Spring 2020 Great Smoky Mountains Photography Workshop, April 16-18th
*This workshop is now full. Please email me to be put on a waiting list.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States, and for good reason. The physical landscape, flora and fauna, and cultural history create a menagerie of interesting things to see and do. There is no wrong season to visit the Smokies, but spring and fall stand out as being the most visited and most scenic times. During the early spring, wildflowers emerge to put on a display that very few places can match. Trillium, bluebells, crested irises, Jacob's ladder, trout lilies, phlox, and bloodroot are some of the most dominant wildflowers. Theses carpet the hillsides, valleys, floodplains, and stream banks in the Smokies. Waterfalls and streams are at their full capacity due to frequent rainfall. Majestic mountain views dominate the park with their characteristic blue hue from moisture in the air. The old homes of settlers can frequently be found throughout the park because they too were once drawn to this beautiful landscape.
When: April 16-18, 2020
Where: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Base of operations will be in Townsend, Tennessee.)
Positions Available: 6
Instructor: Keith Bozeman
Keith Bozeman is a landscape photographer based near Huntsville, Alabama. He has been a professional educator for 20 years, a landscape photographer for 12 years, and has been conducting nature photography workshops for the last 6 years. He is a highly published landscape photographer. Many of his images can be found in national calendars such as Wild and Scenic Colorado, Wild and Scenic Utah, Wild and Scenic Alabama, Wild and Scenic Tennessee, and Wild and Scenic Florida. His images can also be found in national park guides such as the Little River Canyon National Preserve Brochure.
What you will gain from this workshop:
During this workshop you will learn how to take control of your camera. You will learn how to capture images that can be seen in magazines and in calendars. Some of the items that will be taught will be:
*Methods for predicting great light
*Using the histogram to capture the entire dynamic range
*Choosing the right aperture for depth of field
*Learning how to use exposure compensation and exposure bracketing
*Using live view for focusing
*Focus stacking to obtain greater depth of field
*Shooting for the print
*Using the digital darkroom in Lightroom and Photoshop to develop artistic images
A list of possible locations we will visit can be found below. It is difficult to provide a day by day itinerary when you are chasing the best light. One morning will be devoted entirely to visiting Cades Cove. Another morning will be devoted to shooting the streams and cascades found in the Tremont District. We will shoot the sunrise and sunset in several popular locations. Digital processing classes will be held in the conference room of the Townsend Gateway Inn. We will not eat breakfast at a restaurant, so bring breakfast food with you. We will eat lunch and dinner at local restaurants. You are free to eat where you want. We do not have to eat together as a group.
*Clingmans Dome- sunrise and sunset location
*Oconaluftee Overlook-sunrise location
*Morton Overlook- sunset location
*Foothills Parkway-sunrise location
*Roaring Fork Nature Trail- cascades and wildflowers
*Tremont (Middle Prong)- cascades and wildflowers
*Greenbriar- cascades and wildflowers
*Cades Cove- Sunrise location, wildlife, historical scenery, beautiful country roads
*Townsend, Tennessee- digital processing classes will be held in the conference room of the Townsend Gateway Inn
The workshop will begin at 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 16th in the conference room of the Townsend Gateway Inn in Townsend, TN. The workshop will conclude at the time of checkout at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, April 18th. I will stay until about 3:00 p.m. to assist anyone with processing their images if they would like to.
Equipment that you will need to bring:
*Lenses- wide angle if you have it, mid-range lens, and a telephoto lens
*Shutter release cable- if you have one, but it is not necessary
*Polarizer- you can buy them from B & H Photo for about $40. Tiffen is a decent brand that sells them at this price. There are cheaper ones but they usually will give a color cast to the image that you cannot get rid of in post-processing. Buy one that will fit your widest lens (for example, my widest is 77mm , so I bought a 77mm polarizer and then bought a $5 step up ring so that I can put it on my 67mm sized telephoto lens.) This way you only have to buy one polarizer to fit all of your lenses.
*Memory cards- for your camera
*Batteries (multiple)- fully charged
*Laptop- It is not required, but you will not benefit as much from the photo processing sessions without one. Make sure to have Lightroom CC Classic, Photoshop CC, and Adobe Bridge loaded on your laptop. I would also recommend that you download the free version of the NIK Software and the Tony Kuyper Basic V6 Action Panel.
*Camera rain cover (we may have to shoot in light rain)
*Warm coat (it will be cold at high altitudes)
*Quick dry clothes (strongly suggested)
*Shoes with good traction that you can get wet
*Neoprene socks ( to keep your feet warm if they get wet)
Level of Fitness:
Most places we will visit will require gentle walking, except for the Middle Prong Trail. It does have some elevation gain, but it is not strenuous. The entire hike will be about one mile, round trip. We will be stopping and taking pictures along the way.
This workshop is open to all skill levels. You need a camera where you can manually change settings such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. A dSLR or mirrorless camera would be best to have.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Townsend Gateway Inn in Townsend, Tennessee with special rates. Please mention Keith Bozeman Photography to get your rates. You do not have to stay at the Townsend Gateway Inn. Other suggested places of lodging in the area would be:
*Tremont Lodge and Resort
*Highland Manor Inn
*Best Western Cades Cove
Payments can be made using debit or credit cards via Paypal. You can either pay the full price of $599 or a deposit of $300 to secure your position. If you choose to pay the deposit, then the final payment of $299 will be due by February 17, 2020. Click the payment link below to secure your position:
Items included with your payment:
*Personal Instruction (I keep my groups small so that I can spend time helping everyone. I am there to instruct you. I am not their to take pictures myself. The pictures I take will be for instructional purposes only.)
*National Park Permits and fees
*Snacks and Water
Items not included in the payment:
*Transportation- Participants are responsible for their own transportation to each location. If you are flying in for the workshop, I would recommend the Knoxville Airport because it is the closest to Townsend, TN.
*Lodging (Mention Keith Bozeman Photography to get your discount)
If in the event you have to cancel, the following policy will be followed:
*91 days before the workshop: A full refund will be given minus a $20 Paypal administration fee.
*90 to 61 days before the workshop: The $300 deposit will be retained but the final portion will be refunded (if paid) minus the $20 Paypal administration fee. If a person can be found to fill your spot, then a full refund will be issued minus the $20 Paypal administration fee.
*60 days before the workshop: There will be no refunds made unless your spot can be filled. If it is filled, then you will receive a full refund minus the $20 Paypal administration fee. If you are flying, I would encourage you to purchase trip insurance in the even that you have to cancel. I am not responsible for any nonrefundable purchases, such as airfare. A great place for trip insurance would be insuremytrip.com.