Smartphone Photography Experience in Asheville, NC

Asheville Photo Tours863 Brevard RoadAsheville, NC 28806
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This experience is a crash-course in smartphone photography! Enjoy hands-on coaching from expert instructors and master fundamental techniques for creating stronger images. You will travel to some of the most beautiful places in Asheville so you can practice these new skills. These days, you don’t need a large, expensive camera to capture amazing photographs; you only need a willingness to learn!

Good To Know

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  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Make Better Photos With Your Smartphone!
  • This tour will have a maximum of 6 travelers.
  • All photo tours include hands-on coaching and instruction.
  • Tour departs at Ingles Market: 863 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems or serious health conditions.
  • Participants should be in reasonable physical condition and able to hike a short distance (less than 1 mile) with your camera gear.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.


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Make Better Photos With Your Smartphone!

Do you love to take photos with your Smartphone, but feel like there's so much more potential to be creative and capture better images? This photo tour is tailor-made for you to get hands-on instruction and coaching to make better use of the inherent features in your Smartphone (we are most well-versed in iPhone with some exposure to Android phones); as well as cool applications for tweaking your photos both during and after the shoot.

Start times for this half-day-only tour vary depending on season and weather conditions. We notify participants of meeting time & location upon registration.

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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 Smartphone 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?
Adolescents who have a strong interest in photography are welcome as a registered participant.

Are pets allowed?
No, but service animals are welcomed.

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 will help you learn how to use your smartphone to make more impactful photos. Of course, your results can be enhanced if you have additional gear or applications that allows more control over camera settings such as aperture, exposure and focusing.

What topics are covered?

  • Basic techniques for shooting with a Smartphone camera.
  • Compose stronger images.
  • Guide the viewer’s eye.
  • Leverage light, line, shapes, textures, color & shapes.
  • See more creatively.
  • Identify the decisive moment
  • Tell a story.
  • Go beyond the ordinary.
  • Leverage the power of photo apps.