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The Great Smoky Mountains Through the Photographer's Lens

See the Great Smoky Mountains’ beauty through the lens of a digital single-lens reflex camera as a professional photographer lends his expertise on sunrise, sunset, wildlife and more!
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Program No. 22927RJ
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6 days
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North Carolina

The Great Smoky Mountains Through the Photographer's Lens

See the Great Smoky Mountains’ beauty through the lens of a digital single-lens reflex camera as a professional photographer lends his expertise on sunrise, sunset, wildlife and more!
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6 days
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Program No. 22927 RJ
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At a Glance

Join a naturalist and a professional photographer and instructor to practice and improve your photography skills with the Great Smoky Mountains as your subject. Learn about the national park’s past, present and future throughout the week, and capture its beauty by day as you explore the most famous nooks and crannies of the park, from Purchase Knob to the Newfound Gap. Get daily insights from your personal photographer on composition and techniques that will help you get the frame-worthy shots of the wildlife and landscapes of the Smokies.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Develop sunrise photography techniques with your instructor and capture daybreak, historical structures and rushing mountain streams.
  • Delve into the Cataloochee Valley’s Elk Preservation Project, then take a field trip into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to photograph these majestic animals.
  • Learn to edit and process your photos, gaining valuable photography insight during the two critique sessions.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event and a value-priced single room.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Great Smokies: A Wonderment of Mountains
by Carson Brewer
The Great Smoky Mountains, A Visual Journey
by Deedee Niederhouse-Mandrell, Lee Mandrell
The Mandrell husband-and-wife photography team feature remarkable photographs of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in this new coffee table book. Their images span all four seasons and show the wonderful park's awe-inspiring sight.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
by Ken Jenkins and Carson Brewer
The Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park
by Daniel S. Pierce
Mountain Fever
by Tom Alexander, Sr.
Exploring the Smokies
by Rose Houk
Our Southern Highlanders
by Horace Kephart
A classic book of history and folklore of the mountaineers of the southern Appalachians. Kephart is considered the premier folklorist and historian of the area. First published in the 1910s.
It Happened in the Great Smokies
by Michael R. Bradley
The Wild East: A Biography of the Great Smoky Mountains
by Margaret Lynn Brown
Cataloochee Valley: Vanished Settlements of the Great Smoky Mountains
by Hattie Caldwell Davis
Purchase Knob
by Kathryn K. McNeil
Back of Beyond A Horace Kephart Biography
by George Ellison, Janet McCue
An icon of the Southern Appalachian region known for the seminal books Camping and Woodcraft (1906) and Our Southern Highlanders (1913), Horace Kephart was instrumental in efforts to establish the Appalachian Trail along the Tennessee-North Carolina border. But Kephart is perhaps best known for his decade-long crusade to help protect the Smokies as a national park. For Kephart, this campaign represented a personal commitment: "I owe my life to these mountains and I want them preserved so that others may profit from them," he wrote. The culmination of decades of tireless research and devoted scholarship, Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography is the compelling story of this librarian-turned-woodsman who had a far-reaching effect on wilderness literature and outdoor pursuits throughout North America.
Cataloochee: A Novel
by Wayne Caldwell





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