May 18 - 23, 2025
Badlands National Park in South Dakota is an amazing gift to the landscape photographer. It contains panoramic vistas that challenge one to find intriguing compositions with both wide angle and telephoto lenses. Spend a little time walking amongst the rocks and discover how the eroded landscape can move a viewer's eye through a well composed scene.
FOCUS: Morning and evening photo sessions to capture the beauty on display with low angle sun light.
ADDITIONAL: We may photograph wildlife when opportunities arise.
The workshop starts on Sunday, May 18th, 2025 at 7:00 pm with introductions and a discussion in the hotel lobby. We start photographing on Monday morning, May 19th, 2025.
LODGING LOCATION: Best Western Plains Motel, 712 Glenn Street, Wall, SD 57790. 605-279-2145
Check-in: Sunday, May 18th, 2025
Check-out: Friday, May 23rd, 2025
Workshop ends after photographing sunrise on Friday, May 23rd, 2025.
MORNING: We'll be at a photography location for the start of blue hour and we'll stay in the field until it is time for breakfast.
MIDDAY: Everyday for several hours we will have Photoshop discussions, demonstrations and/or individual instruction. Andy may conduct demonstrations with his laptop, but bring a laptop with Photoshop installed to receive processing aid with your images. Weather and pursuit of wildlife may alter this.
EVENING: In the afternoon we will eat an early dinner and return to the field where we photograph past sunset into blue light.
EXPERIENCE: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
GROUP SIZE: Target number of participants is 8.
EFFORT: Easy - Does not involve much trail hiking, however, it does involve walking through tall grass, along roads, on rocky terrain and small hills.
CONDITIONS: It can be cold in the morning, be prepared for changes in weather; rain gear - thunderstorms.
DANGER: Cactus hide in the terrain. Ankle high, solid leather, hiking boots are highly recommended. Prairie rattlesnakes inhabit the park. We're walking in tall grass. Andy will use snake gaiters and highly recommends participants bring their own.
Cabelas Snake Gaiters
OTHER: Some do not like the tap water in Wall, consider options.
AIR TRAVEL: Most people flying to this workshop will find flying into Rapid City, SD to be the best choice.
Driving time from Rapid City to Wall, SD is 1 hour.
DRIVING CONDITIONS: Paved highways and maintained dirt roads, possibly muddy. We prefer participants car pool with each other to limit our impact and get to know one another.
Photo locations are spread out in this national park so there is an average amount of driving required on this workshop.
RECOMMENDATIONS: MORE WORKSHOP INFORMATION
FOR BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK: A lens range from at least 16mm to 400mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended.