Springtime in the Smoky Mountains Photography Workshop - April 19-23, 2023

Misty Mountains, rushing streams, spring blooms and classic Appalachian Mountain Landscapes.

Dates: April 19-23, 2023
Townsend, TN
Joseph Rossbach & Kurt Budliger


Located in the souther Appalachian Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains straddle the border of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. The park contains some of the most diverse species of plants and animals in North America making it one of the finest locations in North America for woodland and stream photography. In addition to the endless opportunities to create intimate forest and stream photographs, the Smokies have some of the tallest peaks in the eastern US making an excellent location for classic Appalachian vistas. On many morning you will find the low lying valleys and mountain hollows covered in layers of fog and mist making for incredible opportunities to capture haunting atmospheric landscapes. The Smoky Mountains are a must visit location for any serious and passionate nature photographer!


Day 1: Meet and greet followed by opening presentations starting at 2pm. Afternoon/sunset shoot (approx. 2 hours).

Day 2,3 & 4: Flexibility is key when shooting in the Smokies. We will be out most days on average of 8 hours in the field shooting with an hour or two each afternoon dedicated to classroom sessions back at the hotel. We will grab meals and have breaks for food in-between shooting location when possible.

Typically, we’ll be out for sunrise, shoot until mid morning and then take a break for a meal and brief rest. We’ll convene for instruction, post processing and critique during the mid-day hours when the light is typically less conducive to photography. We’ll then head back out into the field in the late afternoon and evening, ending our session after sunset. If we have a day of light rain and fog, we may skip class that day and focus all of our efforts on shooting in these magical conditions,

On Day 4, we conclude the workshop after our sunset shoot. This gives everyone a chance to sleep in the next morning before traveling back home


  • Understanding of your camera gear and it's basic operations
  • Ability to hike and walk up to 2-4 miles per day sometimes over uneven and rocky ground with mild elevation gain.
  • An eagerness to explore and shoot under many different weather conditions.
  • A passion for photography and dedication to putting in the time to get the shots.
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a small group setting with other like minded photographers.

Planning your trip:

The nearest airport to Townsend, Tennessee is Tyson/McGhee international Airport located in Knoxville, Tennessee (approx. 1 hour drive to Townsend.)

You will also need a basic rental car for the duration of the workshop. We encourage and will set up a ride share between participants on the first day of the workshop.

You will receive a detailed equipment, gear and clothing list 60 days prior to the start fo the workshop.

We will have a hotel room block and will send you that information 90 days before the start of the workshop.

Workshop Includes:

  • Sunrise/Morning & Afternoon/Sunset photo Shots
  • Classroom Lectures & Post Processing Classes

Does Not Include:

  • Travel to and from the Workshop
  • Transportation during the workshop (We will establish a carpool on the first day of the workshop)
  • Meals
  • Lodging before, during or after the workshop
  • Travel/trip insurance


A deposit of 500.00 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 90 days prior to the start of this workshop. There is no refund after the final payment has been made (unless we can fill your spot).

The remainder will be collected 90 days prior to the workshop start.If you cancel within 90 days before the start date, a partial or full refund of the workshop tuition might be available as long as we are able to find a replacement. We try to be flexible about emergency cancellations; just contact us and we’ll do our best to work it out!

Attendees are required to purchase trip insurance for the selected workshop in case of any unforeseen emergency or situation for which cancellation is desired or necessary. This includes, but is not limited to, natural disasters, health safety, outbreaks, epidemics, pandemics, illness, acts of God or closures that prevent or restrict the workshop from taking place on schedule and as contemplated by JRPW. It is the participant’s responsibility to protect their payment(s) for the workshop.


Images from past workshops.