The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers so many photo possibilities during the fall that it’s hard to zone in on exactly where we’ll be. Based on the colors progression, we may stay higher in the mountains or zero in on the valleys — I’ll be in the park prior to your arrival, so I’ll have time to check on the colors in the areas that I want to shoot for the workshop and make sure that we’re in the best areas for colors when you’re here. During this Great Smoky Mountains Fall Photography Workshop, expect to be out from dawn to dusk with no classroom time. All lessons will be in the field. Because this size is limited, you’ll have plenty of one-on-one time. I’ll help you get the shots that you need.
First Meetup: We meet up Wednesday night before the workshop begins at 7pm for paperwork. I’ll go to dinner after that and you are welcome to join. More information is included in the participant package. Some people skip this and meet us before sunrise the next morning.
Note: The itinerary will be fluid based on the weather.
The lodging partner for this workshop is Econo Lodge Inn & Suites on the River in Gatlinburg. After you register I’ll send you details about the room block and how to get the discounted room rate.
Gatlinburg is a small resort town serving the northern side of the park. The closest big city is Knoxville, TN. The closest airport is TYS-McGhee Tyson. TYS is about an hour drive from Gatlinburg. You take US-411 to Pigeon Forge and then US-321 into Gatlinburg. Atlanta is approximately 4 hours away on US-23 to US-441.
Required Photography Equipment
Camera: A SLR-style digital camera, mirrorless camera, or a point and shoot that allows you to manually set your shutter speed and aperture is highly recommended. A variety of lenses ranging from 18mm to 300mm.
Filters: I highly recommend filters (See this newsletter for more info about filters). When you sign up for a workshop, you also qualify for a discount on filters from Singh-Ray.
Other Suggested Equipment: Bring a tripod, your camera’s manual.
I’ll send out a full equipment list a month before the workshop.
Carolyn from Des Moines, Iowa:
I just got back from taking Bryan’s Great Smoky Mountain National Park Fall Workshop and am still on a high from the trip. The Smoky Mountains are beautiful and we were there during peak color. Bryan was a great resource guiding us around the park to various shooting locations – many that were “out of the way” and therefore not as busy even though it was peak season for visitors and fall colors. We were free to work on our own and wander around, yet Bryan was nearby if we had questions on camera settings, composition, or just wanted his opinion on a shot we just took.
It was an amazing experience and my first time in the Smokies. Our group was awesome (that perhaps was luck…ha!) and I learned a ton while getting some beautiful pictures. We came home exhausted and very excited about the pictures captured. I will be taking more of Bryan’s workshops.
Member of the Great Smoky Mountains Association.