Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Date: May 4 – 8, 2021

Location: Great Smoky Mountains N.P., TN

Leader(s): Adam Jones

Pricing: $1,595

Deposit: $250

Participants: Maximum 9


Those of you familiar with my work know I consider the Great Smoky Mountains N.P to be “the” premier National Park in the eastern United States. Twenty plus years of exploring the park produced two coffee table books and more importantly the experience to guide you to the right locations at the right time.

We’ll headquarter our workshop at the Hilton Garden Inn, Gatlinburg, just a few hundred feet from the park entrance. The Hilton Garden Inn is virtually new with meeting facilities, restaurants within walking distance, and centrally located for access to the premier locations. We have a meeting room reserved for critiques, reviewing new images, and lessons when the light is not suitable for great photography.

The Smoky Mountains is truly a photographer’s paradise offering wide-ranging photo opportunities.This workshop is scheduled to offer the best all around opportunities the spring season has to offer: classic mountain vistas, flowing streams, waterfalls, wildflowers, historic barns and cabins, fences, pastoral scenes, horses, turkey, deer, and perhaps even bears. I like early May because the forests seen from higher overlooks are bursting forth with fresh hues of new spring green.

What You Will Learn

Instructional Topics

  • Macro Wildflower Techniques: Lighting, Using Diffusers, Flash, Diopters, Extension Tubes, Tele-converters
  • Wide Angle & Telephoto landscapes: Learn to use all your lenses
  • Flash: Full Flash, Fill Flash from scenic to macro subjects
  • Creative Depth of Field: We’ll teach you to take control of your camera and get the results you want.
  • Motion Treatments: Techniques for waterfalls, streams and more
  • Composition: Learning to see creatively: Using graphics and color for stronger compositions
  • Camera Setup: Setting the camera to work the way you want
  • Basic Workflow: Filters, Plug Ins, Working with Textures
  • HDR for Controlling Excessive Contrast: Techniques for realistic HDR to artistic “grungy” illustrations.
  • Focus stacking: for unlimited depth of focus



May 4:

  • Meet at Hilton Garden Inn conference room at 5PM, for orientation/briefing

May 5-7:

  • Out early before sunrise each day as weather and lighting conditions allow
  • Break during middle of the day for lunch and downloading
  • Return to the park for an full afternoon shoot and sunset if conditions warrant


May 8:

  • Out early for sunrise, then shooting on our way back to hotel.
  • Gatlinburg for group breakfast and checkout of hotel.  Depart for home

I do not offer a detailed itinerary, preferring to react on the fly to lighting and weather conditions for the best possible images each day and each location.  Our sole objective is to help you grow as a photographer, and to have you in the right locations at the right time.

Participants always enjoy a tremendous learning experience with me in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I enjoy teaching, and there to help you every step of the way in a friendly nurturing atmosphere. Join me for the most fun you’ll ever have learning and exploring nature through photography. This workshop usually sells out, so reserve your place as soon as possible. Non-photographer spouses or friends are welcome at no extra charge. 



Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, TN
Reservations may be made by; calling the hotel directly at 865-436-0048, or calling 800-774-1500. The Group Code is PHOTO. In order to ensure proper accommodations, all individual reservations must be made by midnight on 04/04/21.
Link: Hilton Garden Inn


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