Thursday October 29, 2020, 2 pm
Sunday November 1, 2020, 3 pm

Workshop Fee: $695


Mary Louise Ravese
Bella Vista Photography
(919) 307-9054 (East Coast time)


Asheville area, Western North Carolina.

Our "home base" is at the 20 acre Mountain Lens Training Center in Hendersonville, NC.

Getting There

Mountain Lens is about a 45 min drive south of downtown Asheville, NC

Approximate driving times:

Atlanta, GA: 3 hrs 20 min

Raleigh, NC: 4.5 hrs

Spartanburg, SC: 1 hr 10 min

Washington DC: 8 hrs



Lodging is not included in the workshop fee. Mountain Lens offers lodging on-site in a  cottage and a carriage house.

Fox Den Interior

Their rates run from $90 - $175 per person for shared suites that include a kitchenette. Luxury amenities include high-definition TVs and high-speed WiFi.

If the Mountain Lens suites are full, we can supply recommendations for local area hotels and B&Bs.

Contact Mountain Lens directly to book your lodging at (828)-230-3685


About the Instructor 

MLRMary Louise Ravese specializes in fine art nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Her photographs are in private, university & corporate collections in over 40 states and are exhibited nationally. She has published images in calendars, magazines, books and websites. Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs. She also enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel and creative photography. Based in North Carolina, Mary Louise leads classes and workshops at a variety of locations across the US and abroad. 


North Carolina Mountains and Waterfalls in Autumn Photography Workshop

Nestled in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Mountain Lens offers an ideal location from which to explore the natural beauty of the forests and multiple waterfalls in the region. Autumn is a famously beautiful time to visit and photograph the fall foliage display.

Blue Ridge Mountain Vista Fall In this hands-on workshop, Mary Louise will share her tips for how to best capture the color of the season from photo equipment to techniques like high dynamic range (HDR) photography, long exposure photography for capturing moving water & glassy reflections, and intentional camera movement techniques for a creative approach to dealing with contrasty lighting.

Then in the digital darkroom Mary Louise will share her step-by-step approach for editing images including using Adobe’s Lightroom and Photomatix programs to process HDR images, making this technique feasible, even for those who don’t have in-camera HDR capture functionality.

Mountain Lens Training Room

You are sure to come away with some new approaches for creating dynamic images thanks to the workshop’s combination of lectures, demonstrations, and multiple hands-on photography shooting sessions in the field.

Participants will work on editing their own images with input, guidance and feedback from Mary Louise. The workshop culminates with each participant printing one of their images to take home for display.

Autumn at Looking Glass Falls

Who Should Attend

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 Classic software. 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. Class size is limited to 6 students.

What's Included 
    • Classroom presentations/demonstrations
    • Hands-on field sessions
    • 1 on 1 time with the instructor(s)
    • Training handouts 
    • Preliminary and final print of the participant’s work printed on-site

What's Not Included

    • Accommodations
      On-site accommodations can be booked directly through Mountain Lens. Suggestions for off-site accommodations are available if desired.
    • Meals
      Brown bag lunches and group dinner take-out orders at local restaurants can be arranged.
    • Transportation
      Participants should plan to drive or rent a car, public transportation is not readily available to/from Mountain Lens.

Comments from previous workshop participants

"I liked being able to learn about how to do post processing and printing of my photos. Both instructors were outstanding - very informative and knowledgeable. This has been the best workshop I have taken." - Roger B.

"Great facility at Mountain Lens with wonderful accomodations. It was a quiet facility with beautiful property - Highly recommend it. ... It was definitely a good value for the money" - Anne S.

"I would absolutely recommend this workshop to others. You learn a lot, put it into practice from shoot to print in a superb environment with top notch instructors." - Sandra B.

"Mary Louise was a wonderful instructor - very knowledgeable, skilled, and a great teacher. Love her! Jeff was great - very helpful" - Susan W.

" What I liked best about the workshop was the integration of the printing, having multiple printers and a master printer, Jeff, onsite. Mountain Lens was a great facility, well provisioned with quality furnishings." - Kevin L.

Workshop adjustments for COVID-19

We're working to keep you safe

To keep our workshop as safe as possible, here are the changes we will make:

  • We have reduced the number of people in the workshop to 6, so we'll be a group of just 7 people (max), including me, your instructor.

  • We believe we can safely meet in-person at Mountain Lens if everyone agrees to abide by our COVID-19 policy and complete a participant questionnaire to be collected on the first day of the workshop.

Read our COVID-19 Policies

Download our Participant Waiver Form 

  •  We will be spending a significant portion of our time photographing outdoors

  • We will conduct some lectures via zoom video conferencing in advance of the in-person workshop. These sessions will be recorded in case there are scheduling conflicts.

  • When possible we will try to conduct lectures outdoors at Mountain Lens, and when we are in the classroom we will space people out to maintain physical distancing. It's possible that the classroom space may not be available due to COVID-19 concerns by the Mountain Lens property owners (the owners need to pass through the classroom area to get to their offices). If that happens, we are working on alternative indoor/outdoor meeting locations on the Mountain Lens property. You should plan on bringing a laptop for photo editing instead of relying on using a Mountain Lens provided iMac. Also, if a print can't be provided during the workshop, you'll receive a print via mail after the workshop. Remember masks will be required for all indoor time together and outdoors if distancing is not possible.

  • We will not permit sharing of Mountain Lens suites among workshop participants. This means that some participants will need to get lodging off-site.