Workshops 2018-05-14T17:32:14+00:00
TRAINING CENTER

Photography Workshops

Mountain Lens is an extraordinary setting to experience photography programs that are highly educational and inspirational. Our mission is to provide the finest technical and creative resources for photographers and other artists in a motivating, nurturing and beautiful natural environment. Beyond classes and workshops, we offer personalized services so you can fully render and share your vision and your art. We can help you configure and fine-tune your post-processing software and your display, streamline the way you organize and archive your photos, and customize your digital imaging strategy to reflect your unique vision. And yes — we can create large, beautiful, fine art prints — treasured keepsakes that reflect your expanding skills and  boundless creativity.


Embedded in our twenty-acre mountain setting is a high-tech classroom as well as elegant accommodations for out-of-town guests. Whether a beginner or an experienced photographer, either one-on-one or in small-groups, you will be immersed in a beautiful environment in which to learn and master your technical and creative skills. 

And just outside of our comfortable and well-equipped training center are twenty acres that feature ponds, waterfalls, and over a mile of cleared trails and footbridges along meandering creeks, through a forested hillside, and up to a boulder-strewn hilltop. Photo opportunities abound right on the property, with many more in the nearby DuPont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Texture Workshop

May 17 – 20, 2018
Instructor: Donna Eaton
Participants Limited To: 8

Are you looking to take your photography to a new artistic level? Join Donna Eaton for an educational and fun-filled photo event! You will explore photography in the beautiful area of Hendersonville, NC and in the classroom. Participants will develop and strengthen their technical photographic skills so they can create evocative artistic images. There will be a variety of subjects including flowers, macro and landscape opportunities. Extensive classroom instruction on using textures and other post-processing techniques, software, and critique sessions. There will be hands-on instruction while photographing on and off-site. Classroom activities will be held on the beautiful private property with on-site parking, state of the art classroom and natural surroundings.
Participants must have Adobe Photoshop or software capable of layers and a basic understanding of using layers.

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The Art of Abstract Photography:
An Intensive in Creating Unique Images In-Camera

June 1 – 3, 2018
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) creates photographs that evoke a sense of the energy in a scene, in a tree, or flower; or perhaps its movement in the breeze. As images, they are beautifully unique, painterly and, just plain fun to create!

Best of all, when the “magic hours” of early morning and evening are over, ICM (as with Infrared) is a perfect technique to use most of the rest of the day. I’ve used ICM in all sorts of light, but I particularly love to create in the bright light and with the colors of Autumn as a palette. With backlighting you can create bright, joyful images that stand out from the pack. Or, in rainy weather, you can create more mysterious, somber effects. Regardless of weather or even time of day, ICM is a wonderful technique to add to your toolbox.

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Beyond the Visible:
An Intensive in Infrared Landscape Photography

July 13 – 15, 2018
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

The “magic hours” of early morning or late evening are often preferred by landscape photographers. Between these times many pack their cameras away until the next round. But, once the sun is up, and Infrared radiation — or “light beyond the visible” — reflects from surfaces, one may switch to an Infrared-converted camera and shoot all day!

Infrared photography loves sun or bright overcast light. The effect is intriguing with deciduous leaves and grasses that appear white (while conifers remain dark), dramatic skies, and other surreal effects. The glow of backlighting is particularly effective and captivating.

Beyond the Visible is a 20-hour workshop (Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning), that will take you on an experiential tour of Infrared Photography, both Vision and Craft. We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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Creative Composition:
Designing Your Image

August 24 – 26, 2018
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Delve into the aspects of “designing” a photograph—from initial inspiration, to developing your vision, to using the elements of composition, to considering the camera settings that influence them, to final post-processing—all of which bring your image to life and will move you beyond snap shooting to thoughtful image creation. You’ll become more conscious and intentional in the making of your photographs.

In this 16-hour workshop, it will be important for you to have a good working knowledge of your camera so that you can concentrate on the material presented and apply it easily.

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Playing With Light in the Landscape:
An Intensive in Working With Light Between the ‘Magic Hours’

September 28-30, 2018
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Would you like to be able capture images all day, regardless of lighting? This workshop will explore Light as a topic. We’ll discuss the types we encounter as photographers, as well as techniques for working with them.

We’ll look at tools for controlling the light from filters to diffusers to flash equipment; and “classical” and creative techniques for working in the light, including Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and Infrared. (One tool requires additional accessories for your camera. The other requires that your camera be modified.)

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Unlock Your Creativity
A Smartphone Photography Workshop

October 4 – 8, 2018
Instructor: Jonathan Laurence
$975 | Minimum 5 Students | Maximum 12 Students

TAKE YOUR CREATIVITY TO THE NEXT LEVEL. Learn to harness your full creative potential by using your iPhone and various apps to help create visually compelling images anytime, anywhere. You will learn how to capture and compose better images from your iPhone, as well as basic photo editing skills, and workflow techniques. Learn how to create engaging content from LivePhotos and Burst images, capturing time-lapse and slow-mo video and when one is more appropriate than the other. From there, you will discover how to use a variety of apps to create dynamic and compelling photos, collages, videos, gifs, and whatever your creativity desires. The workshop includes curated excursions designed to help execute course curriculum, daily discussions to encourage new ideas, lectures, post-production labs and a lot of fun. For our postproduction labs, we will focus on the different creative apps available via tablets and smartphone. Students will spend time in the studio for editing, processing, printing and projecting for group discussions. From this experience you will learn to build a consistent voice within your work and expand your visual language.

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Texture Workshop

October 11 – 14, 2018
Instructor: Donna Eaton
Participants Limited To: 8

Are you looking to take your photography to a new artistic level? Join Donna Eaton for an educational and fun-filled photo event! You will explore photography in the beautiful area of Hendersonville, NC and in the classroom. Participants will develop and strengthen their technical photographic skills so they can create evocative artistic images. There will be a variety of subjects including flowers, macro and landscape opportunities. Extensive classroom instruction on using textures and other post-processing techniques, software, and critique sessions. There will be hands-on instruction while photographing on and off-site. Classroom activities will be held on the beautiful private property with on-site parking, state of the art classroom and natural surroundings.
Participants must have Adobe Photoshop or software capable of layers and a basic understanding of using layers.

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Book Design for Photographers

November 1 – 4, 2018
Instructor: Jonathan Laurence
$1150 | Minimum 4 Students | Maximum 8-10 Students

LOOKING TO CREATE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTO-BOOK OF YOUR WORK? In this hands on workshop and our goal is that you leave the course with a mockup of your book, ready to order. We will cover all aspects of photo-book creation, learning the principals of sequencing, layout, and design, applying them to your own book project. For this workshop we will be using BLURB as our print-on-demand publishing platform, along with BLURB’s easy-to-use design software (Book Wright). Students who are familiar with professional layout software, such as Adobe InDesign, will also be accommodated. Student are encouraged to bring their favorite photo-books to the workshop, for review, critique, and to draw inspirations for their own book projects. We will dive deep into how to build a photo-book, covering in detail, typography, page layout, image sequencing, front and back matter, color management, image preparation, choosing a cover image, cover design, and selecting a title. Students should bring 40-60 digital photographs, as well as prints (postcard size) of their images for sequencing, along with any written material for their book projects. Students who will be working on their own laptop, should have Bridge, Photoshop, Lightroom, or similar editing software + booksmart or bookwright installed on their computer prior to the start of the workshop.

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Ultimate Nature Lovers Workshop

April 11-14th, 2019
Instructor: Bryan Peterson
Three-Day Workshop

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