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 training room as well as elegant accommodations for out-of-town guests. In addition to a high-tech classroom, the training room now includes a full chef’s kitchen, a beautiful island, and a comfortable, intimate lounge area. The entire space is designed specifically as a “family-style” gathering place where small groups can learn, share, dine, and socialize. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer, and whether your favorite learning style is 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.

Photography Composition Intensive: Move Beyond the Rule of Thirds to Innovative Design of Images

March 21-22-23-24, 2019
Instructor: Susanna Euston
Workshop Fee: $379
Maximum of Attendees: 8

Light is, of course, the foundation of photography. Derived from the Greek, photo means “light” and graphia, “writing” or “drawing.” Combined, it translates to “Drawing with Light.”

The foundation of Drawing (with Light!) is Composition. And that’s what this program addresses, in depth. We’ll begin with the basics, as a refresher, then move beyond the “Rule of Thirds” into advanced concepts that will expand your view and give you tools for “putting together” lines, masses, colors and values in innovative ways.

We’ll move from the classroom to the field to capture images to which you will apply your newfound understanding of composition to create photographs that inspire!

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Ultimate Nature Lovers Workshop

April 11-14th, 2019
Instructor: Bryan Peterson
Three-Day Workshop
$1395

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Mindfulness and Photographic Seeing

May 2-5, 2019
Instructor: Don McGowan & Bonnie Cooper

Workshop Fee: $595
Maximum of 5 Attendees

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.
Our Mindfulness and Photographic Seeing Retreats are becoming very popular. This will be our third year at Mountain Lens Retreat Center.

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Spring in Abstract: Translating the Soft Colors of Flowering Landscapes

May 9-10-11-12, 2019
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Workshop Fee: $379
Maximum of 8 Attendees

Each year’s awakening of Nature, after the long, cold Winter, presents us with the lovely flowers and trees of Spring. We all look forward to the beauty that graces our yards, fields, forests and by-ways. You may, as I do, love to get out into the field to photograph the delicate wonders.

In this workshop you’ll learn techniques to capture beautiful photographs of Spring’s flowering, in a painterly manner, using Intentional Camera Movement and other abstract techniques as you explore the beautiful yellows, pinks, soft greens and whites.

In the field, you’ll capture both “classical” and abstract images that can stand alone or be used together in composites. Enjoy Spring’s beauty in a new way!

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Dig Deeper Photo Workshop

May 15 – 19, 2019
Instructor: Jamie Konarski Davidson
Workshop Fee: $745
Minimum 4 Students | Maximum 6 Students
Registration & Cancellation Deadline: March 1, 2019 (No Refunds)

This retreat-style workshop is for those who are tired of rushing to capture moments but feel like something is missing in your work or your approach to finding subjects and expressing your vision. The workshop is focused on helping you let go of “should” and embrace “what if” through a series of creative exercises and assignments. This is your time to slow down, focus, be present, attentive and intentional so you can expand and express your unique vision freely. Based on a 20-acre retreat in Hendersonville, this workshop is ideal for stretching creative boundaries. Limited to six people, this workshop allows you time to release creative seeds and grow as a photographer and visual artist.

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Creative Abstract Photography

May 24-27, 2019
Instructor: Mary Louise Ravese

Workshop Fee: $745
Maximum of 6 Attendees
Requirements: This intermediate level workshop is best suited for those who understand basic digital SLR or mirrorless camera use and are looking for a creative challenge, unique photo opportunities and to expand the vision of their “photographer’s eye.”

In this intermediate level workshop, instructor Mary Louise Ravese shares some her favorite techniques for creating abstract photographs in the studio and the field. Techniques covered include abstract light painting, intentional camera movement and unique reflections. The combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on photography shooting sessions is sure to spark the imagination and produce some unique and beautiful abstract images.

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The Complete Lightroom Classic CC

June 8, 2019
9am – 5pm
Instructor: Dave Kelly

Workshop Fee: $185
Pre-registration discount of 10% if registered by May 24th
Cancelation Deadline: June 2, 2019
Maximum Attendees: 10
Skill Level: Beginner to Expert. There will be something for everyone.

This workshop will cover the procedures and techniques in all 7 modules of Lightroom Classic CC with emphasis on the Library and Develop modules. It will go beyond the basics and cover much more detail than the usual Lightroom workshop, with some of the techniques never having been presented before in print or video.

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Basic Photoshop for Photographers

June 15, 2019
9am – 5pm
Instructor: Don Crow

Workshop Fee: $175
Cancelation Deadline: June 8, 2019
Maximum Attendees: 8
Skill Level: The workshop is open to anyone interested in improving their photography through Photoshop.
The attendee should be familiar with the operating system of the computer they would be using and have Photoshop, Bridge, and Camera Raw installed and functioning.

Photoshop is a very powerful and complex program for use in editing photographic images. Ansel Adams stated “You don’t take a photograph you make it”. We have to wonder what he could have accomplished with today’s technology. This workshop will introduce you to Photoshop and its companions, Bridge and Camera Raw. Photoshop’s user interface will be covered including the tools and tool options available. Photoshop’s image adjustments layers, layer masks, brush tool, selections, etc will be covered hands on, with images supplied. Emphasis throughout will be on nondestructive editing.

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Textures & More

June 20 – 23, 2019
Instructor: Donna Eaton

Workshop Fee: $725
Maximum of 8 Attendees
Requirements: Participants must have Photoshop or software capable of layers and a basic understanding of using layers.

Are you looking to take your photography to a new artistic level? Join Donna Eaton for a 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. 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 beautiful private property with on-site parking, state of the art classroom and natural surroundings.

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Beyond the Visible: Lessons in Infrared Photography

July 18-19-20-21, 2019
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Workshop Fee: $379
Maximum of 8 Attendees

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.

This workshop will give you a solid grounding in Infrared photography’s technology, vision and craft.

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Digital Black and White Photography

September 12 – 15, 2019
Instructor(s): Mary Louise Ravese
& Jeff Miller
Workshop Fee: $745
Save $100 by Registering Prior to: April 12, 2019
Save $50 by Registering: April 13 – Jul. 12, 2019
Maximum of 6 Attendees

Requirements: 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. Participants should also have some basic experience with editing images using Adobe Lightroom software (either Classic or CC versions). If desired, participants can bring their own laptop, but they will be able to use one of the 27 inch iMac machines available at the training facility.

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 pre-visualize scenes with strong black and white image potential. Participants will then spend a day practicing these techniques photographing at nature photography locations in the region and other unique items like antiques.

Then it’s on to the digital darkroom where Mary Louise will share her step-by-step approach for optimally converting images from color to black and white using Adobe’s Lightroom program. Joining Mary Louise in teaching will be master printer and Mountain Lens co-founder Jeff Miller, who will explain how to produce the best black and white photographic prints.

Over the weekend in addition to photographing in the field, participants will work on editing their own images with input, guidance and feedback from Mary Louise and Jeff. The workshop culminates with each participant printing one of their images to take home.

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Crafting a Mindful Photographic Practice

September 27 – 29, 2019
Instructor: Eve Turek

Workshop Fee: $785
Maximum of 6 Attendees
Registration & Cancellation Deadline: June 15, 2019

Crafting a Mindful Photographic Practice invites photographers of all skill levels to consider what photography means to them, what their deepest photographic aspirations and inspirations are, and how to translate their personal values and loves into meaningful images through both creative vision and technical choices.

Multiple field opportunities will begin on the Mountain Lens property’s 20 acres and will also include off-site excursions. Potential sites, depending on weather and light conditions, may include nearby Looking Glass Falls, Carl Sandburg’s historic home (including red barns and pygmy goats), or scenic Blue Ridge overlooks at the edges of the day. Classroom time will include one-on-one hands-on instruction in Photoshop for novices and more in-depth gentle image critiques for those who need no PS assistance, with a view towards helping all participants recognize the strengths of their own and others’ work as all refine their personal styles.

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Textures & More

October 10 – 13, 2019
Instructor: Donna Eaton

Workshop Fee: $725
Maximum of 8 Attendees
Requirements: Participants must have Photoshop or software capable of layers and a basic understanding of using layers.

Are you looking to take your photography to a new artistic level? Join Donna Eaton for a 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. 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 beautiful private property with on-site parking, state of the art classroom and natural surroundings.

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Autumn in Abstract: Photographing Vivid Colors & Light in the Landscape

November 7-8-9-10, 2019
Instructor: Susanna Euston

Workshop Fee: $379
Maximum of 10 Attendees

The beauty of Autumn in the mountains 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 you’ll learn Intentional Camera Movement and other abstract techniques, including compositing, to use as you explore Autumn’s brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds in the landscape.

In the field, we’ll capture both “classical” and abstract images, so you can experience both and decide which best expresses your vision.

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