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September 30, 2016 @ 6:15 am - 2:00 pm MDT

| $125

Pre-Shootout Workshop – Buffalo Roundup

Friday, 6:15am-? (up to as late as 2:00pm).

Watching over 1,000 buffalo pound 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 sorting, vaccinating and deciding which ones will be selected for sale. You will be able to photograph the roundup itself as the buffalo run by as well as after they are in the corrals you will get to photograph close-ups, the sorting process and the general buffalo handling that will be taking place.

More information: Buffalo Roundup Website

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Activity Level:  Moderate. Light walking and hiking involved on a variety of terrain to get to our photography area and to the food area.

Things to Know:  Friday, September 30, 2016, 6:15am – 2:00pm Custer State Park. This is a pre-shootout workshop event, it is optional and available for an additional fee of $125 for the photography instruction. This workshop will have a maximum of 25 people with 2 instructors, ensuring you will have plenty of opportunities to learn from the instructors and ask questions. You will meet up with the group early on Friday morning and all go in together to our location for the roundup. The exact meeting time and location will be emailed to those who sign up prior to the event.

Anyone can attend the Buffalo Roundup for free.  This is a special event where our group will be in a separate area from general attendees so that they have room to set up their tripods and receive photography instruction from our instructors.

Once you are there, no one is allowed to leave the Roundup until all of the Buffalo are safely in their corrals. Photographing the roundup and the sorting at the corrals can go as late as around 2:00 PM (the buffalo start moving when they decide they want to!), but you can generally leave well before this. Even if it does go close till 2:00, this still allows plenty of time to get to Spearfish for the Photography 101 Seminar, to check-in for the Shootout, and to attend the Welcome and Instructor Presentation that evening. We recommend you stay somewhere in Hot Springs or Rapid City on Thursday night in order to shorten your drive to the meet-up location on Friday morning. Breakfast, lunch, and beverages are available for purchase at the corrals (bring cash).

What to Bring:  Long lenses in the 300+ range will be most beneficial with 400-500mm not out of the question. Short telephotos and wide angles will be beneficial too, especially at the corrals after the roundup.  Cash for food onsite.

Lodging near Custer/Hot Springs for Thursday night for those attending the Buffalo Roundup on Friday morning:

  • Since we are meeting early on Friday morning, you may want to consider staying somewhat near Hot Springs (20 minutes) or Rapid City (35 minutes) so you don’t have as long of a drive to get to the meeting location in the morning.  If you are staying in Custer, it is about 45-60 minutes.  Here are a few hotel recommendations in Hot Springs: Econo Lodge, Dollar Inn, Super 8.  Rapid City has most hotel brands available.


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The Photo Shootout Crew
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