Black Hills Photo Shootout

Save the date for the 2014 Black Hills Photo Shootout…September 26-28, 2014! ¬†Early registration will be coming soon!

*Please note: all information listed is from the 2013 event, an email will be sent to all who have attended the event previously, along with those who sign up for the newsletter on the contact page, as soon as registration is open for 2014.

 

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The Black Hills Photo Shootout brings photographers from across the country to South Dakota for photography, education, sightseeing, and camaraderie.  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 Black Hills State University (BHSU).   With this partnership, we are able to mesh the facilities of a world class photography education program with the expertise of a professional photography workshop and tour leader.

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!

A photography festival for the Black Hills!

Schedule

Friday, September 27th

Pre-Shootout Event: Buffalo Roundup Workshop

6:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Registration

4:00-7:00 PM

Keynote Presentation by Bill Fortney (included!)

7:00 PM

Saturday, September 28th

Workshop Session 1 (included!)

7:00-11:00 AM

Portfolio Reviews

12:00-1:30 PM

Workshop Session 2 (included!)

2:00-6:00 PM

Chuck Wagon Dinner & Happy Hour

6:00 PM

Sunday, September 29th

Workshop Session 3 (included!)

6:30-11:00 AM

Lunch Photography Presentation & Q&A (included!)

11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Workshop Session 4 (included!)

2:00-6:30 PM

Your workshop registration includes the following:

  • Friday’s keynote presentation by Bill Fortney

  • 1 admission to each of the 4 workshop sessions

  • 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.

Workshops

Session Information

Workshop Locations

All workshop locations along with directions will be provided at check-in. ¬†The Black Hills State University will be our main hub for the Shootout. ¬†Most classroom sessions will be held on campus at the University or nearby. ¬†Outdoor sessions are within about a 15-30 minute drive of the campus, except for “Iconic Landscapes – Devil’s Tower” and “Black Hills Backroads” which are about 45 minutes away.

Workshop Times

The times listed are actual workshop times, meeting times for each workshop will be earlier and will be given at check-in.

Outdoor Workshop

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 Workshop

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 Workshop

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.  They will not have shooting opportunities unless otherwise indicated.

Special Events

All special events (non workshop sessions) will be held at the Black Hills State University or nearby.  Exact location will be given at check-in.

Saturday, September 28th

Workshop Session 1 – Saturday AM Classes
Event Instructor Time Type Notes
Birds of Prey Jason Hahn Outdoor
Black Hills Back Roads Jerry Rawlings Outdoor
Cowboys: Portraits of the West Les Voorhis Outdoor
Classic and Custom Cars and Motorcycles Mike Wolforth Outdoor
Iconic Landscapes: Devils Tower Todd Pickering Outdoor
Lightpainting Jim Caldwell Classroom/Studio
Photography Fundamentals Steve Babbitt Classroom
Portraits: Indoors Loni LaRive Studio
Video: DSLR Basics Charley Voorhis Classroom/Outdoor
Waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon Chad Coppess Outdoor Full

 

Workshop Session 2 – Saturday PM Classes
Event Instructor Time Type Notes
Birds of Prey Jason Hahn Outdoor
Black Hills Back Roads Jerry Rawlings Outdoor Full
Cowboys: Portraits of the West Les Voorhis Outdoor
Classic and Custom Cars and Motorcycles Mike Wolforth Outdoor
HDR: What, Why and How Jim Caldwell Outdoor
Iconic Landscapes: Bear Butte Chad Coppess Outdoor
Iconic Landscapes: Devils Tower Todd Pickering Outdoor
Photoshop: Basics Steve Babbitt Classroom
Reshooting Historic Photos Richard Carlson Outdoor

 Sunday, September 29th

Workshop Session 3 – Sunday AM Classes
Event Instructor Time Type Notes
Close Ups in Nature Chad Coppess Outdoor
Cowboys: Riding, Roping and More Les Voorhis Outdoor  Full
Flash & Fill Flash Jerry Rawlings Outdoor/Studio
Outdoor Action: Mountain Biking Charley Voorhis Outdoor
Outdoor Action: Rock Climbing Todd Pickering Outdoor
Outdoor Action: Rodeo/Roping Dick Kettlewell Outdoor
Photoshop: Advanced Mike Wolforth Classroom
Portraits: Outdoors Loni LaRive Outdoor
Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Photo Tour Jason Hahn Outdoor
Time Lapse Techniques Jim Caldwell Outdoor
Waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon Steve Babbitt Outdoor

 

Workshop Session 4 – Sunday PM Classes
Event Instructor Time Type Notes
Close Ups in Nature Jim Caldwell Outdoor
Cowboys: Riding, Roping and More Les Voorhis Outdoor
Digital Workflow with Lightroom Mike Wolforth Classroom
Iconic Landscapes: Bear Butte Steve Babbitt Outdoor
Outdoor Action: Fly Fishing Chad Coppess Outdoor
Outdoor Action: Rodeo/Roping Dick Kettlewell Outdoor
Portraits: Outdoors Loni LaRive Outdoor
Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Photo Tour Jason Hahn Outdoor Full
Studio Lighting: Product & Still Life Jerry Rawlings Studio

Workshop Descriptions


Birds of Prey

Outdoor Workshop

Join us for a unique opportunity to photograph birds of prey such as Owls, Hawks, and Falcons. This workshop will allow you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures, photographing them in a controlled environment, using a variety of natural backgrounds. Likely subjects include the American Kestrel, Red Tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Western Screech Owl and Rough Legged Hawk. Exact birds will be determined by the preserve. The hands-on, in-field instruction will also help you improve your animal portraiture skills for not just birds, but all manner of wildlife.

Activity Level:  Low. There will not be a great deal of walking, as we will be very close to our subjects. Light hiking (walking on a dirt path really) will be required for distances of approximately 200 yards or less.

Things to know:  This workshop will be held at DC Booth Fish Hatchery.

What to bring:  A good telephoto lens of a minimum length of 150mm (or equivalent) will get a workout here. A good tripod and head will also be of benefit. Adding fill flash can also help make the photos really pop but flash is not a requirement.


Black Hills Back Roads

Outdoor Workshop

Many of the roads in the Black Hills offer easy access, yet take you to stunning photo sites from rushing streams, rocky outcrops, golden aspen stands and historic ghost towns. The exact route the trip will take will be determined shortly before the workshop and depends on road conditions, foliage colors and weather.

Activity Level:  Very Low. Most of the photography will be done relatively close to the vehicle.

Things to know:  Photographers will ride in/drive their own vehicles and we strongly encourage car pooling. This will be a bumpy ride as it is on back roads, however all roads will be traversable by car or minivan. This workshop is about 45 minutes from BHSU and the exact route will be determined just prior to the workshop as it will vary depending on road, weather and color conditions.

What to bring:  Lenses from wide angle to moderate telephoto could be used to your advantage. A tripod is always a good thing but handholding is sometimes necessary depending on the subject. Fill flash could be used as well but would not be required.


Classic and Custom Cars and Motorcycles

Custom cars and motorcycles are always hot photo subjects. He will teach you lighting techniques, angles and how to get the best from each lighting situation and vehicle. Iconic Black Hills landscapes will be the background and the exact location will be determined just prior to the shoot depending on weather and conditions.

Activity Level: Low. The class will take outdoors with small amounts of walking necessary.

Things to know:  If you wish to have the model sign a release you must bring your own release. Fill flash could be helpful for this class.

What to bring:  A wide angle lens to short telephoto would be the most used but a closeup, macro style lens could be beneficial for detail work. Fill flash could also be helpful. Tripods are always a benefit and you will likely be able to do both tripod and handheld work.


Closeups in Nature

Robert Capa once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” He was talking about war photography, but we’re going to apply the same reasoning to our nature photography in this session. Closeups are available for every photographer regardless of where they live, and learning to take a good closeup can build skills helpful in all aspects of your photography.

Activity Level:  Low. Light hiking of up to 1/4 mile could be required for the best angles.

Things to know:  This workshop will be held at DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery

What to bring:  A macro lens or any close-up equipment would be useful for this session. A good tripod and head will also be of benefit. Any reflectors or diffusers to control light might prove helpful.


Cowboys: Portraits of the West

Cowboys and the Old West hold a special place in the hearts and minds of many Americans. For photographers, the opportunity to photograph cowboys is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. But like all photography, the best images are created when the photographer ‘builds a photo’ rather than takes a picture and one of the first considerations here is lighting. Natural lighting is often the best but when we have no control over lighting provided by nature, we need tools to create lighting that compliments our subjects. In this portrait seminar we will look at the variety of artificial lighting available to the outdoor photographer including speedlights, light modifiers, reflectors and more. We will cover lighting techniques and strategies before finishing the seminar by creating actual cowboy and cowgirl portraits. Models will be posed by themselves as well as with horses and possibly ranch dogs.

Activity Level:  Low. Light hiking of up to 1/4 mile could be required for the best angles.

Things to know:  This workshop will be held at the Black Hills Equestrian Center.

What to bring:  Lenses from wide angle to extreme telephoto could be used to your advantage. Lenses from 28mm to 300mm are probably the most used and most common for this type of shooting. A tripod is always a good thing but handholding is sometimes necessary depending on the subject. Fill flash could be used as well but would not be required. The instructor will provide some light modifiers and reflectors to be shared by the group.


Cowboys: Riding, Roping & More

We will be shooting cowboy and cowgirl models on horseback, in silhouette, roping and leading horses. Horses will be in action, running, walking and trotting. Sunrises or sunsets will be utilized for each shoot, as they are available. Cowboys will be interacting with each other as well as their horses. We will cover composition, exposure, proper lighting, correct shutter speed and techniques for action photos and how to prepare and expose for a silhouette.

Activity Level:  Low to moderate. Light hiking of up to 1/4 mile up short hills could be required for the best angles.

Things to know:  This workshop will be held at the Black Hills Equestrian Center.

What to bring:  Lenses from wide angle to extreme telephoto could be used to your advantage. Lenses from 28mm to 300mm are probably the most used and most common for this type of shooting. A tripod is always a good thing but handholding is sometimes necessary depending on the subject. Fill flash could be used as well but would not be required.


Digital Workflow with Lightroom

With today’s digital technology, snapping the shutter is cheap. The results however are often volumes of digital image files piled up on a computer hard drive. And the more photography, the more those image files grow on that hard drive. If your workflow consists of burning those files to a DVD and tossing it in a box you will quickly discover how cumbersome such a system can be. You need an effective and efficient workflow! In this seminar, we’ll cover a wide range of subjects including fast and efficient time saving techniques for organizing all those image files. We’ll discuss computer setup, importing, batch renaming, naming conventions, Lightroom databases, keywording, catalogs, and image processing in Lightroom.

Activity Level:  Indoor Classroom

Things to know:  This class is designed for all levels of Lightroom users. No previous experience with Lightroom is necessary.

What to bring: ¬†You will need to bring your own laptop loaded with Lightroom 3 or higher. The college’s computers will not be available for this workshop.


Flash and Fill Flash

One of the most daunting pieces of equipment in many photographer’s bag is the portable flash. Learning to use flash effectively as both a main light and a fill light can dramatically expand your photo effectiveness and add a special spark to your photos.

Activity Level:  Low. The class will take place both indoors and out with small amounts of walking necessary.

Things to know:  If you wish to have the model sign a release you must bring your own release.

What to bring:  A short telephoto will likely get the most use with a wide angle lens being beneficial as well. A flash is necessary and a portable shoe mount flash is the most beneficial but you can get some of the same effect using the small flash built into your camera as well. Tripods are always a benefit and you will likely be able to do both tripod and handheld work.


HDR: What, Why & How

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is one of the hottest new techniques to come along in the last several years. Whether you use it for realistic photos of scenes that just aren’t possible in a single exposure or for creative artistic images, HDR begins with the shooting of the picture. We will help you identify when to use HDR and what type of scene works best with the process, composing for HDR and the entire shooting process will be covered. Historic ranch equipment, an old school house and barn will be our classroom for this session. Expect lots of detail and texture!

Activity Level:  Light hiking up to 1/4 mile could be necessary for the best angles.

Things to know:  This class will be held at the High Plains Western Heritage Center.

What to bring:¬†¬†Telephoto and wide angle lenses will both be very handy in this workshop. A tripod is virtually a must but there are ways around it if you don’t own a tripod. Knowledge of your cameras exposure bracketing capabilities and manual exposure ahead of time will come in handy.


Iconic Landscapes: Bear Butte

Bear Butte is one of South Dakota’s most iconic landscapes and is a sacred mountain for many of the local plains tribes. Rising 1500 feet above the surrounding prairie, it makes for a stunning subject in late afternoon light. With the lake to the west surrounded by a National Wildlife Refuge, Bear butte in late afternoon light is as stunning a landscape as you can get in western South Dakota.
Activity Level:  Moderate. Light hiking to photo locations on uneven terrain is necessary but car access is good to most locations.

Things to know:  Participants will be responsible for the park entrance fee in their own vehicle. Entrance fees are $4.00 per person or $6.00 per vehicle. State Park passes are valid.

What to bring:  Lenses from wide angle to telephoto will be beneficial and a tripod would come in very handy, especially as the light level drops in the afternoon.


Iconic Landscapes: Devils Tower

Devils Tower is America’s first National Monument and makes a striking subject. Hiking the trail surrounding the base provides great views of the Tower as well as the surrounding mountain valley landscape. This workshop will concentrate on making great photos of the Tower and the surrounding landscape. With a little luck you may get a chance to photograph the local wildlife as well. Whitetail deer, marmots, turkey, cottontail rabbits and other small critters frequent the area and would make great subjects as well.

Activity Level:  Low to Moderate. There are a variety of hiking options. Participants can take hikes that are as easy or hard as they wish. The 1.5 mile hiking path around the base of the mountain will be the main focus of the workshop, however, the entire length need not be traversed to make great photos.

Things to know:  Participants driving their own vehicles are responsible for National Park entry fees into the Monument. The standard daily use fee is $10 per vehicle. Annual and senior park passes are also accepted. This workshop is about 45 minutes from BHSU at Devils Tower National Monument. Please see your program guide for exact directions.

What to bring:   A wide angle lense is the first thought when you approach the Tower, however there is a chance to use macro and telephotos as well. A good polarizer will also get use and we always recommend a good sturdy tripod. Since you will be hiking, water, camera bag or backpack and sturdy shoes or hiking boots will be helpful.


Lightpainting

In this fun and informative workshop you will learn the tips, tricks and techniques to get unique images using long exposures and lighting tools. Light painting is a technique where the photographer works in a darkened environment, and by using common flashlights can light the scene over time and in a manner that would be difficult or even impossible to do using conventional lighting or strobes. This technique isn’t limited to studio work, it can even be used for landscapes after nightfall. This hands-on workshop will cover: theories of good lighting equipment needed for light painting tips and techniques demonstration of the two major approaches to light painting.

Activity Level:  Low.

What to bring:  Wide angle to normal lenses (17-55mm) will be very handy in this workshop. A tripod is essential, as you will be shooting in very low light. Knowledge of your cameras exposure bracketing capabilities and manual exposure ahead of time will come in handy.


 

Outdoor Action: Fly Fishing

Ever since the movie A River Runs Through It, fly fishing has taken on a more popular and iconic status. While we don’t have Brad Pitt, you will photograph fly fishermen fishing in Iron Creek Lake both from shore as well as wading and fishing from a belly boat.

Activity Level: Low. Hiking of up to 1/4 mile could be necessary for the best angles and you will be off trail on rough terrain.

Things to know: This workshop will be held at Iron Creek Lake Resort. If you wish to have the model sign a release you must bring your own release.

What to bring:¬†A telephoto lens of moderate length 200‚Äď300mm or longer will be very beneficial as well as shorter lenses in the wide angle to moderate telephoto will find use as well. A tripod is always a good idea but some of the angles will benefit from handholding. Good boots with good traction will help to get to the photography location.


Outdoor Action: Mountain Biking

Photographing mountain biking can be fun and exhilarating and a great way to practice your action photography.

Activity Level:  Low РModerate. Hiking of up to 1/2 mile could be necessary for the best angles and you will be off trail on rough terrain.

Things to know:  This workshop will be held at Iron Creek Lake Resort. If you wish to have the model sign a release you must bring your own release.

What to bring:  A telephoto lens of moderate length 200 Р300mm or longer will be very beneficial as well as shorter lenses in the wide angle to moderate telephoto will find use as well. A tripod is always a good idea but some of the angles will benefit from handholding. Good boots with good traction will help to get to the photography location.


Outdoor Action: Rock Climbing

Outdoor adventure photography is an exciting pursuit, some may argue, more invigorating than the sport itself. Rock climbing takes strength and agility that not everyone possesses. However, photographing rock climbing doesn’t take nearly the same physical ability and can be just as rewarding. You will photograph skilled rock climbers taking different routes on the rock face as well as preparing their gear and close-ups of their equipment.

Activity Level:  Moderate. Hiking of up to 1/2 mile will be required for the best angles and you will be off trail on rough terrain.

Things to know:  This workshop will be held at Devils Tower National Monument. Participants driving their own vehicles are responsible for National Park entry fees into the Monument. The standard daily use fee is $10 per vehicle. Annual and senior park passes are also accepted.  If you wish to have the model sign a release you must bring your own release.

What to bring:  A telephoto lens of moderate length 200 Р300mm or longer will be very beneficial as well as shorter lenses in the wide angle to moderate telephoto will find use as well. A tripod is always a good idea but some of the angles will benefit from handholding. Good boots with good traction will help to get to the photography location.


Outdoor Action: Rodeo/Roping

Taking pictures of cowboys, horses and the fast paced action of rodeo is always a photography favorite. You will work with the Black Hills State University rodeo team and local team ropers practicing their skills in the fast paced timed event of team roping. The afternoon shoot will be during a competition team roping featuring not only university cowboys but regional cowboys and cowgirls as well. The morning session will be of university students honing their skills. Both will be fast action, exciting events sure to make you burn through memory cards.

Activity Level:  Low. The class will take outdoors with small amounts of walking necessary. Standing and walking on rough ground of the arena and cattle and horse holding areas will be necessary. Be sure to watch where you step!

Things to know:  If you wish to have the model sign a release you must bring your own release. Fill flash could be helpful for this class.

What to bring:  A short to long telephoto or telephoto/zoom will likely get the most use with a wide angle lens being beneficial as well. A flash is helpful for fill flash with beamers used for the long-range flash work if you wish. Tripods are always a benefit and you will likely be able to do both tripod and handheld work.


Photography Fundamentals

Are you struggling with making sense of the technical part of photography? Since photography is such a mix of art and science, learning to master the technical aspects can make you a better artist. This class will cover all the basics of photography from understanding exposure to learning how to correctly set your aperture and shutter speeds. This class will give you a great foundation to build on and get you started on the right foot.

Activity Level:  Indoor Classroom

Things to know:  This class is designed for the beginning photographer. No previous experience with photography is necessary.

What to bring:¬†¬†Bring your camera and whatever lenses you have available so that you can refer to them during the class. Also bringing your camera’s manual could help answer questions on your individual camera model.


Photoshop: Basics

One of the most daunting parts of digital photography for many is learning to use Photoshop. We will walk you through the basic functions of Photoshop and how to take your image from first opening it in Photoshop to preparing it for printing or display on the web. Discussing such topics as Levels Adjustment, image sizing, using a color space, the differences between JPEG and TIFF formats and how to use the sharpening tools.

Activity Level:  Indoor Classroom

Things to know:  This is designed for the entry level or beginning Photoshop user. No previous experience with Photoshop necessary.

What to bring:¬†We recommend you bring your own laptop loaded with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. However, the college’s computers will be available for those who don’t have computers or software available.


Photoshop: Advanced

Photoshop is one of the most powerful tools we have in our digital arsenals. Taking it to the next level and using advanced techniques such as layer masking, image stacking, image blending, and much more are the focus of this workshop. We will lead you into the advanced depths of Photoshop.

Activity Level:  Indoor Classroom

Things to know:  This is designed for the experienced Photoshop user, ready to take their Photoshop abilities to the next level.

What to bring: ¬†You will need to bring your own laptop loaded with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. The college’s computers will not be available for this workshop.


Portraits: Indoor

There are arguably more pictures taken of people than of any other subject. Many people start the hobby of photography to photograph a child or special family moments in their life. We will take you through the process of making those portraits in both a studio style setting and a more relaxed natural setting such as you may find in your home.

Activity Level:  Low. The class will take place indoors with small amounts of walking necessary.

Things to know:  If you wish to have the model sign a release you must bring your own release.

What to bring:  A short telephoto will likely get the most use with a wide angle lens being beneficial as well. A flash is helpful but studio lighting equipment will be available for the artificial lighting work as well. Tripods are always a benefit and you will likely be able to do both tripod and handheld work.


Portraits: Outdoor

There are arguably more pictures taken of people than of any other subject. Many people start the hobby of photography to photograph a child or special family moments in their life. We will take you through the process of making those portraits in an outdoor setting, available to all photographers, as close as a walk to your local city park or backyard.

Activity Level:  Low. The class will take outdoors with small amounts of walking necessary.

Things to know:  If you wish to have the model sign a release you must bring your own release. Fill flash could be helpful for this class so we recommend our flash and fill flash class as a primer for this class as well.

What to bring:  A short telephoto will likely get the most use with a wide angle lens being beneficial as well. A flash is helpful but studio lighting equipment will be available for the artificial lighting work as well. Tripods are always a benefit and you will likely be able to do both tripod and handheld work.


Reshooting Historic Photos

Re-shooting historic photos is becoming a photo staple and is interesting to not only history buffs but everyone interested in photography. In Northern South Dakota, the Fasbender Collection of photographs has been a famous collection of photographs taken by several generations of the Fasbender Family. Now owned by the cities of Lead, Deadwood and Spearfish will visit several locations of historic photos and using original photographs help you re-photograph them today, showing the changes that have occurred as well as showing what has stayed the same.

Activity Level:   Moderate. Light walking and hiking involved on a variety of terrain.

Things to know:  This class is not strong on instruction but more focused on the location and history of the original photograph and location.

What to bring:  A variety of lenses will be beneficial in order to most closely match original focal lengths. However, most historic cameras did not use an extensive lens selection so you likely will have the perfect lens in your bag-utilizing short to medium zooms. A tripod will be very beneficial for lining up the best angle.


Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Photo Tour

Outdoor Workshop

Join us for a photography tour of the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota.  The Sanctuary sits on 200 acres of rocky, forested terrain and is currently home to over 300 animals of 40 different species including tigers, leopards, bears, African lions, foxes, mountain lions, coyotes, lynx, an ocelot, a caracal, and myriad domestic animals including dogs, cats, pigs, goats and horses.  This experience will provide you with the opportunity to experience and photograph these animals up close and personal.  During the tour your instructor will provide tips and techniques for capturing great wildlife photography, how to get great images while working in a controlled environment, as well as information about the animals we will photograph.

Activity Level: Low to Moderate.  We will be walking throughout the sanctuary for the entire workshop.

Things to know: Because this is a wildlife sanctuary, we will be shooting through fences for some of the animals.  Your instructor will provide you tips on how best to work around these obstacles.

What to bring: A good telephoto lens of a minimum length of 150mm (or equivalent) will get a workout here. A good tripod and head will also be of benefit. Adding fill flash can also help make the photos really pop but flash is not a requirement.


Studio Lighting for Still Life

Classroom Workshop

Not all photographs are able to be made outdoors in natural light…nor should they. Having a basic studio setup allows the photographer to make images in any weather conditions or in any environment. We will walk you through the process of getting the most out of electronic studio lighting equipment and how to effectively light a still-life scene. Subjects will range from western cowboy tack and gear to floral displays or even pottery. Have something that has been difficult for you to photograph? Bring it along and work it into a display and have us show you how to effectively light it.

What to bring: Camera and tripod (helpful but not necessary) and lenses from 28mm to 200mm. Also bring any item you may want help learning how to light effectively.


Time Lapse Techniques

Wispy clouds gently fly past the viewer, thousands of stars rotate in the night sky overhead, and the sun rapidly falls below the horizon revealing the stars in the dusky sky. Einstein wrote that time is relative and we have come to expect events to occur at specified rates. However, through the magic of timelapse photography, flowers can bloom and die in mere seconds, shadows can race across mountainous landscapes, and city traffic streaks through city highways.

Surely you have seen amazing timelapse sequences in nature films, on YouTube and Vimeo and even in commercial films. Speeding up the rate at which some events occur will often reveal details that would not be obvious when seen at their normal rate. Manipulation of time to see events that are not apparent to the unaided eye include high speed video to slow down rapidly occurring events and timelapse photography to speed up events which can occur over minutes, hours, or even days and weeks! High speed video requires specialized equipment that is rather expensive. Remarkably, timelapse photography doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment and most digital cameras are capable of creating these images. Since the images are composed of separate still images, video capability isn’t necessary.

Timelapse photography is becoming more and more popular with the advent of digital photography and can make for great imagery either by themselves or as an “add on” to a multimedia show. We will walk you through the process of making striking timelapse image sequences in the field and give direction on how to turn them into movies to be later inserted into a movie format or multimedia show.

Activity Level:  Light hiking up to 1/2 mile could be necessary for the best angles.

Things to know:  The location of this class will be determined closer to the workshop time to take advantage of the best weather and atmospheric conditions.

What to bring:  Wide angle to normal (17-55mm) lenses will be very handy in this workshop. A tripod is also highly recommended, it is virtually impossible to shoot a time lapse without one.  Knowledge of your cameras exposure bracketing capabilities and manual exposure ahead of time will come in handy.

We also highly recommend you have an intervalometer. ¬†Some¬†cameras do have a built-in time lapse¬†intervalometer (such as the Nikon D800 or GoPro), or you can ¬†purchase¬†one (like the mobile Triggertrap which is free for IOS and Android, but¬†requires a camera cable “dongle” which is under $30) or a dedicated¬†intervalometer (available on Amazon for as low as $15). Without this you¬†would have to manually push the shutter button every second for up to 300¬†times or more. Not recommended!


Video: DSLR Basics

Each new DSLR camera (and many point and shoot cameras) are now not only a still camera but a very capable and high quality HD video camera as well. There is more to video than just flipping the switch to video mode. We will take you through not only learning the settings on the video mode but also the mind set behind video and how to capture stunning video footage that can be made into interesting short films.

Activity Level: Light. This is an indoor classroom class with some outdoor instruction.

Things to know:  We recommend also taking the Video Production Basics class as well in order to get the most out of your video footage.

What to bring:  Your DSLR or Point and Shoot camera with video capability and owners manual to answer menu and technical questions. A tripod will also be beneficial for the outdoor portion of the workshop.


Waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon

The waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon make for some of the most iconic and stunning landscapes available in the Black Hills. We will photograph two of the three major waterfalls in the Canyon, Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls. Surrounded by fall color, these make for stunning subjects.

Activity Level:  Moderate. Light hiking to photo locations on uneven terrain is necessary but car access is good to most locations. Spearfish Falls requires a short hike down a steep, but well maintained trail and Roughlock trail is concrete paved and steep in places but with handrails and a viewing platform at the end.

Things to know:  This is an AM class only to take advantage of the low crowd numbers as the falls are VERY popular this time of year.

What to bring:  Lenses from wide angle to telephoto will be beneficial and a tripod would come in very handy, especially in the low light levels in the morning. A polarizer will come in VERY handy for removing reflections from the water and richening fall foliage.


Events

Friday, September 27th

Keynote Presentation with Bill FortneyBill Fortney Pic

7:00pm  Meier Hall at Black Hills State University

We will be kicking off the 4th annual Black Hills Photo Shootout with a keynote presentation by noted photographer, instructor and lecturer, Bill Fortney!

Bill Fortney is a professional photographer based in Kentucky who says that he is happily now, a very serious amateur shooter who now shoots and teaches for the sheer joy of it. He now dedicates more of his time to his wife of 42 years, his three children, six grandchildren, his friends and his faith. For the past 10 years, Bill has been a Nikon Professional Services Tech Rep covering the Southern United States and serving also as a liaison person for the nature market. He has had the opportunity to work with many talented professionals across America while covering events including Shuttle launches, Air Races, Air Shows, The Masters, PGA Championships, NASCAR races, The Kentucky Derby and the Breeder’s Cup. He has also worked with NFL teams, college sports programs, universities, colleges, major newspapers, and magazines, law enforcement and many pro photographers. He says that he has had a lot of great jobs in his career, but this one has been the best!

To see Bill’s work, click here.

Please join us on Friday night for an amazing presentation by Bill.  We will also have some great doorprizes for Shootout attendees!

Things to know

This event is free and open to the public.

 


Pre-Shootout Event ‚Äď Buffalo Roundup Photo Workshop ‚Äď 1 Session Only!

buffalo-roundup

This event is full.

6:30am  - 2:00pm Custer State Park

Instructors: Dick Kettlewell, Jason Hahn, & Jim Caldwell

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 from the South 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. Your lead instructor, Dick Kettlewell, is a park expert and very familiar with the roundup process.

Activity Level:  Moderate. Light walking and hiking involved on a variety of terrain.

Things to know:  This is a pre-shootout event, it is optional and available for an additional fee of $125. This workshop will have a 10 to 1 ratio of students to instructors, ensuring you will have plenty of of opportunities to talk with the instructors and ask questions. You will meet the instructor and group early on Friday morning in order to get a good location for the roundup. The group will meet at 6:30 AM in Custer State Park and the exact location will be emailed to those who sign up prior to the event. Photographing the roundup and the sorting at the corrals will likely take until around 2:00 PM, allowing plenty of time to get to Spearfish to check-in for the Shootout event and keynote 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. A chuckwagon lunch will be available for purchase at the corrals as will water and sodas. In the morning before the roundup, there will be breakfast tents available as well.

What to bring: ¬†Long lenses in the 300+ range will be most beneficial with 400 ‚Äď 500mm not out of the question. Short telephotos and wide angles will be beneficial too, especially at the corrals after the roundup.

Saturday, September 28th

Portfolio Review

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Ever wanted to know how to take your photography to the next level? ¬†Want professional feedback on your imagery? ¬†Sign up for a portfolio review and get feedback and input from the pros. ¬†You will have ¬Ĺ hour with the workshop pro of your choice who will give you their undivided attention and input on your imagery. ¬†This is one of the best ways to advance your photography and learn what ideas and techniques to apply to your images. Sign up early as this option will fill quickly as each instructor only has 3 spots.

Things to know

There is a fee of $30 for this one-on-one, personalized portfolio feedback.  Portfolio review times will be on Saturday with each instructor having sessions from 12:00-12:30, 12:30-1:00, and 1:00-1:30.  Your time will be assigned to you at check-in.  Each participant may currently sign up for one review.  If you are interested in signing up for a second or third review, please email us and we will add you to a wait list for any open spots as we get closer to the Shootout.

What to bring

A digital or printed portfolio of up to 10 images.  If you are presenting your images digitally, you will need to provide your own laptop or tablet for viewing.

Portfolio Reviews
Instructor Specialty Time Notes
Steve Babbitt Landscape, people 12:00-1:30 PM  Full
Jim Caldwell Travel, nature, wildlife, video 12:00-1:30 PM
Chad Coppess People, recreation, nature, wildlife 12:00-1:30 PM Full
Jason Hahn Wildlife, nature, outdoor adventure, landscapes 12:00-1:30 PM
Dick Kettlewell Nature, wildlife, photojournalism 12:00-1:30 PM  Full
Loni LaRive Portraits, Weddings 12:00-1:30 PM
Todd Pickering Landscapes, Architecture, Portraits 12:00-1:30 PM
Jerry Rawlings People, portraiture, landscape 12:00-1:30 PM
Charley Voorhis Video, action 12:00-1:30 PM
Les Voorhis Nature, wildlife, western 12:00-1:30 PM Full
Mike Wolforth Product, nature, studio, portraiture 12:00-1:30 PM

Chuck Wagon Dinner & Happy Hour

6:00 pm – ?

This is an opportunity to mingle and talk with the professional photography instructors leading the workshops as well as the other workshop participants during an authentic chuck wagon dinner.  Make sure you listen for the dinner bell!

If weather conditions allow, we will also have a bonfire.

Things to know

There is a fee of $34 for the dinner.  Your dinner (beef brisket, cowboy beans, potato salad and rolls) dessert (peach cobbler!) and non-alcoholic drink (iced tea, lemonade and coffee) are included in this fee.  Crow Peak Brewing Co. will be on site with a cash bar so you can have a toast with a nice frosty beer.

Sunday, September 29th

Sunday Lunch Presentation

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

We will all meet on Sunday during lunch for a presentation by professional photographers Jason Hahn and Les Voorhis along with other Shootout instructors.  There will be time for questions at the end.

Besides the fantastic presentation, we will have some great doorprizes, so don’t miss out!

Things to know

This event is free for Shootout attendees!  Lunch will be available for purchase in the BHSU Student Union restaurant area and can be brought into the presentation.

Registration

2013 Black Hills Photo Shootout Registration

To register for the 2013 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! ¬†

 Sign Me Up

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

2013 Registration Information

Registration Fees for 2013

  • Event Registration – $200
  • Student Registration – $100¬†
      • *Must be a full time student, student ID required. Please¬†Email Nicole¬†with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

Things covered by the registration fee:

  • Friday’s keynote presentation
  • 1 admission to each of the 4 workshop sessions
  • Sunday’s lunch presentation

Things not covered by the registration fee:

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Travel to and from sessions
  • Park entrance fees
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Chuck Wagon Dinner
  • Pre or Post Workshops (including the Buffalo Roundup)
  • Other add-on’s¬†

*The keynote presentation is free and open to the public. 

Cancellation Policy

  • After July 15, 2013:¬†50% of the registration¬†fee will be charged for any ¬†cancellation.

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FAQs

Black Hills Photo Shootout FAQs.
 

Who can attend the shootout? Anyone with an interest in photography at any level is welcome. Although many of the sessions will be aimed at advanced amatuer photographers, we will try to have something available for everyone. The photo workshops will be a chance for people of all levels to mingle, learn and enjoy shooting in the Hills. The keynote session and Sunday lunch presentation are open to the general public. 

What is the Shootout registration fee and what is included and not included with that? The Shootout registration fee is $200. ¬†The fee includes¬†the Friday keynote,¬†one admission to each of the four workshop sessions, and attendance at the Sunday lunch presentation. The fee does not include entrance fees to parks, food, lodging, transportation, portfolio reviews, Chuck Wagon dinner, Buffalo Roundup or any other optional, add-on. If an event has an additional fee, it will be noted in the “Things to know” section within the description.¬† There is a discounted student registration fee of $100. ¬†Students must be full-time and and ID is required. Please email Nicole with¬†documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

How can I get an awesome 2013 Shootout t-shirt? You can order your discounted Shootout t-shirt during registration.  As long as you order your shirt prior to September 5th, 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.

Is transportation provided? No. Unless otherwise indicated, participants are expected to provide their own transportation. In some places, participants might be encouraged to carpool due to limited parked. Participants should be aware of travel times between areas. We will provide directions for each of the workshop locations upon check-in.

Where will classes be held? The Black Hills State University will be our main hub for the Shootout. ¬†Most classroom sessions will be held on campus at the University. ¬†Outdoor sessions are within about a 15-30 minute drive of the campus, except for “Iconic Landscapes – Devils Tower” and “Black Hills Backroads” which are about 45 minutes away.¬†

Where should I stay?¬† That is up to the individual.¬† The 2013 Shootout will be based around Spearfish in the northern Black Hills. ¬†So places like Spearfish, Deadwood and Sturgis will be close to activities. The Black Hills does cover a good sized area, so again you should check driving times between locations. The Black Hills has an excellent and easy to navigate road system. Here’s a starting point for hotel and lodging reservations in the Black Hills.

  • Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association¬†
  • South Dakota Tourism

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

Is tipping okay or expected? If you are attending a workshop where there are models (cowboys, birds of prey, portraiture, outdoor action, Spirit of the Hills, etc.), we do highly recommend tipping these people.  

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 Рhighs 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.

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.

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.

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 some of the special events such as the Saturday night dinner and t-shirts. ¬†While there is not a 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 2014 Black Hills Photo Shootout be? September 26-28, 2014!

Are there any other Photo Shootouts in other areas? The 1st Tampa Bay Photo Shootout will be on April 4-6, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida!

Instructors

Steve Babbitt

Specialty

Landscape, People, Abstracts, Black and White

Website

http://www.stevebabbittphotography.com/

About

Steve Babbitt has been making photographs of the Western United States for the past 25 years. He works with digital, silver and non-silver photographic processes in black and white and color. Steve is drawn to subjects, primarily in the landscape, which are often abstract or in some way seem out of place or not readily identifiable.

Steve has been teaching photography at the college level for 20 years and is currently a professor of photography at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. His photographs can be found in the collections of The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; The Getty Museum Library, Malibu, California; the Sioux Falls Civic Fine Arts Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; The Dahl Fine Art Center, Rapid City, South Dakota and the San Francisco Art Institute.


 

Jim Caldwell

Specialty

Travel, Nature, Wildlife, Videography

Website

http://fotobug.podbean.com/

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.  He is a certified Florida Master Naturalist and is a board member for the program in Pinellas County.

Jim has been an active member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for over 35 years as well as National Association of Photoshop Professionals¬†(NAPP), and the North American Nature Photographer’s Association (NANPA).

Some of Jim’s photography can be found at his website, www.elusiveimage.net and he hosts a podcast for nature and travel photographers at¬†fotobug.podbean.com.


 

Chad Coppess

Specialty

People, Recreation, Travel, Nature, and Wildlife

Website

http://www.dakotagraph.com/

About

As the Senior Photographer for the South Dakota Office of Tourism, Chad Coppess travels the state photographing fairs, festivals, rodeos, tourist attractions, historic sites, nature and wildlife. His photography has provided the visual identity of visitor promotions in the state for 18 years.

Coppess’ photos can be found at www.travelsd.com, in the South Dakota Vacation Guide annually, and throughout any other travel pieces that promote the¬†region. His images have also appeared in National Geographic Traveler, USA Today, the “South Dakota 24/7″ coffee table book, and websites for Chrysler¬†Corporation and MTV in Italy. His photos have been exhibited at the South Dakota State Capitol, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming,¬†and the Denver Art Museum.

Coppess also publishes a photography blog with tips and ideas for exploring South Dakota. www.dakotagraph.com has become a widely-read resource for other photographers visiting the state.


 

Jason Hahn

Specialty

Wildlife in action, Nature, Outdoor Adventure Sports, and Landscapes

Website

http://www.hahnnaturephotography.com

http://www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com

About

Originally from Maryland, Jason grew up near the mountains on a small farm that was practically a wildlife preserve, and it was that backdrop which helped fuel his interest in nature. Today he is a professional nature photographer, and Florida Master Naturalist, specializing in capturing photographs of creatures, scenery, and adventure all over the country.

He has been widely published in books and magazines nationwide including “Outdoor Photographer” Magazine, “Popular Photography” Magazine and “Florida¬†Wildlife” Magazine and has been involved in projects with organizations including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the South¬†Carolina Waterfowl Association. Jason’s photography can be seen at www.HahnNaturePhotography.com

In addition to his photography, Jason regularly conducts nature photography workshops and seminars for amateur and professional photographers, and is a lead instructor and co-owner of Outdoor Photo Workshops, www.OutdoorPhotoWorkshops.com


 

Dick Kettlewell

Specialty

Photojournalism, Sports, Nature, Wildlife, Landscapes

Website

http://springcreekchronicles.blogspot.com/

About

Dick Kettlewell has been a professional photographer for 28 years, having worked both as a photojournalist and a nature photographer while earning numerous awards.

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.

While with the Rapid City Journal, he produced a photo column for that paper’s outdoor page entitled “Spring Creek Chronicles” which featured images and¬†stories about the region’s wildlife and landscapes. This column was also the recipient of many journalistic awards for both photography and writing.¬†Kettlewell continues to publish that column for the Rapid City Journal and is currently working on 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 books about the wildlife and landscapes of the region entitled Black Hills Impressions and South Dakota Wildlife Impressions. Both are produced by Far Country Press and are available in major bookstores such as Borders and on the Amazon network.


 

Loni LaRive

Specialty

Portrait, Wedding

Website

http://www.blackhillsportraits.net/

About

Loni LaRive has been a professional portrait and wedding photographer in the Black Hills of South Dakota for 9 years. She attended BHSU for a Mass Communication degree in photography. She is currently taking classes through the Academy of Art in San Francisco to earn her Master of Fine Art for photography. She loves people and her business is what she truly loves to do. She is always looking for new creative inspirations and jumps at any chance to keep learning and educating in the art of photography.


 

Todd Pickering

Specialty

Landscapes, Architecture, Portraits

Website

http://www.toddpickering.com/

About

Todd Pickering has been a fine art/commercial photographer for the past 25 years. His personal work takes many different approaches to depict the natural environment from critical to simply pointing at the beauty that surrounds us.

Todd received his photography training at the San Francisco Art Institute. Now he works from his studio in Point Reyes Station California where he leads workshops. His work is in many fine collections such as Genentec, Banana Republic, Twitter, and Hyatt Hotels. He is represented by Laura Grigsby Art Consulting and Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications: People, New York Times, Sierra Magazine, Orion, Utne Reader, and Sunset. Clients include Colgate, Goldman Sachs, Joie de Vivre Hotels.


 

Jerry Rawlings

Specialty

People, Portraiture, Product, Landscape

Website

jerryrawlings.com

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. He owned and operated 5th Floor Studios in Denver CO, a 10,000sq/ft. facility geared towards maintaining large catalog clients. His list of clients include Born Footwear, Kork-Ease Footwear, Bass Pro Shops, Current Greeting Cards, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, Silverado Casino, Celebrity Hotels, Martin and Mason Hotel, Rocky Clothing Company, City of Deadwood, Deadwood Jam Committee, Saloon #10, Deadwood Social Club, and TDG Advertising, to name but a few. Currently Jerry has immersed himself into the realm of Street Photography. His current body of work ‚ÄúThe Streets of Deadwood‚ÄĚ has recently been exhibited at the Adams Museum and Dahl Arts Center.


 

Jackie Rinehart

Specialty

Fine Art, Framing

About

Jackie has been an artist for over a decade. She started drawing at a young age with just a pencil and pad of paper, experimenting and teaching herself to work in a variety of mediums. From there she has grown her skills as an artist and professional framer. Jackie graduated in 2006, from Black Hills State University with two bachelors degrees in art and biology. She began her art career working in the gallery at Prairie Edge in Rapid City, South Dakota, gaining experience in framing and displaying a wide variety of art mediums. Since 2008 she has been the custom framer at Focus West Gallery in Spearfish, SD. Jackie has gained a multitude of experience in matting and framing through her work, enjoying the unique challenges that walk through the doors. Jackie works with a wide range of local artists from photographers to painters as well as the general public looking to frame their most treasured items. Some of the most unique projects have included sports jerseys and shadowbox displays of everything from family heirlooms to sea shells. Jackie works on every aspect of a framed project from designing the presentation to the finished project on the wall, including everything from designing and cutting moldings from raw hardwoods to matting, mounting and finishing each project with the conservation and preservation of each piece in mind.


 

Charley Voorhis

Specialty

Filmmaking, Action

Website

http://voortexproductions.com/

About

After Charley Voorhis developed a passion for filmmaking in high school, he went on to study film at Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura California.

In 2004 he founded Voortex Productions, a boutique production company specializing in music videos, live productions, marketing spots, promotional videos, short films and documentaries, though personally he’s most passionate about shooting time-lapses and nature. His clientele and art focused projects have lead him to extensive travel around Washington State, Iceland, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. He offers a unique approach to production focusing on the essence and emotional values allowing the energy of the subject to carry the story. The HDSLR has been an extremely powerful tool in capturing stunning content and evoking inspiration in his viewers.

Charley taught Cinematography and Production at Wenatchee Valley Tech where he introduced professional concepts and technical skills to juniors and seniors in high school. He has now gone full time with his company in addition to giving talks and teaching workshops about HDSLR photography and video.


 

Les Voorhis

Specialty

Nature, Wildlife, Western, Landscape

Website

http://www.focuswestgallery.com

http://www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com

About

Award winning nature photographer, Les Voorhis has been a professional photographer since 1990. After learning the ins and outs of the stock photography business as a Photo Editor and Image Library Manager for Stock Imagery in Denver, CO, he decided to put his skills to the test with his own work. Les is widely published and his published images have appeared in magazines, advertising campaigns, retail packaging, calendars, web sites, books and more. Clients include, Bugle Magazine, Wolf Publishing, Harris Publications, Game and Fish Publications, Primedia Group, Pentax Corp., Smith-Southwestern, South
Dakota Magazine, Bowhunter, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and many others.

Les is also a teacher, teaching photography classes and workshops for everyone from the rank beginner to the seasoned professional through Outdoor Photo¬†Workshops where he is a lead instructor and co-owner, www.OutdoorPhotoWorkshops.com. In 2007 he was asked to join Tamron Lens Corporation’s educational¬†photographers group and teach workshops for them around the United States. He is on the staff of Naturescapes.com online photo magazine and is also the¬†past chair of the NANPA Resource Relations Committee. Profotos.com selected him as one of the top 100 photographers in the country in 2001.
Les owns Focus West Gallery in Spearfish, SD with his wife Julaine and published his first book in 2006 called “Spearfish Canyon, A Journey Beyond the¬†Rim”. In doing so, he started his own publishing company which has several more titles coming out in the near future as well as a new calendar and greeting¬†card line. Les’ work is also available in several other galleries and art shows throughout South Dakota and the western US and is available as stock¬†through www.royaltineimages.com.


Mike Wolforth

Specialty

Product, nature, studio and portrait.


 

Richard Carlson

Specialty

Classic & Custom Cars & Motorcycles

Website

dakotapress.org

About

Richard Carlson became a self-taught photographer while attending college to become an engineer.  He began a 20-year career as a full-time photojournalist when he was 21. Carlson has instructed 4 semesters at a university level and has given classes through community education as well as individual workshops. Carlson’s career began in the darkroom, but he began using digital in 1996. Carlson co-founded a business in 2000 that serves newspaper and other print media.  He has been published in various national and international publications in addition to contracting work with the NBA. Some of Carlson’s work can be found at dakotapress.org.  Carlson is also the collection manager for the Fassbender Photographic Collection.  The collection is co-owned by the cities of Lead, Deadwood and Spearfish and contains historic imagery dating back to the early 1900s.

Links

Lodging options:

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.

Shootout sponsors and supporters:

Locations and Extras:

Sponsorship 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, and camaraderie.  The event showcases the natural beauty of South Dakota along with the photography expertise of highly respected professional photographers. Our 4th annual event will be held from September 27-29, 2013 at the Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. This year we are expecting hundreds of photographers from across the country.  In 2012, people traveled from more than 20 states for this event.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a keynote presentation by Bill Fortney, 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, in partnership with Black Hills State University.   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 www.ThePhotoShootout.com.  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 here to view the sponsorship packet.

~OPW’s Owners, CEO’s, Founding Fathers, Guys Who Think They Are in Charge, and Lead Photography Instructors…¬†Les Voorhis & Jason Hahn

2013 Event Sponsors

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