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 Beacon Heights Overlook

Beacon Heights Overlook

Where We Will Go

  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Linville Falls 
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Rough Ridge Trail and/or Beacon Heights Overlooks
  • Elk Falls
  • Newland Waterfall Park
  • Price Lake
  • Locations subject to change due to weather conditions
 International Space Station flies over Grandfather Mountain under a full moon!

International Space Station flies over Grandfather Mountain under a full moon!

 Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens

Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens

 Round Bald, Roan Highlands

Round Bald, Roan Highlands

Join Kenny McKeithan and Kate Silvia for an adventure in learning and exploring along the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. During this 3 night workshop, we'll visit wondrous waterfalls, capture amazing sunsets, explore Blue Ridge Parkway, and hike along the Appalachian Trail. A visit to breathtaking Grandfather Mountain is included in the price. This is one of our biggest and most popular workshops of the year and it tends to sell out months in advance. We'll be adjusting our schedules a bit and skipping sunrises so we can work on our night photography skills. Photo editing classes will be held early afternoon.  All photography skill levels are welcome. If you're a beginner, be sure to let us know so we can walk you through the steps of proper exposure. A block of rooms is reserved under Kate Silvia Photography at the Best Western Mountain Lodge in Banner Elk, NC.  

 
 
 Price Lake Sunset

Price Lake Sunset

 

What You'll Learn

  • Basics of Digital Nature Photography
  • Camera settings, exposure, and working in Manual Mode
  • Composition
  • Lenses and Filters
  • Long Exposures
  • Night Photography skills including pinpoint stars, star trails, photographing the Milky Way, photographing the moon, focusing at night,  using star trackers, and processing night photos in Photoshop and Lightroom.
  • High Dynamic Range at sunset
  • Image blending in Photoshop and Lightroom (HDR for sunset images)
 

What To Bring

  • Digital Camera with Interchangeable lenses ranging from wide angle to medium telephoto.
  • Tripod
  • Any filters you own. A polarizer is highly recommended for waterfalls we'll visit.
  • Remote release (not required but necessary for star trail images if you choose to do them)
  • Flashlight/headlamp with Red Light capability...maintains your night vision.
  • Batteries, Chargers, SD/CF cards or film
  • Hiking Shoes or Boots
  • Rain gear
  • Sweatshirts, pants, layers...it can get chilly even in summer
  • Cell Phone
  • Water bottle/hydration pouch
  • Sunscreen and Bug spray
  • Hat

***When Checking Out, you MUST return to the registration page in order for your reservation and payment to be processed.***