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

from Ashley, one of our Asheville Travel Experts
  • 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.


from Autumn Color in the Blue Ridge Photography Experience
Immerse Yourself in Autumn Color in the Mountains!
(Available October 1 – October 31)

The Blue Ridge mountains are a well known destination to photograph the magical colors of trees as they progress through the transition from Summer into Autumn. In this tour, we escort you to some of the best Blue Ridge Parkway vistas and waterfalls; and coach you on how to make better photos of the Autumn colors.

Possibilities include forest preserves, open fields along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and even a 5-mile round trip hike along a Smoky Mountain river (for full-day tours only). You will learn how to create stunning photos of vistas and intimate scenes that capture the mood and spirit of the plants, mountain streams and their habitat decked out in the changing colors of the Autumn season.

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

We strongly suggest you bring a variety of lenses to allow wide angle as well as zoomed-in photos; and a tripod or other type of camera support.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Autumn Color in the Blue Ridge 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.