2/5-2/9/17: Smokies Winter

February 5-9, 2017:
Great Smoky Mountains winter shoot-out
Visual Artistry nature photography workshop

 $1,295, limit 10

Email Sue to register

Based out of Townsend, TN, this is our longest standing photography workshop venue. Over our almost 20 years photographing in the Smokies, we have discovered and continue to discover many great places to photograph. This is a “Photography gone wild” week, dedicated to being out photographing every day from sunrise to sunset, with small breaks during the day.

We’ll be photographing cool sunrise locales, Cades Cove fog (conditions permitting), icy streams, graphic macro subjects, composing using bare trees, deer will be out, old homesteads, and there is an excellent possibility for snow and rime ice in the higher elevations. Days are still fairly short, which will give us the option to photograph star trails on a clear night. There will be ample field assistance, along with an opening night presentation and orientation. We will have at least one critique session during the week. There is seldom a bad day in the Smokies and we look forward to sharing this venue during this magical time of year.


The slideshow below illustrates some of the locations we’ll visit and
the types of images you could be shooting with us in the Smokies.

Scroll down for workshop policies and general information

Participants should have a working knowledge of exposure (f/stop and shutter speed) and know how to operate their equipment. Please bring a laptop computer with a RAW processor and image editing software to prepare your images for critique. Film shooters are encouraged to borrow a digital SLR so that they can have images for critique sessions – and maximize the workshop’s learning experience.

General itinerary
Each day’s schedule varies according to which location we visit that day, how long we shoot and what the weather conditions are. We could photograph all day if conditions are right and then have more class time the following day. Questions and problems will be addressed in the field whenever possible, which is the most effective way to learn nature and landscape photography. 

First night at 5 pm
Opening night presentation, Q&A’s, orientation (it would be a good idea to have dinner on your own before the opening meeting).

The next three days
Photograph sunrise and/or early morning and late afternoon and/or sunset – and whenever the light is right. There is a daily critique session as well as illustrating creative software use and photoshop quick tips.

Last morning
Photograph in the morning or have class time; discussion and final thoughts over breakfast. We should be finished by checkout time. 

Personal critique service
To continue your learning beyond the workshop, all participants may add three months of Tony’s personal photo critiques, via email, for just $600. With this service, you’ll receive helpful, informative critiques of 20 of images per month, as well as liberal email support for questions and advice.

Frequent attendee discount
If you take more than one of our workshops in the same workshop year, you’ll receive a 10% discount on your second workshop and 15% off on three or more workshops.

Payment policy
The workshop fee is for instruction only. All other expenses, including transportation, accommodations and meals are the responsibility of the participant. A $250 deposit is required to confirm your registration after receiving your registration forms. The full balance is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.

Cancellation policy
Deposit and balance paid will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to 60 days before the workshop start date. No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than 60 days before the workshop start date. It is advised to get trip insurance.

Rain refund policy
Presentations and critiques will continue as usual if it should rain. NO discount for one rain day. Two rain days = 10% discount on next workshop. Three rain days = 15% discount on next workshop. Only applies if rained in for the full workshop day, not including the opening night presentation or the final morning of the workshop.

NOTE: Only ONE discount may be applied per workshop


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