Workshops - Jonathan Ross Photography


Autumn in the Smokies - Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photography and Post Processing Workshop
October 27-30, 2018 | $990

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful places to visit during the Fall season. Home to over 100 different species of trees, these hardwoods will produce an array of vibrant colors that will spread down the mountainsides.

Our workshop has been scheduled to coincide with peak times for the autumn color. Come join us as we photograph the brilliant Fall colors of the Smokies and learn the latest post-processing techniques that will allow you to create stunning landscape photos.


Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown




Field and Post-Processing Techniques Covered In This Workshop

Photography in the field covered:
  • - Basic understanding of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • - Optimal camera settings at each location
  • - Raw vs JPEG
  • - Composition
  • - Long Exposure
  • - Exposure Bracketing and HDR
  • - Filters: - Polarizers and Neutral Density
  • - Capturing Panoramic images

Post-Processing: (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop)
  • - Basic adjustments - color correction, contrast, sharpening, noise reduction, etc.
  • - Targets adjustments using brushes, radial and gradient filters
  • - Dodging and burning
  • - Creating HDR and panoramic images in Adobe Lightroom
  • - Shadow and highlight recovery
  • - Basic introduction to layers in Adobe Photoshop
  • - Using the cloning and healing brush

We expect a good turn-out of Fall colors, but Mother Nature sometimes has other plans. Be prepared to shoot sunsets, mountain overlooks, colorful leaves, mountain streams, waterfalls and a scenic overlook of Gatlinburg.
The last day we will do a brief introduction to drone photography, basic understanding of flight safety and FAA rules, along with techniques to capture beautiful aerial photographs.



Tentative Schedule
Saturday: October 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
Meet at 7:00 pm for an introduction tp the workshop and discussion on what to expect over the next few days.

Sunday: October 28, and Monday October 29
Field work in the morning, followed post-processing instruction in a classroom-style setting. Evening sunset shoot. Locations will depend on the weather.

Tuesday: October 30, 2018 - (workshop ends at noon)
Morning introduction to drone photography, followed by final post-processing session and Q&A.



What's included:
  • - Field session and post-processing instruction along with image critiques
  • - Gates fees and permits

What's not included:
  • - Transportation
  • - Lodging
  • - Meals

Recommended Photography Equipment
  • - A SLR-style, mirrorless camera, or a point and shoot that allows manually setting of the shutter speed and aperture.
  • - A variety of lenses ranging from 24mm to 200mm focal length.
  • - Tripod
  • - Neutral Density Filters
  • - Wading boots for mountain streams

Group Size
This workshop is limited to 8-10 people. This ensures each person will have individualized instruction.
Experience level
Every photographer will benefit from this workshop - from beginner to experienced - something for everyone!
Physical Requirements
Some moderate walking required. The terrain is easy, and the photo spots are no more than a mile from parking locations.

Recommended Lodging:
We have a block of rooms reserved at Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown. at a discounted rate starting at $139.00 per night.
You can call the hotel and reference the Jonathan Ross Photography Gatlinburg Workshop or book online through Marriot's online reservation link here -> ONLINE HOTEL RESERVATION

Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg Downtown
Phone: (865) 436-2008
315 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

The highest point the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The highest point the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Clingman's dome in Smokey Mountain National Park

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