Why take a Photo Class ?

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Why take a photo class?

Do you own a digital camera but are so overwhelmed by all the bells, whistles, and buttons that you give up and leave it set on automatic?
Would you like to be able to make excellent images instead of the average snapshots you get from the automatic settings?
On the first night of one of my beginning classes, a student expressed the opinion that he took good photos. After 3 lessons the same student stated that he now realized what a good photo looked like and that his work was greatly improving.
One of the primary reasons to take a photo class is to learn to appreciate and identify a quality image. This gives you a tangible goal to aim for.
A second reason is to learn the technical information required to create a quality image. An excellent result is based on proper knowledge and correct application of photographic principles.
A third reason is to receive feedback and support as you develop your photographic talents. A good instructor will guide you to create your best work.
The last but not least is to HAVE FUN!  Enjoy and share your photos of family holidays, reunions, friends, your pets antics, vacations,  and gorgeous sunsets.
The next session of classes begins Jan 2nd. You may sign up by using the Paypal link in the right sidebar. I hope to see you in class.

Happy Holidays

Holiday Highway

Wishing you Happy Holidays from Stephen Carl Photography.
This bridge, decked out for the holidays, is located just outside the
Greenbriar entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The print of it, called Holiday Highway, is a best seller for me.
It is available on my Etsy site or, if you are visiting the Smoky Mountains,
you may purchase a copy at the Smoky Mountain Pottery store.
Located on the Arts & Craft loop in Gatlinburg.

If you are anywhere close to Dayton, Ohio…
remember that my photography classes start on Jan 4th  2016.
You may sign up here in the right sidebar by using the Paypal link.

Why Take A Photo Class ??

Smoky Mountain Bridge
Smoky Mountain Bridge


Do you own a digital camera but are so overwhelmed by all the bells, whistles, and buttons that you give up and leave it  set on automatic?

Would you like to  be  able to make excellent images instead of the average snapshots you get from the automatic settings?

On the first night of one of my beginning classes a student expressed the opinion that he took good photos. After 3 lessons the same student stated that he now realized what a good photo looked like and that his work was greatly improving.

One of the primary reasons to take a photo class is to learn to appreciate and identify a quality image. This gives you a tangible goal to aim for.

A second reason is to learn the technical information required to create a quality image. An excellent result is based on proper knowledge and correct application of photographic principles.

A third reason is to receive feedback and support as you develop your photographic talents. A good instructor will guide  you to create your best work.

The last but not least is to HAVE FUN !  Enjoy and share your photos of family holidays,  get togethers, friends, your pets antics, vacations,  and gorgeous sunsets.

Start Learning Today!!    
The new term starts on March 4th…You may sign up by using the Paypal button located in the right sidebar.   I hope to see you in class.

Remembering Last Year


As I sit here in my office, looking out the window at the 60* weather we are having, I think back to last year at this time.  A much different look to the outdoors.
Better or worse?  You decide.  For me, I will take the overcast and snow in preference to the nasty and boring clear blue sky that holds no photographic interest for me.
Of course, I have never had to shovel a clear blue sky……

Just a side note: The classes are filling up fast for the March/April term. If you want a place in class you need to let me know.

Mountain Crafts

Closed until March….open only on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM…..if I had to stand out in the weather all day to sell my photographs, I would also be closed until March. Do not allow the exterior to fool you, Sandra is a very good painter who specializes in scenes from around the Smoky Mountains area. We have one of her Cades Cove oil paintings hanging in our living room. We discovered her work in a local restaurant where we were seated under a painting she had given to the owner.  We were so impressed that we just had to find her and see what else she had to offer.  The hunt took several years since she does not have a web site, is not listed in the Tennessee  artist listings, is not in the telephone book, and of course we were doing the search from Ohio which makes it more difficult. We finally found her mother who told us where to find Sandra and we have been steady patrons for many years now.
As I am writing this, it occurs to me that the search we went on is one reason why I have a web presence. I do not want to be hard to find.  I do not want you to have to spend a lot of time trying to locate me. If you cannot find me, you cannot see my work, and you cannot purchase anything.  Ah, we learn our lessons in the most unique ways.. at least I seem to do it that way.


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Circle Of Light

The Middle Prong Little River,  just before it flows into Laurel Creek,  has some interesting rock formations.  Which, when covered with a higher than normal flow of water, create this almost circular formation in the river.  A lot of snow and the melting ice contributed to the increased flow.    Enjoy your Super Bowl weekend.


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Bridge Over Winter Water

This is a favorite spot near Townsend, TN.  Most people just drive right over the bridge, never stopping to see what it really looks like from the other side. This day I caught it in the snow. The road was closed up ahead and this area was swarming with frustrated tourists. It took a long time for all of them to move out of the frame.  Enjoy!


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Sunday Snow

A great many years ago, when churches like this were the norm, snowy Sunday mornings entailed a lot of work.  Get up, add wood to the stove, put on the coffee pot, clean up, get dressed, go to the barn to take care of the animals, hitch up the horse, get the family into the buggy, and of course, the 4 or 5 mile ride to get to church.
Today, we view these old churches with a bit of nostalgia for the “good old days”.  A time when things were simpler and less complicated. A time without our IPhones, computers, automobiles, and let us not forget, central heating & indoor plumbing.  Ahh, the good old days……..       Let’s just enjoy the view and a little nostalgia before we get in our cars and go home to our comforts.


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