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.

Digital Black and White Photography Workshop
From Capture to Print

September 27 – 30, 2018
Mary Louise Ravese
Bella Vista Photography
Guest Speaker: Jeff Miller

Act Now: Save $50 when you register by August 5, 2018
$695 Early Registration by August 5, 2018

$749 Registration after August 5, 2018 | Limited to 6 Students

Participants can choose to pay in full, or pay a $350 deposit, with the remaining balance due by August 24, 2018.

Experience Level:
This workshop is appropriate for experienced beginner, intermediate and advanced DSLR or mirror-less camera users.  Participants must be familiar with basic camera operation, including the setting of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We recommend that participants feel comfortable shooting in either Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual exposure modes, not full auto or scene modes. Participants should also have some basic experience with editing images using Adobe Lightroom software. We will be demonstrating editing using Lightroom Classic edition.

Participants will experience the full life cycle of black and white photography from selecting a subject, to shooting, editing and printing in this unique long-weekend workshop.

In this hands-on workshop, Mary Louise will explain how to identify and previsualize scenes with strong black and white image potential. Participants will then spend a day practicing these techniques photographing at Asheville’s famous Biltmore (Vanderbilt) estate with its French Chateau inspired mansion and formal gardens, as well as nature photography locations in the region. Just on site at the 20-acre Mountain Lens training center there is a serene pond, a scenic waterfall, two footbridges, and a mile of trails along meandering creeks and a forested hillside.

As a special bonus, the workshop is scheduled to coincide with a Dale Chihuly glass exhibit at the Biltmore for additional photographic opportunities. (Biltmore/Chihuly entrance included in workshop fee).


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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Autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains

October 17 – 21, 2018
Instructor: David Simchock
$795 – Save $80 by registering before 07/01/18

There is no better time to be here than when Mother Nature transforms the spring and summer greenery into a colorful palette of reds, oranges and yellows, with a splash of ever-green thrown in. Sunrises and sunsets, although spectacular any season of the year, take on an entirely different aesthetic, weaving magical light in with a touch of moody fog or low cloud, and all of the seasonal color that one could imagine. Waterfalls and wildlife find themselves framed in a touch of natural beauty, begging to have their photo captured. And, that is what this workshop is about – capturing the natural beauty of this awe-inspiring part of the world during a truly special time of the year. We’ll shoot and review (and shoot some more), and build lasting friendships that will stay with us for as long as our photos are there to remind us of our unique experience.

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Autumn in Abstract: Capturing Color & Light in the Landscape

October 26 – 28, 2018
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Experience Level: Advanced Beginner to Advanced

The beauty of Autumn can be amazing, especially when captured as Abstract photographs. The colors and light, with other features, mix to create images that range from painterly to surreal, images that capture the imagination.

In this workshop, we’ll play with Autumn’s brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds; the light at all times of the day, in all directions (front, back, side, etc.); and in whatever weather conditions are present to capture the many faces of the season—in both “classical” and abstract images.

As part of the process, we’ll grow in our appreciation of color and in our understanding of light as the primary tools supporting our visual stories.

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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