Winter 2018 - Badlands & Ghost Towns

Photography Workshop 

Dec 6 - 9, 2018

Wall, SD

Cost of Workshop - $295

December is a great time to be in and around the Badlands of South Dakota.  There are very few visitors to the park at this time of year, so the opportunity to view wildlife is greatly increased.  The angle and direction of the sun, provides for some fantastic lighting.  In addition to the Badlands, we will also be visiting the towns of Okaton and Scenic SD.



We will begin with introductions and a review of the agenda. Weather permitting this will be followed by a night shoot in Wall. 


Friday starts with a sunrise shoot in the park.  After sunrise, we will head back to Wall for breakfast.

After breakfast, we will head back into the park to capture some landscapes and look for wildlife.  We will spend all day in the park hitting some of my favorite locations.  Our final stop before dinner will be sunset.

After dinner, we will spend time at the hotel working on images.  Don will be on hand to assist with editing, and providing personal critique sessions.


Saturday starts with another sunrise location.

After breakfast, we will be off to capture the images from Okaton, SD.  Okaton is a ghost town with several great buildings, and a lot of old cars. 

After Okaton, we will return to Wall for lunch.  After lunch, we will head over to Scenic SD, the second ghost town on our itinerary.

On our way back from Scenic, we will stop and do some astro photography in the park.



Sunday begins with a sunrise shoot. We will then head back to town for breakfast.


After breakfast we will have a slide show where everyone can share some of their favorite images from the weekend.  Time permitting, we will stop at one more location in the park.

What You Will Need:

TTo make the most of the weekend the following is recommended:

  • Sturdy Tripod - wind can be a big factor this time of year.

  • Remote Shutter Release - wired tend to work best.

  • Polarizer 

  • Neutral Density Filters - at least a 4x, but the higher the number the better.

  • Fast wide angle lens for night photography.

  • Wide angle lens for capturing landscapes.

  • Standard lens for shooting the ghost towns.

  • Long telephoto lens for photographing wildlife. 

  • Microfiber Towel.

  • Rain Protection for Camera - unless it is lightning, we will shoot in the rain.

  • Rain Gear for you (in case of rain)

  • Layered Clothing (this time of year the weather can be pretty unpredictable, gloves and a hat are always a good idea.)

  • Camera Manual

  • Spare Batteries & Memory Cards

  • Laptop and Card Reader


Hotel space is pretty limited this time of year.  More details will be coming on where to stay. 


Workshop size is limited to 10 participants, this allows for a maximum 5 to 1 participant/instructor ratio.

Workshop price is for the workshop only and does not include lodging, meals, or transportation.

Lodging is available at the Days Inn in Wall SD at a rate of $99 per night.  (Note that they may put us across the driveway at their sister property Best Value Inn depending upon how busy they are.)

All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver.

Some of the locations require some moderate hiking. 

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will be given a full refund.

You can cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop.  We will refund your money minus a $5.00 processing fee.

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