Great Smoky Mountains Fall Photo Tour and Workshops

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fall Instructional Photo Tours and Workshops. Our photo tours takes you to best locations. We visit twice a year in April and October

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Great Smoky Mountains Fall Photo Tours and Workshops

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fall Foliage Instructional Photo Tours and Workshops

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Join us on a photo tour or workshop to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the surrounding areas. This incredible biodiversity makes this one of the top areas in the country for nature photography.

October is a magical time to be there. The lush forests, beautiful mountain ranges, rivers will be great with an explosion of fall color. We also will photograph wildlife such as black bear, white tailed deer, coyote, and wild turkey. White Tailed Deer and Elk will be in the rut and have large antlers.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the largest tracts of wilderness in the East and is a critical sanctuary for a wide variety of animals. Protected in the park are some 66 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 50 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians.

The reason for the large number of species is attributable to several factors, including vast differences in altitude and temperature, lots of rain (averaging 90 inches per year), the impact of the ice age, and the preservation efforts by the National Park Service. 

The symbol of the Smokies, the American Black Bear, is perhaps the most famous resident of the park. The Park provides the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate approximately 1,500 bears live in the park, a density of approximately two bears per square mile.

This tour will greatly enhance your skill as a photographer. We will be doing a lot of landscape, wildlife, and macro photography. We also have a conference room reserved for additional critique sessions and lessons. We will cover several subjects including exposure, depth of field, histograms, shutter speed, filters, macro, wildlife photography, digital darkroom, Photoshop, and Lightroom.

Our itinerary will be planned around lighting, weather conditions, and recent wildlife activity. We will take advantage of the lighting and the unique opportunities. Our goal is to capture the best images we can during our tour. Each day we will be starting before dawn and ending after sunset. However, we typically will take a short mid-day break to rest and recuperate. The tour is based in Townsend, TN which is centrally located to many of the parks best photo locations.

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October 18-22, 2020


Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Vicinity

Tour begins and ends in Townsend, TN.

$1395. Per person includes, instruction, and transportation. Park admission, permits. Transportation from hotel to field locations.

Please register early because the Smoky Mountain Workshops sell out.

Please review our Great Smoky Mountain Galleries.

Payment can be made by check to Slonina Photography.

We also accept credit cards thru our online shopping cart.


Day 1: We will meet at the hotel. Check in time is at 3 pm.

We will have an introductory meeting,  review safety guidelines, and discuss recent wildlife sightings etc. We also will discuss plans, goals and objectives for the upcoming week. We will then leave for an evening shoot continuing to sunset.

Day 2-4: We will meet and be on location before the sun comes up to take advantage of the morning light and the peak wildlife activity. There will also be an afternoon session continuing to sunset. Each day is paced to maximize photo opportunities and the schedule will be flexible to maximize getting the best light.

Day 5: Early morning photo shoot. We will conclude trip and return to hotel before check out time of 11 am

Who Should Attend:
Anyone with an interest in photography from beginner to professional.

Some topics we cover 

Group Size:

Our group size is small.It is substantially smaller than other tour companies. 

This offers several advantages.

Maximize Learning

Personalized one on one attention, critiques, and photography advice. Both in the field and in the classroom. I want to make sure you get the best shots while we are on location.

Better Access

We get much better access to remote areas than bus tours, day tours and car pools. There are several incredible places which only have room for one or two cars.

Transportation is provided from hotel to field locations in our comfortable van, We can access more remote areas and respond quicker to where wildlife has been spotted.

Our smaller groups allow a closer approach to wildlife. Larger groups makes animals more nervous. 

Fitness Level:
This trip will involve some short flat walks. None of the hikes are long most of them within sight of my tour van. So you do not have to be in great shape for this tour.  

What's Included: 

Also included are transportation from hotel to field locations, instruction, gates fees and permits.

Transportation:  Transportation is provided from hotel to field locations in our comfortable van, Many tours have multiple cars following each other. This is a problem since some of the best photo opportunities have only room for 3 or 4 cars. This forces the tours to skip some of the best locations. For wildlife photography if there is a bear on the side of the road it can sometimes be difficult to get a parking spot never mind with several cars.

Not Included:

The hotel is not included but we reserved a block of rooms under Slonina Photography. 

The discount cost of the room is $109.50 per night .

Please mention Slonina Photography to get this rate.

Highland Manor Inn and Conference Center

(800) 213-9462

Food and drinks will not be included. We will visit various restaurants in and out of the park. Each participant will be responsible for their own food tab. We also stop for snacks and drinks.

Air travel is not covered.


Cancellation Policy:

About Me:
John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 30 years. John has a love of natural history. During the workshop, you will receive information on photography techniques and the natural world. Understanding nature not only increases your appreciation of it but also helps you become a better nature photographer.

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