6/20-6/23: Smokies Specialty

The Invisible World of Infrared Photography
The Interpretative World of B&W
The Surreal World of Long Exposures

June 20-23, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN
Limited to 6
$1,400 (hotel and meals not included)

Join us for this unique specialty workshop, which will cover the three hottest topics in outdoor photog­raphy today:
– Infrared
– Long Exposures
– Black and White







Summer is one of the best times to photograph the Smokies. The trees are leafed out, which is great for infrared. The water is flowing nicely and there can be blue skies and puffy white clouds, which is great for long exposures. And there are buildings and large rocks on rivers’ edge for graphic B&W interpreta­tions. In other words, this is a perfect location for this specialty workshop. 








Opening night, June 20
We will have introductions, snacks, and presentations specific to our topics.

Q&A and discussion will be addressed throughout the meeting.

We will check the weather many times a day to see what is happening throughout the park in order to get the best conditions for infrared, long exposures, and good subjects for B&W.

June 21 – 22

We will get you to the best possible locations for infrared, long exposure, and BW into late morning.

After a group breakfast, we’ll be in the classroom processing your images, focusing on efficient and interpretive workflow ideas and techniques to realize your vision.

June 23 (morning)
We can spend this time in class, in the field, or a short combination of both. It depends on how we feel as a group.










What to bring:

1. A laptop with Photoshop installed and any other plugins that you like to use. (I use a M and in addition to Photoshop, use Mac­phun’s Intensify, NikSoftware, Topaz, and Tony Kuyper’s Luminosity Masks).

2. A converted infrared camera, a regular color non-converted camera. Optional: Singh Ray iRay 690 filter.

3. All lenses and gear you would usually bring.

4. Any neutral density filters you have. Mine will be available to you if needed.

5. Tripod and cable release.














I’ll be covering the following

Subject selection

– Compelling composition

– Traditional and Interpretive processing


The best light for infrared photography

– Camera conversions

– Using an infrared filter on a color camera

– Color infrared (on 590nm only)

– Lenses and hotspots

– Processing and pro tips


Initial processing

– Photoshop vs. Plugins

– Selections

– Vignetting

– Processing and pro tips

Long Exposures

How to calculate

– by hand

– by App

– When to use different filters

– Exposure latitude

– Camera preparation and settings

To register and for more information, contact Susan at susan@tonysweet.com.

We hope you’ll join us!