North Carolina
The Great Smoky Mountains Through the Photographer's Lens
Capture the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains through the lens of your camera as a professional photographer lends his expertise on sunrise and wildlife photography and more.
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Program No. 22927RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Join a national park expert 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 at evening lectures, 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 Smoky Mountain’s wildlife and landscapes.
Activity Level
Light hiking on varied terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Armed with sunrise photography techniques from your instructor, capture daybreak from 5,000 feet at Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center, followed by an old-fashioned pancake breakfast.
  • Learn about Cataloochee Valley’s Elk Preservation Project, then take a field trip into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to photograph these majestic animals.
  • Enjoy a national park lecture en route to the Deep Creek area of the park to explore and photograph the 90-foot Juney Whank Falls.
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Don McGowan
Don McGowan has been a professional nature photographer for 19 years, including five years as staff photographer for Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He currently lives in western North Carolina, where operates EarthSong Photography, providing week-long and weekend nature photography workshop experiences around the country. He has been published in numerous magazines, books, and other media. "My purpose as a photographer is to share, through my images, the great beauty of the natural world."
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