About SMSOP

The Smoky Mountain School of Photography was formed in order to provide outings, specialty workshops & training, plus guide services to help avid nature photographers improve their craft. Our goal is to help you create the best possible images of the Great Smoky Mountains and Southern Appalachian region while learning more about how to be effective in the field.

Smoky Mountain School of Photography’s real advantage is that the instructors/guides all live in the foothills of the Smokies. We know the region. We continuously scout for the best locations in order to make effective use of your time. SMSOP outings provide the best photo opportunities the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.

Your photo guide may take cameras & equipment out in the field to use as teaching tools. We find this to be the most effective way to demonstrate techniques useful to clients. SMSOP also emails suggested equipment & clothing lists to make the photo experience in the Smokies more pleasant & productive.

After a SMSOP outing, you may want to spend more time in the Smokies. We can give you advice on where & when to best utilize your own time. Our goal is that you learn more about photography — in the Smokies.

Activities Overview

Smoky Mountain School of Photography offers flexibility. We meet your needs as a photographer, at your proficiency level. For beginners we take you to good photo sites and work with you to capture excellent images and help increase your knowledge of nature photography. Our day rates include up to size (6) people (per guide/instructor) — so come alone, or come with a friend or spouse, or come with a small group – the option is yours.

Advanced photographers may want to spend time on specific subjects or places. We can guide you there and help you with suggested settings for your images. Professional photographers may just want a guide to be able to take in the best possible locations. We would be happy to serve as guides for the day(s) you have available and also take you to little known places.

If you want to bring a camera club or other group, we can accommodate up to 24 people for a “photography learning experience in the Smokies.” When weather conditions are optimal, we photograph sunrises or sunsets from the highest mountains in the Smokies then move to specific locations for subject concentrations like landscape, wildlife or macro photography, etc. So many subjects, so little time. You need to book early to lock down the prime seasons – we are limited to 24 people on any given day. Check the calendar for availability.