Summit Schedule 2019

We will be adding more detail to this schedule as we get closer to the event, but this will give you an idea of what the days and nights will look like in general! Please note that this schedule is subject to change slightly, but will stick to this general format. It looks like the days and nights are very full, which they are, but please remember, you always have the option to choose the things that you would like to attend and there is time to go out and shoot on your own or in small groups if you choose outside of the field sessions. There may not be much time to sleep…but, well, you can do that when you get home;)!

Tuesday, November 5th

  • 5:30am – 2pm (approximately) Pre-Conference Session of Photographing the Elk in Cataloochee with Brett Wells – This session is limited to 20 participants and will leave from Tremont Lodge at approximately 5:30am. There will be a short group meeting on Monday evening with Brett at 8pm to cover logistics and loan out lenses and equipment that may be needed for the next morning.
  • 5pm-8pm Registration will be open from for anyone arriving on Tuesday evening.
  • 6:30pm-8pm – Casual meet and greet with all participants (and instructors) who have already arrived.

Wednesday, November 6th

  • 6:30am-11am – Field Sessions
  • 8am-12pm – Registration is open
  • 11:30am – Box lunches available to be picked up if ordered
  • 12:30pm-2:30pm – Opening Keynote Session – Joe McNally
  • 3pm-4pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 5:45pm-7pm – Dinner on the Lawn (tickets will be available starting in September)
  • 7:30pm-8:30pm – Large Group Session
  • 8:30pm-11pm – Campfire Conversations
  • *3am-just after sunrise – normally we offer several night photography field sessions. Due to the time the moon sets, we will be offering at least 2 field session options leaving at the lovely hour of 3am and shooting through sunrise. The first one on Wednesday will be for advanced night shooters who are already familiar with camera settings for this type of photography. There will be another field session offered for beginners, but we strongly recommend that you attend the break out session on night photography before attending this field session.
  • 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm – Trade Show is open

Thursday, November 7th

  • 6:30am-10am – Field Sessions
  • 11am-12pm – Large Group Session
  • 12pm – Boxed lunches available for pick up
  • 12:15pm-12:45pm– Editing Lab
  • 1pm-2pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 4pm-5pm – Large Group Session
  • 5:15pm-6:15pm – Image Reviews (by appointment)
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm – Editing Lab
  • 7:30pm-8:30pm – Large Group Session
  • 8:30pm-11pm – Campfire Conversations
  • 9am-4pm Tradeshow Hours

Friday, November 8th

  • 6:30am-10am – Field Sessions
  • 11am-12pm – Large Group Session
  • 12pm – Boxed lunches available for pick up
  • 12:15pm-12:45pm – Editing Lab
  • 1pm-2pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 4pm-5pm – Large Group Session
  • 5:15pm-6:15pm – Image Reviews
  • 7:30pm-8:30pm – Large Group Session
  • 8:30pm-11pm – Campfire Conversations
  • 9am-4pm – Trade Show Hours

Saturday, November 9th

  • 6:30am-10am – Field Sessions
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Large Group Session
  • 11:30am – Boxed lunches available for pickup
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 2pm-3pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – Large Group Session
  • 5pm-6pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 7:30pm-9pm – Panel Discussion and Awards
  • 9pm-11pm – Campfire Conversations
  • 9am-5pm – Trade Show hours

Sunday, November 10th

  • 8am-9am – Large Group Session
  • 9:30am-10:30am – Breakout Sessions