Perhaps one of our favorite locations on the east coast, we are enthralled with the mystical, fairy tale atmosphere of the lush forest located in the Smoky Mountains. We’re excited to announce this workshop and bring our friends (old and new) to this gorgeous location. We’ll explore mountain vistas with the possibility of seeing the famous “smoke” rolling over the peaks, and we’ll venture deep into the holler’s (southernism for deep valleys) to photograph the streams, forest floors, and rushing waterfalls. Speaking of waterfalls, the national park is home to over 730 miles of pristine mountain streams which also host carpets of wildflowers just waiting to be photographed. Also, not to be missed on our adventure are the locals including bear, elk and white tailed deer. We’ll spend our sunrises and sunsets photographing the beautiful mountain vistas and our days will be spent seeking adventures and basking in the valleys, forest and capturing waterfalls.
Absolutely fantastic! I learned so much! Tiffany and Keith have such amazing skills, are such great teachers, and had scouted the most incredible locations.
OJ Cartwright
Baltimore, Maryland
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General Info
Workshop Dates: April 15th - 19th, 2018
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Class Size: 10 (5 per instructor)
Deposit: $250 USD
Cost: $1295 USD
Recommended Lodging
Townsend Gateway Inn
8270 TN-73
Townsend, TN 37882
For Hotel Booking Contact Pete:
865-238-0123
Highlights
Cades Cove, Middle Prong River,
Grotto Falls, Clingman's Dome,
White Oak Sinks, Spruce Flat Falls,
Little River, Oconaluftee Overlook,
Tremont, Roaring Fork,
Newfound Gap Road,
Greenbriar, Laurel Creek and more!

Itinerary
All locations and times visited will be determined by the conditions given. All elements are watched closely for the best photographic and learning experience. If we have cloudy days more time will be spent in the field during the middle of the day. If however the light becomes very harsh (as it does on sunny days) we'll spend the middle of the day in classroom learning our entire post processing workflow. Regardless, we have a short time together and we're going to make sure every minute is packed with locations, photographic potential, and learning.

Day Three
It’s day 3 and we’re so excited to show you some of our favorite locations and secret spots. Expect the itinerary to be very much like Day 2 as we hop from place to place to cover a variety of locations ranging from wildflowers to critters.

Day Four
Today’s focus is moving water and motion in photography. We’ll discuss tips and tricks for identifying and creating movement and depth in our images. Once again, we’ll be sure to break for lunch and dinner, but a majority of the day will be spent knee deep in water. Don’t forget your boots or hip waiters! After dinner, we’ll gather together for our second photo critique where we’ll discuss composition. Guests are encouraged to select 1 – 2 of their best raw images from the trip thus far to share with the group.

Day Five
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.
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Recommended Gear:
- Digital SLR Camera with Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
- Standard to Wide Lens with Lens Hood (10 - 70mm)
- Telephoto Lens with Lens Hood (70 - 600mm)
- Sturdy Tripod
- Wireless Remote or Cable Release
- Circular Polarizer Filter
- Neutral Density Filters
- Your Favorite Gear Backpack
- Clothing for Higher Elevations (Temps can sometimes drop into the 30's)
- Hiking Boots, Waders, Water Shoes
- Rain Jacket
- Headlamp or Flashlight
- Laptop
- 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 all 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 of bed 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 east of the Mississippi. The sun sets late this time of year, so we’ll stop for another bite of southern food before we head out for our sunset location and calling it a day. **Before lunch, we can get together for an optional photo critique of today's sunrise session.
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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
- Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken
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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
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:

Between 90 and 30 days: 25% refund (minus your initial deposit)
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 your initial deposit).

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