Photo Workshops - Digital Photography Training and Instruction

asheville nc photographyDave Allen's digital photo workshops and photography training sessions are available on a limited basis for anyone who wants to learn more about the art of landscape and nature photography with their digital camera. Learn to use your digital camera to its full potential while shooting photos at visually inspiring locations throughout Western North Carolina and the Smoky Mountains with landscape photographer Dave Allen. Attendance will be limited to a small group of participants in order to maintain an effective learning environment, ensuring that you receive plenty of one on one instruction throughout the day.

Learn to capture stunning images using the methods and techniques used by professionals to maximize your image sharpness, technical quality, and color saturation in your images. All of Dave Allen's photo workshops will cover general topics such as setting proper exposure, using creative composition and perspective to your advantage, evaluating available lighting, using filters and accessories, dealing with difficult lighting and conditions, and many other topics. By mastering the more technical aspects of digital photography you can unleash your creativity and take your images to the next level.

Sign up today and join a professional landscape and nature photographer on a photo shooting adventure, while honing your photography skills with advice and personal instruction to help you unlock your potential and capture the best images you can. You can enroll in one of the workshops by clicking on the "add to cart" button next to your chosen date. You can make payment online using Credit Card or Paypal, and be sure to add your contact information for us. Contact us if you'd prefer to make payment by check or other means.

2018 Spring in Charleston SC Photo Workshop - 2 Days

charleston sc photography workshopThis two day workshop with Dave Allen will cover all of the basics of digital photography while you are capturing images at spectacular locations in and around Charleston, SC. Dave will talk about subjects such as proper exposure, techniques for powerful image composition, the use of various filters, using the available light to your advantage, and more.

This workshop is 2 full days and will include sunrise and sunset photography, so prepare for a full day of shooting and adventure on both days. The group will meet in Charleston SC one hour before sunrise on Saturday and head to a location on Folly Beach for sunrise shooting. After spending the mornings shooting the sunrise, the group will stop somewhere for lunch to discuss shooting techniques and finish up with more photography at various locations until sunset.

Weather and time permitting, photography locations may include Folly Beach, Botany Bay Plantation, Magnolia Plantation, Drayton Hall, Cypress Gardens, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the famous Angel Oak, and more. Admission fees for locations are included in your tuition. You will be responsible for your food, lodging, and transportation.

You'll Need: Digital SLR or advanced Point and Shoot that offers manual control of exposure settings, stable tripod, transportation

Available Dates Tuition Book Date
March 24th & 25th 2018 $499

2017 WNC Waterfalls Workshops - 1 Day

waterfall photographyLearn to shoot waterfalls and moving water like a professional while visiting some of Western North Carolina's popular and incredibly beautiful waterfalls in this one day workshop with photographer Dave Allen. During the day you'll visit some of the more popular waterfalls in the area while learning some waterfall specific techniques such as setting exposure, image composition, use of neutral density and polarizing filters, dialing in shutter speed for effect, and more. This 1 day workshop will meet in Brevard, NC just after sunrise and travel to various waterfalls in Western North Carolina (to be determined based on weather conditions, water flow, etc.).

You'll Need: Digital SLR or advanced Point and Shoot that offers manual control of exposure settings, stable tripod, appropriate footwear, transportation

Available Dates Tuition Book Date
April 22 - 2017 $249 photo workshop full

2017 Spring in the Smokies Photo Workshop - 2 Days

smoky mountains sunriseThis two day workshop with Dave Allen will cover all of the basics of digital photography while you are capturing images at stunningly beautiful locations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dave will talk about subjects such as proper exposure, image composition, the use of various filters, using the available light to your advantage, and more.

This workshop is 2 full days and will include sunrise and sunset photography, so prepare for a full day of shooting and adventure on both days. The group will meet in Gatlinburg, TN one hour before sunrise on Saturday and head to the scenic Oconaluftee Overlook for sunrise shooting. After shooting sunrise each morning, the group will shoot various locations in the Smokies until it is time to stop for lunch to discuss shooting techniques and finish up with more photography at various locations until sunset.

Weather and time permitting, photography locations may include Clingman's Dome, Oconaluftee Overlook, Morton's Overlook, Cade's Cove, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and more. Admission fees for any locations are included in your tuition. You will be responsible for your food, lodging, and transportation.

You'll Need: Digital SLR or advanced Point and Shoot that offers manual control of exposure settings, stable tripod, transportation

Available Dates Tuition Book Date
April 29 & 30 - 2017 $499 photo workshop full

2017 Spring in the Highlands NC Weekend - 2 Days

roan mountain photographyThis two day workshop with Dave Allen will have you shooting images at spectacular locations near Grandfather Mountain and the Roan Mountain Highlands area during the catawba rhododendron bloom. While visiting some of Dave's favorite scenic landscapes in the Roan Mountain Highlands area, he'll offer insight and instruction on various camera techniques you can use to improve the quality of your photography. The group will be based in Spruce Pine NC and will meet one hour before sunrise and shoot until sunset that evening, with a group break for lunch and photography instruction in the afternoon.

Weather and time permitting, photography locations may include Grandfather Mountain, Beacon Heights, Rough Ridge, Julian Price Park, Roan Mountain, Carvers Gap and Round Bald, and more. Admission fees for any locations are included in your tuition. You will be responsible for your food, lodging, and transportation.

You'll Need: Digital SLR or advanced Point and Shoot that offers manual control of exposure settings, stable tripod, transportation

Available Dates Tuition Book Date
June 10 & 11 - 2017 $499 photo workshop full

2017 Blue Ridge Parkway Landscapes Workshops - 1 Day

Craggy Gardens BloomThis one day workshop with Dave Allen will cover all of the basics of digital photography while you are shooting landscape images at spectacular locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC. Dave will talk about subjects such as proper exposure, image composition, the use of various filters, using the available light to your advantage, and more. This workshop is a full day and will include sunrise and sunset photography, so prepare for a full day of shooting and adventure. The group will meet in Brevard, NC one hour before sunrise and head from there to a location on the Blue Ridge Parkway for sunrise shooting. After spending the morning shooting, the group will stop somewhere for lunch and finish up with more photography ending at sunset.

You'll Need: Digital SLR or advanced Point and Shoot that offers manual control of exposure settings, stable tripod, transportation

Available Dates Tuition Book Date
June 17 - 2017 $249 photo workshop full

2017 Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn Landscapes - 2 Days

blue ridge parkway autumnThis two day workshop with Dave Allen will have you shooting images at spectacular locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC during the peak autumn season. While visiting some of Dave's favorite places to see fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway, he'll offer insight and instruction on various camera techniques you can use to improve the quality and visual impact of your photography. The group will meet on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Brevard NC one half hour before sunrise and shoot until sunset that evening, with a break for lunch and photography discussion each afternoon.

You'll Need: Digital SLR or advanced Point and Shoot that offers manual control of exposure settings, stable tripod, transportation

Available Dates Tuition Book Date
Oct. 14 & 15 - 2017 $499 photo workshop full

2017 Autumn Waterfalls in the Foothills - 1 Day

dry falls autumnThis one day workshop with Dave Allen will have you shooting images at spectacular waterfall locations in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Brevard NC during the peak autumn foliage season. You'll visit some of the best waterfalls in the foothills, and Dave will be on hand to offer insight and instruction on various camera techniques and equipment you can use to improve your waterfall photography. The group will meet near Brevard NC at 8am and shoot until 7pm that evening, with a break for lunch and photography discussion in the afternoon.

You'll Need: Digital SLR or advanced Point and Shoot that offers manual control of exposure settings, stable tripod, appropriate footwear, transportation

Available Dates Tuition Book Date
October 21st - 2017 $279 photo workshop full

2017 Outer Banks North Carolina - 2 Days

Nags Head Pier OBX North CarolinaThis two day workshop will have you shooting images at spectacular locations along the Outer Banks National Seashore of North Carolina near Nags Head, NC. While visiting some of my favorite places to shoot landscapes and seascapes along the coast, I'll offer insight and instruction on various camera and compositional techniques that you can use to improve the quality and visual impact of your photography. The group will meet at a location TBD near Nags Head one half hour before sunrise and shoot until sunset both evenings, with a break for lunch and photography discussion each afternoon. We'll be shooting seascapes and landscapes along the coast including some of the classic OBX locations such as Bodie Island Lighthouse, Jockey's Ridge State Park, and the amazing old wooden fishing piers.

You'll Need: Digital SLR or advanced Point and Shoot that offers manual control of exposure settings, stable tripod, transportation

Available Dates Tuition Book Date
Nov. 4 & 5 - 2017 $499

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made more than 30 days before the event date may choose to reschedule for another workshop date or request a refund minus a 20% admin fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days before the event date may choose to reschedule for another workshop date of similar value if we are able to refill your reservation.

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