Great Smoky Mountains Fall Photo Adventure

October 21-24 (2016) 

Location: Great Smoky Mountains
Dates: October 21-24, 2016
Tuition: $875.00
Group Size: Max. 8
Instructors: Dusty Doddridge and David Johnston

Fall Smokies Image Gallery

David Johnston Photo Gallery

Tour Overview:
The Great Smoky Mountains are among the oldest mountain ranges in the world and also one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Fall is a magical time of year to be in the Smokies. You'll photograph the streams and waterfalls with the golden colors of the fall season. 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. We'll even cover some of lesser known areas that offer secluded photography during this busy season in the park.  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. In between shooting sessions, we can do image reviews and digital darkroom workflow but our focus will be on crating and composing images in the field. 

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 and focus blending
• 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

Tour Includes:
• Instruction in the field: craft and creative strategies for landscape photography
• Image reviews
• Instruction on digital darkroom workflow

Not Included:
• Food and Lodging
• Transportation to and from the workshop
• Participants can carpool

Fitness Level:
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. 

Suggested Equipment:
• 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 Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This location will allow us to access the Fall color regions of the Smokies and position us for exploring the eastern side of the park along with potential sites on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You're welcome to stay wherever you like but we'll provide you our base location and accommodation options upon registration. 

Cancellation Schedule:
90 days or prior to day 1 of tour = Refund of all Dusty Doddridge Photography fees and deposits
60-89 days prior to day 1 of tour = Dusty Doddridge Photography will retain tour deposit
59 days or less prior to day 1 of tour = Dusty Doddridge Photography will retain full tour tuition

It is strongly recommended that you purchase trip insurance if you need to cancel your tour or are unable to complete the tour for any reason. Dusty Doddridge 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.