Badlands National Park Workshop

October 4-7, 2020

Class size: 6

Tuition: $1699


If you have ever wanted to visit another planet but were fearful for the lack of oxygen, I invite you to join me for four days in Badlands National Park. Truly one of the most remarkable and unique landscapes in the United States, Badlands offers endless photographic compositions and elements for you to grow your photography skills upon. This is a workshop were you will walk away just four days after starting only craving more of this unique area. We will be out photographing every sunrise and sunset, the night sky, and keeping a close eye open looking for bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs as well. Although this is a bit shorter workshop, your creative mind will be in overload.


What You Will Learn:

  • How to create compelling landscape compositions

  • How to use your camera to its fullest capabilities

  • How to utilize a variety of lenses to think “outside the box.”

  • An understanding for light and how to take advantage of it in all conditions

  • How to photograph the night sky and create star trails

  • The basics of Lightroom and Photoshop

  • How to utilize wildlife into your imagery

  • An introduction to black and white photography

  • How to buy Red Bulls because you will need them and much, much more

What You Will Need:

  • A DSLR camera body and an assortment of lenses. A wide angle is highly recommended as well as a zoom lens

  • A sturdy tripod

  • An intervalometer (a cheap one off of Amazon will work just fine)

  • A headlamp or flashlight

  • At least the trial version of Lightroom or Photoshop on your laptop

  • Multiple batteries

  • A desire to learn, have fun, be flexible, and explore nature!

    • Note: a 10 or 6 stop neutral density filter for your wide angle is recommended, but not required.


What’s Included:

What's Not Included:

  • Airfare to Rapid City

  • Park entrance fee

  • Transportation to Badlands National Park

  • Meals & beverages

  • Accommodations based upon double occupancy (single occupancy available for a fee)

  • Transportation within the workshop

  • Access to my brain 24/7


Physical Requirements:

We will have one or two hikes about 1.5 miles in distance one way. These may include some small to moderate inclines. Hikes will always be taken at a slow and enjoyable pace. Please know your limitations. If you feel a hike may not be for you, I will gladly give you another shooting location to visit during our outing. 


Where Do We Stay?

We will be staying at the Cedar Pass Lodge within Badlands National Park. This is the only place to stay. Rooms will be based upon double occupancy unless requested otherwise.

Getting There:

Badlands National Park is located in South Dakota, approximately one hour southeast of Rapid City. You will want to fly into Rapid City.


Workshop Start / Wrap:

Our workshop will start with our meet and greet on October 4th at 3PM and wrap on October 7th at 10AM.


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