Old Salem Expedition (Winston-Salem, NC)
October 29, 2016 (Saturday) 7am-6pm
We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn in Pineville at 7:00am where we will be providing transportation to the Old Salem in Winston-Salem (about 1.5 hours). We will spend the day going around taking in the autumn colors, architecture and period costumes. Our team will be there to help, offer hints and to make sure you get the images that you want. We will have lunch at the Old Salem Tavern (included). Everyone will also get access to the building tours so that they can take pictures inside some of the buildings as well (included). After spending the rest of the afternoon we will leave the town around 4:30 to be back in Charlotte around 6:00pm. Every year participants get incredible shots of Old Salem in the peak of fall color.
Butterfly House at NC Museum of Life and Science (Durham, NC)
This Expedition will give you the chance to photograph both plants and animals in the Butterfly House as well as other scenes at the NC Museum of Life and Science in Durham (433 West Murray Ave). Admission is included in your registration. We will then head first to the butterfly house and spend some time shooting and learning more about techniques to get great images. We will have the entire butterfly house to ourselves for the first hour and a half of the time. There are also other outdoor and indoor exhibits featuring animals that we can photograph as well. The formal trip will end at 1pm but you are welcome to stay longer. No transportation is provided to this Expedition but a list of those traveling from Charlotte who want to carpool can be shared to organize riding together. Minimum 4 participants, maximum 12. Click here to see student photographs from our last Butterfly House Expedition. For couples or guests, the second person can attend for half price when registering together.
Art Deco Car Exhibit at NC Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC)
January 6, 2017 (Friday)
This unique event will allow our group to have access to the exhibit of Art Deco cars for one hour all to ourselves and then we can stay for longer as it opens up to the public. We will be meeting in Raleigh at the NC Museum of Art at 8:45am on Friday, Jan. 6th. The museum is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road Raleigh, NC 27607 Brian will provide some equipment and shooting suggestions beforehand by email so we can get started as soon as we arrive. While the cars are on exhibit, there are many compositional options for capturing all and parts of these vehicles as well.
The price includes our private access, basic instruction, ticket fees and lunch. Transportation to Raleigh is not included but there is the possibility that you can carpool with others who are attending.
Minimum 4 participants, maximum 15. For couples or guests, the second person can attend for half price when registering together.
This expedition takes you participants to Hawaii to the island of Maui to experience some of the most varied landscape opportunities. Based out of a resort in Kihei and then another one on the famous Kaanapali beach, we will take half day and day trips throughout the week to Haleakala crater at sunrise, the black sand beach, Garden of Eden, the Road to Hana, the North Shore, Iao valley and more. We will catch a few sunset right from our hotels in the evening and be sure to take in Luau as well. On this expedition, there will also be more down time for enjoying the beach, snorkeling on your own, etc. Spouses can decide each day to join us on our photography trip or to stay at the resort for relaxation. Cost includes ground transportation in Maui, 6 nights private accommodations, all meals and instruction as well as admission fees, etc.. Airline travel to and from Maui is the participant's responsibility. Minimum 4 participants, maximum 7.
Arizona Expedition 2017
April 17-23, 2017 (Trip is Full)
Cost $2800, Guest/Spouse $1600
This expedition takes you participants to Arizona to experience some of the most classic landscapes of the Southwest. We Start in Phoenix for the first night and then head to the Sedona area and Grand Canyon for two days. Then we go to Page, AZ. Here we get to capture the beautiful oranges and reds of slot canyons as well as Horseshoe Bend and more. All of these are iconic photographic opportunities. We finally return to Phoenix after our week of travel. Cost includes ground transportation from Phoenix, 6 nights private accommodations, all meals and instruction as well as canyon tour fees. Airline travel to and from Phoenix is the participant's responsibility. To see the photo album from last year's trip, click here
Minimum 4 participants, maximum 10.
Oregon Coast and Mountain Expedition 2018
Oregon is a photographer's paradise and The Photo Classroom has been taking photographers out there for years. The trip will begin in Portland after lunch on the first day when we will head out to the Columbia River Gorge for two and a half days of sunsets, waterfalls and Mt. Hood. On the third day of our expedition, we will go to the coast for 3 days touring lighthouses at sunset, rocky coastlines, monoliths and much more. The trip will conclude back in Portland capturing beautiful landscapes. Cost includes ground transportation (airline travel is the participant's responsibility), 7 nights private accommodations, all meals and instruction. Minimum 4 participants, maximum 10.
Cataloochee Elk Preserve (GSMNP/Asheville)
September 25-26, 2016 (Trip is FULL)
Based on one of the highlight trips last year, we will be offering again in 2016 the chance to photograph elk and so much more. Cataloochee Elk Preserve is located about 45 mins from Asheville so our trip will begin by meeting at the Courtyard Marriott in Ashville on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. We will hopefully be able to check in and then will provide transportation to the Elk Preserve. We will photograph the elk in the late afternoon light and catch a mountain sunset. After a late dinner we will get some rest before leaving early the next morning to go back photograph not only the elk but also picturesque valley and century old buildings including a barn, farmhouse and church. In the early afternoon we will depart and have lunch on our way back to the hotel where everyone will head home. You can check out some images we captured on our last trip by clicking here. Cost includes transportation to and from the park, overnight lodging, all meals and instruction. Minimum 5 participants, maximum 10
Zoo Expedition (Columbia, SC)
We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Pineville at 7:00am where we will be providing transportation to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC (about 1.5 hours). We will spend the day going around the zoo as an informal group. My team and I will be there to help, offer hints and to make sure you get the images that you want. We will stop for lunch around 12:00pm. After spending the rest of the afternoon we will leave the zoo around 4:30 to be back in Charlotte around 6:00pm. This trip is always a favorite for all levels of photographers. You can check out some images our participants last year captured by clicking here. Cost includes zoo admission, lunch and transportation. Minimum 5 participants, maximum 14
Photography Trips and Expeditions
Our Photography Expeditions offer the best opportunity to learn hands-on and have fun doing so with a wide range of places and subjects. Our trips often are all-inclusive including meals, admission, overnight accommodations as well as ground transportation and instruction. In addition, we have a 1 to 5 teacher to student ratio which makes sure that you get assistance and can learn even more while you are shooting. Registrations for each trip can be made below. If you have any questions, please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call. Last year most of our trips were sold out so don't wait to register.
2016 - 2017 Expeditions:
Maui Expedition Summer 2017
July 9-16, 2017 (Trip is FULL)
Cost $4000, Guest/Spouse $2500
Autumn Waterfall Expedition (Brevard, NC)
October 16-17, 2016 (Sunday-Monday)
Photograph some of the most beautiful waterfalls and fall autumn colors in the mountains with a pro by your side! This trip will not only give participants the chance to shoot 3 different waterfalls but will also have two computer editing teaching sessions to complete the waterfall photography process from beginning to end. Accommodations at the Hampton Inn in Brevard and meals are included. Minimum 6 participants, maximum 12
Additional Notes about Expeditions:
• Reduced rates for a spouse or guest accompanying a participant are available on most Expeditions. Call or email for more information.
• Trips have a minimum number of participants who have to register for the Expedition to take place. In addition, all of the Expeditions have a maximum number of participants in order to keep the instructor to student ratio around 1 to 5. Register early with your deposit to guarantee your spot as we are often at sold out capacity. Refunds are only given if The Photo Classroom cancels an Expedition for any reason. We are not responsible for travel expenses already incurred and we highly recommend travel insurance.
• Participation in any Expedition requires each participant to sign a Release. To request a copy of this release, please email us.
For more information on the photo expeditions, please see the calendar on the home page, email us at email@example.com, call us at 704-905-4729, or use the contact us form to see if there is space available.
Spring Waterfall Expedition (Brevard, NC)
Photograph some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the NC mountains with a pro by your side! This trip will not only give participants the chance to shoot 3 different waterfalls but will also have two computer editing teaching sessions to complete the waterfall photography process from beginning to end. Accommodations at the Hampton Inn in Brevard and meals are included. Minimum 6 participants, maximum 12