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October 2, 2016 @ 6:30 am - 10:30 am EDT

Images of the West: Everything Equine

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 great opportunity to photograph horses and scenes of the West on a real ranch in a beautiful setting!

In this workshop our focus will be on the art of equine photography; creating captivating portraits and intense action shots of horses.  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.  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.  After the roundup, you will have the opportunity to photograph the 20+ horses grazing and running through the open fields with the Black Hills in background.  This will also give you an opportunity to get up close for some great portraiture images!  Throughout the workshop your instructor will share tips and techniques to get great horse photos, from settings to composition, as well as explaining horse terminology, breeds, colors, and behavior.

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 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