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
Destination: North Carolina - USA
Workshop Dates:
October 18th - 21st, 2020
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Deposit: $250 USD
Cost: $995 USD

Recommended Lodging
Best Western Mountain Lodge
1615 Tynecastle Highway
Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604
(828) 898-4571

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.
Beginner - Advanced

Our excursions are beneficial for both the beginner and seasoned photographer. All guests will experience one-on-one instruction, with the emphasis being on the individual's strengths and desires.
Easy - Moderate

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.
Mountains - Rivers - Trails

The Pisgah National Forest and the surrounding area hosts some of the widest variety of fall color in the country. We'll experience mountain trails, waterfalls, rivers, streams, and vast overlooks into the valleys.
Group Size
8 People

We believe group size is important for the ability to provide as much one-on-one instruction in the field as necessary. Due to the vast area we will cover, we are limiting this group size to four guests per instructor.

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
• Micro-Fiber Cloths
• 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.

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.

Trip Insurance
We encourage investing in trip insurance to cover your costs in the event an unforseen circumstance were to occur that requires you to cancel.

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

• 90 - 30 days prior to workshop start date will be 25% refundable (minus non-refundable deposit)
• 30 days or less prior to workshop start date and no-shows will be non-refundable.