Landscape Photography in the South Dakota Badlands

  • June 2, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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Explore the Surreal Landscapes of the Badlands with Jason Odell and Deborah Sandidge

EXCLUSIVE Photo Tour and Digital Photography Training

LIMITED TO 8 Photographers!

Step into another world in South Dakota with professional creative photographers Jason Odell and Deborah Sandidge. Here, you'll be able to perfect the fundamentals and explore fine-art landscape photography techniques. On this trip, you'll be treated to some amazing sunrises and sunsets, wildflowers, and rock formations that could be mistaken for the moon.

In addition to the photo shoots, you'll get detailed classroom instruction on color, black & white, infrared, and HDR photographic techniques by two leading outdoor photography experts. You will also receive personal photo reviews and critique.

When: June 2-5, 2013

Where: Wall, South Dakota (You will be emailed about the group hotel with discounted rates)

Nearest Airport: Rapid City, SD (RAP), about a 1.5 hour drive from Wall.

Workshop Fees: $1299 per photographer

Your Workshop Fee includes all field and classroom instruction and image critique/review sessions with Jason and Deborah.

Meals, lodging, and transportation to the field locations are not included in the workshop fee and are the responsibility of each individual. We have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $85/night at the group hotel in Wall, SD.

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in hotel lobby at 4pm for orientation session

Day 2: Sunrise shooting session in the Badlands / Mid-day classroom sessions on HDR and Monochrome Processing/ Evening Shooting in the Badlands.

Day 3: Sunrise shooting session in the Badlands/ Mid-day shooting at Prairie Homestead Historic Site. Evening shooting session in the Badlands

Day 4: Sunrise shooting session in the Badlands. Evening Image Review and Critique Session/ Evening Shooting in the Badlands.

Day 5: Depart for home

What to bring:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Sturdy Tripod with head
  • Camera remote release
  • Standard zoom lens (24-70mm or equivalent)
  • Telephoto zoom lens [masked]mm or equivalent)
  • (Optional) Super-wide zoom lens (16-35mm or equivalent)
  • (Optional) Telephoto lens (300mm or longer) for wildlife or teleconverter
  • (Optional) Macro lens for close-ups
  • Laptop computer with software and card reader for image review/critique

About the Instructors

Jason P. Odell, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason P. Odell is a creative outdoor photographer in Colorado, USA. He specializes in images of wildlife and landscapes presented with a creative flair. Jason's passion for photography started at a young age when his parents built a darkroom in their garage. Jason's interest in the outdoors and nature led him down the path of science, and he earned a doctorate in biology from the University of California Riverside. 

Jason is probably best-known for his comprehensive imaging software guides, which he started publishing in 2006 at Luminescence of Nature Press. Jason's guides have taught thousands of photographers how to tackle software like Nikon's Capture NX2 and Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro. Jason's ability to present technical material clearly, without losing focus of the creative process is why his books and workshops are extremely popular with hobbyists and enthusiasts world-wide. Jason's work has been featured by Studio Photographer Magazine, Nik Software, and Tiffen, Inc.

Deborah Sandidge

Deborah Sandidge is a professional photographer who enjoys sharing her insight and creative ideas through workshops, seminars and writing. She is the author of Digital Infrared Photography, published by Wiley. As an instructor at BetterPhoto.com, Deborah teaches Enhancing Images and Creating Works of Art, Digital Infrared Photography, and will soon offer a new course on Creative Long Exposure Photography.

Deborah offers a wide variety of creative and technical skills in her workshops, classes, and seminars, making time spent with her educational and fun for all skill levels. She shares many innovative tips and techniques to inspire the photographer to create unique imagery through enhanced photography skills, and artistic image optimization. Deborah’s style of creating dramatic story-telling imagery reflects in her travels, and interaction with the people she meets. She has had the opportunity to photograph interesting people, unique architecture, and experience fascinating cultures in many countries throughout out the world. Deborah loves to blend travel and teaching, offering her expertise and insight to others through photography tours and workshops. She enjoys creative work in the digital darkroom, and considers Photoshop her artist’s palette. Deborah is a guest author for Nik Software, Topaz Labs, Naturescapes, and collaborated with Nikon Learn & Explore site for star and star trail photography. Deborah’s images have been used by Nikon for trade shows, brochures, product guides, and for the past three years, the Nikon World Calendar. She is a North American Rogue Team member for f-Stop Gear, and is partnered with Feisol Tripods. Deborah’s photography is represented by Danita Delimont, Alamy, Novastock, Positive Images and Aurora.

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  • Rita B.

    I know this is full but can I be on a wait list?

    September 28, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Rita- This trip was in June. I plan to go again next year, though!

      September 28, 2013

  • Ron

    Hi folks. For those that are interested, I have recently posted 20 of my Badlands pictures in a set on my Flickr account.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/we...­

    Comments and questions are welcome.

    June 25, 2013

    • Ron

      Hmmm. I don't remember doing it explicitly, but they (Flickr folks) changed everything a few months ago, so let me see what I can do.

      June 25, 2013

    • Ron

      I discovered that you have to be a "Family or Friend" or another Flickr person, so I added you as a friend, or I tried to, so you should be able to comment on my images. Let me know if this works, or not.

      June 26, 2013

  • Laura K.

    Hello All...I have put together a blog for my family (all in Australia) of our adventures and am posting the link here in the event you have an interest. http://blog.lauraknight.com/201...­

    Thank you Jason and Deborah for putting together a memorable experience. I enjoyed meeting everyone and had great fun shooting with you all.

    Laura

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Laura K.

      If that is the case I have mislead Dr. MacKenzie as he was up there as well and during the workshop I gave him the image and he thought it was himself as well.....we know one thing...it is one of you....and at the end of the day it really does not matter......

      June 21, 2013

    • Frank M S.

      I should be able to tell.

      June 21, 2013

  • Ron

    Jason, thanks for your comments on my images. Be sure and reserve me space for next year - really - three days doesn't do it justice, in my mind. Maybe the weather will be better, although it wasn't too bad this time. I would like to come back and experiment with some more "intimate landscape" work. Also, now that I have spent some "learning" time, next year will undoubtedly be better.

    (I am also hoping that I can persuade my wife to come along and we can make an extended holiday of the trip.)

    June 20, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Ron, it was my pleasure having you on the trip. And you're right... You never know what to expect in the Badlands, so it never gets old.

      June 21, 2013

  • Ron

    Hi folks, I have posted five of my images for your review. I would appreciate anyone's thoughts and comments on them. Thanks.

    June 20, 2013

  • Robert W Von M.

    It was instructive in both the photography and the post processing realm. Good leaders, good group, spectacular area, dynamic weather.

    June 12, 2013

  • Ron

    I received Jason's note about the cancellation, so I am trying to get my "stuff" together to fill that spot. Looking forward to joining the group for this outing.

    May 21, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Thanks, Ron. You're in.

      May 21, 2013

  • Frank M S.

    Hi Fellow Photographers - I will fly in
    Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
    Rapid City, SD
    Arrives: 12:08 PM, Sunday

    and will fly out
    Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)
    Rapid City, SD
    Departs: 3:59 PM, Friday Anybody who wants to share the cost of a rental car? 2 to four people can be on the rental contract as drivers. If one needs to be at the airport earlier, I think it should be no problem get a drop-off as needed. That would be great for Mother Nature as well. Thank you for consideration.

    Best.
    Frank

    May 16, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Jason, my email is [masked]

    March 17, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Hi Jason, I hate to be a pain, but I really would rather send you a check for the remainder of the workshop payment. You said if we wanted to pay by check contact you. Should I call you or what to make these arrangements? Thanks, Carol

    March 17, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Please send me an email to
      [masked]

      March 17, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Hey Jason, I want to pay the rest of the workshop payment. How do I go about doing that? I will be paying for two people.

    March 14, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Carol- I'm going to setup a payment page shortly. I'll send out an email with the link when it's ready.

      March 14, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    I live in Lincoln, Nebraska. So, I will be driving to Wall, SD. However, if we can car pool to the sites where we will be photographing, that would be great! Is that your offer, Frank S.? To car pool to the photo sites?

    February 25, 2013

    • Frank M S.

      Hello Patricia. Yes. I refer only to the photo locations around Wall and some may come in from RAP airport so back and fourth can be car pooled as well. I don't mind to wait for somebody arriving and than driving to Wall. Since I will stay two days longer I don't mind paying the share instead of being the car rental holder. Or variations of it. I will let everybody know my flights.

      February 25, 2013

    • Jason O.

      My plan is to always try to carpool to the field sites. If people want to split rental cars with others who are traveling from afar that's cool too.

      February 25, 2013

  • Frank M S.

    Hi Participants -
    Anybody who would like to car pool. It makes a lot of sense. Thank you for your reply.

    February 25, 2013

  • Frank M S.

    Booked. Great rate, better than priceline.com. I booked to nights more for the same JO rate. Thank you JLO (not her, but Jason Luminescence Odell). Thank you for the hotel. Question: isn't better to rent a car together. Ten cars does not make sense to me. We are all on the same schedule. Proposal: I could rent a car and 1-3 would pay the share. Any suggestions?

    February 25, 2013

    • Jason O.

      We'll definitely carpool to the shooting locations. If people have similar flights, you can coordinate some cars.

      1 · February 25, 2013

  • Jason O.

    All-
    We are a go for the trip. I have a special block of rooms reserved in Wall,SD. I'll send out the info via email soon. If you want to start looking at travel arrangements, go ahead. Rapid City (RAP) is the airport of choice.

    February 22, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    What hotel have you made arrangements with?

    February 22, 2013

  • Frank M S.

    Jason, shall be book plane tickets and the hotel you listed now? When will be the last date to send the rest of the money please? Thank you.

    February 22, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Hey Jason, Can we purchase our plane tickets now?

    February 16, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    I am so excited to make this trip and workshop to photograph the SD Badlands. I live in Lincoln, Nebraska and I always wanted to do this. This workshop offers the perfect opportunity. Can't wait.

    February 4, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Welcome aboard! I can't wait for this trip!

      February 4, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Jason, Thanks so much for your help yesterday. I really appreciate it and am looking forward to the workshop.

    February 4, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Thanks for signing up, Carol! I'm looking forward to a great trip.

      February 4, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Jason I want to pay for two the RSVP will only let me pay for one. So I changed the reservation to one. Then when I clicked to pay it said I was paying for two yet the reservation is for one. Help.

    February 3, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Carol-
      It should say +1

      February 3, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Carol-
      I have emailed you my phone #. Please call me and I'll help you through the RSVP process.

      February 3, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Hey Jason-a friend and myself would like to attend this workshop in the Badlands. I don't see any refund policy to agree to. If I click to of us are attending where is my money being sent. I've attended several workshops but have never signed up like this. Can you help me out. Both my friend and I really want to attend. Is this the page where we actually signup. Carol

    February 3, 2013

    • Jason O.

      Carol-

      Payments go to the meeting organizer, not to Meetup. The refund policy is as follows (click the "Refund Policy" link to view): Refunds offered if:

      the Meetup is cancelled

      Additional notes: The $350.00 deposit is non-refundable unless the workshop is cancelled. The remaining tuition balance will be due by March 30, 2013. The workshop tuition is non-refundable after March 30, 2013 unless we back-fill your slot.

      Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

      You are making a deposit to hold your space(s). The remaining balance will be due on March 31st. Should you cancel after March 30th, we can only refund your tuition (less deposit) if your space is filled by someone else.

      -Jason

      February 3, 2013

  • Frank M S.

    Good idea regarding extended hotel rate after workshop. Any news?

    November 7, 2012

  • Jason O.

    Gary-
    The hotel has extended the group rate for +/- 1 day for sure; I can try to find out if they'll extend it further than that.

    October 24, 2012

  • Gary

    If I wanted to stay a couple more days after the workshop, will the hotel still honor the group rate? Just curious....

    October 24, 2012

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Additional notes: The $350.00 deposit is non-refundable unless the workshop is cancelled. The remaining tuition balance will be due by March 30, 2013. The workshop tuition is non-refundable after March 30, 2013 unless we back-fill your slot.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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