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Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Creating a great landscape photo is one of the greatest challenges in photography. In this class, you will learn key concepts and techniques to take your landscape photos to the next level. Learn advanced techniques such as panoramics, multi-row panoramics, hyper-focal distance, filters, portable lighting, reflectors, diffusers and more. Activity Level: Moderate Things to Know: What to Bring: Tripods are recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Away from the main thoroughfares, a network of beautiful backroads snake their way through the Black Hills. They offer access to stunning photo sites, from rushing streams and rocky outcrops, to golden aspen stands and historic ghost towns. On this workshop you will travel off the beaten path, rolling through spectacular hill country, fall foliage, and beautiful creeks, to explore one of the many ghost towns hidden throughout the Black Hills. From…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Photograph Wonderland Caves on our own private tour through the stalactites, stalagmites, and other beautiful patterns and formations made by water, minerals, and time. We will use some of the lighting already in place in the cavern along with some additional light we add to the scenes to help show the highlights and shadows and really bring out the amazing natural features the cavern has to offer. Yes,…Find out more »
Type: Indoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Sometimes you just want to photograph, ok you always want to photograph! Are you looking for some new inspiration? We have the answer...experiment! We will play around with many items that you likely already have at home (along with a couple specialty items). Below are a few things we will be working with to capture some unique photos: Oil and colored water Smoke streams Glass bottles with colored…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Documentary storytelling is a blend of being a journalist and artist - finding creative images while being true with the camera. We will go over the basic ideas for what makes a great photo-story and how to build a relationship with subjects to earn that trust that you need to make really authentic images. The Story we will be photographing is Oktoberfest in Deadwood! It is a…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: We will be photographing horses in a variety of settings and skill areas. Set in an historical arena where they used to do Calgary training, the horses will be jumping in the grassy arena with rocks, performing horse cross country, English jumping, mock set checks, and more. There will also be Endurance riding which is an equestrian sport based on controlled long-distance races. Activity Level: Low to Moderate Things to…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Join us as we photograph magnificent rescued thoroughbred race horses. We will have the opportunity to photograph them as they run, play, roll around, and maybe even pose for a portrait or two. As a bonus, the horses and their riders will do a little cattle roping. Activity Level: low to moderate, walking in pastures which may be uneven Things to Know: MUST wear closed toed shoes. Tipping…Find out more »
Finding beauty in the littlest things, that is what Macro Photography is all about. In this class you’ll learn how to capture great close up images, opening up a world of photography possibilities wherever you go. This workshop will cover how to light, focus, and compose your macro images, as well as selecting the right gear and how to use it.Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Mention black and white landscape photography, and you often conjure up thoughts of the great masters and their large format cameras. Today there are new opportunities for photographers who wish to explore the possibilities for black-and-white landscapes using digital technology. Join us on this landscape photography workshop where you will learn how to find and use the best light to make expressive black and white photographs. Your instructors…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography allows you to photograph a scene as your eyes see it, but which your camera cannot capture in one frame due to the high contrast in the scene. However, HDR is not without its critics, and can be a complicated technique to master. In this class we will teach you what HDR is, when it's the best option for a photograph, and the…Find out more »
There are arguably more pictures taken of people than of any other subject. Many people start photography to photograph a child or special family moments in their life. We will take you through the process of making those portraits in both a studio style setting and a more relaxed natural setting such as you may find in your home. Activity Level: Low. Things to know: Tipping of the model is highly recommended. If you wish to have the model sign…Find out more »
Type: Indoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: The great thing about studio photography is everything is under your control to get the photos you want. The hard part, though, is you have to control everything to get the photos you want... In this class we will introduce you to the concepts and equipment used in studios to make commercial, portrait, and fine art photos that really grab people's attention. You will get a crash course on…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: In this fun and informative nighttime workshop you will learn the tips and techniques to get unique outdoor images using long exposures and lighting tools. Light painting is a technique where the photographer works in a darkened environment, and by using common flashlights can light the scene over time and in a manner that would be difficult or even impossible to do using conventional lighting or strobes. This…Find out more »
Type: Classroom Photo Seminar The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: The world of photography has changed dramatically over the last decade or so, the digital revolution has transformed the way we take photos and think about photography. We now talk in terms of megapixels and write speeds, and somewhere along the line “photoshopping” became a verb. While we are firm believers in getting it right in the camera, the modern digital darkroom is a powerful tool to…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photography Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Sure they don’t run or fly away from you, but creating beautiful photos of flowers and plants poses its own set of technical and artistic challenges. Join us as we explore ways to capture your plants’ and flowers’ best side using existing light, speed-lite (flash), reflector and portable lighting. Come away from this workshop with a whole new light on plant photography! Activity Level: Low, a moderate amount of…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Are you always thinking about which lens or camera body to use for each shot? And while you are switching your gear out, bam, you miss the shot. Go with me on this for a minute... What if you only carried one camera body and one lens, gasp! By doing this, you no longer have to think about your gear and you can just concentrate on getting the shot instead of…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor/Indoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Yes, we have all seen the setups with tons of lights and flashes, and in some situations, that’s what’s needed. But not all setups require that much gear. If you are traveling light or the budget is tight, we’re going to show you how to get amazing shots both indoors and out with just one flash, yes...one. So, keep it simple, bring one flash (and of course your…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Photograph history at two unique cemeteries in the Black Hills. We will start out at Mount Moriah Cemetery, a Late Victorian cemetery set in the backdrop of the northern Black Hills, situated on a mountainous plateau overlooking Deadwood Gulch. It’s first residents were buried here in 1878 and is known for being the final resting place of western legends, murderers, madams, and pillars of Deadwood’s early economic development.…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: This workshop promises a little bit of everything from small waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and macro opportunities to dark rocks and white aspen trees, fall color (hopefully!), possible wildlife, and dramatic narrow canyon views. No matter what your nature photo interests are, you will likely find something you will love on this trail! Activity Level: Low. Light walking on a trail with a gentle slope. Things to Know: What…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: When the sun sets most photographers put away their cameras, but the night sky offers wonderful opportunities for amazing images. Think star trails, the milky way and even the aurora borealis (northern lights). But photographing the night sky requires a whole new skill set and camera settings. During this workshop we will teach you how to capture those stunning night sky scenes, so you will be ready the next time the sun…Find out more »
There is something about moving water that is just irresistible to photographers, whether it's a fast flowing creek or a slow and serene river. On this workshop you will learn the techniques and concepts to capture those amazing photo opportunities just waiting for you in your local rivers, streams, lakes or wetlands. We will cover a number of technical, creative, and field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful river images, including; understanding light, reflections, recommended filters and equipment, using shutter speed for "dreamy…Find out more »
Spearfish Canyon's scenic byway is arguably one of the prettiest stretches of road anywhere. While it gives visitors easy access to views of iconic waterfalls, fall colors, and the towering canyon cliffs, there is much more to be seen for those willing to venture away from the roadside. On this workshop we will take you to some of the locals' favorite places in Spearfish Canyon off of the main road, where we will focus on taking photos of the stunning…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Daytime long exposure photography is a unique way of capturing landscapes for a totally different look. Using long exposure (several seconds to even minutes) will smooth out running water such as waterfalls and rapids, turn rough choppy water into a smooth surface, create streaks in clouds which can border on the abstract, allowing you to capture busy populated scenes by virtually eliminating people and moving vehicles. The workshop…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: In this workshop our focus will be on portraits, capturing dramatic and engaging photos of the cowboys and cowgirls, as a well as horses, tack, and other images of ranch life. This is a two for one workshop where you not only have the opportunity to photograph products and merchandise for marketing, but also portraits of the cowboys and cowgirls modeling the items. We have teamed up with K Bar…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Ever wish you had a time-machine so you could go back to the 1800’s and photograph a stagecoach robbery, cowboys in front of historical old-west town buildings, horses running with a trail of dust behind them, and even a Pony Express scene? Well, the Photo Shootout time-machine will be working hard for this workshop! Yes, your instructor had a stagecoach built especially for this workshop and you won’t believe…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Join us as we photograph authentic cowboys and cowgirls during a typical day on the ranch. They will be sorting, roping, and herding cattle in a corral, with each part of the process giving wonderfully unique photo opportunities. As the sun starts to descend, we will get the cows moving where you can photograph them in motion along with the dust they kick up with a beautiful sunset as…Find out more »
Type: Outdoor Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: The waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon make for some of the most iconic and stunning landscapes available in the Black Hills. We will photograph two of the three major waterfalls in the Canyon, Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls. Surrounded by fall color (cross your fingers!), these make for stunning subjects. Activity Level: Moderate. Light hiking to photo locations on uneven terrain is necessary but car access is good to most locations.…Find out more »
Custer State Park offers opportunities to photograph unspoiled prairie and the many animals that call this ecosystem home. It is an outstanding area to view and photograph a variety of wildlife such as mule deer, elk, buffalo, prairie dogs, and pronghorn. On this workshop, you will learn tips and techniques for creating great wildlife photos from an expert on photographing prairie wildlife. Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Activity Level: Moderate. Light walking…Find out more »
Monday-Thursday, September 25-28. On the "Wild Horses and the Badlands" nature photography workshop, we will take you to Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) which is one of the best places in the United States to photograph wild horses and the incredible scenic beauty of the North Dakota prairie and Badlands. From powerful stallions to frisky young colts to the thundering of the band as they race across the Dakota landscape, its hard not to be in awe of, and inspired by the wild horses.…Find out more »
Pre-Shootout Photo Workshop Spend a day at Sylvan Lake and along Needles Highway photographing all of the beautiful landscapes they have to offer. You will also have the opportunity for macro photography and photography of gorgeous Sylvan Lake. And there's always the possibility of buffalo and other wildlife along the way. And fingers crossed, hopefully we'll have some fall color too! Itinerary: Thursday, September 28, 2017. We keep a very flexible schedule during the workshop to respond to the opportunities the wildlife and…Find out more »
Friday, 6:15am-? (up to as late as 2:00pm). The thunder of over 1,000 buffalo passing by you is a sight every photographer should experience. There are only a few places left in the world to experience such an event and Custer State Park is the best. During it’s annual Buffalo roundup, you will photograph the buffalo from our own private viewing area in the North Viewing area as park staff and local cowboys bring the herd into the corrals for…Find out more »
Photography 101 Seminar Friday, September 29, 2017, 3:30-5:00pm Photography 101 is for beginners and also for photographers looking for a refresher on concepts and settings. Are you struggling with making sense of the technical part of photography? Since photography is such a mix of art and science, learning to master the technical aspects can make you a better artist. This class will cover all the basics of photography from understanding exposure to learning how to correctly set your aperture and…Find out more »
Friday, between 4:30-7:00pm.
Check-in to receive your name tag with your personalized schedule, the event program, a goody bag, and your 2016 Black Hills Photo Shootout t-shirt and hat (if pre-ordered).
You can also grab dinner during this time at the BHSU Dining Hall until 6:00pm, or elsewhere in town.Find out more »
Learn and laugh with our photography pros as they tell you about their careers and adventures, as well as techniques for gear, photography, and life as a photographer.
Please join us on Friday night for an amazing presentation along with some great doorprizes for Shootout attendees!
Things to know: This event is included with your Shootout registration. The Welcome and Instructor Presentation starts at 7:00 in the auditorium and will go until 9:00 or so, so you will likely want to get dinner prior to the start. Food is available at the BHSU dining hall on campus from 5:00-6:30pm, or you may get something from a local restaurant. Food is NOT allowed in the auditorium, so please finish eating prior to entering the auditorium.
What to Bring: Sense of humor!Find out more »
Saturday, 11:15am-2:15 pm. Saturday at lunchtime we will be having several "Fast Photo Classes" which will be about 25 minutes long on a variety of topics. Come check them out between the Portfolio Reviews and Gear Swap. Feel free to bring your lunch with you to any of the classes. Things to know This event is included for Shootout attendees! Food is available at the BHSU dining hall from 11:am-1:00pm. Or you can pick up some “to go” food on your way…Find out more »
On Saturday, during lunchtime, we will have tables set up for a gear swap! Have some gently used photography gear that you don’t use anymore…maybe a bag, a lens, a filter? Bring it with you and add it to one of the Gear Swap tables. Need a piece of photography gear? Let’s swap! We will have two ways of doing this, with two separate, clearly marked, tables: Open Swap or Talk ‘n’ Swap. Open Swap: If you have an item you…Find out more »
Saturday, 12:30-1:00pm, 1:00-1:30pm, and 1:30-2:00pm. Ever wanted to know how to take your photography to the next level? Want professional feedback on your images? Sign up for a portfolio review and get feedback and input from the pros. You will have ½ hour with the workshop pro of your choice who will give you their undivided attention and input on your imagery. This is one of the best ways to advance your photography and learn what ideas and techniques to apply…Find out more »
Saturday, 6:00pm-??? Happy Hour specials at Crow Peak Brewing for anyone wearing a Black Hills Photo Shootout name tag. Free to attend, purchase your own beverages on site. A catered, fully loaded Taco Bar dinner, held at Crow Peak Brewing, will be available for $12. Dinner will include all the fixings to make a taco, burrito, bowl, nachos, or salad. See below for all of the included fixin's. Things to Know: Attendance is free for all Shootout participants. Purchase your own beverages…Find out more »
We will all meet on Sunday during lunch for a presentation by all of the Black Hills Photo Shootout instructors. There will be time for questions at the end.
Besides the fantastic presentation, we will have some great doorprizes, so don’t miss out!
Things to know: This event is included for Shootout attendees! Food is available at the BHSU dining hall from 11:am-1:00pm, which is where the event will be held. Or you can pick up some “to go” food on your way back from the morning session and bring it into the dining hall to eat during the presentation.Find out more »
Post-Shootout Photo Workshop - Monday-Tuesday, October 2-3 Spend an evening and a morning photographing and learning at gorgeous Falls Park in Sioux Falls, SD. Falls Park covers 123 acres and the falls itself has an average of 7,400 gallons of water drop 100 feet over the course of the Falls each second. See the city's namesake as well as some of the first buildings built in Sioux Falls. A dozen permanent sculptures are scattered throughout the park showing its history. Itinerary: Monday-Tuesday,…Find out more »