Landscapes & Waterfalls Photography Experience in Asheville, NC

Asheville Photo Tours41 Forest Gate DrPisgah Forest, NC 28768
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This photography experience will give you a toolbox of conventions that you can use for the rest of your life! Learn basic composition, how to lead the viewer, how to frame your subject, and so much more! With coaching from an expert, you will pick up these techniques in no time. As you explore the most beautiful landscapes in Asheville, you can put these new skills to the test.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Pisgah Forest Travel Experts
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Create stunning photographs!
  • Includes hands-on coaching and instruction.
  • Experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge through your camera.
  • Not recommended for people with heart problems or serious medical conditions.
  • Distances from the car can range from roadside to short hikes under one mile in length.
  • Tour includes a variety of scenes and locations depending on the time of year, weather and light.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.


from Landscapes & Waterfalls Photography Experience
Create Stunning Landscape & Waterfall Photos. This tour includes a variety of scenes and locations depending on the time of year, weather and light. It may include grand vistas, intimate landscapes, waterfalls, mountain streams, mysterious forests, trees and other plant life.

Start times vary depending on season, weather patterns and sunrise/sunset times. We notify participants of meeting times & locations upon registration.

Distances from the car can range from roadside to short hikes under one mile in length.

Areas of exploration may include:
- Basic composition
- Making use of light
- How to lead the viewer
- Long exposure
- How to simplify
- How to eliminate clutter
- How to choose and frame your subject
- Leveraging the power of your camera
- And more...

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David G
"The Icing on the Cake"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2019
We had a great experience with Bonnie and Chris. They are just the right combination for beginner and advanced photographers to have a memorable experience and get high value images. I took my children and grand-daughter on a half-day adventure that included a hike to a beautiful waterfall. All four of us got a chance to work with Chris and Bonnie to improve our shots and learn different techniques. They are very knowledgable about photography and the best areas/times to be at strategic areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway near asheville, NC>
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Washington, DC
"Great Asheville Activity"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 05, 2019
Bonnie and Chris Allen are fine photographers and equally fine teachers. They're kind, patient and knowledgeable. My group of four ranged from experienced to still-learning-to-get-off-auto. They treated us all individually. They know a lot of spots in the North Carolina mountains that are beautiful and ideal for trying various photography techniques.
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"Best day of photography in a long time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2019
I could not imagine spending a nice day of photography with two nicer people than Bonnie and Chris Allen. They were flexible to change our scheduled date twice due to weather and when we finally got together for the first time, the weather was almost too good. They know the area and where to shoot and they are good photographers and always find a new angle, view or detail to capture. They offer help and suggestions, without overwhelming you and work to your level of capability. This was our first trip but it will not be the last.
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"Landscapes & Waterfalls, Macro and Post Processing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2019
With expert knowledge of photography and their local environment, Chris and Bonnie dissolve “camera angst” before it gets started. They are very personable and easy to be with, exuding genuine interest in helping clients achieve their own goals. Each has a gifted eye for both subtle and dramatic, which they share in a straightforward way which is easy to assimilate. I would encourage anyone with any sub-strain of post-processing paralysis to consider their post processing offer. It will not surprise me to see any of these observations echo throughout the comments. I have come away with knowledge and memories well above expectation.
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Doug L
"Relaxed yet "focused" teaching style"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 28, 2018
I really enjoyed the Vistas and Waterfalls photo tour with Chris and Bonnie in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. In preparation, I sent them my technical photography questions as well as areas of interest and they zoned in on them during the tour and covered exactly what we had discussed. I learned a lot about camera technique and composition, and had good results. Thanks Guys!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Landscapes & Waterfalls Photography Experience

What is a photo tour? 
Photo tours are half-day or full-day, hands on photography excursions led by Bonnie or Chris Allen. You will visit the best spots for stunning photography depending on weather and seasonal conditions. Your guides provide individualized and group instruction based on skill level and interests. You drive your own car and meet with your guide(s) at a predetermined location. We notify tour participants of meeting location in the week prior to your tour date.

Who should attend? 
Tours are intended for photographers of all levels from beginner to advanced. If you want to explore the beauty of the Asheville and Blue Ridge area to create more exciting images, these tours are for you. Participants should be in reasonable physical condition and able to handle short (under one mile) hikes with your camera gear.

Are children allowed?
Please no children or pets. Adolescents who have a camera and a strong interest in photography are welcome as a registered participant.

Is hiking involved?
We choose locations where you can spend most of the time practicing your photography. Most of our stops will be along the roadside. In some cases, a short hike of less than a mile may be required to get to the best spot. We will be in wilderness areas, so it is important to dress for maximum comfort and safety. We suggest sturdy shoes or hiking boots, long pants, layers and rain gear to cover changing weather conditions. Be sure to bring adequate water and snacks for your own comfort.

What kind of camera gear do I need to bring? 
We want to help you have more fun and make better photos regardless of the sophistication of your camera gear. Bring what you have along with your manual (if you still have it). We will help you learn how to use your camera gear, and make more impactful photos. Of course, your results can be enhanced if you have gear that allows more control over camera settings such as aperture, exposure and focusing. If you have them, we strongly suggest polarizing filters and a sturdy tripod.

What topics are covered?
Depending on the type of tour you have chosen, topics may include any of the following. If you don’t see your area of interest in this list and want to be sure it’s covered, just give us a call or send an email.

  • Compose stronger images.
  • How to lead the viewer’s eye.
  • Long exposure to convey a sense of movement.
  • Creating simple images with more impact.
  • How to eliminate clutter & avoid distractions.
  • How to choose and frame your subject.
  • Using aperture for sharp or moody images.
  • Using diffusers & reflectors.
  • Capturing personality & gesture.
  • Create pleasing foregrounds.
  • Use light to advantage.
  • Get the best focus.
  • Leverage light, color & shapes.
  • See more creatively.
  • Identify the decisive moment.
  • Tell a story.
  • Go beyond the ordinary.
  • Basic camera settings, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, histogram & focus, and more!