The Smoky Mountains truly are a photographers paradise. From the wildlife that roams the area to the plants that help to make up the ecosystem to the formation of the mountains themselves, there is always something to take a picture of. Getting out in the wilderness, driving through Cades Cove or taking one of the many hikes in the Smokies gets you into an environment to capture tremendous pictures. If you are a photog, if you are someone that enjoys taking pictures, the Smokies hold all the wonder and excitement that you will be able to stand.
What to Bring:
- SLR or DSLR Camera – Bring your phone camera for snapshots but if you are wanting to capture the best images that you can find, bring a good camera. Also, if you are wanting to learn to use your camera and have a blast while you experiment, the Smokies are one of the best places to break in new gear.
- Tripod – For sunsets and low light conditions you are going to want a tripod. The sunrises and sunsets in the Smoky Mountains are spectacular and a tripod will allow you to get those still images of the mountains that you will be showing off for years to come.
- Hiking Boots and Clothes – Get off the beaten path. If you see a tree that needs to have a picture taken of it. Get out of the car and get up close. Pull on the hiking boots and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and take a hike with your camera in hand.
- Picnic and Plenty of Water – If you are really serious about taking pictures, you are going to be out in the wild for a while. Bring a lunch and plenty of water and spend the day out in the elements.
Somethings to keep in Mind:
- If you can see it from your car… so has everyone else. Get out of the car and get a different perspective on the scene you want to capture.
- Those baby bears are cute but I would bet that there mother is close by.
- Elk are not deer – they are bigger and much meaner. They will charge you.
- Don’t be afraid to get dirty. Changing your perspective might mean the difference between a good picture and a great picture.
- If you have a macro lens, you have found your new home. The opportunities for a macro photographer are second to none in the Smoky Mountains. From insects and amphibians to plants and wildflowers, the shots are endless.