Location: Great Smoky Mountains
Dates: April 18-21 (2017)
Group Size: Max. 8
Instructors: Josh Merrill and Dusty Doddridge
The Great Smoky Mountains are among the oldest mountain ranges in the world and also one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. And spring is absolutely the best time of year to be in the Smokies. You’ll experience the wildflower bloom and explore endless compositions among the beautiful streams and waterfalls. We’ll also head up to the high elevations to photograph classic views of the stacked ridges that give the Smokies their name. Our focus will be on the some of the most photogenic regions in the park and will include Greenbriar, Tremont and the Newfound Gap/Clingman’s Dome high country. As always, we’ll keep a flexible itinerary to create some exciting photographic opportunities for you.
All of our instructional workshops will cover two key areas: Craft and Creativity
Professional Craft for Landscape Photography:
• Getting fluent with your gear and developing a consistent workflow in the field
• Achieving an optimal exposure
• Managing depth of field
• Capture for multiple exposure blending
• Capture for panoramic stitching
• Using filters effectively
Creativity in the Landscape:
• Core compositional elements in the landscape
• Creative use of depth of field
• Long exposure techniques
• Learning and practicing new compositions
And we’ll also do at least one image review session and share some advanced digital darkroom workflow techniques.
• Instruction in the field: craft and creative strategies for landscape photography
• Image reviews
• Instruction on digital darkroom workflow
• Food and Lodging
• Transportation to and from the workshop
• Participants can carpool
One of the wonderful aspects of the Smokies is that so much of the beauty can be accessed with short hikes. The very longest hikes we will take are no more than 2-4 miles round trip with no more than 500 feet of elevation gain. You’ll need to be able to hike that distance with your camera gear along with the food and water you need for the hike.
• Digital SLR Camera
• Tripod with Cable Release
• Wide Angle Lens and Telephoto Zoom Lens (We use the 16-35mm and 70-200)
• Filters: Circular Polarizer
• Lots of Memory Cards
• Extra Camera Batteries
• Micro-fiber Cloths
• Camera Bag/Backpack for Gear and Food/Water
Clothing for a variety of weather conditions from 25F to 70F
• Rain Jacket and Pants
• Trail Shoes or Hiking Boots
• Gloves and Hat
• Plenty of Wool Socks
• Moisture Wicking Base Layer
Our base of operations will be in Townsend, Tennessee known as the peaceful side of the Smokies. This location is situated at the entrance to the Smokies and provides quick access to some to the more beautiful areas we’ll be photographing. You’re welcome to stay wherever you like but we’ll provide you our base location and accommodation options upon registration.
90 days or prior to day 1 of tour = Refund of all Josh Merrill Photography fees and deposits
60-89 days prior to day 1 of tour = Josh Merrill Photography will retain tour deposit
59 days or less prior to day 1 of tour = Josh Merrill Photography will retain full tour tuition
It is strongly recommended that you purchase trip insurance if you need to cancel your tour and are unable to complete the tour for any reason. Josh Merrill Photography also reserves the right to cancel the photo tour for any reason including low enrollment in the tour.
All you need to do is click the Register below and tell us which tour you’d like to attend. We’ll e-mail you an invoice that allows you to pay online by credit card. If it’s 60 days or less prior to the start of the tour, the full tuition amount will be due in order to complete your registration. Prior to 60 days out, we’ll invoice you for a deposit of 30% of the total tuition to hold your spot. We’ll then invoice you again for the balance prior to the 60 day point when the full amount is due.