn's beauty. Join us, as we arrive with a blank palette and leave with many beautiful works of art.


General Info
Workshop Dates:
October 20th - 23rd, 2019
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Class Size: 8 (4 per instructor)
Open To: All skill levels
Deposit: $250 USD
Cost: $995 USD
Recommended Lodging
Best Western Mountain Lodge
1615 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
(828) 898-4571
Activity Level
Beacon Heights, Brown Mountain Overlook, Wiseman's View, Hawksbill, Chimneys, Roan Mountain, Toms Creek Falls, Upper Creek Falls, Catawba Falls , just to name a few.

All locations and times visited will be determined by the conditions given. The itinerary below is provided to give an idea of the flow of each day. Times and locations may vary. All elements are watched closely for the best photographic and learning experience. During our first day we will cover camera settings, composition and guidlines. We will also spend time working on slow exposures and mastering the art of capturing water movement. This time in the field will be the foundation for the rest of our time together.

Bonus Session
We've listened to our guests and have implemented something that has been hugely beneficial in our time together. Each workshop group will be invited to a live, recorded, online critique and post processing session, a short time after the workshop. This makes way for more shooting in the field and the option to learn from the comfort of your home and the ability to refer to the recorded session for future reference.

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!
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 an early 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 first morning session. We’ll look forward to a busy day of exploring and photographing, while taking time to stop for lunch. During lunch, we’ll gather for not only the meal, but an optional photo critique, as well. Afterwards, we'll take a short break then make our way into the forest, taking advantage of the afternoon light. Then, making our way to our sunset and evening location, before calling it a day.
Day Three
Another day of chasing fall foilage will be upon us and we'll start our adventure with sunrise, followed by photographing waterfalls and streams. Today we'll concentrate on compositional techniques that will assist you with adding depth and movement to your images. After breaking for lunch, we'll gather in the afternoon for our sunset location which will also be where we set up to capture the Milky Way in the night sky.

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.

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.

Payment and Cancellation Policy
A non-refundable deposit of $250 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 90 days before the workshop starts. If you wish to cancel after final payment has been made, our refund policy is stated below:

All cancellations can be fully credited towards future workshops with us!

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).