When you first arrive at a photo location what do you do? Do you immediately take out your tripod, fully extend the legs, and put your camera on the head in the landscape position? If you do all these things (and I am guilty too) then you are limiting your creativity.
This year will be the 3rd annual Great Smoky Mountains Photography Summit, which by all accounts, has been amazing. The event is from November 1st to the 5th and has some of the biggest names in landscape/nature photography. Some of those names include Bill Fortney, Bill Lea, Mandy Lea, RC Concepcion, Vinny Colucci, Tony Sweet, and more. While my schedule is not going to allow me to attend if you have ever wanted to see the Smokies in the Fall this would be the time to go and with the people to go with.
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