Workshops 2018-02-18T15:14:36+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.

The Magic of Small:
An Intensive in Close-up Photography

January 26 – 28, 2018
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Small is Beautiful. I’ll always remember that saying from the 90s, one that referred to small economies. Applied to photography, it may refer to the details of a flower or an insect, miniature landscapes, or other objects that interest you. It can be photo-realistic, abstract, ethereal, enchanting—a closer, more intimate look at our world.

In this 16-hour workshop, we’ll explore the Vision & Craft of macro/close-up photography including equipment (especially lenses and close-up accessories), composition, and techniques. Flowers will be used as the main examples, but the techniques (photo realistic and abstract) will be applicable to a variety of subjects. 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

March 16 – 18, 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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Photographing the Intimate Landscape

April 27 – 29, 2018
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

Somewhere between the wide-angle scenic and the close-up details of a flower resides the Intimate Landscape. Eliot Porter ushered in this beautiful variation of landscape photography with a focus on the elements of a scene—textures, patterns, colors, value ranges, abstract qualities and other details. Think: Less is more.

In this 16-hour workshop, we’ll study Porter’s and others’ work that exemplify this very personal way of seeing. We’ll explore what goes into the making of an Intimate Landscape image—story, vision, composition, lenses, filters, light and light control, and camera settings for optimum exposures.

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Mindfulness and Photographic Seeing

May 3 – 6, 2018
Instructors: Don McGowan
& Bonnie Cooper

A Retreat to being still, being present, being patient, and being persistent to the everyday beauty around you. Learn to observe. Learn to imagine. Learn to express.

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

Dates Coming Soon
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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