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October 1, 2016 @ 6:30 am - 10:30 am MDT

Images of the West: Cowboys in Action

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 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 and cowgirls, horses, and scenes of the West on a real ranch setting in a beautiful setting!.  

In this workshop our focus will be on action shots, capturing dynamic photos of the cowboys/cowgirls and their horses in motion.  We will start with a roundup of the horses where you will be able to photograph horses running through an open field with the Black Hills in the background.  You will be able to photograph cowboys and cowgirls riding, roping, saddling, brushing, and more.  After the horses run into the corral, we will have even more action to photograph as they bicker over grain and interact with each other. Throughout the workshop your instructor will share tips and techniques to get great action shots, from settings to composition.  

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Activity Level:  Low to Moderate

Things to Know:¬†¬†When we say ‚Äúreal‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúauthentic‚ÄĚ just remember this is a working ranch, so you‚Äôll have to watch where you step!

What to Bring:  You will want a variety of lenses, from wide angle to moderate telephoto.  For action like this, we recommend something like a 70-200mm, so you have a bit of reach and can react as the action moves towards, or away, from you.  A tripod is always a good thing but hand-holding is sometimes necessary depending on the subject. Fill flash could be used as well but is not required.


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