Cade’s Cove Spring Photography Workshop 2019

Price: $1250 (estimate)

The smoky mountains truly comes to life in the spring. Wildlife coming out after a long winter, beautiful wild flowers blooming, and lush trees covering the mountains. There is no better place to witness this beautiful transformation than Cade’s cove. In this photography workshop we will be focusing on wildlife, landscape, and macro photography. Practicing techniques such as focus stacking, panoramas, and exposure blending. Each one of these techniques will be taught in a way to suit each participant’s skill set.

Day 1


We will pic you up from either Tyson McGee airport or your accommodation in maryville, Townsend or Gatlinburg no later than 11. From there we will proceed to the park were we will have a picnic lunch surrounded by nature. We will get to know each other and talk about our plans for the workshop. We will then enter Cade’s cove and photograph the beautiful horses grazing in the fields. Afterwards we will proceed to search for wildlife including black bears, white tailed deer, and foxes through sunset. If the wildlife is nowhere to be found Cade’s cove provides a beautiful opportunity for landscape photography with rolling fields and mountains in the background. We will then go to our lodge for dinner and post prossessing instructions.


Day 2

We will wake up early to catch the sunrise in Cades cove. Low fog frequently appers in the morning creating an eerie yet beautiful scene. Early morning is also the best time to spot bears in Cades cove. We will also keep our eyes open for the wildflowers that cover the ground of the smokies in the spring. Around noon we will have another picnic lunch and spend time exploring a creekbed outside of Cades cove. Moss covered rocks and crystal clear water will provide a beautiful setting for photography. In the afternoon we will again search for wildlife. Searching in places wildlife frequently come out! For sunset we will photograph the beautiful cabins of Cades cove, some dating back to the 18th century. Afterwards we will stay in the cove to try and catch the beautiful night sky. Cades cove acts as a barrier to block light pollution and provides the perfect viewing ground for the stars.


Day 3

On our third day we will wake up early again to catch the sunrise in Cades cove. We will shoot the beautiful missionary baptist church as the sun peaks over the mountains. After a few more hours of searching for wildlife we will have a good lunch in Gatlinburg before heading down the newfound gap road to our final sunset location. We will shoot a beautiful overlook of the smokies and hopefully see where the smokies got its name! We will return to the cabin and have a fire pit with marshmallows and smores.


Day 4

On our final day we will have a runrise outing to the foothills parkway and a second post processing lesson before we drop everyone off at there next location by xyz time. Each participant will recieve video instructions detailing Ethan Johnson’s photography post processing techniques and a set of presets created specifically for the smoky mountains.

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