Black Hills Photo Shootout 2016

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Pre-Registration is open for the 2017 Black Hills Photo Shootout!
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September 29-October 1, 2017 at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD!

***Please note that all information listed on this page is from the 2016 event. We keep the previous year’s information up until we are ready to open registration for the next event so you can get an idea of what to expect. We are finalizing all of the details for 2017 right now! If you have been to a Photo Shootout previously, you will be emailed as soon as registration for 2017 is open. If you are new to the Photo Shootout, please fill out the form on the Contact Us page and we will add you to our email list and let you know when registration is open.

Pre-registration for 2017 is open! By pre-registering, you guarantee your spot at the 2017 Black Hills Photo Shootout and will also receive an email before everyone else to select your workshops once registration is open. Looking forward to seeing you in the Black Hills!***

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The Black Hills Photo Shootout is a photography festival which brings photographers from across the country to South Dakota for photography, education, sightseeing, camaraderie, and fun.  The event showcases the natural beauty of South Dakota along with the photography expertise of highly respected professional photographers.  The Shootout is organized and managed by Outdoor Photo Workshops (OPW) in conjunction with numerous photography professionals.  With this partnership, we are able to mesh the expertise of instructors who have a variety of photography backgrounds with the expertise of a professional photography workshop and tour leader to create a fun and educational photography festival.

The first question we often get, and you may even be asking, is, “So, why South Dakota?” The Black Hills area of South Dakota is one of North America’s hidden gem’s for outdoor and nature photography, abounding in wildlife, beautiful scenery, and  imagery of the old and new west.  While we really thought about keeping this photography treasure all to ourselves and our cameras, instead we have developed the Black Hills Photo Shootout. Through this event we are able to showcase the beauty and diversity the area has to offer both visitors and residents while providing attendees a great weekend packed full of informative workshops, great networking opportunities, unbelievable outdoor photography subjects, and most of all, fun!


Thank you to our 2016 Black Hills Photo Shootout Sponsors!  

We couldn’t do it without you!

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Diamond 7 Bar Guest Ranch Logo 1 Wild Idea Buffalo Co. Mountain Plains Kennel Logo
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Visit Spearfish Logo Travel SD Logo SD Game & Fish Logo
Black Hills & Badlands Logo Think Tank Rogue Logo
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Buffalo Roundup Photo Workshop (Pre-Shootout Workshop) 6:15AM-2:00PM
Photography 101 (included!) 3:00-4:30 PM
Check-In Between 4:30-7:00 PM
Photo Shootout Welcome and Special Instructor Panel Presentation (included!) 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Workshop Session 1 (included!) Morning
Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun (included!) 11:30-2:30 PM
Portfolio Reviews 12:30-2:00 PM
Workshop Session 2 (included!) Afternoon
Happy Hour – Brews & BBQ (attendance included!) 6:00pm-???

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Workshop Session 3 (included!) Morning
Lunch Photography Presentation & Q&A (included!) 12:30-2:30 PM
Workshop Session 4 (included!) Afternoon

Monday-Wednesday, October 3-5, 2016

Wild Horses and the Badlands Photo Workshop – Teddy Roosevelt National Park

(Post-Shootout Workshop)    *Full

Photography After Dark and Long Exposure Daytime Photo Workshop – Teddy Roosevelt National Park

(Post-Shootout Workshop)    *Only 2 spots left

***$50 discount available for taking BOTH Post-Shootout workshops at TRNP!

Your full weekend workshop registration includes the following:

  • Photography 101
  • Photo Shootout Welcome and Special Instructor Panel Presentation
  • 1 Admission to Each of the 4 Workshop Sessions
  • Saturday’s Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun
  • Saturday Happy Hour – Brews and BBQ
  • Sunday’s Lunch Presentation

Your half weekend workshop registration includes the following:

  • Photography 101
  • Photo Shootout Welcome and Special Instructor Panel Presentation
  • 1 Admission to each of the 2 Workshop Sessions on EITHER Saturday OR Sunday
  • Saturday’s Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun and Happy Hour – Brews & BBQ OR Sunday’s Lunch Presentation

All sessions have limited space and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis based on online registrations.

Schedule is subject to changes, cancellations or additions.

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Workshop Information


Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Spearfish, SD will be our main hub for the Shootout. Classroom sessions and all special events will be held here. Outdoor sessions will all meet at BHSU and carpool to the workshop locations which vary in distance from BHSU, from being right around the corner up to an hour away, depending on location. We promise they will be worth the drive! All workshop locations and exact times along with directions will be provided at check-in.

Outdoor Workshops

Outdoor workshops are held outside in the field and led by experienced photographers. The instructors will provide participants with knowledge of the area and instruction on specific topics.

Studio Workshops

Studio workshops will be conducted indoors in a classroom/studio type setting led by experienced professionals.  There will be photography time during the workshop.

Classroom Workshops

The classroom workshops are held indoors in a classroom setting and led by experienced professionals. The instructors will provide participants with instruction on specific topics. There will not be photography opportunities.

Session 1 – Saturday Morning Workshops

Session 2 – Saturday Afternoon Workshops

Session 3 – Sunday Morning Workshops

Session 4 – Sunday Afternoon Workshops

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2017 Black Hills Photo Shootout Registration

To register for the Black Hills Photo Shootout, please click the link below.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by clicking on the Contact Us page.  We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Black Hills Photo Shootout!

Please note: When you click the “Sign Me Up!” button, you will be redirected to the Outdoor Photo Workshops website for registration.


Full Weekend Registration – $225

Things covered by the full weekend registration fee:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s Welcome and Keynote Presentation
  • 1 Admission to each of the 4 Workshop Sessions (over 30 to choose from)
  • Saturday’s Lunch ‘n’ Mingle and Photography Fun
  • Saturday Night Happy Hour – Brews and BBQ
  • Sunday’s Lunch Presentation

Student Registration (full weekend) – $112.50

  • *Must be a full time student, proof of student status required. Please Email Nicole with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

Half Weekend Registration – $149

Things covered by the half weekend registration fee:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s Welcome and Keynote Presentation
  • 1 Admission to each of the 2 Workshop Sessions on EITHER Saturday OR Sunday
  • Saturday’s Lunch ‘n’ Mingle and Photography Fun and Saturday Night Happy Hour – Brews and BBQ OR Sunday’s Lunch Presentation

Student Registration (half weekend) – $74.50

  • *Must be a full time student, proof of student status required. Please Email Nicole with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

Things NOT covered by the registration fee:

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Travel to and from sessions
  • Park entrance fees
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • T-shirts and hats
  • Tips for models (human and animal) and animal handlers
  • BBQ dinner and drinks at Happy Hour – Brews and BBQ
  • Pre or Post Shootout Workshops
  • Other add-on’s
  • Other fees as noted

Cancellation Policy

  • There is a $35 fee for cancellations prior to August 29.  After August 29, 50% of the registration fee will be charged for any cancellation.  There are no refunds for cancellations the week of the event (but please let us know if you can’t make it so we aren’t worrying about you).
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Black Hills Photo Shootout FAQ’s

Who can attend the Photo Shootout? Anyone with an interest in photography at any level is welcome. The goal of each workshop is to provide you with both great learning and photography opportunities.  While some topics may be a little more advanced, we encourage you to ask questions throughout the event.  There is also a Photography 101 Seminar on Friday (included) for anyone who is new to photography or would like a refresher before going out in the field for their workshops. The photo workshops is a chance for people of all levels to mingle, learn and enjoy photographing in the Hills.

What is the Shootout registration fee and what is included and not included with that? The full weekend Shootout registration fee is $225. The fee includes Photography 101, the Friday Welcome and Instructor Panel Presentation, one admission to each of the 4 four workshop sessions, the Saturday Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun, and the Sunday Lunch Presentation. There is also a half weekend registration which includes the morning and afternoon photography workshops on EITHER Saturday OR Sunday as well as all of the activities on Friday.  The cost for the one day registration is $149.  The lunchtime session on the chosen day is also included. The registration fee does not include entrance fees to parks, food, lodging, transportation, portfolio reviews, food or drinks at the Happy Hour – Brews & BBQ, tips, pre or post workshops, or any other optional add-on. If an event has an admission fee or additional fee, it will be noted in the “Things to know” section within the description, to the best of our knowledge at the time.

Is there a discount for students? There is a 50% discounted student registration fee of $112.50 for the full weekend and $74.50 for the half weekend option.  Students must be full-time and proof of student status is required. Please email Nicole with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

How can I get an awesome 2016 Shootout t-shirt? You can order your discounted Shootout t-shirt during registration.  As long as you order your shirt prior to September 1st, you can pick it up at check-in on Friday night with no shipping charges.  There will be an extremely limited number of shirts available at the event, so if you want one, you will need to pre-order it when you register for the event.  After the date we place the order, if there are extra shirts available, they will be listed on the website, so if it allows you to place the order, you will receive the shirt.  Photo Shootout hats are also available in 3 colors!

Where will classes be held? The Black Hills State University in Spearfish will be our main hub for the Shootout, where all events will be held or leave from. Outdoor sessions vary in distance from Black Hills State University from being right around the corner up to an hour away, depending on location.  We promise they will be worth the drive though!

Where should I stay?  The 2016 Shootout will be based around Spearfish, South Dakota in the northern Black Hills, so you will want to look for lodging near there.  The Black Hills does cover a good sized area, so you should check driving times between locations. Here’s a starting point for hotel and lodging reservations in the Black Hills.

  • We have a block of discounted rooms reserved at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – Spearfish which is down the street from BHSU (where all events will be held or leave from).
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – Spearfish – 2720 1st Ave. E, Spearfish, SD 57783, (605) 642-3500
  • The discounted rate for Photo Shootout participants is $85 for a 2 queen or 1 king room.  When you call, tell them you would like a room listed under the Black Hills Photo Shootout for the special rate.
  • Breakfast is included at no charge and they will have cold breakfast available at 4:30am for us on Saturday and Sunday mornings and will start the hot breakfast at 6:30am.

What airport should I fly in to? Rapid City (RAP) is the closest airport which is just over an hour away.

Is transportation provided? No, participants are expected to provide their own transportation. However, each workshop meets up with the rest of their group in the parking lot at BHSU and carpools from there. For some workshops, participants might be encouraged or required to carpool due to limited parked, vehicle entrance fees, and to save gas. Participants should be aware of travel times between areas. We will provide directions for each of the workshop locations upon check-in.

What should I bring with me to the Shootout? Here is a link to a suggested pack list for the Shootout.  Please keep in mind that each workshop is different, so you will want to make sure you have the appropriate gear and clothing for the workshops you have registered for and that you keep an eye on the weather before heading out.

Meeting Expectations Our goal is to meet (and hopefully exceed!) your expectations during the Photo Shootout.  After every event we send out an evaluation.  We want honest feedback on what we are doing great on so we can continue and what we need to work on to make the event even better.  For that reason, if there is ANYTHING that is not meeting your expectations DURING your workshop, please talk with an instructor RIGHT THEN…don’t wait for the evaluation, it is too late for us to do anything about it then.  If you tell us during the workshop, we are going to do our darndest to make things right.  We want honest answers on the evaluation, but if we take care of everything during the event, the evaluation can be fantastic and still be honest!

Can I take 2 workshops in Session 1 and/or Session 3 if one of them is a nighttime photography workshop since it will be done before the other workshops in that session start? We have had several people ask if they could take one of the nighttime photo workshops along with a regular morning workshop, so basically 2 workshops in one session since the times are different enough. You asked for it… you got it!

Two workshops in one session applies only if you are interested in:

• Session 1, Saturday Morning: Lighting Up the Night: Light Painting for Night Photography PLUS ANOTHER Session 1, Saturday Morning workshop.
• Session 3, Sunday Morning: Photography After Dark: Night Skies and the Blue Hour PLUS ANOTHER Session 3, Sunday Morning workshop.

If you would like to take one of the workshops listed above along with any other workshop during the same session (which would start after the nighttime workshops have ended), you can do so in either or both sessions for $40 for each additional workshop. There must still be space available in any workshop you want to add.

Please keep in mind that you will be coming back from the night workshop and in many cases going directly to meet the group for your next morning workshop. The nightime workshops will go from approximately 2:00-5:00am (exact times will be listed in the event program). Yes… we will make sure you have time for a quick potty break, but you may want to bring breakfast or a snack with you.

If you have already registered for a workshop and want to add a workshop, you can go to the link below and add the workshop you haven’t signed up for already and we will add it to your schedule. This will only work if you are interested in taking one of the night photography workshops as all other workshops will overlap with other workshops in that session except these.

If you haven’t registered at all for the Photo Shootout, you will need to go through the regular registration process first, then to add either or both of the additional workshops in Session 1 or 3 (remember, one MUST be a nighttime workshop), prior to checking out, copy the link(s) below into your browser and add it to your cart with your registration. If you want to add an extra workshop in both sessions, click one link, add it to your cart, then come back to this and copy the second link and add it to your cart.

Additional Session 1 – Saturday AM Workshop

Additional Session 3 – Sunday AM Workshop

Local Information:

Shootout Sponsors and Supporters:

Other Information:

Is tipping okay or expected? If you are attending a workshop where there are models (human or animal) or animal handlers, we do highly recommend tipping these people. Tipping of your instructor is never expected, but always appreciated.

Are meals provided? No, none of the sessions include meals. Some of the socials might have snacks, but you should plan on eating meals on your own.

What will the weather be like?  It can be many things. But for the norm that time of year will be sunny and dry during the days – highs in the 50-60s. At night, cool to cold in the higher elevations. However, we can have a heat wave or even snow that time of year, so check the forecasts before you pack!  We always recommend dressing in layers that you can add or remove as the weather changes throughout the day.

What time zone will we be in?  We are on the western side of South Dakota which is in the Mountain time zone. Model Releases All participants are responsible for supplying/obtaining any needed model releases or property releases for their photographs.  No forms will be available at the workshops. Taxes The state of South Dakota charges a 6.5% tax on all products and services, even if they are paid for online prior to arrival. Other Information Photographers will retain all rights to their images taken during the weekend. The Black Hills Photo Shootout and it’s partners claim no ownership of any images from any photographers attending the Shootout.  

What is the Registration Deadline? We don’t have a deadline for the event as long as we still have workshops available.  However, there may be earlier deadlines for things like special events and t-shirts.  While there is not a registration deadline, please understand that we do have to print things like nametags 1-2 weeks before the event, so if you register after they are printed, your nametag will be handwritten (with fair warning that I have terrible handwriting!) When will the 2017 Black Hills Photo Shootout be? September 29-October 1, 2017!

Are there any other Photo Shootouts in other areas? The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout will be February 24-26, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida.  We hope to see you there!

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Our Instructors

We have a phenomenal group of professional photographers/instructors leading the events throughout the weekend! Check out their bio and website by clicking on their name below.

  • Becca Shelbourn

    Websitehttp://www.rockinrimages.comPhotography Specialties: Western Lifestyles, Rodeo   About: When I'm not Photographing for a beautiful ranch in Wyoming, I'm keeping up with precious little ones and capturing love stories in the western South Dakota Area. I am a proud alumni of Black Hills State University and graduated with a bachelors in mass communications and all four years of college I represented BHSU as their marketing photographer.

  • Beth Reynolds

    Websitephotodocumentarypress.comPhotography Specialties: Documentary, Storytelling, Black/White, Abstract, Beginners About: Beth Reynolds: visual storyteller. Nearly 20 years ago, Beth Reynolds started the photography program at the Morean Arts Center in downtown St. Petersburg. After leaving six years ago to teach photography and work as a photojournalist throughout New England, Reynolds returned to the Morean Arts Center as director of photography. "I began photographing for my school newspaper in the 9th grade. Being a photojournalist has been my passion for over 30 years." Reynolds has exhibited award-winning documentary projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Kentucky and California and was selected to be the first Photographer Laureate for the city of Tampa in 2003. Through grants, commissions and self-funding she has dealt with the issues of inclusion, health care, cancer survivors, welfare, the environment, immigration and aging. A native of St. Petersburg, Reynolds earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Hartford and has been a photographer-educator for nearly 30 years. Her expertise includes documentary, fine art and portraiture photography. She teaches all levels of photography and has extensive experience leading travel-photo adventure tour groups. Reynolds' work is included in the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and in multiple collections on the U.S. east coast. She exhibits her work extensively and also juries many photography shows each year.

  • David Guy Maynard

    Websitewww.dmaynardphotography.comPhotography Specialties: Fashion, Portrait, Bikini-Glam, Macro, Nature, Advanced Lighting in all Genres



    David Guy Maynard is an award winning, internationally published photographer working in Fashion, Beauty, Event, Fine Art, Nature/Macro, and General Commercial photography. His work has been seen in numerous magazines and publications around the world, as well as being featured on respected web based business sites, in galleries, and exhibits.

    David is also known to many in the industry for his former work as a Photographer and Consultant for a well known photographic lighting manufacturer, and as an author of articles and videos on photographic technique. David travels internationally delivering Seminars and Workshops on subjects ranging from Studio and Location Lighting, to Color Management and Workflow. These popular events have earned the reputation of being as entertaining as they are informative.

  • Dick Kettlewell

    WebsitePhotography Specialties: My specialties currently lie in the realm of nature photography with particular emphasis on the wildlife of the high plains.   About: Dick Kettlewell has been a professional photographer for 36 years, having worked both as a photojournalist and a nature photographer while earning numerous awards in each field. As a photojournalist he spent many years on daily newspaper staffs including the Albuquerque Journal and the Rapid City Journal during which he was primarily a sports photographer, covering sporting events from high school level to professional. He has also worked for numerous major newspapers on a contract and freelance basis, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, etc. and continues to do so. While with the Rapid City Journal, he created and produced a regular photo column for that paper's outdoor page entitled “The Spring Creek Chronicles”. Using the changing seasons of the year as the backdrop in a way similar to Thoreau’s On Walden Pond, this column featured images and stories about the region's wildlife and landscapes and was the recipient of many journalistic awards for both photography and writing. Kettlewell continues to publish that column for the Rapid City Journal. Also, he has just finished and published a book of the same name and theme. In addition to publishing his nature images in other well-known publications such as the Smithsonian Magazine, the Discovery Magazine, the Natural History Magazine, etc., Kettlewell has also published two general audience books about the wildlife and landscapes of the region entitled Black Hills Impressions and South Dakota Wildlife Impressions. Both of these books have gone into multiple printings. Kettlewell’s other books include Pronghorn Babies! – a children’s book about a day in the life of a pronghorn fawn – and another general audience book about a year in the pronghorns’ life entitled A Pronghorn Year. This book includes 102 pictures along with several stories, also written by Kettlewell. Produced by Farcountry Press, all of these books are available in major bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and on the Amazon network as well as national and state park bookstores throughout the nation.

  • Fred Rodgers



    Photography Specialties:

    Macro and Close-up, HDR, Wildlife, Landscapes and Vistas, DSLR Videography


    Fred has been an avid photographer from the day that he first picked up his grandfather's Kodak 35mm and started capturing images near his home in Memphis, Tennessee. After high school, he was considering the study of photography but ended up pursuing horticulture as a career with a minor in mass communications. After a few years in the industry, he returned to school to become an educator in his chosen field. His camera was never far from his side. He compiled pictorial catalogs of different plant species and captured hundreds of images of the insects, plant diseases, and other plant problems to assist students in their horticultural studies. His love of nature was a key factor in his continued interest in landscape and later, wildlife photography. Fred has traveled throughout Florida to capture the unique beauty of its flora and fauna. His experiences with film and cinematography in college led him to add videography to his skill set. He has worked on several educational projects that combined elements of photography and videography. As a result of these experiences, he spent 6 years teaching video production to middle school students in the Pinellas County School District. He returned to college to pursue an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. He currently teaches network support and is the IT Department chair at Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater, Florida. Fred has worked with Jim Caldwell as co-host of The Fotobug Podcast since 2009. He has been a workshop leader at the Black Hills Photo Shootout and assisted in the launching of the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout as well as being a workshop leader.

  • Jason Hahn

    Websitehttp://www.hahnnaturephotography.comPhotography Specialties: Wildlife in Action, Nature, Outdoor Adventure Sports, Landscapes, Conservation, Travel, Black and Whites, Lightroom, Photoshop About: I am a nature photographer and have been professionally photographing for over a decade. I think I have the coolest job on the planet. Okay, maybe the folks up circling the planet in the space station have a pretty cool job too, but I think mine ranks right up there. I am really fortunate to get to do what I do. I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I am one of the lucky few who have found exactly what they were meant to do, nature photography is that thing for me. My passion for nature photography started while taking bike rides with my son when he was a baby. If you have taken one of my workshops, you’ve probably heard the story. If you haven’t, next time you run into me buy me a beer and I’ll tell you all about it. I like hoppy micro brews. A good IPA is probably the universe’s way of telling me “Everything is gonna be alright.” I am also really fortunate that it is a family business. My wife, Nicole, and son, Adam, mean everything to me and that they get to share in this crazy adventure with me makes it all that much sweeter. I’m originally from Maryland and grew up on a small farm near the mountains. I worked my way through high school at the local parks and zoos, and eventually graduated from the University of Maryland, Go Terps! Extra points if you can guess my field of study. Hint: It was definitely not photography. I am a product of the digital age. I’ve never smelled darkroom chemicals or gotten misty eyed reminiscing over Velvia slides on a light table. Heck, for the first few years of my photography endeavors I thought Velvia was a brand of processed cheese… Although I never dabbled with a traditional SLR, I have a deep respect for those photographers who paved the way before me and often look to them for inspiration. For me, I view being “born” in the digital age as a door that has opened up the world of photography to a broader audience. It’s an exciting time to be a photographer. I am inspired by all the new technology and the extremely cool things that can be done with it to capture creative visions. Every day we are pushing the boundaries of what we thought were possible with a camera. I like sunsets and long walks on the beach…while carrying about 40 pounds of camera gear. I won’t talk religion or politics with you. I’ve found the best way for exploring “the meaning of life” is grabbing my camera and wading through a swamp. In my point of view, this has an amazing ability to put everything neatly into perspective! Along with my wife, Nicole, we run photography workshops which can be seen at  We also run both the Black Hills Photo Shootout and the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout photography festivals which you can see at

  • Jeffery Garland

    Website Specialties: I specialize in all things photo and video. My work changes from job to job and I don't focus on just one subject matter. About: I started taking photos at a very young age. I don’t know what it was, but if there was a camera around I wanted to hold it and carry it around… even if it didn’t have any film in it. I remember putting the camera up to my eye and staring at the world around me. I felt like what I was viewing through the lens was a different place, even though I was still in my own back yard. My grandfather really helped nurture my love for photography. He was the one that gave me my very first manual camera, and to this day I am grateful. I still own that camera, along with about 50 others that I have collected since then. On any given day, I could be on location in LA or Chicago shooting unit photography for a movie or TV show. The next, I could be on a beach in Mexico shooting a destination wedding. I never planned to go this route, but life unfolds in the weirdest ways. Fifteen years in the film industry has helped me to build a foundation that easily translates into all forms of photography. I am able to keep calm under pressure while anticipating crucial moments in the story as if they were scripted. I enjoy travel and the adventure that it brings to my life and my images.

  • Jerry Rawlings


    Photography Specialties: Street Photography, Backroads, Studio About: Jerry Rawlings is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, and received his MFA from Vermont College. Jerry has 25+ years of experience working the fields of advertising/commercial photography. Jerry is a native of Spearfish SD where he is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Black Hills State University. Currently Jerry has immersed himself into the realm of Street Photography and his work is exhibited nationwide.

  • Jim Caldwell

    Websitehttp://www.elusiveimage.netPhotography Specialties: Macro, Timelapse, HDR, Wildlife, Travel, Light Painting, Generalist About: Jim is an award winning photographer who traveled the country in the 1970s and 1980s as a motion picture cameraman making TV commercials, industrial films and documentaries. He is also a stock photographer and his images have appeared in many national and international publications such as Popular Photography, Audubon Magazine, and The London Times in addition to hundreds of textbooks, calendars and travel brochures. Jim has also has a passion for teaching photography and sharing his many years of experience. He has arranged photo tours and traveled and photographed many parts of the world such as China, Tibet, Turkey, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and many others. He grew up camping, photographing and exploring the Florida countryside. Jim has earned his Florida Master Naturalist Certification and currently sits on the Pinellas Friends of Florida Master Naturalists board. Jim has been an active member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for over 35 years as well as the North American Nature Photographer's Association (NANPA). Some of Jim's photography can be found at his website, and he hosts a podcast for nature and travel photographers at

  • Kathryn Dow

    Websitewww.kathryndow.photoshelter.comPhotography Specialties Birds, Nature, Wildlife, Landscapes About Kathryn Dow is a professional photographer and Maven Field Naturalist. Offering private photography instructions and bird guiding. Event field workshops instructor. Birder, nature lover, and explorer. Enjoying sharing outdoor experiences and teaching others bird behavior and photography.

  • Matt Marriott

    Website[email protected]Photography Specialties:  Travel, Lifestyle, Food, Sports, Animals, Underwater About: Matt Marriott is a Tampa based photographer who works throughout the United States and around the world. He specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, advertising and sports photography. Matt first studied fine art photography at the University of Kentucky before going into the United States Navy. Following the Navy he attended the University of Florida, working as the photo editor of the Independent Florida Alligator and receiving a degree in Photojournalism. While at UF he began the first of five years working at Sports Illustrated as a photo assistant and eventually doing lighting, remote cameras and shooting assignments. He regularly covered the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Final Four and NBA Playoffs. After that he worked another five years for Busch Gardens and SeaWorld as a staff photographer shooting shows, animals, roller coasters, advertising, portaiture and PR. Matt is now a full time freelance photographer, his clients include Feld Entertainment, SeaLife Aquarium, Madame Tussaud's, Lowry Park Zoo, DNA Films, SeaWorld, Aer Lingus Airlines, the NCAA, Tampa Bay Lightning, Visit Orlando and L.A. Tourism.

  • Mike Wolforth

    Websitehttp://www.MikeWolforth.comPhotography Specialties: Sports, Concerts, Wildlife, Architecture, Advertising, Portfolios, Landscape   About: Mike Wolforth grew up on farms in eastern South Dakota, where he learned to respect and study wildlife and their habits. During his high school years he lived on a farm surrounded by the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, which is located north of Aberdeen, SD. Here is where he quit hunting with a gun, picked up a camera and started creating images of the land and it’s inhabitants to share with others. Mike spent many years in the glass business where he took his camera everywhere he went. Photographing the Badlands and both Pine Ridge & Rosebud Indian Reservations, Devils Tower, and all of the Black Hills. In 1991 he decided to leave the glass business and devote full time to his love for photography. He has had the opportunity to spend 16 days in Ecuador photographing both hardship of poverty and the beauty of the mountains and the many cultures of the different tribes. Mike’s photography also took him on an adventure to Scotland photographing Castles & Gardens for the Scottish Tourism Department. Recently it took him to Wrangell, Alaska where he spent a week in the wilderness photographing a model in Alaska’s environment. Along with photography Mike also is involved in digital imaging, creating postcards, brochures, billboards, magazines, and books. He has the cover photo and 68 images in America 24/7, South Dakota edition, and has produced his own book called Tatanka, (Four Seasons of Custer State Park). Mike enjoys working with the talented staff of Faces Magazine, and looks forward to meeting new people every issue. Mike also has been a member of National Association of Photoshop Professionals since 1998, and is a beta tester for Adobe Photoshop. Mike is devoted in teaching both photography and photoshop to as many people that are willing to learn. In sharing his images with others he hopes to teach them to respect both our natural resources and the importance of wildlife to our well being.

  • Steve Babbitt

    Websitehttp://SteveBabbittPhotography.comPhotography Specialties: Landscape, Composition, Abstraction, Water, Photoshop   About: I am a photographer and photography professor at Black Hills State University. I work with a number of traditional, digital and non-silver alternative processes. My personal artwork is broadly connected to beauty, humor and irony while my commercial photography focuses on architecture and industrial subjects and spaces. From the moment that my father handed me my first camera, I have used photography to explore, study and carefully look at the world in which I live. My photographs often express what my words cannot. They constantly inform me and open my eyes to a world that is curious and exciting, tragic and hysterical and beyond description by any other means than a photographic image.  

  • Vanelli

    Websiteexposurepas.comPhotography Specialties: Sports Portraits, Lighting, How to Develop a Series, Lightroom, 321 Backup About: Robert Vanelli (Vanelli to his friends) is a working photographer, educator and author living in Florida. After a successful career as a three-time, Triple Crown Karate champion, Vanelli turned his attention to teaching the visual arts. As an experienced educator, Vanelli has created several photography and digital workflow programs including Click for Kids. Currently he is teaching workshops, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for various plug-in companies and for the Vanelli and Friends series. You can find out more about Vanelli at

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Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the Black Hills Photo Shootout!  The Black Hills Photo Shootout brings photographers from across the country to South Dakota for photography, education, sightseeing, camaraderie, and fun.  The event showcases the natural beauty of South Dakota along with the photography expertise of highly respected professional photographers. Our 7th annual event will be held from September 30-October 2, 2016 in Spearfish, South Dakota. This year we are expecting hundreds of photographers from across the country.  Each year, photographers travel from more than 20 states for this event.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a welcome and instructor panel presentation, four photography workshop sessions, and several other informational and social events throughout the weekend. The event is sponsored and run by Outdoor Photo Workshops, a well respected leader in professional photography instruction.  Their event planner and instructors will coordinate all of the details for this one-of-a-kind event making it a memorable experience for all. We hope you will consider partnering with us for this fun, unique event.  For more information about the event, please visit  If you have any questions about the event or your sponsorship, please contact Nicole at (813) 956-8702 or  email Nicole. Thank you and we look forward to partnering with you at the Shootout!
Please click the link below for complete sponsorship information:  Sponsorship Packet 2016.


Thank you to our 2016 Black Hills Photo Shootout Sponsors!  

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