2020 Great Smoky Mountains Spring Photography Workshop

April 27 - May 1, 2020

Great Smoky Mountain Spring Photography Workshop

Looking for a great opportunity to photograph in the Smoky Mountains?

Join Lou & Todd in this five day, spring workshop to explore incredible photo opportunities in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Year after year, this is the prime time to enjoy wildflowers, classic Smoky Mountain grand vistas, river scenes, cascading water, and even some wildlife. Of course, with all the beautiful wildflowers, shooting macro is very exciting. We arrive early to scout and help find the most desirable locations. We will provide coaching during the various shoots and offers two or three critiquing sessions and lessons in the classroom.

Lou and Todd’s workshop format and teaching style is “Inform, Practice, Feedback”.  This is a true photography workshop, not just a coastal photo tour.  This means that Lou and Todd will be working with you throughout the workshop to help you improve your photography skills.  They will provide you with as much, or as little, coaching as you desire.  Their thoughtful, gentle coaching style will encourage you to take your photography to the next level regardless of your starting point.  The daily feedback sessions will include all participants and the feedback, like the teaching, is constructive, instructive and inspiring.

WORKSHOP: Monday, April 27 to Friday, May 1, – 2020 – Townsend, TN

REGISTRATION FEE: $1295 / $500 deposit (non-refundable)



LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst


Lou Nettelhorst is an accomplished professional landscape and nature photographer and teacher.  Lou’s images have been published in Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, North American Nature Photography Association’s Member Showcase and Chicago Wilderness Magazine and numerous other publications.  His photography has also earned numerous fine art exhibition awards.  Lou’s hallmark is his eagerness to share his professional experience while providing encouragement and humor in a teaching and coaching environment.

Todd Nettelhorst has had a passion for photography and videography much of his life.  His path to becoming a professional photographer began while documenting the honesty of his children’s lives as others asked him to capture that same spirit for their families.  His un-posed, unplanned, spontaneous style of people and his magnificent nature photography makes his portfolio unique.  Todd uses his unique perspective to enable his students to see the “pictures within pictures.”


All of Lou and Todd’s workshops, classes and lessons include their learning cycle, which is to provide INFORMATION, give opportunities to PRACTICE using the information, and then receive FEEDBACK on your practice. It’s all about the fun of learning by doing. Participants will learn techniques of seaside and general landscape photography tailored to their individual level of experience.  Lou and Todd are passionate about making great photographs. Their goal is to help you do the same.  They will make sure you get to the right place at the right time. To maximize photographic opportunities, the itinerary will be flexible to make the most of changing weather and lighting conditions.


This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of photographic experience. It is important, however, that participants be familiar with their equipment and its operation. Please note:  This workshop is held rain or shine so participants should be prepared to shoot in all types of weather conditions.


Note:  These are recommendations:   Lou and Todd will work with the equipment you have.  A few Hoodman loupes, reflectors and diffusion disks, plus extension tubes for Canon and Nikon will be available for participants to use.   If you are considering purchasing equipment prior to the workshop or have questions, feel free to contact Lou or Todd for assistance: info@nettelhorstimages.com

  • Digital SLR
  • Lenses for various types of shooting
    • Wide-angle
    • Telephoto
    • Macro (or extension tubes)
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Polarizing Filter
  • Neutral Density Filter
  • External flash (optional)
  • Hoodman Loupe
  • Laptop
  • USB flash drive
  • Backpack or camera bag to carry equipment
  • Accessories
    • Extra batteries and chargers
    • Flash memory cards
    • Cable release/Remote control
    • Flashlight and/or headlamp
    • Knee Pads
    • Blower and lens cloth
    • Diffusion disk and reflector
    • Ground cloth
    • Camera manual
    • Sunscreen/Insect repellent


Spring weather can be quite unpredictable, so come prepared for combinations of wet, dry, cold and warm conditions.  Check the forecast and plan accordingly. Physical requirements:  Appropriate for people in good health and moderate to good shape.  Minimal hiking and walking.


Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the workshop.  Carpooling will be coordinated during the workshop to/from locations as necessary.  Breakfast cooler bags are provided for the included a la carte continental breakfast each morning.  All other meals are the participant’s responsibility.


Monday, April 27, 2020 (5:00pm) – Friday, May 1, 2020 (7:00pm)

COST: $1295 / $500 deposit (non-refundable)

The registration fee is non-refundable unless the canceling party provides a replacement participant, in which case a $50 processing fee is charged.   Full payment is due at least ten weeks prior to the workshop start but no later than November 28, 2019.  No exceptions to the above policy.  Travel insurance is strongly recommended. All transportation, lodging, meals, park entrance fees and any other miscellaneous expenses are the responsibility of the registrant.

CONTACT: info@nettelhorstimages.com

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  • I liked that Lou was able to work with each person according to their needs, photographic challenges & interests, respecting each person for who they are, and retaining a sense of community while doing so.
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  • I like the organization of the program and that all distractions were taken care of making it easy to focus on photography.  I especially like the on-site feedback and daily reviews.
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  • An overall fantastic workshop! This workshop has far exceeded my expectations, and really changed the way I look at photography. I look forward to joining you on a future trip!
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