Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photography Workshop
Autumn in the Smokies
October 23 - 28, 2022
October 24 - 29, 2023
Below is information for 2022, after this workshop passes it will reflect 2023 information.
Instructor: Andy Cook
Join us as we photograph the truly remarkable Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We'll focus on shooting fall colors, streams, cascades, waterfalls and historic buildings.
Participants should check in with Andy on Sunday, (Oct. 23th, 2022) in the hotel lobby at 7:30 P.M. We'll have introductions and a discussion. We start shooting at first light Monday morning.
Generally, participants can expect to be at a shooting location for the start of civil twilight and we'll stay in the field well into the morning. We will provide breakfast bars and water for the early mornings. We will have a meal after the morning shoot. On some days we'll continue to shoot throughout the day, on others we've scheduled midday time at the hotel to download, rest and answer questions before returning to the field for the evening shoot. Note: Gatlinburg is very busy. We do not schedule an evening group meal because we usually return from the field between 7:30 and 8:30 P.M. and a large group makes for even longer restaurant wait times. Gatlinburg offers many diverse restaurants in walking distance from the hotel. Therefore, we find it to our advantage to separate into smaller groups for most evening meals. The hotel has refrigerators and microwave ovens, some participants return to their rooms and dine on pre purchased meals while downloading and preparing for sleep.
Formal workshop ends after shooting Friday evening.
During our workshop it is impossible to visit all of the wonderful locations in the Smokies. We feel participants may benefit by staying a few days after the workshop and continue photographing on their own.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend using a polarizing filter with most photographs on this workshop. Andy combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to teach participants his field and post processing techniques for doing so (requires a cable release with some cameras).
A lens range from 18mm to 400mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended. However, we think participants should bring their entire range of lenses. A macro lens or extension tubes or diopters for shooting close-ups may also be useful. To blur water motion on a bright day, consider bringing a 6 stop or higher neutral density filter, this filter can be the screw on type. Note: Many variable ND filters have issues with banding and differential darkening, Andy does not recommend using variable ND filters. Bring lots of memory, 64 to 128 gig if downloading and formatting cards for reuse. 32 to 64 gig per day if not formatting and reusing cards.
One should shoot with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from standing height without cranking up a center post, to very close to the ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments connecting the legs to the center post; i.e. the legs can move independently. Please use a cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid camera shake. Unless your camera has a built-in level, we recommend having a 2 axis flash shoe bubble level, it is the easiest way to make sure photos are level. Please buy these at a reputable dealer; they run about $35.00.
To be as prepared as possible for this workshop, please review the 2 videos, 7 lessons and 10 workshop handouts found at the link below:
Below please find the PDF handouts recommended for this workshop. One needs to print or download to a digital device these documents before the workshop from the link above.
For this workshop we recommend that participants:
*Print: Blank Workshop Locations Visited.
*Print or download to field digital device: CFDER Field Reminder (This is useful to those new to our workshops and/or trying to develop a useful field workflow.)
*Print or download to field digital device: Steps to Capture Panorama Photographs
*Print or download to field digital device: Hyperfocal chart for camera’s LMF. (Unless you already have a depth-of-field app on your smart phone.)
*Print or download to digital device: Andy’s Camera Settings (Only if unsure about what the camera’s settings should be.)
*Print or download to digital device: Tripod Tips and Techniques (Only if one is new to tripod use or is considering a tripod purchase.)
"Thank you for the great job on your workshop, I enjoyed the entire week and learned a tremendous amount and enjoyed the other participants. The experience is still sinking in! I would recommend your workshop to anybody! and look forward to attending another in the future... Many thanks!" Barry V. Downers Grove, IL
2021 Group Photo
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