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More than 10 years ago he began learning the technical aspects of photography so that he would have a foundation that allowed him to compose images that use the subject and light to tell the stories he sees in nature. After spending so many years in school, (medical school, law school and business school) he couldn’t help but start with the technical understanding of how the equipment helps the photographer capture the picture even though he believes it is the least important component in the long run. More important is how to arrange what will be included in the frame and most important is how light interacts with the scene.
When a photographer understands the equipment and has practiced with composition and light, he develops a style. Tyson’s style is to focus on the details of the story, probably from whatever personality traits led him to pathology as a career. His images are typically macro, close-up or portions of a scene that attempt to give a paragraph of the story rather than write the whole novel.
Tyson’s images have hung in several galleries including the Emporium in Knoxville. His work has been published in books and magazines including Rich Community: An Anthology of Appalachian Photographers. His images have won many competitions including acceptance into the general and loan collections of the International Photographic Competition of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Tyson is a certified professional photographer through PPA. He founded and is the editor of the Smoky Mountain Journal of Photography. In addition to nature photography, Tyson enjoys pet photography and helping his wife, Kathy, with her wedding and portrait photography. He now spends his time in Townsend photographing and sharing the local experience with others.
Website: Wild and Wonderful Photography
Jerry’s images have appeared in Sierra Club Calendars, National Geographic Traveler, Blue Ridge Country, Outdoor Photographer, Peterson’s Photographic, Reiman’s Country, Backpacker, Southern Living & many other books, magazines, postcards, calendars, prints and trade publications.
Throughout his photographic career Jerry has taken every opportunity to teach others about photography through the local school system, in photography studios, and during workshops sponsored by Canon. He is a presenter at the annual Wilderness Wildlife Week and also does photography programs for various clubs and organizations. Jerry’s images can be found locally on postcards & in books sold by the Great Smoky Mountains Association.
Jerry transitioned, along with the commercial photography industry, from film to digital – and embraces the enhanced level of control photographers now have over the post-production processing of their images. New technology did not change what it takes to make a good image – a lot of hard work, commitment to the process, and experience. Jerry has these traits and uses them to share the beauty of the region through his photographs. His goal with the Smoky Mountain School of Photography is to help others make their best images of this region by sharing his techniques, insights and experience.
Jerry Whaley Photography
Roger’s educational pursuits have lead him to a Master of Business Administration and various professional certifications. He began teaching nature photography workshops more than thirty years ago in the days of print and slide film which has given him a basis for today’s digital era.
Roger’s images have been published and shared both regionally and nationally and he continues teaching nature photography through workshops, seminars and nationally recognized events such as the annual Wilderness Wildlife Week.
Roger considers himself a generalist nature photographer whose subjects cover the gamut from macro to wildlife to grand scenics.
Website: Roger Trentham Nature Phototography
Kathy is a certified professional photographer through Professional Photographers of America (PPA). She has placed in many print competitions at local and regional photography organizations. Kathy has merited and loaned at the International Print Competition and will be published in the 2015 PPA Loan Collection.
Other publications include the front cover of Homes and Land for her real estate photography and The Laural of Asheville magazine.
Website: Kathy Smith Phototography