Black Hills Photo Shootout 2015

Registration is open for the 2015 Black Hills Photo Shootout!

September 25-27 РRapid City, South Dakota 

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sign-me-upThe 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, “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!

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A photography festival in the Black Hills!

Schedule

Thursday, September 24th (at Black Hills State University)

Nighttime Photography by Jennifer Wu (included!)

Sponsored by Canon

7:00-9:00 PM

 

Friday, September 25th (at the Dahl Center)

Buffalo Roundup – Custer State Park

6:15 AM-Noon

Photography 101 (included!)

3:00-4:30 PM

Registration

4:30-7:00 PM

Keynote Presentation by Jennifer Wu (included!)

Nature’s Elusive Beauty РComposition for Nature and Landscape Photography 

Sponsored by Canon

7:00 PM

 

Saturday, September 26th (at the University Center)

Workshop Session 1 (included!)

7:00-11:00 AM

Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun¬†(included!)

12:00-2:30 PM

Portfolio Reviews

12:30-2:00 PM

Workshop Session 2 (included!)

3:00-7:00 PM

Happy Hour!

6:00 PM-???

 

Sunday, September 27th (at the University Center)

Workshop Session 3 (included!)

6:30-11:00 AM

Lunch Photography Presentation & Q&A (included!)

12:00-2:00 PM

Workshop Session 4 (included!)

3:00-7:00 PM

Your workshop registration includes the following:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s keynote presentation

  • 1 admission to each of the 4 workshop sessions

  • Saturday’s Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Games
  • 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 University Center in Rapid City will be our main hub for the Shootout.  Classroom and studio sessions will be held in downtown Rapid City.  Outdoor sessions vary in distance from University Center from being right around the corner up to an hour and fifteen minutes away, depending on location.  We promise they will be worth the drive though!

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 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. They will not have shooting opportunities.

Special Events

All special events (non workshop sessions) will be held in downtown Rapid City. Exact location will be given at check-in.

Saturday, September 26th

Workshop Session 1 – Saturday AM Classes

Event Instructor Type Notes
Advanced Landscape Techniques Steve Babbitt Outdoor Workshop
Classics and Chrome – Vintage and Classic Cars Mike Wolforth Outdoor/Studio Workshop
Cowboys of the Old West Chad Coppess Outdoor Workshop
Hidden Worlds: Nature Up Close Fred Rodgers Outdoor Workshop
Iconic Landscapes: Badlands Harlan Humphrey Outdoor Workshop
Painting with Light Jim Caldwell Studio Workshop
Stunning Portraits on Location Jerry Rawlings Outdoor Workshop
Wildlife of Wind Cave Dick Kettlewell Outdoor Workshop

Workshop Session 2 – Saturday PM Classes

Event Instructor Type Notes
Art of the Black and White Landscape – Badlands Harlan Humphrey Outdoor Workshop
Classic Modern Pinup Mike Wolforth Studio Workshop
Cowboys of the Old West Chad Coppess Outdoor Workshop
HDR: From Drab to Dramatic Fred Rodgers Outdoor Workshop
Iconic Landscapes: Badlands Jim Caldwell Outdoor Workshop
Light, Lines, and Form – The Art of Composition Dick Kettlewell Outdoor Workshop
Photo Trek: Nemo Road to Steamboat Rock Steve Babbitt Outdoor Workshop
Taking the Work out of your Digital Workflow: Photoshop and Lightroom Jason Hahn Classroom Workshop

 

 

 Sunday, September 27th

Workshop Session 3 – Sunday AM Classes

Event Instructor Type Notes
Critter Close-ups: Frogs, Bugs, and Reptiles Fred Rodgers Outdoor Workshop
Iconic Landscapes: Needles Highway Chad Coppess Outdoor Workshop
Magnificent Mustangs Dick Kettlewell Outdoor Workshop  Full
Native American Ceremonial Dances and Portraits Mike Wolforth Outdoor Workshop
Painting with Light Jim Caldwell Studio Workshop
Street Photography: Art Alley and Downtown Rapid Jerry Rawlings Outdoor Workshop
Structure and Style: Architecture Photography Steve Babbitt Outdoor Workshop
Wildlife of Wind Cave Harlan Humphrey Outdoor Workshop

Workshop Session 4 – Sunday PM Classes

Event Instructor Type Notes
Advanced Photoshop Artistry Jason Hahn Classroom Workshop
Birds of Prey Fred Rodgers Outdoor Workshop
Iconic Landscapes: Needles Highway Chad Coppess Outdoor Workshop
Iconic Landscapes: Sylvan Lake Harlan Humphrey Outdoor Workshop
Magnificent Mustangs Dick Kettlewell Outdoor Workshop  Full
Native American Ceremonial Dances and Portraits Mike Wolforth Outdoor Workshop
Patterns in Nature Jim Caldwell Outdoor Workshop
Photo Trek: Back Roads Jerry Rawlings Outdoor Workshop

 

 

Workshop Descriptions

Advanced Landscape Techniques

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Outdoor Workshop

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, portable lighting, reflectors, diffusers and more.

Activity Level:  Moderate

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held in Wind Cave National Park.

What to Bring: wide angle lenses, polarizer, filters

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Advanced Photoshop Artistry

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Classroom Workshop

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!

In this class you will go beyond basic photo development to explore Photoshop’s more powerful, lesser-known features that you can use to make your photographs really pop.  We will also explore other creative uses of Photoshop, including compositing, layer blending, masking, filters, adjustment layers, brushes, much more!

Learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is one of the best investments you can make to get the most out of your images and make your creative ideas come to life!

Activity Level: low, classroom

Things to Know: It is expected that attendees are familiar with the basics of PhotoShop, as this is not a beginner class. The class will be taught using PhotoShop CC 2015.

What to Bring: You will need to bring your own laptop with Photoshop loaded on it. You will get the most out of the class with the most recent version of PhotoShop (CC 2015), however many of the techniques and tools are similar in older versions. There will NOT be computers provided for this workshop.

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Art of the Black and White Landscape – Badlands

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Outdoor Workshop

Mention black and white landscape photography, and you often conjure up thoughts of the great masters and their large format cameras.  Today there are new opportunities for photographers who wish to explore the possibilities for black-and-white landscapes using digital technology.

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.

Activity Level: Moderate

Things to know: This workshop will be held at Badlands National Park.

What to Bring: wide angle lenses, polarizer, filters

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Birds of Prey

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Outdoor Workshop

Get up close and personal with Owls, Hawks, and Falcons as you learn the keys to creating great wildlife photos.  This workshop will allow you to photograph these magnificent creatures 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) will be required for distances of approximately 200 yards or less.

Things to Know: These birds are taken care of at a raptor rehabilitation center.  Tipping of the animal handlers is strongly encouraged.

What to Bring: long lens

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Classic Modern Pinup

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Studio Workshop

Modern day pin-up with influence from the classical era with a Norman Rockwell feel. We will do a glamour shoot on a high key background and then I will show you how I use Lucus Art, Topaz Adjust or the Camera Raw filter to achieve the Norman Rockwell look.

Activity Level: low

Things to Know: Tipping of the model(s) is strongly encouraged. While there will not be nudity during this workshop, all participants must be at least 18 years old AND out of high school.

What to Bring:

 

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Classics and Chrome – Vintage and Classic Cars

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Outdoor and Studio Workshop

Gleaming engines, polished chrome, slick interiors Рthe very things that many of us love about cars are the very things that can make them a challenge to work with for photographers.  In this class you will explore the world of automotive photography, where you have special access to a huge collection of classic and vintage cars as your subjects. Your instructor will cover lighting techniques, angles, how to deal with challenging exposure situations, and unique ways to achieve creative composition with each car.  This workshop will focus on picking out the small, eye catching details of each car rather than full car shots.

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

Things to know:  Carpooling is required. Tripods will not be allowed inside the showroom, only for the outside portion of the shoot.  There is a discounted admission fee of $4 per person.

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.

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Cowboys of the Old West

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Outdoor Workshop

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. Models will be posed by themselves, interacting with each other, with a horse, in silhouette, roping and leading a horse.
An important piece of local history located in a quiet green valley, Meeker Ranch’s rustic 1887 buildings and serene Black Hills setting provide photographers with an abundance of photo opportunities. ¬†Join us for a glimpse back in history.

Activity Level:  Moderate.  There will be a 1/2 mile hike to get to the buildings.

Things to know:  This workshop will be held at Meeker Ranch.  Tipping of the model(s) is strongly encouraged.

What to Bring: Optional: speedlights, light modifiers, reflectors

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Critter Close Ups – Frogs, Bugs, and Reptiles

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Outdoor and Studio Workshop

Photograph spectacularly colored frogs, exotic reptiles, and insects in a setting of real plants, flowers, and natural environments. In this class learn how to take natural looking photos in a studio like setting, where you can control the lighting and backgrounds to get great images.  You also learn key techniques in closeup and macro photography including:

  • How to expose when only inches from your subject
  • How to protect the highlights from blowing out in your pictures
  • Equipment options for macro photography
  • Using flash in macro photography
  • How to choose the best settings for composing very small subjects

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held at Reptile Gardens. The $12.50 admission fee has been waived for our group, so we highly recommend tipping the animal handlers. Your instructor has provided a free e-book on this workshop topic: Fotobug-Guide-to-Macro-Photography.pdf

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.

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HDR: From Drab to Dramatic

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Outdoor Workshop

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:  Low. Light walking for best angles.

Things to Know:  This class will be held at the Stave Kirke Norwegian church. Your instructor has provided a free e-book on this workshop topic: Fotobug-Guide-to-HDR-Photography.pdf

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.

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Hidden Worlds: Nature Up Close

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Outdoor Workshop

Finding beauty in the littlest things, that is what Macro Photography is all about. ¬†In this class you’l 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.

Activity Level:  Low. Light walking.

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held at Reptile Gardens. The $12.50 admission fee has been waived for our group, so we highly recommend making a donation. Your instructor has provided a free e-book on this workshop topic: Fotobug-Guide-to-Macro-Photography.pdf

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.

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Iconic Landscapes: Badlands

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Outdoor Workshop

Rugged and surreal, South Dakota’s Badlands are a maze of high mountains, bold rock formations, and striking canyons. ¬†One of the most unique geological features in North America, the warm colors and bold contours offer endless photo opportunities. ¬†Your instructor will help you tackle this rough environment, giving you tips and tricks to get great exposures and discover compositions unique to the Badlands.

Activity Level:  Moderate

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held at Badlands National Park.  There is a $15/vehicle entry fee (good for 7 days), so carpooling is suggested.

What to Bring: wide angle lenses, polarizer, filters

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Iconic Landscapes: Needles Highway

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Outdoor Workshop

The Needles Highway, a National Scenic Byway, includes 14 miles of sharp turns, low tunnels and impressive granite spires and is a spectacular drive through pine and spruce forests, meadows surrounded by birch and aspen and rugged granite mountains. The road’s name comes from the needle-like granite formations which pierce the horizon along the highway. The roadway was carefully planned by former South Dakota Governor Peter Norbeck, who marked the entire course on foot and by horseback. Construction was completed in 1922. The road lies within the 73,000 acre Custer State Park and passes by Sylvan Lake and a unique rock formation called the Needle’s Eye, so named for the opening created by wind, rain, freezing and thawing.

Activity Level: moderate

Things to Know: This workshop will be held in Custer State Park

What to Bring: wide angle lenses, long lenses, polarizer, filters

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Iconic Landscapes: Sylvan Lake

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Outdoor Workshop

Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park is one of those places that is so beautiful people have a hard time believing it’s man-made. ¬†With spectacular rock formations forming a beautiful backdrop, this location offers a variety of photo opportunities, including stunning sunrises, reflections, scenic vistas, and more.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park.  There is a $15/vehicle entry fee (good for 7 days), so carpooling is suggested.

What to Bring: wide angle lenses, polarizer, filters

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Light, Lines, and Form – The Art of Composition

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Outdoor Workshop

‚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 side, as we use technology to realize our creative visions. Your goal as a photographer is more than just getting the settings ‚Äúright‚ÄĚ, its an attempt to express your vision and your emotional response to a scene.

In this class you will discover the elements of design and how to put together the various components of an image.  Join us as we explore concepts of composition for fine art photography, providing tips and techniques that will help you create works that are visually appealing, moving, and which reveal your creative vision.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held at Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. There is a $15/vehicle entry fee (good for 7 days), so carpooling is suggested.

What to Bring: wide angle lenses, long lenses, polarizer, filters

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Magnificent Mustangs

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A rare opportunity to photograph the magnificent Spanish Mustang. The Windcross Conservancy has 33 of these beautiful horses which are on the Critical list of endangered species. We will photograph the Mustang in several different areas and settings, including running, jumping, in water, and portraits. The Spanish Mustang which have Andalusian bloodlines and are abounding with stamina were brought to America by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage in 1493.

Activity Level: moderate

Things to Know: There is a discounted admission fee of $15 per person.  Tipping of the animal handlers is strongly encouraged as this is a horse sanctuary.

What to Bring: a variety of lenses from long to wide to close-up

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Native American Ceremonial Dances and Portraits

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Outdoor Workshop

Whether you like portraits, action, black and white, or close-ups, you will be able to take a wide variety of photos of Native Americans in authentic ceremonial dress, ornamental headdresses, performing ceremonial dances, and more.

Activity Level: low

Things to Know: Tipping of the models is strongly encouraged.

What to Bring: a variety of lenses from long to wide to close-up

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Painting with Light

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Studio Workshop

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

Things to Know: Your instructor has provided a free e-book on this workshop topic: Fotobug-Guide-to-Light-Painting.pdf

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.

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Patterns in Nature

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Outdoor Workshop

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.

The leader will be available and will work closely with each photographer to demonstrate lighting, composition, exposure, and techniques in order to capture amazing “Patterns in Nature”.

Activity Level: low, light walking

Things to Know:

What to Bring: lens capable of close-focusing (or extension tubes), tripod, flash.
Optional: polarizer filters, handheld reflectors/scrims (the instructors will have some of these items available to borrow during the session)

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Photo Trek: Back Roads

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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:  Participants will ride in/drive their own vehicles and we strongly encourage carpooling. This will be a bumpy ride as it is on back roads, however all roads will be traversable by suv, minivan, or any vehicle which sits up higher than your average car.  A standard car is strongly discouraged.

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

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Photo Trek: Nemo Road to Steamboat Rock‚Äč

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Outdoor Workshop

Rolling through spectacular hill country and past beautiful creeks, this area is one of the photographic gems of the Black Hills.  On this photo trek, you will explore the Nemo Road and Steamboat Rock area, where you will have opportunities to photograph fall colors (hopefully!), Boxelder Creek, rock formations, and more.

Activity Level:  Moderate.  There will be hiking of up to 1/2 mile.

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held along Nemo Road with several stops on the way to Steamboat Rock. There will be a $4/vehicle parking fee at Steamboat Rock.  Parking is limited and carpooling is strongly recommended.

What to Bring:

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Street Photography: Art Alley and Downtown Rapid

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Outdoor Workshop

We will begin by discussing and reviewing the works of the greats like Bresson, Erwitt, Mayer, and Frank and discuss “The Definitive Moment” and why it makes the difference between a great image and a mediocre one. We will then go to downtown Rapid City to apply what was learned.

Hidden in the heart of Rapid City is Art Alley, an outdoor gallery that is a unique blend of urban and graffiti art.  This colorful area offers an eclectic set of photography opportunities and creative inspiration.  Your instructor will provide you tips and techniques on how to create great street photography images that capture the people, culture, and artwork of this unique location.  We will also be photographing the outdoor sculpture that is in progress nearby.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held in Art Alley and downtown Rapid City.

What to Bring: a good “walking around” lens for a variety of situations

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Structure and Style: Architecture Photography

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Outdoor Workshop

Buildings, bridges, and monuments all help define a city’s character and often become symbols of those locales. ¬†Architectural photography is about using your tools and creativity to show the beauty and appeal of both modern and historic structures. ¬†In this workshop you will learn the ingredients for capturing outstanding images of buildings, how to pick the right equipment, working with light and angles, and concepts of composition.

We will be photographing the architecture in downtown Rapid City, including some historic buildings.

Activity Level:  Low, walking through town.

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held in downtown Rapid City.

What to Bring:

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Stunning Portraits on Location

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Outdoor Workshop

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 place outdoors with small amounts of walking necessary.

Things to Know:  If you wish to have the model(s) sign a release you must bring your own release. Tipping of the model(s) is highly recommended. 

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.

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Taking the Work out of your Digital Workflow: Photoshop and Lightroom

 

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Classroom Workshop

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. You need an effective and efficient workflow! In this seminar, we’ll cover a wide range of subjects including fast and efficient 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:  Low, classroom

Things to know:  This class is designed for all levels of Lightroom & Photoshop users. No previous experience is necessary.  The class will be taught using PhotoShop CC 2015 and LightRoom CC 2015.

What to Bring: You will need to bring your own laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop loaded on it.  You will get the most out of the class with the most recent version of Lightroom (CC 2015) and PhotoShop (CC 2015), however many of the techniques and tools are similar in older versions. If you do not have the program(s) on your computer and want to follow along on the screen to decide if it is a program you want to buy, you are welcome to do so. There will NOT be computers provided for this workshop.

 

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Wildlife of Wind Cave

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Outdoor Workshop

Wind Cave offers opportunities to photograph unspoiled prairie and the many animals that call this ecosystem home.  It is an outstanding area to view and photograph a variety of wildlife such as mule deer, elk, buffalo, prairie dogs, and pronghorn.  On this workshop, you will learn tips and techniques for creating great wildlife photos from an expert on photographing prairie wildlife.

Activity Level:  Moderate

Things to Know:  This workshop will be held at Wind Cave National Park.

What to Bring: long lenses

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Events

 

Thursday, September 24th (at Black Hills State University)

Nighttime Photography by Jennifer Wu (included!)

Pre-Event Presentation Sponsored by: Canon Logo

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Join Jennifer for a special Nighttime Photography presentation!

Jennifer Wu is a nature and landscape photographer, specializing in creating stunning images of the night sky and stars. Since January 2009 Canon U.S.A. selected Jennifer to be one of the world’s 36 best photographers for the Explorer Of Light program, an elite group of internationally recognized photographers. Jennifer is the co-author and photographer of the book, Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide to Shooting After Dark (2014, Mountaineers Books). With a BA in Photography from California State University, Jennifer has spent over 28 years photographing, dedicating 10 years to traditional black and white photography and a professional photographer since 1992.

Jennifer’s images have been published in numerous magazines, newspaper articles and advertisements including: Fortune, Popular Photography, Photo District News, Sierra Club, Sierra Styles, ProfiFoto, Digital Photo, Shutterbug, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Time, Canon U.S.A., and many more. Her work has also been exhibited at nationally recognized galleries and art shows.

Jennifer taught photography and digital imaging at The California State University of Sacramento. She now enjoys sharing her passion and techniques for shooting nature photography through seminars and workshops for Canon U.S.A., Light Photographic Workshops, aFilm International Film Workshops in Spain and other photographic groups nation wide. She leads workshops in the US in Yosemite, Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, Big Sur, Alaska, Hawaii and internationally in Iceland, Tanzania, Namibia, Greenland and more.

When Jennifer is not photographing in world’s most beautiful locations or leading a workshop, she resides in Sacramento, CA. View her images at www.jenniferwu.com.

Things to Know:  This presentation will be held from 7:00-9:00pm in Meier Hall at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, which is about 50 miles from where the activities begin on Friday.  It is free and open to the public.

 

 

Friday, September 25th

Buffalo Roundup (at Custer State Park)

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6:15 AM-Noon

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Watch cowboys and cowgirls as they roundup and drive the herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Not only is the roundup a spectacular sight to see, it is also a critical management tool in maintaining a strong and healthy herd.

Things to Know: This is not part of the Black Hills Photo Shootout and you do not need to sign up or register with us, we are announcing this as an opportunity for a unique adventure if you are in town early.  There is no park entrance fee required to attend.  This is held in Custer State Park which is about an hour away from where our Friday afternoon events will be.

What to Bring: Folding chairs, cameras, binoculars, layered clothing, rain gear and sun screen, cash for breakfast and/or lunch.

For full details, visit the Buffalo Roundup website

 

Photography 101 at the Dahl Center (included!)

3:00-4:30PM

Photography 101 is for beginners with little or limited experience in photography.  It is also for the semi-pros or avid 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.  We’ll help you get the most out of your Photo Shootout weekend.  

Activity Level:  Low.

Things to Know:  This seminar will be held at the Dahl Center.

What to Bring: Camera and manual.

 

Keynote Presentation by Jennifer Wu (included!)

Nature‚Äôs Elusive Beauty ‚Äď Composition for Nature and Landscape Photography

Sponsored by: Canon Logo

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7:00pm – Dahl Center – Rapid City

We will be kicking off the 6th annual Black Hills Photo Shootout with a keynote presentation by Jennifer Wu!  Please join us on Friday night for an amazing presentation by Jennifer.  We will also have some great doorprizes for Shootout attendees!

Iceland Mountain Lily Beach Stars

This inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must see for any one interested in nature and landscape photography. Jennifer will teach you the elements of photographic composition and share her techniques to get those great shots. She will discus five elements of composition. To create visual impact with use of lenses and composition. Discover how to create depth in an image for visual interest. She shows how focusing on form and shape to make a striking image. In addition she will share a some night sky timelapse photography and will conclude with images of the stars and beautiful night sky. View her images at www.jenniferwu.com.

 

About the Photographer:
Jennifer Wu is a nature and landscape photographer, specializing in creating stunning images of the night sky and stars. Since January 2009 Canon U.S.A. selected Jennifer to be one of the world’s 36 best photographers for the Explorer Of Light program, an elite group of internationally recognized photographers. Jennifer is the co-author and photographer of the book, Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide to Shooting After Dark (2014, Mountaineers Books). With a BA in Photography from California State University, Jennifer has spent over 28 years photographing, dedicating 10 years to traditional black and white photography and a professional photographer since 1992.

Jennifer’s images have been published in numerous magazines, newspaper articles and advertisements including: Fortune, Popular Photography, Photo District News, Sierra Club, Sierra Styles, ProfiFoto, Digital Photo, Shutterbug, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Time, Canon U.S.A., and many more. Her work has also been exhibited at nationally recognized galleries and art shows.

Jennifer taught photography and digital imaging at The California State University of Sacramento. She now enjoys sharing her passion and techniques for shooting nature photography through seminars and workshops for Canon U.S.A., Light Photographic Workshops, aFilm International Film Workshops in Spain and other photographic groups nation wide. She leads workshops in the US in Yosemite, Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, Big Sur, Alaska, Hawaii and internationally in Iceland, Tanzania, Namibia, Greenland and more.

When Jennifer is not photographing in world’s most beautiful locations or leading a workshop, she resides in Sacramento, CA. View her images at www.jenniferwu.com.

Things to know:

This will be a different presentation than the one held on Thursday night at Black Hills State University.  This event will be held at the Dahl Center and is free and open to the public.

 

 

Saturday, September 26th (at the University Center)

Lunch ‘n’ Mingle and Photography Fun¬†(included!)

12:00-2:30 pm

Saturday at lunchtime we will be having a Lunch ‘n’ 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’s fun for all, and all for fun… and maybe a few prizes!

Things to know

This event is free for Shootout attendees! This will be held in the lobby of the University Center and will be very informal so feel free to come in anytime¬†between your sessions and portfolio reviews. ¬†You are welcome to grab some lunch “to go” from one of the local restaurants on the way back from your morning session and bring it with you to the Lunch ‘n’ Mingle area. Food is NOT available on site. ¬†

 

Portfolio Review

12:30 pm – 2:00 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 since¬†this option will fill quickly as each instructor only has 3 spots.

Instructor Photography Specialties Time Notes
Steve Babbitt Landscape, Architecture 12:30-2:00
Jim Caldwell Light Painting, Time Lapse, HDR, Closeups, Landscapes, Generalist 12:30-2:00
Chad Coppess Travel, Events, Landscapes, Wildlife, Old West 12:30-2:00
Jason Hahn Wildlife in Action, Nature, Outdoor Adventure Sports, Landscapes, Conservation, Travel, Black & Whites, Lightroom, Photoshop 12:30-2:00
Harlan Humphrey Wildlife, Birds, Landscape 12:30-2:00
Dick Kettlewell Wildlife, Nature, Action 12:30-2:00
Jerry Rawlings Studio, Commercial, Street 12:30-2:00
Fred Rodgers Wildlife, Landscapes, Nature, HDR, Macro, Transportation (Planes and Trains), Digital Video 12:30-2:00
Mike Wolforth Commercial, Architecture, Wildlife, Model Portfolios, Macro, Still Life, Photographing and Reproducing Artwork 12:30-2:00

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 12:30-1:00, 1:00-1:30, and 1:30-2:00. Your time will be assigned to you at check-in.  You may sign up for up to 3 reviews (there is a separate fee for each review) and we will schedule them accordingly with each instructor. Portfolio Reviews will be held at the University Center.

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.  Digital viewing devices will NOT be provided.

 

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 a casual happy hour.

Things to Know: Location will be announced as we get closer to the event.

 

Sunday, September 27th (at the University Center)

Sunday Lunch Presentation (included!)

12:00 – 2:00 pm

We will all meet on Sunday during lunch for a presentation by all of the 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! ¬†This will be held in the Lecture Hall at University Center. On the way back from your morning session, feel free to grab some lunch “to go” from one of the local restaurants and bring it with you to the lunch presentation¬†area. Food is NOT¬†available for purchase at the event location. Seating is limited to the first 100 people. Please RSVP on the registration form so¬†we have¬†a headcount.

Registration

2015 Black Hills Photo Shootout Registration

To register for the 2015 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! ¬†

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

2015 Registration Information

Registration Fees for 2015

  • 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:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s keynote presentation
  • 1 admission to each of the 4 workshop sessions
  • Saturday’s Lunch ‘n’ Mingle
  • Sunday’s lunch presentation

Things not covered by the registration fee:

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Travel to and from sessions
  • Location entrance fees
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Pre or Post Workshops
  • Other add-on’s¬†

Cancellation Policy

  • There is a $35 fee for cancellations prior to August 14. ¬†After August 14, 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’t make it so we aren’t worrying about you).

Gallery

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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 amateur photographers, we 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. 

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, Buffalo Roundup or any other optional, add-on. If an location has an admission or parking fee, it will be noted in the “Things to know” section within the description, to the best of our knowledge.¬† There is a discounted student registration fee of $100. ¬†Students must be full-time and a student 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 2015 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.

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 University Center in Rapid City will be our main hub for the Shootout.  Registration and the Keynote presentation on Friday night will be held at the Dahl Center.  Classroom and Studio sessions will be held at the University Center. Outdoor sessions vary in distance from University Center from being right around the corner up to an hour and fifteen minutes away, depending on location.  We promise they will be worth the drive though!

Where should I stay?¬† The 2015 Shootout will be based around Rapid City, South Dakota¬†in the southern Black Hills, so you will want to look for lodging near there. ¬†The Black Hills does cover a good sized area, so again 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 Sleep Inn¬†& Suites which is across the street from University Center (where all of the workshops will be meeting on Saturday and Sunday and where the lunch sessions will be held). The rate for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night will be $115 for a double queen room. 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. You must reserve your room before September 1 to get this rate, after that, the room rates will be going up. When you call, tell them you would like a¬†room listed under Photo Shootout for the special rate. (If they say they are out of those rooms, email Nicole¬†or call her at (813) 956-8702 (9-9 Eastern) and she will ask them to add more rooms to our block.)¬†Sleep Inn¬†& Suites,¬†4031 Cheyenne Blvd., Rapid City, SD, 57703,¬†(605) 791-5678
  • Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association
  • South Dakota Department of Tourism

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.   

Is tipping okay or expected? If you are attending a workshop where there are models (reenactors, birds of prey, reptiles, portraiture, cowboys, horses, Native American dancers, 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.

Are there special events for high school and college students? Yes! There will be a special informal, small group talk along with Q&A with our keynote presenter exclusively for students.  This will be held prior to the keynote presentation on Friday.

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.

Taxes The state of South Dakota charges a 6% 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 2016 Black Hills Photo Shootout be? September 25-27, 2015!

Are there any other Photo Shootouts in other areas? The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout will be on April 8-10, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  We hope to see you there!

Instructors

Steve BabbittSteve Babbitt

Photography Specialties:

Landscape, Architecture

Website:

SteveBabbittPhotography.com

About:

I have been making photographs and lens-based images for the past 30 years. I work with both digital and silver in both black and white and color. I am often drawn to subjects, in or connected to the landscape, which in some way seem out of place or not readily identifiable. I use the camera to pare away everything that is unimportant or distracting, leaving only that which I wish the viewer to see and interpret. I have been teaching photography at the college level for 25 years and am currently a professor of photography at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. My photographs can be found in the collections of The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The Getty Museum Library, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the San Francisco Art Institute. I have earned both a BFA and MFA in photography from The San Francisco Art Institute. I currently live in Rapid City South Dakota.


 

Jim CaldwellJim-Caldwell

Photography Specialties:

Light Painting, Time Lapse, HDR, Closeups, Landscapes, Generalist

Website:

TheFotobug.net

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 president of the Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists.

Jim has been an active member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for over 35 years as well as 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 www.thefotobug.com.

 


 

Chad Coppess

Photography Specialties:

Travel, Events, Landscapes, Wildlife, Old West

Website:

Dakotagraph.com

About:

Chad Coppess has been the Senior Photographer for the South Dakota Department of Tourism since 1993. He travels the entire state making photographs of festivals, historic sites, state and national parks, landscapes, wildlife, visitor attractions, etc.

His photographs have appeared in many publications including the cover of National Geographic Traveler Australia, American Cowboy, books on the rock band KISS and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, newspapers and magazines around the globe, numerous South Dakota Tourism promotions, exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and across the worldwide web.


 

Jason HahnJason-Hahn

Photography Specialties:

Wildlife in Action, Nature, Outdoor Adventure Sports, Landscapes, Conservation, Travel, Black & Whites, Lightroom, Photoshop

Website:

HahnNaturePhotography.com

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

 


 

Harlan HumphreyHarlan Humphrey

Photography Specialties:

Wildlife, Birds, Landscape

Website:

HarlanHumphreyPhotos.photoshelter.com

About:

Harlan Humphrey is a native of South Dakota that grew up on a ranch
north of New Underwood, S.D. He has always loved nature and photographing the wonders that nature presents on a daily basis. Harlan has traveled worldwide as a result of his 20 year career in the U.S. Army, retiring as a LTC over 20 years ago. He spent over 15 years in Alaska enjoying the wonders of nature there before moving back to his native state of South Dakota over 17 years ago. He currently lives on a small place in Southeast North Dakota. Harlan does a business out of his home as a Reliv Independent Distributor which gives him the freedom to do photography. Within the last few years he has had the time, energy and resources to devote to his love of wildlife and nature photography. He is dedicated to providing quality fine art images for those that may want to adorn their homes or offices with images of nature. He has received honors with several of his photos in the past few years at the Dahl Mountain Photo Contest to include People‚Äôs Choice Award twice, second place, and honorable mentions. Harlan served as Vice President and President of the Black Hills Photography Club with a membership of over 100 local photographers. The beautiful Black Hills and Badlands National Park are Harlan‚Äôs favorite haunts for pursuing his love of nature photography. His work can be viewed on his ‚ÄúWild Scenic Nature‚ÄĚ website at www.harlanhumphreyphotos.photoshelter.com

 


 

Dick KettlewellDick-Kettlewell

Photography Specialties:

Wildlife, Nature, Action

Website:

SpringCreekChronicles.blogspot.com

About:

Dick Kettlewell has been a professional photographer for 30 years, having worked both as a photojournalist and a nature photographer while earning numerous awards in each field.
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. and continues to do so.
While with the Rapid City Journal, he created and produced a regular photo column for that paper’s outdoor page entitled ‚ÄúThe Spring Creek Chronicles‚ÄĚ. Using the changing seasons of the year as the backdrop in a way similar to Thoreau‚Äôs On Walden Pond, this column featured images and stories about the region’s wildlife and landscapes and was the recipient of many journalistic awards for both photography and writing. Kettlewell continues to publish that column for the Rapid City Journal and has finished a book of the same name and theme that has gone to the printer and will be available by mid September.
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 general audience books about the wildlife and landscapes of the region entitled Black Hills Impressions and South Dakota Wildlife Impressions. The first of these books, Black Hills Impressions, is now in its third printing while South Dakota Wildlife Impressions is about to enter its second printing.
Earlier last year Kettlewell published his third book, Pronghorn Babies! ‚Äď a children‚Äôs book about a day in the life of a pronghorn or antelope fawn. This past June he published another general audience book about a year in the pronghorns‚Äô life, entitled A Pronghorn Year. The book includes 102 pictures along with several stories, also written by Kettlewell.
Produced by Far Country Press, all these books are available in major bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and the Amazon network along with state and national park bookstores.


Jerry RawlingsJerry Rawlings

Photography Specialties:

Studio, Commercial, Street

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.


Fred Rodgers

Photography Specialties:

Wildlife, Landscapes, Nature, HDR, Macro, Transportation (Planes and Trains), Digital Video

Website:

TheFotobug.net

About:

Fred has been an avid photographer from the day that he first picked up his grandfather’s Kodak 35 and started capturing landscapes near his home in Memphis, Tennessee. After high school, he was considering the study of photography but ended up pursuing horticulture as a career with a minor in mass communications. After a few years in the industry, he returned to school to become an educator in his chosen field. His camera was never far from his side. He compiled pictorial catalogs of different plant species and captured hundreds of images of the insects and other pest problems to assist students in their horticultural studies. His love of nature was a key factor in his continued interest in landscape and later, wildlife photography. Fred has traveled throughout Florida to capture the unique beauty of its flora and fauna.

His experiences with film and cinematography in college led him to add videography to his skill set. He has worked on several educational projects that combined elements of photography and digital video. As a result of these experiences, he spent 6 years teaching video production to middle school students in the Pinellas County School District. He currently teaches horticulture at Pinellas Technical College in St. Petersburg, Florida and is co-host of The Fotobug Podcast.


Mike WolforthMike Wolforth

Photography Specialties:

Commercial, Architecture, Wildlife, Model Portfolios, Macro, Still Life, Photographing and Reproducing Artwork

Website:

MikeWolforth.com

About:

Mike Wolforth grew up on farms in eastern South Dakota, where he learned to respect and study wildlife and their habits. During his high school years he lived on a farm surrounded by the Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, which is located north of Aberdeen, SD. Here is where he quit hunting with a gun, picked up a camera and started creating images of the land and its inhabitants to share with others. Mike spent my years in the glass business where he took his camera everywhere he went, photographing the Badlands and both Pine Ridge & Rosebud Indian Reservations, Devils Tower, and all of the Black Hills. In 1991 he decided to leave the glass business and devote full time to his love for photography. He has had the opportunity to spend 16 days in Ecuador photographing both hardship of poverty and the beauty of the mountains and the many cultures of the different tribes. Mike’s photography also took him on an adventure to Scotland photographing Castles & Gardens for the Scottish Tourism Department. Recently it took him to Wrangle, Alaska where he spent a week in the wilderness photographing a model in Alaska’s environment.

Along with photography Mike also is involved in digital imaging, creating postcards, brochures, billboards, magazines and books. He has the cover photo and 68 images in America 24/7, South Dakota edition, and has produced his own book called ‚ÄúTatanka, (Four Seasons of Custer State Park)” Mike enjoys working with the talented staff of Faces Magazine, and looks forward to meeting new people every issue. Mike also has been a member of National Association of Photoshop Professionals since 1998 and is a beta tester for Adobe Photoshop.

Mike is devoted in teaching both photography and photoshop to as many people that are willing to learn. In sharing his images with others he hopes to teach them to respect both our natural resources and the importance or wildlife to our well being.


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Lodging options:

  • We have a block of discounted rooms reserved at the¬†Sleep Inn¬†& Suites¬†which is across the street from University Center (where all of the workshops will be meeting on Saturday and Sunday and where the lunch sessions will be held). The rate for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night will be $115 for a double queen room. 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. You must reserve your room before¬†September 1¬†to get this rate, after that, the room rates will be going up. When you call, tell them you would like a¬†room listed under¬†Photo Shootout¬†for the special rate. (If they say they are out of those rooms,¬†email Nicole¬†or call her at (813) 956-8702 (9-9 Eastern) and she will ask them to add more rooms to our block.)¬†Sleep Inn¬†& Suites,¬†4031 Cheyenne Blvd., Rapid City, SD, 57703,¬†(605) 791-5678
  • Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association
  • South Dakota Tourism

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, camaraderie, and fun.  The event showcases the natural beauty of South Dakota along with the photography expertise of highly respected professional photographers. Our 6th annual event will be held from September 25-27, 2015 in Rapid City, South Dakota. This year we are expecting hundreds of photographers from across the country.  People travel from more than 20 states for this event.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a keynote 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:

BHPS Sponsorship Packet 2015

The 2015 BHPS is proudly sponsored by:

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