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October 1, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT

Images of the West: Cowboy Portraits

One of the most popular requests we get for workshops is to add more cowboy and western photography sessions. So this year we have partnered up with a working ranch nestled in some of the prettiest scenery the area has to offer! This working cattle ranch sprawls across deep canyons and rolling hills, dotted throughout with creeks, woods and ponds. This is a a great opportunity to photograph authentic cowboys, cowgirls, horses, and scenes of the West on a real ranch in a beautiful setting!

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.  We will use a variety of locations throughout the ranch as the backdrop to your images, including barns, corrals, creeks and more.  You will also have opportunities for taking photos of the tack in the barn; saddles, stirrups, halters, ropes, and more.  We will wind up your workshop with a final photo session of the cowgirls and cowboys by the creek at sunset. Throughout the workshop your instructor will share tips and techniques to get great portrait shots, covering key portrait concepts such as lighting, posing, location selection, settings, and composition.

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Activity Level: Low to Moderate

Things to Know: When we say “real” and “authentic” just remember this is a working ranch, so you’ll have to watch where you step!

What to Bring: You will want a variety of lenses, from wide angle to moderate telephoto. For portraits, we recommend something in the 50mm to 100mm range, lenses like a 34-70 or a 70-200mm will be ideal. A tripod is always a good thing but hand-holding is sometimes necessary depending on the subject. Flash is a good idea, especially when working in darker areas like the barn.


Black Hills State University
1200 University Blvd
Spearfish, SD 57799 United States