Smoky Mountains Spring 2015

Smoky Mountains Spring in Bloom Photo Workshop


Where: Townsend, Tennessee
When: April 24-26, 2015
Cost: $900

Deposit: $300

Class Size: 10

Registration: If you have any questions or wish to register, please email David Johnston (

The Destination

Join renowned photographer, David Johnston, on a three-day exploration of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountain National Park in the Spring. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most well-known park to David since he lives in Tennessee. This will be David’s 5th year photographing the park. We will be shooting some of the best spring color in the United States. There is not a shortage of things to photograph in the park!


Throughout each day, David will help you reach your full photography potential by helping you develop your technical photography skills, as well as your creative vision for photography. You will be taught composition strategies, how to shoot in dramatic light of early morning, sunsets, and even night photography. During any downtime during the day when light isn’t particularly interesting, David show you different post processing techniques that will help you take your editing skills and your overall photography to the next level.

Even though we will go over post processing, the focus of this workshop is to work on your photography in the field. That means we will be spending the majority of the time shooting outdoors. With that in mind, it should be known that we will remain flexible due to the uncertainty of weather. Here is a tentative schedule that we will be going by during the workshop:

Day 1 (April 24): Arrive at our home base hotel (see below) for a meet and greet. We will then head out for a night photography shoot to try to catch a glimpse of the amazing Smoky Mountain starry sky where we will cover shooting still stars, star trails, and possibly the Milky Way.

Day 2 (April 25): We will have a busy day shooting sunrise and sunset in various locations while shooting some waterfalls and spring color as light permits. There will be some additional shooting and classroom time in between as weather and light permits.

Day 3 (April 26): We will wake up early again for some sunrise photography in tremendous light. After sunrise, we will take a short break so we can check out of hotels in plenty of time. Then, we will head to a couple more locations depending on lighting and weather situations. The workshop will conclude at 4:00 PM.

Host Hotel

TalleyHo Inn

8314 State HWY 73

Townsend, TN 37882

Phone: 1-800-448-2465


Although we will use the TallyHo Inn as our base of operations, you should feel free to stay somewhere else in or near Townsend if you wish. Feel free to choose another property to suit your budget and needs.

Physical requirements

This is an outdoor nature photo workshop, so general good health and fitness will help maximize your comfort and enjoyment. That said, the activities we have planned should be well within the ability of people in moderate to good shape. Hiking will always be less than one mile (one way) over easy to moderate terrain. All participant are required to sign a standard medical and waiver form.

What’s included

Tuition covers guiding and instruction by David only. Transportation, lodging, meals, park entrance fees, and all other costs are the responsibility of workshop participants.

Tuition and cancellation policy

A deposit of $300 is required to secure a space on this workshop. Full tuition is due 60 days before the workshop start.  A full refund minus a $100 processing fee is available if you cancel within 60 days before the workshop starts. Within 60 days, we will only issue a refund if we can fill your spot.

Email David if you wish to register for this workshop… you won’t regret it!

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