This WORKSHOP is going to be so COOL! Come join us - we're SO EXCITED!

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Reservations ARE NOW OPEN!

Grab Your Spot
*Hurry! We can only take seven photographers on this trip & we're expecting that both departures will fill up quickly!
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If you are a nature photographer looking to master waterfalls...

…this exciting new Backcountry Journeys workshop will be a game-changer for you. We're REALLY excited about this one.

Join Backcountry Journeys in the Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina & Tennessee. Learn how to capture dramatic & beautiful silky waterfalls using shutter drag techniques & more!

Join us on this action packed, educational workshop & come away with a wealth of new images, new friends & great memories.

Even better you’ll leave with SKILLS you didn’t have before that will move your waterfall photography & general use of shutter speeds to the next level – come master waterfalls with our experienced photo instructors. 

We’ve had A LOT of students over the years – both in the field and in the classroom.

In fact, through Backcountry Journeys we’ve taught THOUSANDS of like-minded photographers

AND brought them to some pretty amazing far-flung destinations over the years

Mastering the use of shutter speed is paramount to creating artistic looking & beautiful waterfall compositions. This is going to be such a COOL workshop & photography experience so come join us!

Backcountry Journeys is announcing a special new Photography Workshop Itinerary that will take us to a location ripe with waterfalls, mountain scenery & canopies of trees like nowhere else - the Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina!

Book your trip now and thank us later. This is an extremely unique & educational, hands-on workshop and one that will be sure to produce results: new skills & new photos for your portfolio!

The main focus for this trip is waterfalls. This will be an action-packed workshop with a ton of shooting and instruction!

Join Backcountry Journeys for our Ethereal Waterfalls Workshop and take home a collection of images and memories that will last a lifetime (and make your friends jealous, too).

Hidden under the canopy of the greatest variety of trees found anywhere in America are an incredible number of waterfalls that have become signature of the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee and North Carolina. When we thought about a location for a workshop designed around waterfalls and mastering shutter speeds, it was a no-brainer. 

Have you found yourself impressed by images depicting waterfalls in a dream-like, or heavenly sort of way? Water spilling over like a silk sheet, as if created through the poetic imagination of the photographer, rather than a simple frozen moment. Ever found yourself asking, “how do they do that?”

This brand new workshop from Backcountry Journeys is designed to put you and your camera up close and personal with not only the iconic cascades of the area, but also a number of special and lesser known. And, along the way, provide you with the tools and skills needed to take control of your image creation by mastering the art of shutter speed.  

Based out of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, we’ll be strategically located to access the Smoky Mountain region and its assortment of waterfall features, among other things. Truly immersive in nature, this workshop will provide you the know-how to tell stories through powerful compositions while while mastering the technical components of shutter speed. Post-processing is the final touch to every great photograph, and will be a part of this workshop to provide you with special editing techniques that go into creating a masterful waterfall image.

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  • Master Waterfall Imagery
  • Learn Proper Exposure Techniques
  • Master creative compositions centered around water features
  • Learn how to post-process your images using Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop
  • Only Seven Photographers
  • Awesome Meals & Lodging Included
  • The BEST (and most fun) photo instructors!
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Ethereal Waterfalls Workshop
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5 Days / 4 Nights

Trip Price: $3995 $3595

BCJ Tribe Members: $3235

Deposit: $1995

Fitness Level: 

Meals: Most meals included

Lodging: 4 nights lodging

Start / End: Asheville, North Carolina


  • June 5th to 9th, 2023
  • June 11th to 15th, 2023

Our Guests Love Backcountry Journeys

At Backcountry Journeys we’ve been perfecting photography trips for years and have some of the BEST photo pros & Trip Leaders in the business. With one of the highest return guest ratios in the adventure travel space we’ve become the gold standard for what a photography tour / workshop should look like. Our commitment to our guests & personalized attention is what sets us apart from the rest – and it shows.

Backcountry Journeys “Tribe” community is one of the most active in the industry – and our guests come back year after year to experience new photo destinations – sometimes several times per year!

But don’t just take it from us! Our TripAdvisor page says it all – below are a few recent testimonials from some of our past travelers:

Backcountry Journeys Photography Trips are World Class
We set the bar high - but don't just take our word for it! The following reviews are straight from our TripAdvisor Page!

“What an amazing trip we had! Thanks to Ben and PJ, our very competent and patient guides, we saw a huge variety of wonderful vistas from delicate snow scenes in the first two days contrasted with the steam arising in places, to massive mountains in cloud and sunlight, magical pine forests and geysers. At all times we had access to Ben and PJ to ask for advice of needed and they offered suggestions for good angles for shooting landscape and wildlife shots. Among the wildlife we saw were many bison and elk herds, pronghorn antelope, bald eagles, grizzly bears (Mum with two cubs), chipmunks, Red-tailed hawk, coyote and even distant wolves! We were very fortunate with the weather which allowed us to see the landscapes in a variety of moods in snow, cloud and sunlight, all helping to give us a broad taste of these magnificent wilderness parks.

I can highly recommend these tours to anyone as they are great value for money, often exciting, educational and a lot of fun!”

Marion A

Sydney, Australia

“Glacier National Park is glorious! I highly recommend taking this Backcountry Journeys trip. It was our second trip (previously did Zion and Bryce with Russ and Crystal) and my husband and I were very happy with the results.

Matt Meisenheimer is a fabulous guide who really takes his craft seriously. He always made sure we were in the right place at the right time and was willing to put in extra time to allow us to see more areas within the park.

Matt taught me new functions and features on my camera that made me enjoy the trip even more. To be honest, you don’t get much sleep on this trip – up early and out until late, but the landscapes are so beautiful, you just don’t mind.

I can’t wait for our next two trips with Backcountry in 2020 – Yosemite and Grand Teton. I’m sure those trips will be equally awe inspiring and rewarding.”

Linda E

Chicago, Illinois

"Just completed the Great Smoky Mountains in Autumn standard trip with Backcountry Journeys. This is my 3rd trip with BCJ and as was expected it was another awesome trip. Our guides, Russell Graves and Ben Blankenship were great. Having focused mainly on landscape tours previously, this tour had a good mix of landscape and wildlife. Our guides were patient, proficient and extremely helpful in providing tips on appropriate lenses and the proper camera setting for every occasion. Since they had abundant knowledge of the Smokies we were in the right place at the right time. To top off the fact that being in the Park was special, the food and lodging provided throughout the trip were top notch!"

Tony E

Springfield, Missouri

"I'm an amateur photographer and wanted a tour that focused on getting "the picture" as well as teaching you about your camera and getting those pictures. This group did exactly that. I went on Backcountry Journey's Ultimate Northern Lights 6-day trip in Oct 11-17, 2020. Had a fantastic experience! Our guide, Russ, was knowledgeable, helpful, patient and definitely wanted us to have a good photo experience. Ours was a small group (thanks to COVID), but he gave individual attention to each of us and was always ready to answer questions or help. Fortunately for our group, the weather, KP numbers, and solar wind cooperated and we got some incredible pics! Russ had several different sites picked out for us to view the Lights, and was flexible to make changes when the weather dictated to do so. They chose a very nice hotel and restaurants for us. They also had COVID rules that the group adhered to, making the trip comfortable under the circumstances. I would highly recommend the company and will travel with them in the future."

Cindy S

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"My first photo trip ever, booked almost last minute - and absolutely great experience!
Small group of people with similar expectations, led by two guides-professional photographers, knowing the area and understanding nature - all together looks like the recipe for success!
Yellowstone and Grand Teton in autumn offer unlimited opportunities for photographers, both professional and amateur. Having guides ready to give precious hints and advice taught me a lot, and nice personalities of Ben and Russell - our guides - made the trip also fun."

Dorota P

New Haven, Connecticut

"We had an exceptional trip with Backcountry Journeys to Katmai and the Northern Lights. We were able to get up close with the bears and have lots of opportunities to take great photos. The photographic advice was top notch. Same was true for Northern Lights!!

Our guide knew where to go, how to get us there and then get great pictures. Lots of night photography skills were shared."

Peter T

Piedmont, South Carolina

“This 5 day, six night photo workshop on the Big Island of Hawaii was more then I had even imagined. Monumental exploding surf, plunging waterfalls and isolated beaches for sunrise and sunset. Our photographer guide always at the ready with suggested gear or a strong arm down a steep hillside.
All inclusive workshop had us at very nice accommodations and great food choices from fine dinning to quirky breakfast spots.
My second trip with Backcountry Journeys. Also a wonderful way for a photographer to see the right spots.”

Stephana B

Fishers, Indiana

"This was a bucket list trip for me and it totally exceeded all my expectations and then some! From my initial conversations with Russ, the ease of booking, reminders/updates along the way and the trip in genearl was amazing! The guides, all experienced/advanced photographers, went out of their way to make sure we got the best shots possible and were always willing to do what it took to help! Even the rain didn't slow us down! My co-photograhers were also awesome and I made lifetime memories and friends!"

Terry B

Dallas, Texas


We’re so confident that the trips we offer will not only meet but exceed the lofty expectations set forth on our website – if your trip experience does not 100% match the promises laid forth on our website we will gladly give you a credit toward a future trip. Natural events such as wildlife & weather are certainly out of our control but every aspect of the trip including logistics, accommodations, vehicles, itinerary & your expert trip leaders will match the lofty promises we’ve made on the site – we guarantee it!

Worry Free Travel

If there are still any COVID-19 related travel issues during any trip you book – rest assured you will be able to transfer your trip at no cost before your final payment is due. Our peace of mind guarantee to you!

On top of that we offer one of the most rock solid guarantees in the travel industry.

  • Ethereal Waterfalls Workshop - ($3995 Value)

          Special Price: $3595 or $3235 for Tribe Members!

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Book Your Trip & Get it all Right Now



BCJ Tribe Member? $3235

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Trip Deposit Only $1995

YES! Book My Trip

Hurry. We are only accepting seven photographers on these departures. Registration is open until the trip is full but we expect all seven spots to sell out for both dates

*Final Balance due 120 days prior to departure

Let's go photograph some WATERFALLS!