There are few places in North America that are as iconic as the Badlands of South Dakota. From the multi-colored spires and cliffs to the wildlife, grasslands, and some of the darkest skies anywhere - the Badlands have it all. It's a photographer's dream.
We will explore iconic locations within the park with this photo workshop, as well as some lesser-known spots. In addition, the Badlands Workshop will take advantage of the park's dark skies to do some night sky photography (depending on weather conditions).
In addition, we will have daily sessions where we are available to assist you with post-capture processing questions and ideas. These are judgement-free sessions, and we maintain a positive learning environment!
Your workshop registration includes:
- Personalized, one-on-one attention from our instructors.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- All entry fees to parks.
- Set of Neutral Density filters.
- Workshop handouts/materials.
And even after you return from the workshop, we provide you with some extras!
- You will have the opportunity to be part of the adventure's social media group, so you can continue to learn and share from others you met.
- Your instructors will always be available for ongoing support and ideas after you return.
- The adventure begins the morning of May 30 and finishes up on the morning of June 2. (Note: there is a meet and greet the evening of May 29.)
- The best way to learn is hands-on, so we give you ample opportunity to click shutters. Our photo adventures have enrollment sizes which ensure that you are not stepping over 30 other photographers for that ideal shot set-up.
- Small group size also ensures a peaceful nature experience for everyone. And with at least two adventure leaders at each workshop, there is close, individual interaction for all your questions.
- No overly technical photographic knowledge is required. That is why you are coming to our workshop. We focus (pardon the pun) on both the creative aspect of capturing images as well as honing your technical skills. We work with you to capture the best image possible behind the viewfinder, so you don’t have to rely on a lot of software gimmicks. This simple approach makes these adventures especially suited for beginners and amateurs.
- A camera with manual settings and a tripod is recommended for the adventures. Basic knowledge on how to navigate your camera's settings is helpful.
- The workshop requires a minimum number of students, or it will be cancelled. In the event of cancellation due to not filling the minimum, a full refund will be given including deposit.
- Transportation to and from the workshop is not included.
- The workshop does not include lodging. We encourage students to make reservations and stay at the designated adventure hotel, but we can suggest some other nearby lodging options for a range of budgets. Information on the adventure hotel will be sent to you after registration.
- Workshop Home Base: Best Western Plains Motel - Wall, SD
- Airports: Rapid City Regional Airport- Rapid City, SD, 55 miles. Sioux Falls Regional Airport - Sioux Falls, SD, 290 miles