Black Hills Photo Shootout 2016

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September 30th to October 2nd!

BHPS 2016!

The Black Hills Photo Shootout is a photography festival which brings photographers from across the country to South Dakota for photography, education, sightseeing, camaraderie, and fun.  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 numerous photography professionals.  With this partnership, we are able to mesh the expertise of instructors who have a variety of photography backgrounds with the expertise of a professional photography workshop and tour leader to create a fun and educational photography festival.

The first question we often get, and you may even be asking, is, ‚ÄúSo, why South Dakota?‚ÄĚ The Black Hills area of South Dakota is one of North America‚Äôs hidden gem‚Äôs 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!

 

Thank you to our 2016 Black Hills Photo Shootout Sponsors!  

We couldn’t do it without you!

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Schedule

Schedule

Friday, September 30, 2016

Buffalo Roundup Photo Workshop (Pre-Shootout Workshop) 6:15AM-2:00PM
Photography 101 (included!) 3:00-4:30 PM
Check-In Between 4:30-7:00 PM
Photo Shootout Welcome and Special Instructor Panel Presentation (included!) 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Workshop Session 1 (included!) Morning
Lunch ‚Äėn‚Äô Mingle & Photography Fun¬†(included!) 11:30-2:30 PM
Portfolio Reviews 12:30-2:00 PM
Workshop Session 2 (included!) Afternoon
Happy Hour – Brews & BBQ (attendance included!) 6:00pm-???

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Workshop Session 3 (included!) Morning
Lunch Photography Presentation & Q&A (included!) 12:30-2:30 PM
Workshop Session 4 (included!) Afternoon

Monday-Wednesday, October 3-5, 2016

Wild Horses and the Badlands Photo Workshop – Teddy Roosevelt National Park

(Post-Shootout Workshop)    *Full

Photography After Dark and Long Exposure Daytime Photo Workshop – Teddy Roosevelt National Park

(Post-Shootout Workshop)    *Only 3 spots left

***$50 discount available for taking BOTH Post-Shootout workshops at TRNP!

Your full weekend workshop registration includes the following:

  • Photography 101
  • Photo Shootout Welcome and Special Instructor Panel Presentation
  • 1 Admission to Each of the 4 Workshop Sessions
  • Saturday‚Äôs¬†Lunch ‚Äėn‚Äô Mingle & Photography Fun
  • Saturday Happy Hour – Brews and BBQ
  • Sunday‚Äôs Lunch Presentation

Your half weekend workshop registration includes the following:

  • Photography 101
  • Photo Shootout Welcome and Special Instructor Panel Presentation
  • 1 Admission to each of the 2¬†Workshop Sessions on EITHER Saturday OR Sunday
  • Saturday‚Äôs¬†Lunch ‚Äėn‚Äô Mingle & Photography Fun and Happy Hour – Brews & BBQ¬†OR Sunday‚Äôs 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

Workshop Information

Locations

Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Spearfish, SD will be our main hub for the Shootout. Classroom sessions and all special events will be held here. Outdoor sessions will all meet at BHSU and carpool to the workshop locations which vary in distance from BHSU, from being right around the corner up to an hour away, depending on location. We promise they will be worth the drive! All workshop locations and exact times along with directions will be provided at check-in.

Outdoor Workshops

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 Workshops

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 Workshops

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. There will not be photography opportunities.

Session 1 РSaturday Morning Workshops

  • Animals in Action: Retrievers on the Run

    RetrieversInstructor: Mike Wolforth

    Photographing animals can seem like barely controlled chaos, working with a creature that has their own agenda can make you feel like you are fighting to keep up with them. If you’re unfamiliar with shooting action or have found yourself frustrated by out-of-focus or motion-blurred photos, this class will hone your skills for all types of animal action photography. We have the opportunity for a special photo session at a world renowned retriever training facility with their very photogenic and …

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  • Images of the West: Cowboys in Action

    Shelbourn 6Instructor: Becca Shelbourn

    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 …

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  • Inside the Photographer‚Äôs Studio

    Rob CaseyInstructor: Jerry Rawlings

    The great thing about studio photography is everything is under your control to get the photos you want. The hard part, though, is you have to control everything to get the photos you want… In this class we will introduce you to the concepts and equipment used in studios to make portrait, commercial, and fine art photos that really grab people’s attention. You will get a crash course in how to work in the studio environment, the different equipment used …

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  • Lighting Up the Night: Light Painting for Night Photography

    Caldwell astronomerInstructor: Jim Caldwell

    In this fun and informative workshop you will learn the tips 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 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.

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  • Photos in Motion: Videography for Photographers

    Garland - Video IconInstructor: Jeffery Garland

    Now that most of our DSLR cameras do such a good job with video, we find ourselves wanting to do more and more videography, but sometimes don‚Äôt know all of the proper techniques to get them to turn out right. ¬†Learn the basics of outdoor videography using your video capable DSLR or point and shoot, including settings, tools, and techniques for capturing and processing basic video using DSLRs. Topics include preparation before a shoot, lens selection, shooting settings, shooting techniques, …

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  • Smart Shots with Smartphones

    Smartphone PhotographyInstructor: Fred Rodgers

    Droids and iPhones are quickly replacing the common point and shoot as the go to camera for millions of photographers. After all the “best camera” is the one you have with you, and we have our smartphones with us all of the time. The latest generation of phones have great cameras built in, it’s just not always easy to know how to take control of them to get the picture you want. In this class you will learn how to …

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  • The American Bison: Icon of the Plains

    jhahn-lowres--trnp-20100512-313-234Instructor: Dick Kettlewell

    One of the most fun and rewarding parts of nature photography for us is getting to meet the heroes of wildlife conservation, the people who are working to save, protect and restore wild animals around the planet. Dan and Jill O‚ÄôBrien are two of those people, and this year we have the opportunity to visit their ranch to view and photograph the bison herds that roam the beautiful South Dakota grasslands there. ¬†There is also the possibility of photographing antelope …

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  • The Grab Bag Mystery Workshop

    Mystery Grab BagInstructor: Jason Hahn

    So, um you’re really putting me on the spot here. ¬†Is this just a filler spot because I didn’t get around to picking a workshop and I’m hoping Nicole won’t notice I put this here. ¬†Or is it the coolest workshop ever that I don’t want people to get in fist fights over when it gets booked up so I am hiding its name? ¬†Or am I hoping no one signs up for this one so I can sleep in, …

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Session 2 РSaturday Afternoon Workshops

  • Abstract Photography

    nhahn-lowres-_MG_4226Instructor: Jeffery Garland

    Want to get crazy creative and learn to “see” in a whole new way? Then it‚Äôs time for you to unleash your creative potential through abstract photography! Photography is usually about capturing an image¬†of something that we know and can recognize like people or landscapes. In abstract photography we focus on creating moods and sensations from unique combination of shapes, colors, patterns, light, or motion. It‚Äôs the idea of taking your subject and transforming it into something that creates emotion …

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  • Composition Concepts: Art Isn‚Äôt by Accident

    bear-butte-sd-_MG_1509-EditInstructor: Dick Kettlewell

    ‚ÄúIt is an illusion that photos are made with the camera‚Ķ they are made with the eye, heart and head.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Henri Cartier-Bresson ‚ÄúA composition is an arrangement, built out of parts, that aims at seamlessness.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Eric Maisel As photographers we can be very conflicted artists, having to balance the technical/logical side of our brains, with the artistic/creative sides, as we use technology to realize our creative visions. Your goal as a photographer is more than just getting the …

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  • Daytime Long Exposure Photography

    Caldwell slovenia-mergedInstructor: Jim Caldwell

    Daytime long exposure photography is a unique way of capturing landscapes for a totally different look. Using long exposure (several seconds to even minutes) will smooth out running water such as waterfalls and rapids, turn rough choppy water into a smooth surface, create streaks in clouds which can border on the abstract, allowing you to capture busy populated scenes by virtually eliminating people and moving vehicles. The workshop will feature several ways to capture long shutter exposures during daylight hours …

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  • Images of the West: Cowboy Portraits

    Shelbourn 10Instructor: Becca Shelbourn

    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 …

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  • Lions and Tigers and Bears‚Ķ and More

    Wolforth - Spirit of the HillsInstructor: Fred Rodgers

    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 …

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  • Need for Speed: Drag Racing

    Wykota Photography Whipple RacingInstructor: Mike Wolforth

    Smoking tires, flashy colors, and blazing speed, just part of what makes the fastest motor sport in the world a one-of-a-kind photography experience. Every weekend of the year at locations all around the country people gather to race just about any kind of vehicle you can imagine. On this workshop, we will photograph one of the ultimate spectacles of speed and power… drag racing! ¬†We will teach you how to photograph motor sports of all kinds For this workshop we …

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  • Spearfish Canyon: Off the Beaten Path

    _MG_1435Instructor: Steve Babbitt

    Spearfish Canyon’s scenic byway is arguably one of the prettiest stretches of road anywhere. While it gives visitors easy access to views of iconic waterfalls, fall colors, and the towering canyon cliffs, there is much more to be seen for those willing to venture away from the roadside. On this workshop we will take you to some of the locals’ favorite places in Spearfish Canyon off of the main road, where we will focus on taking photos of the stunning …

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  • Telling the Story: On the Streets of Deadwood

    Deadwood00071Instructor: Jerry Rawlings

    Steeped in history, the town of¬†Deadwood blends the history of the Old West with a modern vacation town. ¬†This makes it a perfect place to learn the art of street photography¬†and how to¬†tell stories of both the past and present in your images. ¬†As you explore this area, your instructor will provide you tips and techniques on how to create¬†street images that have impact, and¬†capture the people, culture and history of this unique location. Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop Activity Level: …

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Session 3 – Sunday Morning Workshops

  • American Icon: ‚Äô47 Chevy Trucks

    Wolforth Chevy'sInstructor: Mike Wolforth

    Some people collect comic books, some like coins, and for others it may be camera gear. And some people collect antique 1947 Chevy trucks and then invite a group of photographers to come on over and photography their collection. We really like those people! On this workshop we will have the opportunity to photography this collection of an American classic, in all kinds of styles and condition. 1947 saw Chevrolet’s first major truck redesign following World War II, the Advance-Design …

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  • Animals in Action: Falcons in Flight

    jhahn-lowres-red-shouldered-hawk-falconry-arc-_G0C6416Instructor: Dick Kettlewell

    One of the most fun and rewarding parts of nature photography for us is getting to meet the heroes of wildlife conservation, the people who are working to save, protect and restore wild animals around the planet. Dan and Jill O‚ÄôBrien are two of those people, and this year we have the opportunity to visit their ranch set among the beautiful South Dakota grasslands. During this workshop you will get an introduction to “BIF” photography, aka “Birds in Flight”. Dan …

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  • HDR Done Right

    jhahn-lowres-_MG_1355_HDRInstructor: Fred Rodgers

      High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography can be a fantastic way to get those¬†images where¬†your camera can’t capture¬†both the highlights and shadows¬†in a¬†scene. But it is not without its critics, and can be a complicated technique to master. ¬†In this class we will teach you what HDR is, when it’s the best option for a photograph,¬†and the details on how it is done. ¬†Just as importantly, we will teach you when not to HDR, common pitfalls to avoid, and how …

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  • Images of the West: Everything Equine

    Shelbourn 13Instructor: Becca Shelbourn

    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 …

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  • Photography After Dark: Night Skies and the Blue Hour

    jhahn-lowres-great-sand-dunes-June112013-0019Instructor: Jeffery Garland

    When the sun sets most photographers put away their cameras, but the night sky offers wonderful opportunities for amazing images. ¬†Think¬†star trails, the milky way and even the aurora borealis (northern lights). ¬†But photographing the night sky requires a whole new skill set and camera settings. ¬†During this workshop we will teach you how to capture those stunning night sky scenes, so you will be ready the next time the¬†sun sets and the stars shine! Type:¬†Outdoor¬†Photo Workshop Activity Level:¬†Low to …

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  • Riverscapes

    bear-butte-sd-_MG_1522Instructor: Jim Caldwell

    There is something about moving water that is just irresistible to photographers, whether it’s a fast flowing creek or a slow and serene river. ¬†On this workshop you will learn the techniques and concepts ¬†to capture those amazing photo opportunities just waiting for you in your local rivers, streams, lakes or wetlands. We¬†will cover a¬†number of technical, creative, and¬†field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful river¬†images,¬†including;¬† understanding light, reflections, recommended filters and equipment, using shutter speed for “dreamy …

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  • Transforming your Photos: Creating Photoshop Art

    This piece is titled "Glass Butterfly" A steampunk inspired butterfly contruct alights upon a glass flower.Instructor: Jason Hahn

    Photoshop, it‚Äôs a big program with a lot of features to learn, but used correctly can truly transform your photos. In this class you will go beyond basic photo development to learn Photoshop‚Äôs more powerful features that you can use to make your photographs into whole new works of art. Techniques we will cover including compositing, layer blending, masking, filters, adjustment layers, brushes, and much more! Let your creativity take hold, learn how to completely transform your images, and make …

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  • Waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon

    Roughlock OverlookInstructor: Steve Babbitt

    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 (cross your fingers!), these make for stunning subjects. Type: Outdoor Workshop 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 …

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Session 4 – Sunday Afternoon Workshops

  • Advanced Landscape Techniques

    _MG_0553_4_5Instructor: Dick Kettlewell

      Creating a great landscape photo is one of the greatest challenges in photography. ¬†In this class, you will learn key concepts and techniques to take your landscape photos to the next level. ¬†Learn advanced techniques such as panoramics, multi-row panoramics, hyper-focal distance, filters, lighting techniques and more. Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop Activity Level: ¬†Moderate Things to Know: ¬† What to Bring:¬†¬†Tripods are recommended. ¬†Sunscreen is¬†also recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don‚Äôt mind getting dirty¬†or wet.

  • Art of the Black and White Landscape

    gardiner-10012013-0158-EditInstructor: Mike Wolforth

    Join us on this landscape photography workshop where you will learn how to find and use the best light to make expressive black and white photographs. Your instructors will cover elements of composition, technical settings, the quality of light, and how to pick scenes that produce the great best black and white landscape opportunities.

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  • Black Hills Backroads

    BackRoads (2)Instructor: Jerry Rawlings

    Away from the main thoroughfares, a network of beautiful backroads snake their way through the¬†Black Hills. ¬†They offer access to stunning photo sites, from rushing streams¬†and¬†rocky outcrops, to golden aspen stands and historic ghost towns. ¬†On this workshop you will travel off the beaten path, rolling through spectacular hill country, fall foliage, and¬†beautiful creeks, to explore one of the many ghost towns hidden throughout the Black Hills. ¬†From fall landscapes to glimpses of the past, on this workshop you will …

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  • Hidden Worlds: Nature Up Close

    _MG_1500Instructor: Fred Rodgers

    Finding beauty in the littlest things, that is what Macro Photography is all about. ¬†In this class you‚Äôll learn how to capture great close up images,¬†opening up a world of photography possibilities wherever you go. ¬†This workshop will cover¬†how to light, focus, and compose your macro images, as well as selecting the right gear and how to use it. ¬†You also learn key techniques in closeup and macro photography including How to expose when only inches from your subject How …

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  • Images of the West: From Saddle to Slumber

    Shelbourn 3Instructor: Becca Shelbourn

      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 …

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  • Outstanding Outdoor Portraits

    JRawlings Portland-1Instructor: Jeffery Garland

    Ready to get great¬†results when taking photographs of people outdoors? ¬†In this workshop you will learn how to make creative and compelling portraits in the great outdoors, using the latest tools and techniques. ¬†We will cover key concepts such as lighting, what to look for when making an image, posing techniques, lens selection, selecting and composing your backgrounds, location selections, and getting it right¬†in camera to minimize your time spent post processing. Whether you want to get great images of …

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  • Patterns in Nature

    _G0C3997Instructor: Jim Caldwell

      There are an infinite number of photographic possibilities surrounding us at all times; we just need to learn how to ‚Äúsee‚ÄĚ and how to best capture these possibilities with our cameras. ¬†The ‚ÄúPatterns in Nature‚ÄĚ workshop was created to help photographers develop their creative vision and capture images that will amaze and inspire no matter whether you are a beginner or a pro. ¬† Your instructor¬†will work closely with each photographer to demonstrate lighting, composition, exposure, and techniques in …

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  • Taking the Phrustration out of Photoshop

    photoshop_logo on computerInstructor: Steve Babbitt

    Photoshop, just saying the name stirs up a lot of feelings in photographers. It’s a big program with a lot to learn, but used correctly can truly transform your photos. In this class we’ll help you change your outlook on Photoshop from feeling overwhelmed or frustrated to confident and creative!

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Events

  • Happy Hour – Brews and BBQ

    bbq-clipartInstructor: The Photo Shootout Crew

    Saturday, 6:00pm-??? Happy Hour specials at Crow Peak Brewing for anyone wearing a Black Hills Photo Shootout name tag. ¬†Free to attend, purchase your own beverages on site. A catered BBQ dinner, held at Crow Peak Brewing, will also be available for $11. ¬†Dinner will include: pulled pork, rolls, smoky baked beans, and homemade coleslaw. Things to Know: Attendance is free for all Shootout participants. Purchase your own beverages at a Happy Hour discount. ¬†Since it will be catered, if …

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  • Photo Shootout Check-in

    Instructor: The Photo Shootout Crew

    Friday, between 4:30-7:00pm. Check-in to receive your name tag with your personalized schedule, the event program, a goody bag, and your 2016 Black Hills Photo Shootout t-shirt and hat (if pre-ordered). You can also grab dinner during this time at the BHSU Dining Hall until 6:00pm, or elsewhere in town.

  • Photo Shootout Welcome and Instructor Panel Presentation (included!)

    Instructor: The Photo Shootout Crew

    Friday, 7:00pm. We will be kicking off the 7th annual Black Hills Photo Shootout with a welcome and a special panel¬†presentation by our Photo Shootout instructors¬†at¬†7:00pm at¬†BHSU! Learn and laugh with our photography pros as they tell you about their careers and adventures, as well as techniques for gear, photography, and life as a photographer. Please join us on Friday night for an amazing presentation along with some great doorprizes for Shootout attendees! Things to know:¬†This event is included with …

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  • Photography 101 (included!)

    Instructor: The Photo Shootout Crew

    Friday, 3:00-4:30pm. Photography 101 is for beginners with little or limited experience in photography. ¬†It is also for photographers looking for a refresher on concepts and settings. A large part of this course is focused on Exposure and Composition. ¬†We will discuss the different shooting modes used in DSLR cameras and being comfortable with shooting in manual. ¬†By being comfortable with the basics, we‚Äôll help you get the most out of your¬†Photo Shootout weekend. Type: Classroom Workshop Activity Level:¬† Low. …

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  • Post-Shootout Workshop – Photography After Dark and Daytime Long Exposure

    jhahn-lowres-_G0C9883Instructor: Jim Caldwell

    Monday-Tuesday, October 3-4. On the night photography nature photo workshop we will take you to Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) which is an amazing¬†place to photograph during¬†the night because of the lack of light pollution and the wonderful landscape. As we photograph during the¬†night, we will also provide each photographer with in-depth instruction on night photography techniques, engaging in one on one instruction, discussion, and critiques in the field and off. Each night¬†will be filled with great photography opportunities of …

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  • Post-Shootout Workshop – Wild Horses and the Badlands

    wild-mustang-trnp-051110-0070Instructor: Jason Hahn

    Monday-Wednesday, October 3-5. On the “Wild Horses¬†and the Badlands” nature photography workshop we will take you to Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) which is one of the best places in the United States to photograph wild horses¬†and the incredible scenic beauty of the North Dakota prairie and Badlands. From powerful stallions to frisky¬†young colts to the thundering of the band as they race across the Dakota landscape, its hard not to be in awe of, and inspired by the wild …

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  • Pre-Shootout Workshop – Buffalo Roundup

    BuffaloRoundup2Instructor: The Photo Shootout Crew

    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‚Äôs 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 …

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  • Saturday Lunch ‚Äėn‚Äô Mingle and Photography Fun (included!)

    Instructor: The Photo Shootout Crew

    Saturday, 11:30am-2:30 pm. Saturday at lunchtime we will be having a Lunch ‚Äėn‚Äô Mingle along with Photography Fun! Everyone is encouraged to attend as we will have a variety of fun photography activities. Regardless of skill level, it‚Äôs fun for all, and all for fun‚Ķ and maybe a few prizes! Things to know This event is included¬†for Shootout attendees! Food is available at the BHSU dining hall¬†from 11:am-1:00pm, which is where the event will be held. Or you can pick …

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  • Saturday Portfolio Reviews

    Instructor: The Photo Shootout Crew

    Saturday,¬†12:30-1:00pm, 1:00-1:30pm, and 1:30-2:00pm.¬† 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 …

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  • Sunday Lunch Presentation

    Instructor: The Photo Shootout Crew

    Sunday, 12:30-2:30pm. We will all meet on Sunday during lunch for a presentation by all of the Black Hills Photo Shootout instructors. ¬†There will be time for questions at the end. Besides the fantastic presentation, we will have some great doorprizes, so don‚Äôt miss out! Things to know:¬†This event is included¬†for Shootout attendees! Food is available at the BHSU dining hall¬†from 11:am-1:00pm, which is where the event will be held. Or you can pick up some ‚Äúto go‚ÄĚ food on …

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Registration

2016 Black Hills Photo Shootout Registration

To register for the 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!

Please note: When you click the ‚ÄúSign Me Up!‚ÄĚ button, you will be redirected to the Outdoor Photo Workshops website for registration.

Full Weekend Registration ‚Äď $225

Things covered by the full weekend registration fee:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday‚Äôs Welcome and Instructor Panel¬†Presentation
  • 1 Admission to each of the 4 Workshop Sessions (over 30 to choose from)
  • Saturday‚Äôs¬†Lunch ‚Äėn‚Äô Mingle and Photography Fun
  • Saturday Night Happy Hour – Brews and BBQ
  • Sunday‚Äôs Lunch Presentation

Student Registration (full weekend) ‚Äď $112.50

  • *Must be a full time student, proof of student status required. Please¬†Email Nicole¬†with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

Half Weekend¬†Registration ‚Äď $149

Things covered by the half weekend registration fee:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday‚Äôs Welcome and Instructor Panel¬†Presentation
  • 1 Admission to each of the 2¬†Workshop Sessions on¬†EITHER Saturday OR Sunday
  • Saturday‚Äôs¬†Lunch ‚Äėn‚Äô Mingle and Photography Fun and¬†Saturday Night Happy Hour – Brews and BBQ¬†OR¬†Sunday‚Äôs Lunch Presentation

Student Registration (half weekend) ‚Äď $74.50

  • *Must be a full time student, proof of student status required. Please¬†Email Nicole¬†with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

Things NOT covered by the registration fee:

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Travel to and from sessions
  • Park entrance fees
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • T-shirts and hats
  • Tips for models (human and animal) and animal handlers
  • BBQ dinner and drinks at Happy Hour – Brews and BBQ
  • Pre or Post Shootout Workshops
  • Other add-on‚Äôs
  • Other fees as noted

Cancellation Policy

  • There is a $35 fee for cancellations prior to September¬†1. ¬†After September¬†1, 50% of the registration fee will be charged for any cancellation. ¬†There are no refunds for cancellations the week of the event (but please let us know if you can‚Äôt make it so we aren‚Äôt worrying about you).

FAQ

Black Hills Photo Shootout FAQ’s

Who can attend the Photo Shootout? Anyone with an interest in photography at any level is welcome. The goal of each workshop is to provide you with both great learning and photography opportunities.  While some topics may be a little more advanced, we encourage you to ask questions throughout the event.  There is also a Photography 101 Seminar on Friday (included) for anyone who is new to photography or would like a refresher before going out in the field for their workshops. The photo workshops is a chance for people of all levels to mingle, learn and enjoy photographing in the Hills.

What is the Shootout registration fee and what is included and not included with that?¬†The full weekend Shootout registration fee is $225. The fee includes Photography 101,¬†the Friday Welcome and Instructor Panel¬†Presentation,¬†one admission to each of the 4 four workshop sessions, the Saturday Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun, and the Sunday Lunch Presentation. There is also a half weekend¬†registration which includes the morning and afternoon photography workshops on EITHER Saturday OR Sunday as well as all of the activities on Friday. ¬†The cost for the one day registration is $149. ¬†The lunchtime session on the chosen day is also included. The registration fee does not include entrance fees to parks, food, lodging, transportation, portfolio reviews, food or drinks at the Happy Hour – Brews & BBQ, tips, pre or post workshops, or any other optional add-on. If an event has an admission fee or additional fee, it will be noted in the “Things to know” section within the description, to the best of our knowledge at the time.

Is there a discount for students? There is a 50% discounted student registration fee of $112.50 for the full weekend and $74.50 for the half weekend option.  Students must be full-time and proof of student status is required. Please email Nicole with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

How can I get an awesome 2016 Shootout t-shirt? You can order your discounted Shootout t-shirt during registration.  As long as you order your shirt prior to September 1st, 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.  Photo Shootout hats are also available in 3 colors!

Where will classes be held? The Black Hills State University in Spearfish will be our main hub for the Shootout, where all events will be held or leave from. Outdoor sessions vary in distance from Black Hills State University from being right around the corner up to an hour away, depending on location.  We promise they will be worth the drive though!

Where should I stay?¬† The 2016 Shootout will be based around Spearfish, South Dakota¬†in the northern Black Hills, so you will want to look for lodging near there. ¬†The Black Hills does cover a good sized area, so you should check driving times between locations. Here’s a starting point for hotel and lodging reservations in the Black Hills.

  • We have a block of discounted rooms reserved at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – Spearfish¬†which is down¬†the street from BHSU¬†(where all events will be held or leave from).
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – Spearfish – 2720 1st Ave. E, Spearfish, SD 57783, (605) 642-3500
  • The discounted rate for Photo Shootout participants is $85 for a 2¬†queen or 1 king room. ¬†When you call, tell them you would like a¬†room listed under the Black Hills¬†Photo Shootout for the special rate.
  • Breakfast is included at no charge and they will have cold breakfast available at 4:30am for us on Saturday and Sunday mornings and will start the hot breakfast at 6:30am.

What airport should I fly in to? Rapid City (RAP) is the closest airport which is just over an hour away.

Is transportation provided? No, participants are expected to provide their own transportation. However, each workshop meets up with the rest of their group in the parking lot at BHSU and carpools from there. For some workshops, participants might be encouraged or required to carpool due to limited parked, vehicle entrance fees, and to save gas. Participants should be aware of travel times between areas. We will provide directions for each of the workshop locations upon check-in.

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.

Meeting Expectations Our goal is to meet (and hopefully exceed!) your expectations during the Photo Shootout.  After every event we send out an evaluation.  We want honest feedback on what we are doing great on so we can continue and what we need to work on to make the event even better.  For that reason, if there is ANYTHING that is not meeting your expectations DURING your workshop, please talk with an instructor RIGHT THEN…don’t wait for the evaluation, it is too late for us to do anything about it then.  If you tell us during the workshop, we are going to do our darndest to make things right.  We want honest answers on the evaluation, but if we take care of everything during the event, the evaluation can be fantastic and still be honest!

Local Information:

Shootout Sponsors and Supporters:

Other Information:

Is tipping okay or expected? If you are attending a workshop where there are models (human or animal) or animal handlers, we do highly recommend tipping these people. Tipping of your instructor is never expected, but always appreciated.

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

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. 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. Taxes¬†The state of South Dakota charges a 6.5% tax on all products and services, even if they are paid for online prior to arrival. 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 things like special events and t-shirts. ¬†While there is not a registration 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 2017 Black Hills Photo Shootout be? September 29-October 1, 2017!

Are there any other Photo Shootouts in other areas? The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout will be in February 2017 in Tampa Bay, Florida.  We hope to see you there!

Instructors

Our Instructors

We have a phenomenal group of professional photographers/instructors leading the events throughout the weekend! Check out their bio and website by clicking on their name below.

Sponsorship

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, camaraderie, and fun.  The event showcases the natural beauty of South Dakota along with the photography expertise of highly respected professional photographers. Our 7th annual event will be held from September 30-October 2, 2016 in Spearfish, South Dakota. This year we are expecting hundreds of photographers from across the country.  Each year, photographers travel from more than 20 states for this event.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a welcome and instructor panel presentation, 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.  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 the link below for complete sponsorship information:  Sponsorship Packet 2016.

 

Thank you to our 2016 Black Hills Photo Shootout Sponsors!  

We couldn’t do it without you!

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